HISTORY OF BLACK FRIDAY The term "Black Friday" originated in Philadelphia, in the early 1960s. Philadelphia police griped about the congested streets, clogged with motorists and pedestrians heading to the Army-Navy football game while looking for deals the day after Thanksgiving, calling it “Black Friday.”
It’s that time of year again—the Annual Roadcheck Inspection! As you may have guessed, shipping delays often arise during these inspection periods and capacity could be tighter. Shippers and carriers alike should be aware of what this means for their transits during this time. Find out what the Annual Roadcheck Inspection could mean for you and what you can do to prepare early.
Customer service is a top priority for every business owner and manager. And when it comes to shipping, you want a shipping partner who takes customer service as seriously as you do. Bottom line, working with a third-party logistics provider (3PL) can help you improve customer service, which leads to greater customer satisfaction and loyal customers. Below are a few advantages and benefits on how partnering with a 3PL can help deliver better customer [...]
For small business owners, retailers and eCommerce everywhere, the holiday shopping and shipping season has already arrived. While consumers start to buy more holiday gifts early in the season, retailers need to be ready now for a smooth season. As we all know, two of the busiest days are Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and typically, retailers offer increased discounts to consumers on these days. And with the pandemic causing added financial stress, c[...]
Be aware. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) delayed its annual Roadcheck to Sept. 9th-11th. You may experience shipping delays resulting from thorough 37-point inspections. Also, there is the potential that some drivers may take these days off, which could lead to a lack of capacity. Full truckload and partial truckload shipments will likely feel the greatest impact. The main focus of this year’s nationwide CV[...]
There are hundreds of metrics you can use to measure your supply chain performance and creating a carrier performance scorecard should be one of them. Measuring carrier performance with the right metrics can ensure that you are getting the best value for your spend, can help you identify opportunities for improvement and helps you determine which carriers are best suited for your business’s needs. Below, we count down a few examples of carrier perfor[...]
To our valued customers -- In light of the current situation, we wanted to reach out and share our plan for continuing to help you find the shipping solutions you need during these uncertain times. FreightCenter is ready and committed to helping you avoid disruptions that may impact you or your business. In addition, you can stay up-to-date and find helpful resources regarding COVID-19 by visiting our COVID-19 resources page.
When facing options for shipping large items, some of your choices might seem expensive. When shipping items under 70 lbs, parcel shipping is typically the most cost-effective shipping method. Parcels can often be shipped via ground or economy, depending on your specific item and requirements. However, if your item weighs over 70 lbs, the quoting process can get a little bit more confusing. That’s why FreightCenter is here to help you find the most af[...]
2017 went down on record as one of the costliest years for natural disasters in the United States, standing at $306 billion in damages.