Small business operators are always looking for ways to make small business shipping easy and affordable. After all the challenges this year has thrown at us, looking toward the future may include making fundamental changes to your supply chain and shipping strategy that’ll help you save money, increase efficiencies and improve the customer experience. Keep reading for tips and best practices on how to make small business shipping easy and affordable.
When it comes to shipping freight, shippers value quality service just as much as price. What’s the point in getting affordable or discounted shipping rates if the experience didn’t match your expectations? Third-party logistics companies, or 3PLs, offer the complete shipping experience for supply chains and small businesses everywhere by streamlining the process. But how do you know you’re choosing the right 3PL for your shipping needs? Learn what to[...]
Summer is slowly coming to a close, and the holiday season will be here before we know it. This year has been different for many reasons, but the preparation phase when it comes to your holiday shipping plan shouldn’t be different. With the crazy growth in eCommerce and all the changes that that involves, it has only emphasized the need and importance of supply chain preparing, planning and strategizing. And now is the perfect time to start. Here’s ho[...]
For many, final mile and white glove services are must haves in their shipping process. With a changing consumer landscape, these services will play a big role in the future of shipping and will help maintain and improve relationships with customers. What are final mile and white glove services? Do you need them? If you are struggling with finding the time and resources needed to get your goods out to consumers, consider working with a partner that ca[...]
The U.S. logistics industry is a tremendously important part of the economy. Consistent consumer demand means freight is always on the move, and that leads to more energy demand and fuel consumption. Small business owners, supply chain managers and almost everyone has started taking initiatives to reduce their carbon footprints, and the logistics industry is no different. Whether it be by road, air, track or sea, there are steps you can adopt that’ll [...]
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[...]