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[...]
Thanks to COVID-19, businesses, individuals, and supply chains alike are making a shift towards a “new normal” way of living. This “new normal” consists of health-conscious initiatives promoting good hygiene to mitigate the spread of COVID and other viruses. One innovative company is getting in on the new era with a creation of their own that makes it easier to sanitize and wash your hands in high traffic areas.
Shipping automotive parts is common in the freight world, but it’s also one of the most challenging things to do. Whether you’re a mechanic, car shop owner, or manage an auto parts store, you know the challenges that come with shipping auto parts. With so many different freight shipping options and a variety of automotive parts to ship, finding the right shipping solutions is key. We talk about some best practices that you can incorporate to help make[...]
Because freight shipping can get a bit complex, understanding the basics of the process helps you ship smarter and with less headaches. There are many moving parts to freight shipping. For example, there is the “standard” that happens with all freight, then there are add on special services as well as the option to purchase additional insurance coverage and more. When carrier’s pickup or deliver your freight, the standard operating procedure is curbsi[...]