In our last blog post, we explained the impact that increasing fuel costs, capacity limits and government regulations have on carriers. In this post, we’ll explain how shippers, 3PLs and end-users are being impacted.
Topics: Fuel & Capacity
Over the past month, America has experienced some of the lowest gas prices in over a decade.
That’s not just good news for consumers; capacity is opening up for freight carriers. But while this has eased the capacity crunch temporarily, shippers know that this ease in capacity won’t be long-term. Gas prices will hike back up, especially during the holiday season.
With summer right around the corner, farmers, growers and distributors are gearing up to ship out their spring seasonal products. As more produce and landscaping materials are ready for shipment, it should be no surprise that freight rates increase as truck space decreases. Although the weather allows for produce to be shipped on standard vans, rather than being limited to temperature regulated trucks, truck space is limited and carriers are aware of the influx in demand. If you’re shipping fresh materials this spring, keep these tips in mind to cut costs and avoid pitfalls.
The severe weather conditions across the country have affected equipment capacity in all sectors of transportation. LTL carriers continue to work to meet service levels on pickups and deliveries, however, Mother Nature dampers their ability to move freight quickly in and out of their network. In some cases, the conditions are so extreme that drivers are banned from being on the road -- whether it is mandated by the DOT or directly from corporate.