GTS Blog

Optimized Shipping 101: Guide to Making the Best Shipping Decisions

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Apr 1, 2017 6:00:00 PM

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between Volume and Truckload? Our new infographic can help! Learn the different modes of shipping to choose what fits your shipment best!

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Topics: time sensitive, ltl, infographics, Truckload

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

Ship like a Pro: Preparing an LTL Shipment

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Apr 1, 2017 4:00:00 PM

Proper packaging and labeling is essential, not only to keep your supply chain in motion but to protect your shipments. Whether you are a first-time shipper or a logistics pro, properly preparing your shipments for pickup can be a hassle. But when done correctly, it can make your job easier and prevent headaches.

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Topics: ltl, Packaging Tips

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

How to Maximize Your LTL Efficiency

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Mar 27, 2017 6:43:44 PM

How efficient are you at less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping?  

Moving LTL freight both efficiently and cost-efficiently poses unique challenges to shippers. Despite falling gas prices, LTL shipping costs are still effected by truck driver shortages, capacity challenges, and congested infrastructure.  None the less, shippers can still be efficient managing their LTL freight. The solution for reducing freight costs and lag times is simpler than those might think.  

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Topics: ltl

NMFC's What Shippers Need to Know

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Mar 27, 2017 4:05:22 PM

Any business that ships freight will quickly become familiar with the term National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC). NMFCs are, “a standard that provides a comparison of commodities moving in interstate, intrastate and foreign commerce,” according to The National Motor Freight Traffic Association.

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Topics: NMFC, ltl

Carrier Rebills & How to Avoid Them

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Mar 27, 2017 3:15:50 PM

It seems like low gas prices (which are slowly starting to rise again) have been a positive change for almost everybody. The transportation industry has not benefited as much as consumers. In today’s transportation climate, LTL carriers are being squeezed out of profit margins that they were traditionally able to mark up through fuel. And now that fuel prices are lower, carriers are looking to re-weigh and re-classify freight to make up for their losses.

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Topics: ltl, Rebills

How to Avoid Overpaying with Dimensional Weight Pricing

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Mar 27, 2017 3:05:43 PM

On January 1, 2015, Dimensional Weight Pricing (DIM Weight) was applied to all ground shipments smaller than three cubic feet by the major small package carriers as well as some LTL carriers. With the new pricing matrix, you are charged for the volume and weight of your package, rather than the weight and distance. This means that packages with filler and empty space will cost you more to ship.

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Topics: ltl, infographics

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

Combating the Weather Effect on Your LTL Shipments

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Mar 1, 2017 10:36:00 AM

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. 

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Topics: weather, Fuel & Capacity, ltl