Top 3 Benefits of Intermodal Shipping

BR Williams Supply Chain Management

Intermodal freight shipping has been around for decades, but it is growing in popularity due to its many benefits. Integrating intermodal shipping into your supply chain can bring significant cost-savings, increased levels of security, improved safety, and make shipments flexible.

Top Winter Freight Shipping Tips

Freight Center

Winter freight shipping always tests the strength of the logistics industry and e-commerce. Below is a quick list of the top winter freight shipping tips to help guide you and keep your supply chain hot during the trickiest time for shipping. And you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to know the effects a snowstorm has on highways and freight shipping. If you need to get your shipment somewhere at a specific time, consider expedited shipping options.


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Shipping Freight Isn’t Tactical Anymore: 3 Areas That Require Strategic, Collaborative, & Innovative Thinking


In today's ever more complex supply chain riddled with thousands upon thousands of processes, shipping freight has moved beyond tactical prowess for those who execute well and has evolved to now include strategic, innovative, and collaborative efforts to maintain not only a competitive edge but reduce overall transportation cost footprint. This series' goal is to empower those shipping freight with more confidence. Knowledge of Best Practices in Shipping Freight.

The Lowdown on Shipping: Parcel, LTL, and FTL


Freight and parcel shipping. Freight shipping includes larger goods that exceed parcel specifications. Parcel shipping, sometimes referred to as package shipping, is the most common type of shipping for smaller, more lightweight, individual shipments. While parcel shipping can be extremely cost-effective, the chances of a package being lost, stolen, or damaged are much higher versus palletized shipments.

EDI 856: Ship Notice/Manifest


An EDI 856 is known as an Advance Shipping Notice (ASN). This could include: Carrier information Description of products and their respective quantities Tracking numbers Purchase order numbers Barcodes for each container/carton Types of packaging used Configuration of items in the shipping container/transportation equipment. The post EDI 856: Ship Notice/Manifest appeared first on SupplyPike - Supply Chain Simplified What is an EDI 856?

Why Shipping Lead Time Matters in a Tight Freight Market

Zipline Logistics

What Is Shipping Lead Time? Lead time typically refers to the total time needed from purchase order origination to delivery to a customer. When comparing shipping costs for a Zipline customer, having additional shipping lead time provided the shipper with substantial savings.

Less-Than-Truckload Technology: Will Machine Learning, AI & Automation Solve Shipping Problems?


Freight shipping has relied on the same systems for years, ranging from manual entries to a constant struggle in balancing delivery windows with costs. Meanwhile, technologies, like machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI) and automation, will catalyze a reinvention of the transportation industry and less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping above all other modes. What Are the Major LTL Shipping Challenges?

What Is Breakbulk Shipping?

PLS Logistics

Despite the fact that breakbulk shipping is extremely common, sometimes even experienced shippers need more clarity on the definition of this method. In over-the-road transportation, container shipping is prevailing. What is breakbulk shipping? Breakbulk cargo refers […]. Blog breakbulk breakbulk freight breakbulk freight shipping oversized freight

The Impact of SOLAS on Ocean Shipping and Data Management

Talking Logistics

The Regulation’s Impact on Ocean Shipping and Data Management. Once a value is obtained, the following data elements must be transmitted: Verified gross mass. Method that has been used to obtain weight (under review). Party that has verified the weight. Date/time of the weighing. Reference of the VGM declaration (especially if the transmission is a separate message). Shipper’s authorized person.

EDI 856: Ship Notice/Manifest


An EDI 856 is known as an Advance Shipping Notice (ASN). This could include: Carrier information Description of products and their respective quantities Tracking numbers Purchase order numbers Barcodes for each container/carton Types of packaging used Configuration of items in the shipping container/transportation equipment. If the CPG does not use a warehouse, then once they have shipped the product, they will generate an EDI 856 directly to the retailer with the required details.

Conquering the high seas: What’s shaking the global liner shipping industry?

DELMIA Quintiq

Massive ships. While container terminal operators certainly feel the pressure, freight forwarders and the shipping lines themselves have a few planning puzzles to sort out on their own. Capacity of container ships handled in 2014. In 2014, 39% of all container ships travelling worldwide had capacities of over 14,000 TEUs and the number of megaships continues to grow. Shipping lines alliances. Decrease in port calls for big ships since 2009. Slow steaming.

Midstream Oil and Gas: What Is It & How Does It Work?

PLS Logistics

Upstream is referred to all of the processes and actions connected to finding, exploring, drilling and producing crude oil and natural gas. Blog midstream midstream oil and gas midstream supply chain oil and gas oil and gas logistics oil and gas shipping oil and gas supply chainThere are three essential stages in the oil and gas production industry: upstream, midstream and downstream. To understand the role of midstream oil and gas, let’s take a look at every stage.

Overcoming the 5 Most Common Upfront Challenges in Shipping LTL


Shipping products and goods is the lifeblood of our economy. Being able to get your product where it needs to be is the only way to put it in the hands of the consumers that use it, and as such shipping will be a major part of your company’s operations. There are numerous terms within the shipping industry, but one that stands out to most people is shipping LTL. At Cerasis, we have mastered the many moving parts of shipping LTL and LTL transportation management.

Quick Ship Standards: Best Practices to Get Where You Want to Go

Veridian Solutions

Quick ship standards refer to the processes and technologies in use that optimize order fulfillment and exceed customer expectations for fast delivery. Challenges of Quick Ship Order Fulfillment. The leading obstacles of quick ship order fulfillment include: Warehouses lack the human resources to handle sudden changes in demand. Increases in demand without planning will lead to delays in shipping. Consumers may prefer faster shipping, but the question remains.

Quick Ship Standards: Best Practices to Get Where You Want to Go


Quick ship standards refer to the processes and technologies in use that optimize order fulfillment and exceed customer expectations for fast delivery. The post Quick Ship Standards: Best Practices to Get Where You Want to Go appeared first on Transportation Management Company | Cerasis. In other words, such measures give companies the ability to compete with Amazon, Target, and Walmart.

Building the Carrier Scorecard: A Guide to Improve Carrier Relations & Shipping Outcomes


Carrier scorecards refer to the overall “grade” assigned to carriers by shippers and supply chain partners. Instead of working on an outdated scorecard for making shipping decisions, companies can rest assured that their decisions are based on accurate, timely, and relevant information. Apply Carrier Scorecard Data to Hold Carriers Accountable and Make More Profitable Shipping Decisions The scorecard shouldn’t be a physical, hold-it-in-your-hand document.

Multi Carrier Shipping: 8 Ways to Avoid the Shortsightedness Of Chasing The Least Cost Carrier


When you are looking to choose a carrier when it is time to ship your freight, it might seem obvious to go with the carrier that provides you with the lowest “sticker price.” For reference, if your sales are $5 Million, the transportation costs of your business are $250,000. The best practice, even speaking broadly, in the world of LTL shipping and most modes, is to have a multi carrier shipping mind set. How do you go about employing a multi carrier shipping mindset?

3 Technology Companies Disrupting Shipping


Basically, responsible for ocean freight carriers, ocean ships that rely on truck companies. Shipping a 40-ton container back in July or June used to cost about $700 — a 40-ton container. More than half of Hanjin’s ships were chartered. So the chartering companies are already receiving the ships back and they need to rent them. MSC is interested to charter those ships. We want to make sure about their insurance, safety scores, history/references.

What You Should Know About Black Friday Logistics

Freight Center

The shipping industry is always guaranteed to be kept on its toes when it comes to Black Friday and Cyber Monday logistics. But just how are companies impacted in the way they set up their shipping departments during the busiest weekend in e-commerce? Here’s what you should know about Black Friday logistics to keep you and your shipping team on track. Get a free quote today or call (800) 716-7608 to learn more about holiday freight shipping.

Inventory and forecast data from retailers: After your product ships (Part 2)


It’s a very useful number that can itself signal action needs to be taken, such as if Units on Hand drops to zero, indicating a location is out-of-stock and additional product should be ordered or shipped. Units in Transit Units in Transit refers to the number of units that have been shipped and are en route to their destination, such as from your warehouse to a retailer’s DC, or from a retailer’s DC to a store.

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5.5 Great Ways to Reduce Shipping Costs

The Logistics of Logistics

Great Ways to Reduce Shipping Costs. Finding ways to reduce shipping costs is a goal for many companies, however, many forget to do the basic blocking and tackling that will drive cost down. To reduce shipping costs focus on the freight basics listed below. Less damage and using less space on the truck will in turn reduce shipping costs. Another way to lower your cost is to investigate whether your freight could ship under a lower classification.

What Is Full Truckload Shipping & How It Differs From Other Over-The-Road Modes?


Shippers face an onslaught of information in the digital age and often, due to this information overload, shippers find navigating the complex world of shipping challenging. Much attention is devoted to the less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping mode when it comes to rooting out inefficiencies and costs as well as best practice education. Defining Full Truckload Shipping. First, as we head into a series on full truckload shipping, let’s make sure we’re all on the same page.

How to Calculate Freight Shipping Costs

Freight Center

The cost of freight shipping varies depending on a few factors. When it comes to freight shipping, there are two basic categories – full truckload (FTL) and less-than-load (LTL). Full truckload shipping is what it sounds like – one shipper rents space in an entire truck to ship their load. FTL shipping is typically ideal when businesses have 10 pallets or more to ship, or when they have fragile packages that they want to be shipped alone.

What is EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) and ASN (Advanced Shipping Notification)?

3PL Insights

This refers to the electronic interchange of documents between companies. ASN is another form of electronic document transfer, and stands for Advanced Shipping Notification. With an ASN, barcoded ID numbers can be provided on shipping labels, as well as compile a list of all barcoded ID numbers, and the contents inside each package. The post What is EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) and ASN (Advanced Shipping Notification)?

Cargo and Container Shipping Basics

The Logistics of Logistics

Successful international shipping requires a good understanding of cargo and container shipping basics. When large cargo pieces have to be transported by sea, the best and most cost-effective way to transport them is through cargo and container shipping companies. No matter if you are shipping for residential or commercial reasons, if you are interested in shipping large or high-volume loads internationally, the ideal fit is cargo or vessel shipping.

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Common Trucking Terms: Deadhead, Backhaul and Headhaul

Freight Center

Whether you have freight to ship or are hauling freight for someone, it’s important to know some of the common industry terms. Deadhead refers to when a truck driver is returning with an empty trailer. In addition, the backhaul doesn’t need to be on the direct lane back to the truck’s original shipping location to be considered a backhaul shipment. Get a free quote today or call (800)716-7608 and see how FreightCenter can expedite your search for the right shipping lane.

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How to Ship Heavy Haul & Oversize Loads


Easy Guide to Shipping Heavy Haul & Oversize Loads. Shipping heavy haul and oversize loads is as complicated as freight shipping gets, with many intricacies that can cause you headaches. Sometimes, they’re also referred to as ‘’superloads.’’ How to ship heavy haul.

How to Mitigate Risk of Full Truckload Shipping: Freight/Cargo Insurance!


Shippers need a way to mitigate risk of full truckload shipping , regardless of what promises a driver makes in casual conversation. The Problem: Full Truckload Carries Less Risk, So Shippers Forgo Cargo Insurance Risk exists in all transportation modes, and failure to consider risk in full truckload shipping is a poor strategy that will result in loses. Access our complete Full Truckload Shipping White Paper Series.

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Walmart OTIF Fundamentals


Prepaid orders are shipped by you. Scheduling the pickup appointment and having your product ready is referred to as being Collect Ready. Walmart instead will consider your product delivered when they process your shipping documentation, which may be days after the product actually arrived. The day they process the documentation is referred to as the Pro Date , which will be considered the Arrival Compliance Date and will determine whether the PO is “On Time”.

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Demand Management’s Partner in Crime – Central Planning


CP is sometimes referred to as master planning or supply planning. Arguably the two most important core components of managing the supply chain or demand-supply network are demand management (DM) and Central Planning (CP). Demand Management’s Partner in Crime – Central Planning was first posted on May 12, 2020 at 8:05 am. ©2017 ©2017 " Supply Chain Link Blog - Arkieva " Use of this feed is for personal non-commercial use only.

Amazon Vendor Central Shipping Label Requirements


There are various labels used in the shipping process for Amazon Vendor Central. Ship to Location – Amazon Fulfillment Center. Ship from Location – Vendor Warehouse. Ship from and Ship to Locations. For collect shipments, it is necessary to have the Amazon PO number as the reference number in the label. Amazon vendor central has very strict guidelines on how their packages are to be labelled by the suppliers.

Top Logistics Terms to Know—A Supply Chain Glossary

Zipline Logistics

These are a la carte, or per service, and outside of standard shipping and receiving. Account-Specific Pricing — Customer-specific pricing, or account-specific pricing , refers to an agreement between a vendor moving product and a carrier or 3PL that establishes custom prices. Audit — In logistics, an audit refers to the process of examining, adjusting, and verifying freight bills for accuracy. BOL Number — The number established by the carrier that refers to a specific BOL.

What’s the Difference Between FTL, LTL, FCL, and LCL? (Infographic)

BR Williams Supply Chain Management

When it comes to shipping freight, there’s a lot of terminologies that get thrown around. Often you’re drowning in acronyms, and it can be hard to know what the best shipping method is for your cargo. There are two main methods of shipping freight : trucks and ships.

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5 Tricks for Getting the Best Shipping Rates in 2019

Freight Center

FreightCenter is dedicated to helping people get the best shipping rates for their freight hauls. When you work with FreightCenter , you take advantage of our low rates with top shipping carriers. For example, stacking and shrink wrapping 10 similar-sized boxes onto a single pallet (rather than shipping them individually) has great benefits. Not only will it save on shipping costs, it will also save headaches from trying to track 10 shipments rather than one.

Quick Crash Course in Freight Shipping Classifications

4WL Consulting

Freight shipping classifications are notations provided by the National Motor Freight Traffic Association, or NMFTA, as a way of helping carriers and shippers understand the standards by which products are classified for rating purposes. Understanding these classifications will help you ensure that all of your packages are shipped safely, quickly, and at the most affordable price. The Basic Classifications Products are assigned a number, referred to as Class.

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