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9 Tips for Managing Truckload Freight

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Mar 30, 2017 10:31:39 AM

Shipping a lot of truckload freight? The key is to look at it as a tactical planning process consistent with your supply chain strategy; not as an operational detail. Here are 9 tips to reduce transportation costs and improve service levels:

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Topics: Freight, Logistics, Truckload

Why You Can’t Afford to Neglect Freight Audit & Pay

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Mar 30, 2017 9:28:36 AM

Did you know that freight charges often represent up to 10% of a company’s total expensesDepending on the size of the company, that can translate into hundreds and thousands of dollars spent annually on transportation.

Freight expenses are unnecessarily multiplied when shippers don’t have proper control of their outsourced freight pay & audit management. This is unfortunate, considering that these services should save shippers money by identifying areas for improvement in their supply chains. On average, about 40% of companies outsource freight payment.

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Topics: Freight, Logistics

Freight Dimensioners: What Shippers Need to Know

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Mar 29, 2017 5:43:32 PM

In 2015, carriers are going to become more efficient in measuring and classifying freight, and this will have a direct effect on shippers.

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Topics: Freight, Logistics, ltl

Fuel Costs: Consumer vs. Commercial

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Mar 29, 2017 5:00:54 PM

If you ship freight, you may be wondering why freight costs aren't dropping along with fuel prices. The truth is that several factors play into shipping, many of which go unseen. Additionally, diesel fuel prices have not dropped at the same pace that gasoline has.

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Topics: Trucking, Freight

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

Avoiding Costly Shipping Mistakes: Linear Foot Rule

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Mar 28, 2017 6:22:30 PM

In a recent shipment, a GTS client ran into a costly shipping mistake that we often see. In this situation, the shipper faced additional carrier charges due to miscommunication. The freight was called into the carrier and reported on the BOL  with the dimensions of 40”x48” (13.3’); however, they loaded their freight on the truck as 48”x40” (16’). Since the shipper loaded their freight in the truck differently than they originally noted on their shipping paperwork, they exceeded the designated linear foot rule, resulting in additional charges. How does this happen?

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Topics: Freight, Cut Costs, Packaging Tips

5 Facts You Didn't Know About Rail

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Mar 28, 2017 5:50:38 PM

Did you know that America has the largest rail network in the world, with twice as much track as China? And while rail isn’t the primary mode of transport for consumers, it has once again started to aid logistics infrastructure.

In our previous post about the American Railway, we highlighted the fact that the U.S. rail system is once again, as in times past, stepping up to help our domestic supply chain. Increased jobs, farming support and better infrastructure are just a few of the benefits of adding rail back into America’s transport system.

This post will cover five facts that you probably didn’t know about the American rail system and its aid to the shipment of domestic goods. 

  1.     U.S. freight rail is a $60 billion dollar industry with 140,000 rail miles operated by seven main railroads, each bringing in a revenue of at least $433 million dollars. This breaks down to 21 regional railroads and 510 local railroads.
  2.     The American rail system moves more freight than any other rail system worldwide. It also provides 221,000 jobs nationally and allows for several community benefits: reduction in road congestion and highway fatalities, lowering of fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, and lessening of overall logistics costs and public infrastructure maintenance costs.
  3.     U.S. freight railroads are private organizations -- they are responsible for their own maintenance and do not rely on government financial support. They invest a very large amount of money into their own system to maintain and add capacity.
  4.     About 40% of U.S. freight is moved by “ton-miles” -- the length freight travels. Rail is a huge benefit for bulk shipping of common goods, such as grain and coal, and a wide variety of consumer goods.
  5.     Each person in the U.S. requires 40 tons of freight moved every year! Many of the goods that Americans use every day are wholly shipped or contain portions of material that have been shipped by rail. 

It’s clear that rail is an integral part of America’s logistics network, especially for heavy freight that needs to travel long distances. And while trucks are excellent for shipping time-sensitive, high-value commodities, rail is the key to transporting raw materials across the country.

What does the future look like for rail? Well, America is becoming increasingly urbanized, turning to larger areas of metropolitan regions, called “megaregions.” This results in more freight and passenger traffic, congestion and lessening of productivity. Rail can be utilized here through public-private partnerships that continue to fund and support innovative rail transport. Rail modal will become more competitive as intermodal transport brings efficiencies and greater quality of life by minimizing traffic congestion and pollution.

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Topics: Supply Chain, Freight, Logistics

The 411 on Trade Show Shipping

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Mar 28, 2017 5:44:22 PM

Your company has decided to exhibit in an industry trade show. The booth space is confirmed, as well as, your hotel rooms and flights. Now it’s time to ship your company display and promotional materials to the convention center.

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Topics: Supply Chain, Freight, Logistics

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

The ABC's of Freight

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Jan 2, 2017 10:26:00 AM

Transportation management contains a host of technical jargon that can be confusing to people who don't work in the industry. It can be very frustrating for companies looking for logistics solutions to know where to begin.

In hopes of cutting down the confusion, we created this infographic to explain some of the most common logistics terms. 

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Topics: Freight, Logistics