Topic: Intermodal Shipping

Disadvantages of Bundling Logistics Services

Photo by Robson Hatsukami Morgan on Unsplash Why it’s paramount that shippers avoid the seduction of a turnkey logistics provider (and why many mature supply chain leaders already know this). As they approached a higher level of demand for their offerings, an importer of food products from Mexico signed up with a one-stop logistics provider in Laredo, Texas. […]

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Fixing the Major Issue of Detention Time for Truckers

First off, what is truck detention and what is detention pay for truckers? When shipments aren’t ready to be loaded, even if a truck driver arrives on time, the trucker is “detained” and must wait for freight (and its paperwork) to be prepped. The industry standard is to have trucks loaded in two hours. After […]

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Rejected Freight: Top Reasons Freight is Turned Away

What does it mean to have rejected freight? If a carrier arrives at a facility and the receiver refuses to take the freight as is, it is rejected and must go back to the shipper or be fixed before ownership can switch hands. Some reasons for rejected freight are obvious, like a damaged product or […]

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Q1 2019 Freight Rates and Market Update

The transportation industry saw record-setting levels of freight-haul demand and driver pay in 2018 as tonnage levels reached a 20-year high, the ELD Mandate caused major debate and disruption, and price increases were felt across the map. This begs the question, what can we expect to see in 2019? Nothing quite so drastic. The trucking […]

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Useful Tips to Make Reefer Rail Safe and Easy

A version of this article originally appeared on RefrigeratedFrozenFood.com Highway congestion, truck driver shortage and rising freight rates are collectively making the use of rail more appealing to shippers. For those who move temp-controlled or frozen product, the appeal of trying refrigerated rail (reefer rail) is even higher. The cold chain has a limited supply […]

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Q4 2018 Trucking Industry Update

Here is a summary of the most influential transportation market impacts and predictions, so you’re not left to decipher the plethora of voices online. 4Q Trucking Outlook The average national rate at the close of September was $2.15 per mile. Outbound Chicago held the highest average rate at $2.66 per mile, while Dallas averaged $1.94 […]

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OTR vs Intermodal: Which Shipping Strategy is Right for You?

What mode of transportation is the best choice for the movement of your freight? Each mode offers its own set of pros and cons and is best suited for different situations. One of the most common debates is over-the-road (truckload) vs. intermodal (rail). Many shippers stick to using trucks/vans to move their product because it’s […]

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Logistics Statistics: Savings Opportunities in Shipping (INFOGRAPHIC)

For all the effort, ingenuity, and resources shippers put into cutting costs and streamlining operations, there are always savings opportunities hidden somewhere in the supply chain. The key (and the challenge) is knowing where to look. And where, exactly, is that? That largely depends on what, where and when you ship, but there are some […]

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Partial Load, Co-Loading, LTL, and Load-to-Ride Transportation

Partial truckload, co-loading, less-than-truckload (LTL loads), and load-to-ride all refer to shipping methods that put orders from multiple companies on one truck. Yet, each mode operates a bit differently and provides its own set of benefits. Deciding on the most optimal mode for your transportation needs can be daunting. (That’s why we’re here!) Decisions are […]

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What is a BOL (Bill of Lading)?

A Bill of Lading (BOL, BoL, or B/L) is a legally binding document between a shipper and carrier that details all the information needed to process a freight shipment. A BOL is essential because every shipment starts and ends with one. It also protects the seller, the shipper, and the recipient. It will help to […]

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Freight Costs: Intermodal Transportation

Intermodal transportation, or the use of multiple modes to execute the movement of freight, is growing in popularity as an alternative to the singular use of truckload. Two of the biggest reasons intermodal shippers are using multimodal shipping methods are lower cost per mile for many long-haul lanes, as well as more consistent service. Lower […]

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5 Ways Logistics Operations Can Support a Growing Brand

What your business is today is not what it will be in the future. Emerging brands want to get big – big companies want to get bigger. One thing they all have in common is the need for logistics operations that can enable growth – and this takes foresight. It also includes anticipating the capabilities […]

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