What separates the good third-party logistics (3PL) companies out there from the great ones isn’t just their ability to connect shippers with the right shipping solutions. It’s about leveraging their amazing network of shipping partners and passing on the benefits of these partnership to their customers. One area that is extremely important in the process is freight packaging. At FreightCenter, we were lucky and excited to have our partner Jeff Banion[...]
Going from parcel shipping to freight shipping for the first time may seem intimidating. Although you might be familiar with the standard practices of parcel shipping, your business could benefit from moving to less-than-truckload or LTL shipping. In general, parcel shipping is best for freight that is 150 pounds or less, fits in a smaller package and can be lifted without assistance. LTL shipping is best for freight that is over 150 pounds, is bulky [...]
If you have shipped before, then you know how important it is to understand how freight billing works. Freight billing is an unavoidable part of the process for every shipper. It might sound like a simple process, but it can get complicated. Without the knowledge of best practices for freight billing, it can be easy for small businesses to get caught up in freight billing mayhem. Knowing how freight billing works helps avoid costly shipping mistakes a[...]
Like so many industries today, freight shipping is being transformed by advanced technologies. All these technologies share two goals: to make freight shipping more efficient and less expensive. In the world of freight-shipping technology, the concept of driverless freight-shipping trucks gets the lion’s share of the press, but it is still years away from being a major factor in freight shipping. Meanwhile, other technologies are currently in developm[...]
The American Trucking Research Institute (ATRI) recently published its annual Critical Issues in the Trucking Industry for 2019. From ATRI’s top 10 list of critical issues, FreightCenter has identified four issues on the list that should be of particular interest to our customers. Of those four, we’ve dedicated one article to an in-depth discussion of Hours of Service (HOS) rules. In addition to being restrictive in the name of safety, the rules can a[...]
When it comes to LTL freight shipping, there are many factors that can change your estimated freight transit time. Nobody likes booking a shipment and the estimated LTL freight transit time they were given ultimately turns out to be off by a day or two. Understanding some of the most common reasons why your LTL freight transit time estimate might increase keeps your supply chain running smoothly.
If you’re shipping large cargo too big for the traditional parcel carriers, then knowing how to ship large items on eBay offers your business a brand-new opportunity for exposure and profitability in the online space. But venturing into eBay shipping can be a daunting task for first-time shippers, start-ups or for small businesses looking to grow.
Small businesses are no strangers to the fact that every dollar counts. Supply chains everywhere need to be aware of how to save money while still running smoothly. But logistics is a tricky industry and there are easy ways to waste money when shipping freight. We’ve put together the 3 most common ways to waste money when it comes to freight shipping and what your business can do to stay ahead of the game.
Winter freight shipping always tests the strength of the logistics industry and e-commerce. Between unpredictable winter storms and the holiday push, supply chains everywhere face challenges to meet deadlines and satisfy customer demands. Optimize your logistics performance by putting a plan in place to ensure peak performance during the winter months. Below is a quick list of the top winter freight shipping tips to help guide you and keep your supply[...]
The shipping industry is always guaranteed to be kept on its toes when it comes to Black Friday and Cyber Monday logistics. With online sales volumes poised to increase yet again this holiday season, supply chains everywhere are making preparations to deal with the challenging influx of customers and business. But just how are companies impacted in the way they set up their shipping departments during the busiest weekend in e-commerce? Here’s what you[...]