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.
As a small business owner or manager, you know how much time it takes to manage your freight shipments along with all the other things it takes to successfully run your business. Whether your business is B2B or B2C, the demands from both sectors for fast delivery are increasing. This demand is putting additional pressure on small businesses to be more efficient.
Small businesses are the lifeblood of the American economy, and because of COVID-19, they need support now more than ever. Facing new challenges and dealing with a lot of uncertainty, small businesses have had to adapt at the blink of an eye. How can we all do our part to protect ourselves, our physical health and help the economic health of small businesses and the people who rely on them to make a living? Here’s how you can support small businesses [...]
As the novel coronavirus COVID-19 wreaks havoc with every facet of life in America and around the globe, small-to-medium-sized business (SMB) operators search for stability wherever they can find it. Health and supply chain issues are always on their plates, but not at the level they are today. In some parts of the country, entire metropolitan areas, such as the San Francisco Bay area, are on virtual lockdown, as people have been instructed to “shelte[...]
When you’re running a small to medium-sized business (SMB), you know how important it is to maximize your time and money. You may find yourself spending hours searching for the lowest possible price on a variety of items, such as materials, equipment and shipping solutions. This can be especially true when you’re trying to find the right small business shipping solutions for you. Unfortunately, the time spent searching is often wasted because the resu[...]
There’s a lot to keep track of when managing a small business. It’s easy to overlook something in your shipping protocol or make a mistake in the logistics process. But these mistakes can be costly and negatively impact budgets and relationships with clients. Understanding and recognizing some of the most common small business shipping mistakes can help you avoid them and optimize your supply chain. Below are a few small business shipping mistakes and[...]