Time is money. This is never more apparent than when you need product to arrive immediately and each minute that painfully ticks off the clock is another lost sale to your Big, Ugly Competitor (let’s call them B.U.C.) with an inferior product whom you HATE losing business to. When you fly your freight you can…
Having adequate insurance for every freight shipment is a no brainer, yet it’s often not discussed before a shipment takes place. As a shipper or consignee this should be part of the quoting process because not having enough coverage is easily remedied by buying more. Read on to learn everything you need to know about LTL freight shipping insurance. (Skip to the end for the bullet points but don’t you dare skip over my algorithms)
Shipping freight can be an easy and beautiful thing for your business. If your shipment picks up, moves and delivers without any complications you can make people on the other end very happy. On the flip side, things can go sideways quickly if you miss even a single seemingly small detail. By following a few simple steps you can avoid a lot of headaches and keep your (ware)house in order. Whether you ship freight regularly and just looking for a refresher or completely new to shipping because of a job or company you started this post is for you.
In the world of LTL Freight shipping it’s the question of the ages: “what is my freight class?”. There is confusion around what class is, what it means and how to find it for a specific commodity. In this post I will aim to tackle all three and set you on your merry way ready to ship freight like a champ.
What's the best way to ship a pool table you bought on ebay directly to your house? How about a 3D Printer? What about a couch from Wayfair? When it comes right down to it, you have two options: LTL or whiteglove. As more of ecommerce shades direct to consumer the transportation industry has some strides to make to catch up. This also has implications for the myriad of businesses now run from a residence.
There’s a network of super men and women whipping around the country in specially equipped sprinter vans. You probably haven’t even noticed them but there’s one within 45 miles of your location at any given time ready to swoop in at a moment’s notice and shuttle your hot shipment (4 skids or less) anywhere on terra firma. They’re the surface expedite army and they are the swiss army knives of the freight industry.
You’re importing goods for your business. One of the most important decisions you’ll make is what INCO term you use for your shipment. INCO terms are trade terms published by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) that are commonly used in international trade contracts. These 3-letter terms are important because they define the tasks, costs, and risks associated with the transportation and delivery of goods. INCO terms create a common ground for international trading partners to establish who pays for what.
You are moving a shipment using an LTL service. A lot is riding on it: It’s the first impression you get to make on your customer. If it moves out on time your business will look like a well oiled machine. But if it not…you’ll look like the other guy. Even overlooking a seemingly small detail can trigger a chain of negative events with catastrophic results for your business. It can cost you valuable time, money, resources and worst of all, customers.