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[...]
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[...]
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.
The logistics and freight shipping world stay busy. While certain times of the year might be busier than others, the shipping industry keeps the pace rolling all year long. Our focus is to connect shippers with the best-of-the-best carriers. Building and strengthening the relationships with our carriers helps us to provide excellent service for our customers.
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[...]
As a small or medium sized business owner or manager, controlling your company’s freight spend and managing expenses are some of your top priorities. You want to deliver the best product and experience to your customers at the best price for you. That includes getting affordable shipping rates when it’s time to ship. We will show you what you need to know about shipping costs so you can make better decisions when it comes to your shipping options. You[...]
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[...]