If you’re a first-time freight shipper, who is shipping for yourself or for your business, the first thing you’ll learn is that shipping freight has its own rules. It’s not as cut and dry as calling a moving company or taking your parcel to the post office. It can all be very confusing to the first-time freight shipper, especially if you don’t ask the right questions. But don’t worry! We’ve put together 5 questions a first-time freight shipper should [...]
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[...]
As expected, the pandemic has caused business owners and consumers to adapt, and as the 2020 holiday season approaches, business owners and managers need to be prepared for the shift in the retail landscape. Now more than ever, consumers are turning to eCommerce to find and purchase their goods. Knowing what you can expect for your business this holiday season will help you identify and mitigate potential issues as well as keep your products moving an[...]
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.
2020 will undoubtedly go down in the history books – and it’s not over yet. We are rolling right on into hurricane season, and the 2020 hurricane season is predicted to be very active. It’s a different kind of disruption because we can see when a hurricane is coming as opposed to a pandemic that no one could have predicted. As we know, when it comes to keeping your small business shipping smoothly, it’s important to have a plan, including a disaster r[...]
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[...]
Shipping across borders can be confusing, tedious and time consuming, especially when you’re running your own business. And with new government policies now in place and often changing, it’s more important than ever to understand how these changes could affect your business and your shipping strategy. We dive into the details about what shippers need to know about the new NAFTA (now known as the USMCA) here.
From weather-related disasters to cyber-attacks to pandemics, there are many types of disruptions and challenges your business could face at any moment. While it is hard to plan for all possible scenarios, one thing we have learned from recent events is that it is extremely important to have plans and a strategy in place to mitigate disruptions to your business and shipping needs. A disaster recovery plan is designed to figure out how to restore busin[...]
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 effects on the global supply chain from COVID-19 could be felt for a while. Two groups of people who have been heavily impacted are farmers and food suppliers. With restrictions imposed on the farming and food distribution industries, there has been a surplus in supply of grocery items that has gone to waste. But one grocer is stepping up to the plate to help farmers and families.