GTS Blog

Prepare for the Impact | Expect Rising Shipping Costs as West Coast Port Congestion & Winter Weather Clears

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Mar 29, 2017 2:30:25 PM

As the West Coast Ports continue to clear out the backlog of containers, organizations of all sizes should expect to face increased shipping costs from carriers.

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Topics: Industry News

The Trucking Industry: The Debate on Lowering the Driving Age

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Mar 29, 2017 2:16:12 PM

The American Trucking Association (ATA) has some ambitious goals for 2015. Earlier this year they announced that their agenda includes working on highway funding, safety fitness determination requirements for truckers and trying to solve the driver shortage in the U.S.

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Topics: Trucking, Industry News

Freight Classification & NMFC Rules

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Mar 29, 2017 12:48:40 PM

 Regardless of how much industry experience you have, determining freight classification and staying in line with the National Motor Freight Traffic Association’s (NMFTA) rules, can be frustrating, especially if you get it wrong. However, determining your shipment’s freight class is a critical step to effectively managing your supply chain. Not only does class determine your hard cost, but it’s also a vital factor when it comes to dealing with possible claims or disputes. 

In this post, our experts address the most common questions and areas of confusion that relates to freight class and NMFC rules. Although it may seem like Logistics 101, we advise refreshing your knowledge of the ever changing shipping criteria.

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Topics: Freight, Industry News, Domestic Freight Management, NMFC

NMFC Policy Change: LTL Concealed Damage Goods Claim Update

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Mar 29, 2017 12:43:49 PM

Effective Saturday April 18, 2015, all LTL shippers and receivers have five (5) business days to provide notification of concealed damages to the carrier of record.

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Topics: Industry News, NMFC

Understanding Additional Carrier Charges & Tips to Avoid Them

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Mar 28, 2017 6:18:25 PM

Depending upon your shipping habits, you have probably, experienced the wrath of the carriers. Frequent shippers often run into a number of discrepancies and face additional charges for things that seem minor. While infrequent shippers struggle to remember all the little details to shipping that the carriers require for their process. Not adhering to the carrier’s long list of preferences can lead to additional charges and repeat offenders can land on a carrier’s ‘difficult shipper’ list. If a carrier finds on multiple occasions that your freight is not the weight, size or packaged as you originally reported, they will place you on a list to be audited each time you ship to ensure you are following best practices. Each discrepancy adds to the overall cost to ship.

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Topics: Vendor Inbound Management, Logistics, Industry News, Packaging Tips, Cut Costs

Tractor Trailers – Is Bigger Better?

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Mar 28, 2017 5:40:49 PM

The debate is heating up and both sides have serious points to consider. The hot topic of conversation - longer double tractor-trailer.  A proposal in congress to increase trailer length from 28 feet to 33 feet has passed the House and will move on to the Senate. It basically comes down to two main issues, safety versus efficiency.

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Topics: Domestic Freight Management, Trucking, Industry News

Driving Value out of a 3PL Partnership

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Mar 27, 2017 5:29:27 PM

You purchase a product and something about it does not meet your expectations – we’ve all been there. Although many companies know that an easy return process can go a long way in customer satisfaction, there are still those that make returns a challenge. As consumers we favor companies with easy processes and positive experiences and stay away from those that can be tougher to work with or don’t follow through on the service end. 

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Topics: Industry News

Special Freight Commodity Alert - Packaging of Mowers

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Mar 27, 2017 3:13:54 PM

The current provisions for Mowers, NOI, with or without engines or motors, as named in item 125835, were established as a result of action taken on Commodity Classification Standards Board (CCSB) Docket 2015-3, Subject 2 (September 2015). The provisions, shown below, were first published in Supplement 5 to NMF 100-AO, and became effective on December 19, 2015.

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Topics: Industry News

THUD Could Lead yo Larger Trailer Size

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Mar 27, 2017 3:09:36 PM

The transportation industry is facing the first nationwide truck size change in nearly three decades. In our last blog post, Tractor Trailers – Is Bigger Better? we introduced the heated debated about a proposal to increase trailer length from 28 feet to 33 feet. What would you do with the extra space?

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Topics: Industry News, THUD