Most people are familiar with the traditional supply chain operation. Freight cargo moves from seller or manufacturer to the end customer, sometimes with the help of a third-party logistics company and sometimes handled internally through a large corporation. But the freight shipping world isn’t so cut and dry. What happens when customers need to send cargo and product back to the original shipper, or the intended end user isn’t the true final destina[...]
In LTL shipping, you will hear a lot about NMFC codes and freight class. That’s because getting your NMFC code and freight class right is very important for any small business shipper. Small errors could lead to costly billing adjustments, misclassification and frustration. Understanding this component of freight shipping will help you optimize your supply chain and control freight spend, allowing you to spend more time running your business. One of t[...]
Whether you’re an experienced shipping pro or just beginning to put together your business’s initial supply chain strategy, it can be easy to get bogged down in the complexities of the freight shipping process. There are a lot of details and moving parts involved with shipping freight, so having something that breaks it down into a step by step process will take the frustration away and make shipping freight much easier. We’ve broken out each step of [...]
One of the biggest expenses for small to medium businesses is shipping costs. How can you find ways to trim costs, or at the least, make sure you are getting the best shipping rates? Are you relying exclusively on one carrier? Are you shipping more frequently than you really need to? We’ve put together 5 tricks for getting the best shipping rates to help save money, control your costs and ship more efficiently.
We’ve all most likely told a little white lie about how much we weigh, and most people forgive us for not divulging our exact weight. However, when it comes to shipping, things aren’t so forgiving and getting the true, correct weight is important. Much of what we might know or assume about weight is associated with parcel shipping. We’ve learned through parcel that the more a shipment weighs, the more it’s going to cost. In the freight world, it’s ent[...]
If there’s one area where things can go awry quickly for shippers, it’s billing adjustments. The time and effort that goes into developing a shipping strategy, planning a budget and managing it, can all be in vain when additional costs in the form of a billing adjustment keeps occurring at the completion of your shipments. Before we get into the details of how to avoid billing adjustments, let’s discuss how they happen, who issues them and why.
Whether you live in the South and deal with heavy rain or live in the Northeast and blizzards are the norm for several months out of the year, we’re all affected when bad weather hits. When it comes to shipping freight, bad weather can cause all kinds of shipping issues from delays to increased costs – none of which are good for your business. Understanding how weather can affect your freight shipment gives you the knowledge you need to plan ahead and[...]
There hasn’t been an industry that hasn’t felt the impacts of COVID-19 over the last few months, and retail is certainly no stranger to adapting to the changes. Having to contend with supply chain restrictions, volume limitations, brick-and-mortar stores pretty much being inaccessible to the public, much of consumer retail shopping has gone online, but not yielding the optimal results in terms of sales figures. But things are turning around as retail [...]
Many small to medium sized businesses offer their products online to their customers. While eCommerce has been around for some time now, the effects of COVID-19 on the global economy and supply chains will most likely change the way commerce is conducted. Have you seen an increase in traffic to your website? Have your online purchases increased? It’s likely that the answer to those questions is yes. These changes and possibly newer ways of doing busin[...]
If you sell or ship bulky or large items, you know how tricky shipping can be. Sifting through different carriers’ size restrictions, rules and various regulations can get confusing and very time consuming. Overlength issues can be common when you’re manufacturing and shipping larger items. But you don’t have to try to figure out overlength issues alone. We’re walking you through common overlength issues and how to handle them, so you can ship efficie[...]