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What Is A General Rate Increase?

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Mar 31, 2017 10:12:53 AM

Each spring, and sometimes multiple times per year, freight companies like UPS Freight release financial updates called general rate increases (GRIs).

 

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Topics: Freight

How to Properly Handle A Carrier/Customer Dispute

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Mar 31, 2017 9:40:27 AM

Third-party logistics providers don’t have an easy job being the liaison between their clients and their carriers. One of the most difficult aspects of managing transportation is handling disputes.

Disputes are generally issued because of three reasons: weight, class or accessorial charges. Carriers require very specific information from logistics providers before even looking at a dispute case. Here is a rundown of the three most common claims disputes:

 

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Topics: Freight

[Infographic] 3 Reasons Why the Freight Invoice Doesn't Match the Quote

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Mar 30, 2017 5:35:34 PM

Have you ever sent a shipment that ended up having a much higher fee than what you expected from the quote? Here's a quick guide to why this happens, and how you can prevent inaccurate quoting in the future:

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Topics: Freight, infographics

Important Shipping Update: NMFC Rule #680

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Mar 30, 2017 5:34:05 PM

The NMFC recently implemented Rule #680, which states that the product MUST occupy at least 65% of the skid space. Below is a document we created to better explain the rule and what it means for your shipments:

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Topics: Freight, Logistics, infographics

Do You Find Shipping Outdoor Equipment A Challenge?

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Mar 30, 2017 5:31:37 PM

Outdoor sports enthusiasts are not confined by boundaries, so how can we expect their equipment to fit inside a box? Outdoor equipment shippers handle material that can be difficult to package and classify; so much so that certain items warrant their own classifications. These can include hunting blinds and other camouflage material. 

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Topics: Freight, Logistics

40% of U.S. Produce Is Wasted—JIT Logistics Can Help

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Mar 30, 2017 5:13:13 PM

Yep, that number is correct – the U.S. wastes 40% of everything it produces. And it’s not from wasteful consumer habits as much as the lack of efficient food logistics.

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Topics: Freight, Logistics

The Revolution of Global Shipping Started in America

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Mar 30, 2017 5:06:25 PM

Did you know that the man who invented shipping containers, thus shaping the history of transportation, was a truck driver from North Carolina?

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Topics: Trucking, Freight, Logistics

How to Make Customized Expedite Work for You

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Mar 30, 2017 4:26:56 PM

 What do you think of when you hear the word expedite? For most people, expedite = expensive.

That’s why they are reserved for only the most important and time-sensitive freight.

But what if there was a way to customize your expedited shipping, walking backwards and step-by-step to find value and make it more economical?

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Topics: Freight, Logistics, JIT, time sensitive

3 Ways 3PLs Can Ease the Burden of LTL Shipments and GRIs

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Mar 30, 2017 3:21:31 PM

 It’s that time of year again when carriers announce their general rates increases (GRIs). GRIs are not a popular subject because they mean that carriers are charging more money to move freight.

3PLs can ease the burden of GRIs on LTL shippers by using their group buying power to negotiate and coordinate shipments at a lower rate than an individual shipper could.

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Topics: Freight, Logistics

5 Opportunities to Consolidate LTL into Truckload & Save Money

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Mar 30, 2017 2:31:49 PM



Depending on the type of shipment you’re scheduling, there could be an opportunity to save money by consolidating large partials into truckload.

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Topics: Freight, Logistics