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[...]
Business is booming! Fireworks shipping season is upon us, and now is the perfect time to get all the answers you need to fully optimize your fireworks shipping strategy. You’d be surprised how tricky it can be to ship fireworks, and how many steps there are in the journey from shipment to an awesome Independence Day firework show. Here’s how to ship fireworks like a true pro—safely and securely.
Flipping your mattress is one thing, but shipping it is a whole other project. You might be thinking that mattress shipping is pretty easy because it’s a common household item. However, mattresses can often be one of the more costly and complicated things to ship out there. Why? Their size, weight and shape always make them a hassle to move from point A to point B. How exactly does someone ship a mattress anyways? We’ve put together a step-by-step gui[...]
If you had to take a guess, what do you think is one of the most common reasons shippers get surprise billing adjustments? If you guessed not including the necessary accessorials, then you are correct! No matter what you’re shipping, each and every single time you send out freight, you need to be aware of the role accessorials play in the process. And it’s a really important role! Not knowing exactly the extent of additional services you’ll need for y[...]
Customer loyalty is the result of a company consistently meeting and exceeding customer expectations – in every aspect of your business, including shipping. Without new, returning and happy customers continuing to buy from you, your business can’t thrive, and possibly may not survive. So, customer retention and loyalty should be one of the top priorities for every small business. One often overlooked aspect of customer loyalty is the shipping process.[...]
As a small business shipper, you know the importance of packaging your cargo properly. You go out of your way to make sure your products are packed, palleted, crated or boxed to get from point A to point B without a hitch. With many business owners and customers trying to lessen their carbon footprints, using sustainable packaging is becoming more common, and in some cases, it is becoming more efficient. Getting started with sustainable packaging migh[...]
The New Year has finally arrived, and we certainly learned a lot from the challenges of last year. Don’t let the supply chain and business shipping issues you had in 2020 weigh you down in 2021. We’re counting down the top 8 shipping faux pas to avoid in 2021, so you can get started off on the right foot when it comes to your shipping strategy!