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Domestic Freight Transportation Today: A Shipper's Guide to the Market

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Sep 28, 2017 8:00:00 AM

The transportation market is constantly changing. In the first nine months of 2017, the logistics industry has already undergone a number of changes including various NMFC shifts, ongoing carrier mergers and extremely severe weather. Additionally, the ELD (Electronic Logging Device Mandate), an industry wide regulatory change, will take effect at the end of this year and is expected to create further supply chain impacts. 

Collectively, these factors have created what is known as a ‘carrier’s market.’ This is expected to persist over the coming months and possibly well into 2019. So how can businesses make smart shipping decisions? 

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Topics: Domestic Freight Management

Case Study: How True Partnership Can Drive Savings Beyond Shipping Costs

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Aug 15, 2017 9:01:33 AM

How can a strong logistics partner help drive cost savings and overall supply chain improvements? Through an optimal combination of people and technology. While people and technology alone can produce improvements, a strategy that combines the two allows companies to manage complex logistics networks with skill, insight and expertise. 

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Topics: Case Studies, Domestic Freight Management, Technology

How the August NMFC Changes Could Impact Shipping Rates

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Aug 10, 2017 9:28:14 AM

As a follow up to our August NMFC Changes eBook, there are some major changes that went into effect on August 5 which shippers should be aware of. One of the most substantial changes is the transition from a 9-tier to an 11-tier density breakdown. Depending on the density of the shipment, the freight class could change due to the new density subclassification thresholds. 

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Topics: NMFC, ltl, Domestic Freight Management

Countdown to ELD Implementation: 3 Things Shippers Need to Know

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Jul 18, 2017 8:01:00 AM

It’s been more than two years in the making and now there are only six months until the federal electronic logging mandate (ELD) will take full effect. As the compliance deadline continues to approach, below are some insights into the most common questions from shippers: 

“What EXACTLY is ELD?”

“What does this mean for my business and for the industry as a whole?”

“What options are there to help us prepare and be proactive?” 

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Topics: Technology, Domestic Freight Management

3 Tips to Reduce Inbound Logistics Costs

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Jul 11, 2017 5:46:16 PM

When it comes to managing shipping costs, organizations tend to over-look the inbound supply chain. Effectively controlling and managing inbound freight can be a difficult process without a solid structure to hold vendors accountable. Below are our top three tips to help reduce inbound logistics costs. 

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Topics: Vendor Inbound Management, Domestic Freight Management

[eBook] NMFC Changes - August 2017

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Jun 22, 2017 12:39:52 PM

Determining the correct NMFC (National Motor Freight Classification) is critical to successfull shipping and controlling costs. The NMFC is used by carriers to categorize and identify freight to provide a rate to shippers. Are you aware of the upcoming NMFC changes which will take place in August? 

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Topics: Domestic Freight Management, NMFC, ltl, 3pl

10 Benefits to Centralizing Your Logistics Management

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Apr 20, 2017 9:17:28 AM

Centralizing the management of logistics activities can produce a number of benefits for shippers. With a dedicated team to manage logistics activities, shippers will save time and money due to the increased control, improved transparency and streamlined processes. Below are 10 reasons why shippers should consider the centralization of logistics management. 

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Topics: Freight, Domestic Freight Management

Inbound Shipping 101 eBook

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Mar 16, 2017 11:44:55 AM

Do you have a firm control over inbound shipping costs? A thorough inbound shipping program can help you improve your supply chain visibility to ensure cost-effective shipping decisions are made.

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Topics: Vendor Inbound Management, Logistics Best Practices, Domestic Freight Management

3 Benefits of Freight Audit & Payment Programs

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Mar 13, 2017 2:10:13 PM

Freight audit and payment programs can help companies of all sizes improve accuracy when reviewing and paying carrier invoices. With a team devoted to carefully analyzing all charges prior to payment, freight audit and payment providers can save shippers considerable time and money. 

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Topics: Domestic Freight Management, Freight

Freight Classification & NMFC Rules

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Jan 16, 2017 4:35:31 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. 

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Topics: Freight, NMFC, 3pl, ltl, Domestic Freight Management

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