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Full Truckload Market Rates:  Hot States Indicator 

Posted On 18th July 2017

FTL Spot Market Indicators To get an idea of the FTL or “spot” market, look at the “Hot States” chart below.  This shows the ratio of Loads to Trucks.  It’s easy to cover loads out of states like Massachusetts, with a ratio of 2.0, while South Carolina with a ratio of 8.0 it is much harder. However, this isn't the whole story. In Massachusetts, for example, there are more trucks than loads but look more closely at a state like Montana where the ratio is 1.1.  This might lo ...

Why an Efficient LTL (Less Than Truckload) Shipping Process is Critical 

Posted On 29th June 2017

If you ship LTL every day, you are not necessarily doing it efficiently.  To ship LTL efficiently every day means optimizing your time and resources to produce great results for your Company and for its clients.  An efficient LTL process ensures the shipment consistently arrives to your customer’s door without wasting unnecessary resources, money or time.  With transportation accounting for only 3% to 15% of a product’s delivered value, and more spent on sales, marketi ...

What you need to know about Packaging to ship Common Carrier! 

Posted On 16th May 2017

Box in a Cate on a Skid - Freight Shipping Tips (Common Carrier is who you will normally ship with!)(Hint: Common Carriers aren’t moving companies!  You need more rugged packaging)If you ship with the Common Carriers found online, you need to beware: your freight will be transferred multiple times and can be damaged by forklifts if not properly packaged.  In fact, the Carriers, even though they picked up the freight, are not required to pay claims if your freight wasn’t packed in tough packaging like wooden crates or hea ...

Your International Shipment is Too Important to Leave to the FORWARDERS or NVOCCs 

Posted On 15th May 2017

Cargo Shipments You are used to booking with your NVOCC/forwarder from your door to the international port and so far, nothing has ever gone wrong with the domestic shipment between your door and the port. But that is where the greatest chance for damage lies, and your NVOCC, or international consolidator, usually picks a common carrier option.  So, your freight is moved through at least one terminal, perhaps two, on its way to the nearest port.  This means at least one forklift unloads it, another on ...

STANDARD FTL  or “Plain Vanilla” Full Truckload Moves 

Posted On 12th May 2017

Supply Chain Warehouse Manager The standard FTL move, or “plain vanilla truckload” move is most often performed by spot market truckers via broker or 3PL intermediaries.To qualify as a standard FTL move it must be a dock-to-dock business-to-business move of industrial or consumer goods.  Most often it is raw materials or component items moving to another factory.  In these shipments shipper and receiver have 2 hours to do their part, load or unload. After that there are detention penalties.  So even ...