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Why Doesn't the Freight Invoice Match the Quote?

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Mar 31, 2017 9:38:23 AM


As a 3PL, one of the most common questions our clients ask us is why the carrier’s freight invoice doesn’t match the original quote. There are three main reasons why this happens:


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Topics: Vendor Inbound Management

The #1 Thing Food Service Equipment Shippers Need from 3PLs

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Mar 30, 2017 6:00:36 PM

Third-party logistics providers generally serve more than one industry, and each industry requires custom transportation solutions.

Take for example food service equipment distributors. As a distributor, the number of third party & inbound shipments are much higher than the average shipper. Since their hands aren’t directly on the shipments, the beginning-to-end process is handled by their logistics providers.

So what is the one thing needed from 3PLs?

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Topics: Vendor Inbound Management, Food service equipment distributors

Why You Need Vendor Compliance with Inbound Shipping

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Mar 30, 2017 4:31:15 PM

Companies that receive inbound freight often complain of a lack of visibility.

The good news is that you can achieve visibility over inbound shipments by implementing a set of specific  “ship via” instructions. This is assuming you have set compliance standards with your vendor.

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Topics: Vendor Inbound Management

3 Ways to Reduce Inbound Shipping Costs

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Mar 29, 2017 2:24:00 PM

All too often do organizations over simplify their inbound shipping program. Effectively controlling and managing the inbound chain is a difficult and ever evolving process that take a great deal of resources and collaboration. The smallest adjustment to your program can disrupt your entire supply chain process. Similarly, this program cannot be left unmanaged. Without management driving inbound to be a priority, it is typically not handled properly resulting in higher costs.

However, there is a great deal of opportunity to reduce cost within your supply chain. If handled properly, companies could improve predictability and reliability of their inbound shipments, improve service and operational excellence, while reducing cost within the supply chain.

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Topics: Vendor Inbound Management, Cut Costs

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

Advantages of Partial Truckload Shipping

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Mar 27, 2017 4:34:33 PM

If you’re like most shippers, you are probably familiar with less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping or full truckload (TL) shipping. Both are among the most common modes of cargo transport. But what do you do when you are looking for an option somewhere in the middle?

Partial truckload, is a much less common mode of shipping that can actually save you money.

 Here are a few advantages of partial truckload shipping:

  1. Less handling, and therefore less chance of damage to freight
  2. Competitive prices - many times lower than LTL or TL
  3. A generally faster transit time
  4. Freight can go door-to-door instead of door-to-dock

Other prominent benefits of partial truckload include the fact that it usually doesn’t require you to identify the freight class. This eliminates possible re-classing and accessorials. These carriers also do not stop at distribution terminals throughout transport, so the amount of on-time deliveries is often higher than other shipping modes. Even though freight can be safer with partial truckload because there are less hands on it, these shippers also offer cargo insurance that is comparable to truckload.

When should you use partial truckload?

The main indicator of when you should consider partial truckload is when the freight requirements fall between LTL and TL. This usually means that the shipment is between six and 18 pallets and/or between 8,000 and 27,500 pounds.

Another indicator as to whether you should use partial truckload is if your freight is lightweight but takes up a lot of space. This could hike up the price if you shipped it LTL. Or, anytime you want to be extra cautious about protecting sensitive freight, partial truckload may be a better choice than LTL or TL.

If you feel that shipping partial or volume truckload will be the most time- and cost-effective, consider allowing a third-party logistics provider (3PL) to coordinate your shipment. This is your best bet for saving money, because 3PLs work with their carrier networks daily to find the best routes and rates that will save their clients money. They are likely to find that ideal spot within their networks for a partial or volume truckload.

Need to schedule a shipment? Visit for a free freight quote or to learn more about a custom logistics solution

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Topics: Vendor Inbound Management, Partial Truckload

Best Practices: Freight Claims

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Mar 27, 2017 12:17:49 PM

Freight claims can be a frustrating part of shipping, but solid receiving practices can help organize the process and lead to a successful outcome.

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Topics: Vendor Inbound Management, infographics

How to Control & Save Money on Inbound Shipping

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Jan 10, 2017 10:15:00 AM



“How much do you spend on transportation?”

According to Inbound Logistics, this one of the most daunting questions business executives are asked. Why? Because lack of visibility makes measuring inbound shipping costs very difficult.


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Topics: Vendor Inbound Management