Smallbusinesstrends.com reported earlier this year that 42 percent of small business owners spend an average of more than two hours managing each individual piece of freight they ship. That figure comes from a survey conducted by global logistics consultant FreightOS. It implies that for a small business sending out five shipments in a week, the owner of that business is devoting more than 10 hours to managing freight. Chances are, at least half of th[...]
This is the first in our new “Expert of the Month” series, where you'll hear directly from a FreightCenter shipping expert.
In 2010 the Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, put emissions standards in place to control the diffusion of particulate matter and nitrogen oxide from heavy duty trucks. The trucking industry soon realized a potential workaround for these regulations: glider kits.
Welcome to our last installment of The International Shipper’s Checklist! Now that you’ve got a leg up in the international shipping game, it’s time that you know how to protect your assets. Whether you’re an old hand or a new hat, you understand that shipping is going to open you up to potential loss. It happens with nationally shipped freight, and that risk only increases when you decide to go international. Make sure you’re protected against the he[...]
Many companies that exhibit in trade shows turn the entire event over to their marketing or sales department. Of all their priorities, the cost of trade show shipping seldom makes the list. The top three priorities usually consist of the following:
Welcome back to The International Shipper’s Checklist! Now that you know which way the wind blows when it comes to shippability and packaging, and have made a first mate of your customs broker, it’s time to coordinate a schedule and prep your paperwork. Since there’s so much overlap between these two steps we decided to put them together.
If it’s your first time plunging into the wild waters of the global market, it’s good to have a lifesaver to keep you afloat. Importing and exporting comes with a mind-bogglingly long list of rules, so we are back to sketch out the parameters of international shipping. In Look up ports and customs brokers. You can seek brokers out through the National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America as well. Before you settle on anyone, make ce[...]
ELDs, and why they're important Shippers who follow the freight industry could see the recent surge in freight shipping costs coming a mile away. Every logistics trade publication predicted that the phased-in compliance of ELDs (Electronic Logging Device)—which began December 16, 2017—would disrupt the industry in terms of productivity and freight shipping costs, and they were correct.
Part 1: Shippability & Packaging Shipping freight can be tricky business, and when you decide to ship cargo internationally the process can make you feel like you’ve taken a wrong turn somewhere along the way. And yet, expanding your shipping capabilities across the pond and beyond is a great way to grow your business. We want to make sure shipping is a breeze, which is why we’ve put a short series together so you’ll be better prepared for the jou[...]