Brighter Logistics Newest Client Is Turning Shipping Containers Into Homes

Here at Brighter Logistics we have many clients that ship all kinds of different widgets, parts and merchandise across the united states.  But we could not be more excited about our newest client C3 UP and what we will be shipping for them, homes that are made from shipping containers.  C3 UP (a division of C3 Ventures) is currently working on about half a dozen large, metal shipping containers are undergoing modifications to become homes in their facility called C33D and a warehouse C3 UP located in Flint Michigan.

“It’s all part of the culture of what C3 means: Clean air, clean soil, clean water — so are able to make use out of these containers that were just sitting around rotting,” said Chris Williams, president and CEO of C33D.

C3 UP has already completed one storage container home, which was placed in Ferndale, and it’s currently in the beginning stages of building its second home.  The containers, some of which were used only once, were purchased in Detroit and brought back to the warehouse where crews cut holes for windows and doors to be installed.

Gil Opaleski, warehouse operations manager said after that, they’ll paint the outside with a Rhino liner, which is the same material used for pickup truck bed liners. “That’s good for 60 years, and the top of the roof – I mean, it’s better than shingles. You can hit it with a hammer and it won’t dent, it won’t chip or anything,” he said.

Other ideas for containers are also in the works, including creating manufactured park models that are smaller and on wheels with a hitch, as well as apartment complexes, since the containers can be stacked as many as 16 high.

Brighter Logistics will be handing all future transportation needs of C3 UP, from delivering the containers before they are converted into homes as well as delivering them to their dedications where they will be lived in and enjoyed for many years.

Justin Bright – CEO Brighter Logistics



Overcoming Less-than-truckload (LTL) Shipping Challenges

Transportation of goods and services is one of the most important aspects of any economy. People take for granted whatever they bought will be delivered to them somehow or other. When you go to the store to buy something, that product had to be brought to the store in the first place. But rarely do people think about all that until something goes wrong and they don’t get what they want. Most people don’t know much about trucking or logistics, let alone Less-than-truckload or LTL type of shipping. The simple definition of LTL is, freight that will not fill a large semi-truck trailer. It is a fancy term for the smaller trucks or the little guys in the trucking business. And it is also one of the most challenging parts of the trucking business for, both, the sender and recipient of goods.

The reason why LTL is the weakest link in the freight business is of course because of money. If there is only a small amount of freight, such as one box or pallet, finding an exclusive ride for it is difficult. There are basically only two options in front most senders; wait for the next big truck or hire an entire van to get the job done. However, waiting for the next truck is not an option for time sensitive goods. Now the sender is left with finding a smaller van to send the goods. Most large shipping companies do not even offer LTL services. This leaves you looking for 3rd party vendors. Whatever the method, it is important to follow some basic policies when handling LTL shipping. The following are some ideas.

Insurance is a cost that people tend to overlook when shipping something. Most carriers offer only limited liability coverage. The final rate will be decided by the shipper and there may be times when the insurance does not match the value of what is being shipped. In that scenario, it is a good idea to find out if additional insurance is provided. Peace of mind is not something to be compromised when shipping something important. Next on the list is to find a company that will ship the things, when they say they do. This may seem obvious, but the fact is that small amounts of freight hauling just doesn’t make a freight company as much money as a large amount of freight. That means there is always a chance that the box you are trying to send sits in the back somewhere, unmoved.

All said and done, the dynamics of the freight hauling business is changing. The business is actually shifting more and more towards LTL style of business. The good news is that there are more and more companies stepping up to the plate. With some research and due diligence, it is not that difficult to find a competent LTL.

Justin Bright – CEO Brighter Logistics
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Quick Tips For Freight Shipping

Freight shipping is quite important for many large businesses as the shipping agency will send everything you need in a timely manner. It is cost-effective to use the freight shipping company, and this article explains how you may make the most of the freight shippers you are working with. You may find a partner in a freight shipping company, and they will give you all the information you need about shipping to countries around the world.


The Company Lowers Prices

You will save money when you are shipping over freight, and you will have everything taken care of for you. You must ask the freight shipping company how they manage customs, and they will help you understand the fees that are required. Each step in the shipping process is handled by the freight shipping company, and they will ensure you are not shuffling your own paperwork.

The Company Will Ship Anything You Need

A freight shipping company knows how to ship everything from cars and large machinery to massive plots of items that you have wrapped together. They know how to get everything to your final destination, and they will help you understand how everything must be packed. You may use the freight shipping company to ship a single item, or you may use the freight shipping company when you are searching for basic option for your weekly shipments.

Pickup And Delivery

The freight shipping company that you use will help you ensure you have all the information you need, and you must ensure you have asked them how they handle pickups and deliveries. There are quite a few times when you may send someone for shipments, and you must begin a search for someone who will help you with the specific shipment times and delivery times you need.

Paying In Advance

You may set up an account with the freight shipping company, and you may pay into your account any time you like. It is much easier to pay on your account when you are working on multiple shipments at once, and you will find it much easier to send out new shipments if you have a relationship with the company before you start. The relationship you have built with the shipping company will ensure everything is done properly, and you will save money because you are making single payments to the shipping company every month. They are delighted to work with you, and you must ensure you have made choices that will ensure your shipments are paid for in the proper amount of time.

There are quite a few things you must consider when you are searching for a freight shipping company, and you will find I quite simple to ask questions of the company that will inform your decisions. They will tell you who to manage customs and payments, and they will help you ship anything of any size. It is quite important for everyone who is involved in manufacturing to have a freight shipping partner.

You can download the Brighter Logistics Quick Tips For Freight Shipping here.

Justin Bright – CEO Brighter Logistics

1PL 2PL 3PL 4PL What’s With All The PL’s

Life has its fair share of levels that provide organization to industries and this proves incredibly true in logistics. Logistics play a huge role in how we get goods, merchandise etc. from one place to another. Consumers especially experience satisfaction due to this amazing industry. And its hardworking agents such as freight forwarders who put together these shipments so that they may arrive to their final destination on time and in one piece. Understanding the four levels of logistics (The PLs) will help simplify your shipping needs and the processes.

Whats With All The PLs

Massive action occurs at the bottom of the supply chain pyramid with the 4PL or fourth party logistics. It generally originates as a long-term partnership bound by a contract between one primary client and at least one other party. People have attributed terms such as, “Lead Logistics Providers” and non-asset-owning service provider to 4PLs. They serve as the overseers and managers of the whole supply chain.

People recognize 3PLs as having a close connection to 4PLs, often mixing up their duties. These providers package together services which include the likes of receiving shipments from shippers and transporting them to the carriers. The legal definition by way of 2008 legislation reads, “A person who solely receives, holds, or otherwise transports a consumer product in the ordinary course of business but who does not take title to the product.”

Second Party Logistics deal with how the carriers will transport the agreed upon items. This day and age presents many different ways to transport goods from point A to point B. These carriers may turn to trucking companies, rail systems, over the water shipping companies and more to get the job done. They may own, lease or charter these means of transportation. Freight forwarders do much of their work in this level. They arrange for the cargo transportation to different cities.

The First Party Logistic level refers to cargo owners. This represents a provider or firm that needs the merchandise, produce, goods or freight transported from one place to another. They rely on freight forwarders. Originally this whole logistics process just included shippers and carriers. Firms and companies started to outsource work to others who specialized in a specific job and the creation of the other PLs came to pass.

Logistics exists solely because of the need to transport freight. The supply chain has come together in beautiful form to make this process easier on all parties. The emergence of the internet has sparked the creation of new parts and factors to this equation. Freight forwarders remain one of the constants that connect the various links in the supply chain. Manufacturing and retailing has grown to new heights because of the great advancements in logistics. People from around the world are connected due to the 4PLs.

The responsibilities regarding these four PLs cover logistics consulting, providing services, transportation and more. They mark essential places in supply chain integration. They cause freight to travel hundreds of thousands of miles every day. The field of logistics continues to evolve and it benefits from the rapid advancement of technology, making processes more simple.

Justin Bright – CEO Brighter Logistics