GTS Blog

How to Avoid Winter Shipping Problems

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Apr 1, 2017 9:00:00 PM

The snow is falling here at GTS. With winter is in full swing, we want to help you avoid some common winter weather issues and protect your freight.

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Topics: weather, Domestic Freight Management, winter

Time Sensitive Shipping Tips: Infographic

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Apr 1, 2017 5:00:00 PM

GTS moves critical shipments nationally and globally. These tips will help your time sensitive shipments move easily and arrive on time.

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Topics: Domestic Freight Management, time sensitive, ltl

How SMB Can Control Inbound Shipping

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Apr 1, 2017 10:00:00 AM

In the world of freight, one area that causes ongoing confusion for our small to midsize 
clients is inbound shipping. When you don’t have a dock or logistics resources, inbound shipping can quickly be pushed to a vendor responsibility and control of costs and visibility lost. Here are some inbound shipping basics to help you save time and money.

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Topics: Domestic Freight Management, Vendor Inbound Management, SMB, VCC, Best Way, Small to Midsize Business, Vendor Compliance Policy, Ship Via, Receiving Freight

PPAI and GTS Celebrate Over a Decade of Partnership

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Apr 1, 2017 8:00:00 AM

GTS has spent 20 years establishing a successful affinity network. We partner with trade associations & chambers nationwide to bring their members exclusive shipping discounts.

We have been a proud partner with PPAI for over 10 years. During that time, we have successfully worked with hundreds of PPAI members by saving nearly $1 million dollars on shipping costs. 

We are proud to present the following endorsement letter from PPAI Executive Vice President, Robert McLean Jr.

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Topics: Logistics, Domestic Freight Management, PPAI

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, NMFC, Industry News, Domestic Freight Management

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: Trucking, Industry News, Domestic Freight Management

Spring Seasonal Freight Best Practices

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Mar 27, 2017 12:16:52 PM

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.

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Topics: Logistics, weather, Domestic Freight Management, Fuel & Capacity, Produce, Seasonal Freight, Cut Costs

What Determines an LTL Freight Quote?

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Mar 27, 2017 12:16:21 PM

Less-than-truckload (LTL) is a shipping mode used for smaller shipments that are too large to be sent parcel but too small to fill an entire truck, typically weighting between 150 and 15,000 lbs., or less than 5 pallets.

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Topics: Domestic Freight Management, ltl

Top Freight Packaging Tips [Infographic]

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Mar 24, 2017 5:58:13 PM

How well does your shipment packaging measure up to carriers' stringent standards? GTS recommends shippers practice these top 7 packaging tips to ensure safe and damage free delivery of their product.

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Topics: Freight, Domestic Freight Management, infographics