Being a first-time shipper can be overwhelming. There are many moving parts to the process, and getting one thing wrong, even something minor, or forgetting one step can be very costly. Below are the top freight shipping tips for first-time shippers to help you avoid common, costly mistakes.
It seems like we are hearing almost daily in the news about more and more mass scale cyberattacks and hacks. So far this year alone, we’ve seen disruptions in major industries such as the meat supply chain, and oil supply chains, which has had a big impact on the overall economy and the supply and demand framework. Keeping your supply chain secure when it comes to cybersecurity and freight shipping is becoming a top priority for logistics managers eve[...]
In a world where supply chains run everything, knowing how to manage risk in the small business supply chain is crucial. There are many moving parts to any business, and there are several risk factors you might be facing every day. The same applies to managing your supply chain and knowing how to manage risk in the small business supply chain will set you up for success in the long run. We’re diving into the world of supply chain risk management and h[...]
In this tight freight market, it can seem daunting to be efficient, streamline the process and find the best freight rates and proper solutions for your freight strategy. But there are steps you can take to optimize your supply chain to get the most out of your shipping budget. Below we talk about how to optimize your supply chain, so your business operates like a well-oiled machine.
Ever signed off on a shipment, opened it later, and found damage? That’s concealed damage. Here’s how this typically happens: you received a shipment, and you made sure to carefully look for signs of damage to the packaging. After not seeing any signs of visible freight damage, you signed the carrier’s proof of delivery (POD) form as all clear. However, once you unwrapped your shipment, you find that the cargo inside is damaged. Of all the frustration[...]
Small business operators everywhere are always looking for ways to save money, stay within budget and improve customer satisfaction. One way to save dollars on shipping is by incorporating freight consolidation into your shipping strategy. Freight consolidation provides you and your business with more flexibility, which makes freight shipping easier. But what exactly is freight consolidation and the advantages of freight consolidation for small busine[...]
Delayed deliveries are the worst—need we say more? Even though delayed deliveries are a part of life in the logistics world, you don’t have to let them hold back your shipping strategy. Understanding the most common causes of shipping delays and incorporating different contingency plans into your business continuity plan will help mitigate disruptions to your business. Learn more about the top 5 causes of delayed deliveries, so you can ship smarter.
We often get questions about billing adjustments from shippers. It can be an unpleasant surprise to receive a billing adjustment, and there are ways to lower their occurrence. So, what are billing adjustments and what can you do to avoid them? We go into the details you need to know here.
Shipping destinations can be as distinct as the freight heading to them. Some deliveries could be as plain and simple as loading dock to loading dock, but some delivery locations have special requirements. It’s important to know the details of where your shipment is being delivered so that you can select the correct accessorials during quoting to avoid costly billing adjustments after the shipment is completed. Let’s discuss freight shipping to destin[...]
Small to medium-sized business owners like you know how the seasons affect your business and product demand. While your peak business season may differ from another retailer’s, the fact of the matter is that each season will have an impact on your business to some degree. What we mean is this—carriers stay busy because businesses have cargo to ship, which in turn, tightens capacity for your shipments even during your business’ offseason. Summer is a b[...]