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What is Logistics Management? Definition from FreightRun.com Posted On 22th January 2016
“Logistics Management” or “supply chain management” is a perspective of business management with the goal of optimizing efficiency in the movement from raw materials to finished product with the goal of both increased profitability but also in the attempt to developing strategic advantages over the competition.  To these ends, logistics management focus on planning, freight pricing, inventory optimization, process strategies, and ensuring that customer needs and orde ...

Is CH Robinson a dinosaur? Posted On 21th January 2016
Is CH Robinson a dinosaur? When a company gets too big, runs out of ideas, and is losing market what can it do?  It can buy other companies, engage in financial engineering, and use its profits to expand globally.  Is CHR worth it s stock market valuation of 19X earnings when most brokerages in US would sell for 3 to 5X earnings? … What do you all think?

FMCSA to Cut Rate of Driver Drug Testing to 25%; Says Decrease to Save Industry $50 MIllion Posted On 10th January 2016
Interesting in light of the Land Air Express of New England shutdown over related concerns that the FMCSA decided to decrease the drug testing rate by half – from 50% to 25%.  Such actions and the recent incident we are certain are not related; but fantastic that this change has been made!The FMCSA top administrator Scott Darling and his staff must should be saluted for their willingness to temper a powerful but unnecessarily intrusive and burdensome tool.  They have objectively ...

Land Air Express of New England’s Authority Reinstated Posted On 9th January 2016
DOT had shut down this regional carrier for violations it had failed to address driver drug and alcohol violations given in late October.  Allegedly Land Air had failed to conduct random tests at the required rate, had failed also to test after accidents, continued to employ a driver who had tested positive for some controlled substance, and continued to employ a driver who didn’t have all the proper licensing.Unfortunately, we don’t know the details beyond that but it is hard t ...

Common Carrier Inspections, Weight Inspections, Charging Extra Even for 1"! Posted On 8th January 2016
Unfortunately Common Carriers in their drive to maximize revenue are digging deeper and deeper into their Tariffs and using every tool possible to charge their clients more money.You really need these days – unless you ship the exact same freight class and NMFC# including the sub number precisely the same – you really need to measure each pallet when you going for pallet pricing – approximate is not good enough.   If you are a shipper invest in a scale – it is the ri ...

LTL Shipping Tip: Avoid Extra Accessory Charges from Common Carriers Posted On 7th January 2016
It is darn painful when you work hard to book your LTL shipments cost effectively and then the other party to the transaction – the shipper or the receiver – cause all kinds of extra charges to you even though you didn’t get the extra service, they did! In other words, you did your job but they didn’t do theirs but you are obligated to pay for it. Per Common Carrier tariffs, the party who books/pays for the freight has to pay ALL charges related to the shipment. From the ...

How to Avoid Emergency Expedited Shipments Posted On 6th January 2016
Expedited shipping expenses should be a maximum of 3% to 5% of your overall freight budget, but often companies spend upwards of 20% of gross freight purchases on Expedited and Guaranteed Services.  Most of these expenses can be avoided. Let's talk about how.Tip #1Transparent, honest, and FAST communications with your client is a must in order to avoid making your company responsible for expedited shipping costs. Everyone must understand that the consequences of a late delivery for the cust ...

FreightRun.com - Volume and Truckload Freight Shipping Posted On 5th January 2016
FreightRun.com is unique in that you can get instant zip to zip pricing for most volume and truckload (FTL) full truckload transportation moves. Most other carriers offer a feature where you basically fill out their form, and the form is emailed and 30 minutes to an hour later you will get a quote.  Unfortunately, they are quoting that price depending on what their particular situation is that day or week FreightRun.com on the other hand is combining the information from thousands o ...

LTL Tricks to Save Money Posted On 4th January 2016
LTL Trick Tip #1 - Know Your FreightIf it turns out the dimensions or weight or NMFC code you provided are wrong, it can get VERY expensive VERY fast. Common carriers have increased the number of freight inspections they do by 300% in order to generate maximum revenue. So carefully catalog and document what you ship - including measurements - so you can dispute any negative inspections with data, and to avoid such inspections in the first place. If you are not the shipper, but say the Purchasing ...