2018 Industry Trends: Air Freight

With air freight shipping on the rise, the industry is scaling up dramatically as shippers and retailers expand their operations to new markets all over the world. But the industry still has a long way to go in terms of modernizing and aligning its transportation efforts. The global parcel supply chain is still full of bottlenecks and inefficient processing systems that can hold up orders and delay industry growth. Airlines and shipping companies are trying to get everyone on the same page by adopting more efficient technology and shifting to a common operating procedure. See how the air freight industry is addressing these issues in 2018 as it continues down a path of rapid growth and expansion.

Flexible, Autonomous Warehousing

As more consumers request express and international shipping services, the industry is developing ways to help it manage rising consumer demand. Instead of using more warehouse employees who have to manually search the shelves for a certain product or package, the air freight shipping industry is using autonomous robots and smart inventory systems to better manage their warehousing efforts. If a customer requests a product from a distribution center, a warehouse robot will know exactly where to find the item, so it can bring it to the loading dock and get it ready to ship in a matter of minutes. This is reducing the industry’s dependence on human capital as more shippers and receivers are placing their trust in autonomous warehousing.

But these robots aren’t the mindless servants you might see in a science fiction movie from the 1980s. In addition to grabbing and preparing packages, these smart bots come with built-in cloud computing, so they can receive and respond to changing demand in real-time. They’re made with precise pressure sensors that allow them to handle delicate packages with care instead of randomly stacking boxes on top of one another. This improves logistics throughout the supply chain to ensure package management is reliable, efficient and predictable.

Common Standard Operating Procedure

The air freight industry can work more efficiently if suppliers, distributors, airlines, and manufacturers are all using the same operating procedure. As part of the overall push towards digitization, the trade group known as the International Air Transportation Association is pushing for airlines and air freight companies to adopt a common standard operating procedure that allows for increased connectivity and collaboration in the industry. If a plane is rerouted or a distributor needs access to a new supply chain, all parties will be able to align their shipping efforts more easily because they will be using the same processing system.

If this project is widely adopted by the industry, companies, and distributors will no longer have to manually transfer shipping data from one system to another. Everyone will speak the same language, which will help the industry expand to new markets and regions around the globe. The project has already been adopted by 37 high-volume cargo airports with 43 participating airlines. More are expected to join in the years ahead.

Blockchain and the Supply Chain

The blockchain is breaking down barriers in almost every industry, including air freight shipping. From cryptocurrency to real estate transactions, the blockchain has been able to revolutionize the way companies and their consumer’s exchange goods and services. Unlike a single vendor or shipping company that uses its own system to manage orders, the blockchain is decentralized, which means it exists outside of a single physical location. Transactions are approved by a series of self-sufficient nodes or individual computer servers. Every time a transaction is approved, another block of data is added to the chain.

But the blockchain is having its own particular effect on the supply chain. This technology is making the global shipping market more autonomous. Suppliers and manufacturers can execute transactions using a mutually agreed upon verification procedure without having to rely on costly middlemen to execute every transaction. When a shipment arrives at a distribution center, the blockchain will only release the shipment if the terms of the original contract have been met. The company receiving the package will need to verify its identity on the blockchain so the package can be released to the right party, reducing fraud and improving security.

The industry’s slow adoption of the blockchain is expected to continue in the years to come. This has the potential to allow for greater transparency as all parties are free to verify and analyze previous transactions. It also reduces operational costs, gets rid of the human error and improves efficiency throughout the supply chain.

The IoT Revolution

As the supply chain becomes more dependent on smart technology, we’re seeing more airlines and shipping companies incorporating the Internet of Things into their operations. This includes all kinds of smart devices, including scales that can automatically log and share information about a package’s weight, smart thermostats that can communicate the changing temperature of a product to real-time and GPS tracking systems that sync their data with the rest of a company’s shipping logistics. This is improving efficiency and package management services, expanding the potential of the air freight industry.

Pharmaceutical companies and farmers can use this technology to ensure their temperature-sensitive shipments arrive as needed. Considering the weight limitations that go along with air travel, air cargo storage capabilities can be improved if the company can automatically track and monitor the weight of each shipment heading towards the plane. Numerous companies have created innovative smart devices that are transforming the way we think about air freight shipping, improving consumer confidence across the board.

More changes lie ahead for the air freight industry. Companies are beginning to invest in remote-controlled air transportation vehicles that can deliver packages autonomously. Artificial intelligence and big data will continue to inform and influence industry trends as shippers and receivers learn more about changing consumer spending habits. Overall, we’re slowly seeing the major players in the industry syncing up their processing efforts in a way of making the supply chain more efficient and flexible as orders change and companies expand to new markets.

Justin Bright – CEO Brighter Logistics

LTL Pricing News Brief

LTL Carrier Updates
Capacity remains incredibly tight across the LTL industry. All of our carrier partners are straining to manage demand for their services while challenged with a shortage of drivers. Some are managing this strain better than others. All indications are that industry capacity will remain tight for some time. It may even get worse before it gets better.

We are currently seeing hot-spots across the US which are largely tied to specific carriers being particularly challenged with driver shortages in key markets. This is forcing carriers to manage pickups daily relative to the availability of drivers. We are currently aware of these situations:

• XPO is limiting the acceptance of freight inbound to Denver and the state of Utah. You may have to make alternative arrangements with other carriers for the time being.
• XPO is declining pickup of shipments with pieces over 8 feet in length and other difficult-to-handle freight in the Atlanta market. They are also experiencing significant capacity issues in other Georgia markets such as Savannah, and Norcross.
• YRC Freight is experiencing significant driver shortages in both Phoenix and Denver. As they address this situation, you should expect significantly delayed pickups and deliveries in these markets, as well as delays on any pass-through freight.
• AAA Cooper is declining pickup of shipments with pieces over 8 feet in length and other difficult-to-handle freight in markets such as Atlanta, Houston, and Miami.

While we are not aware of any formal publicized embargo in place, you should expect carriers to manage this issue of driver availability on a daily basis within each market. You should expect to see carriers declining pickups, particularly for large shipments, shipments with long pieces, and/or shipments with difficult-to-handle or load pieces.

Residential and Limited Access Pickups/Deliveries
You probably know that LTL carriers apply an accessorial charge for shipments picked up at private residences as well as Limited Access locations. The definition of a Limited Access location can vary from carrier to carrier, but generally means locations that do not have a loading dock, are not open to the walk-in public, and/or require extensive security procedures to gain access. Examples may include the following:

Airports Camps and Parks Construction Sites
Churches and Places of Worship Colleges and Universities Farms and Ranches
Mini-Storage Units Military Bases Mine Sites
Prisons Restaurants Schools

You may also know that carriers are applying charges for these pickups and deliveries on a more-frequent basis. This is happening for several reasons:

• Use of mapping tools such as Google Maps
• Use of address databases that identify residential addresses
• Use of on-line address subscription services
• Scanning for key words such as “school” or “construction” in the customer name
• Driver compliance programs

While use of these tools has increased the application rate as well as the application accuracy, carriers of course are not always correct when applying these charges. Here are a few points to consider if you feel a charge for Residential or Limited Access is not appropriate:

• When in doubt, check Google Maps to verify if the location meets the conditions noted above. Check the carrier rules tariff for specifics.
• Some carriers scan customer names to look for keywords such as “Airport” or “Construction”. They may apply a charge in error. After all, Pepperidge Farms is not a limited access location.
• Residential address databases may incorrectly flag businesses in residential areas.
• Keep in mind that a home-based business operating on residential property IS a residential location.
• Airport locations are only considered limited access if they are behind the TSA security layer. A warehouse that borders an airport but is not behind the TSA security layer is NOT a limited access.
• Subscription services tend to incorrectly identify Indian reservation and mixed-use locations (apartments above commercial stores) in urban areas. Be watchful for these.

To reduce surprises and rebills, you should educate your customers about residential and limited access pickups/deliveries. These locations should be identified when a shipment is booked to ensure the carrier invoice is as expected. Carriers will catch these locations and issue rebills after the fact, so it is best to get the BOL filled out properly on the front end.

Detention
Another accessorial that we see getting applied with greater frequency is Detention. Due to capacity issues and driver shortages, it is incredibly important that carrier drivers can make efficient pickups and deliveries. If they are detained on site, they cannot make other pickups or deliveries that day. You wonder why a carrier fails to make a pickup or a delivery? Sometimes it can be due the driver getting detained earlier in the day.

All our carrier partners have Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) installed in their drivers’ trucks. Those drivers frequently also have a hand-held device, or PDA, to enter pickup and delivery information. These electronic devices allow carriers to track the time that a driver is on site, and thus provide them the information to assess Detention charges.

Carriers typically provide 30 minutes of “free time” for a pickup or delivery. If that free time is exceeded, Detention can be applied. While this can happen at any location, we see it frequently at grocery warehouses, container freight stations, and residential deliveries. Carriers would actually prefer not to assess Detention. But when their driver is significantly delayed, they use Detention charges as a means of influencing behavior at the offending location.

If you suspect a carrier is incorrectly applying Detention, check for notations on the DR or other carrier documents that may support or disprove the charge. You can also confirm with the party at the location that the driver was delayed. As with any technology, it is only as accurate as the person operating it. If a driver fails to properly notate when he arrives and departs a location, Detention may be incorrectly assessed.

NMFC (National Motor Freight Classification) Corner

We plan to cover topics related to the National Motor Freight Classification, or NMFC, in each issue of the LTL Pricing News Brief. Understanding the NMFC and the classification of commodities is critical to understanding LTL carrier pricing and ensuring carrier invoices meet expectations.

The NMFC guidebook which contains freight classifications is typically updated 3 times per year following public docket meetings. Pubic files are made available on the NMFTA website at http://www.nmfta.org/pages/publicdocketfiles.

The latest docket meeting was held on June 12, 2018. Changes decided during that meeting will be effective on August 25, 2018. Some of the impactful updates include:

• Lamps and Lightbulbs under NMF items 109530, 109550, 109600, and 109610 are being cancelled and will now classify as Lamps or Lighting Fixtures NMF 109700 which is a density-based commodity. They currently range from CL100 to CL175.
• Playground Apparatuses NMF 15510 CL70 will be adjusted to CL60-CL400 based upon density.
• Dishwashers NMF 119540 will see their class increase from CL100 to CL175
• Various cleaning/scouring/washing compounds such as Soap NMF 48580 will see class increases.
• Hosiery (Socks, Stockings, Pantyhose) NMF 49940 will see a class increase from CL100-CL150 to CL125-CL200.
• Commercial mixing machines NMF 125750 will realize a class adjustment from CL85 to CL70-CL175 based upon density.
• Granola NMF 42380 will see a class increase from CL65 to CL92.5.
• A new NMF item at CL70 is being created for Electronic cigarette liquid.
• Electric razors NMF 168810 will see a class increase from CL150 to CL175.
• Towelletes (wet wipes) NMF 49290 will see a class increase from CL70 to CL77.5 or CL100 depending upon density.
• Athletic mats/cushions NMF 16840 will see a class increase from CL100 to CL250.
• Musical Instruments NMF 138980 and 139000 will see a class increase from CL125 and CL150 to CL200.

 

Questions? Feedback?
If you have any questions about the contents of this post or any questions in general about LTL pricing, please reach out to us.

Thank you,

Justin Bright – CEO Brighter Logistics

Brighter Logistics Reviews

I continue to be blown away by the reviews and emails our clients take the time to send to me and our staff.  Below is one we just received and I had to share with everyone here in this blog post.

Brighter Logistics Reviews

Thank you Eric and to all of our clients for your continued business and kind words.

Good morning sir – We recently described our experiences, volume opportunities, etc., relating to the service with Brighter Logistics and wanted to expound upon it slightly and directly to you. When we began this company I made it very clear we were not dealing with common LTL carriers. It wasn’t a product I felt we should offer in that the complications involved has devoured the time of operations I’ve been a part of in the past.

We signed onto Accufrate and Unishippers, but the same issues of course occurred. We were almost required to offer it to some extent in starting the company, however. The relationship we’ve developed with you and the Brighter team has proven remarkably beneficial and simply put, you’re team is such a solid group that we’ve expanded our service capabilities with some of our largest clients allowing us to grow exponentially in a small amount of time. The customer service and the amount of care the team provides is far beyond any other competitor I’ve dealt with in nearly 20 years in this industry.

I would like to thank you personally and each and every one of the team. I know I’ve left a few off of the email, but please pass along this note of appreciation.

Eric Ward
Managing Partner, Actus Logistics LLC

Here are a couple of recent video reviews that we have also received.

 

Thank you,

Justin Bright – CEO Brighter Logistics

How To Ship Your Car To Another State

If you need to ship a car to another state, and don’t know where to start – you are in the right place! People ship their cars for many reasons, but whatever the reason – sending your car into a sunset with a stranger can cause a large amount of stress and anxiety. We have all heard horror stories and possible bad outcomes of shipping a car overseas or to another state, and it is no surprise many people avoid ever doing it. But, there is a safe way to ship your vehicle, and we are here to give you all the information needed to do so!

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First, you will need to find the right company

If you are moving out of state, and your car needs to go first – it might be a good idea to let professionals help you relocate. Create a timetable, and try sticking with it. You will need to find the right company to ship your car, before you find a mover to help you relocate. Or, you can find the company that is able to provide you with both services. Make a plan, and complete your task one by one. Time is precious when you are in the middle of a relocation project, so never postpone any tasks.

Ask your friends and coworkers for references, or try to find a reputable moving company online – it is really your choice. The important thing is to find someone you can trust, so it doesn’t really matter which way you find them. Look for companies with experience, licenses and affordable rates. But, make no mistake! You should never choose a company based only on price! Make sure you are in the safe hands first, and start from there.

Before you ship a car to another state you will need to prepare it
How? Let’s start from the beginning.

• Clean your car.
• Inspect every inch of your vehicle in and out before the shipping company does!
• Remove your personal belongings from it.
• Disable the car alarm.
• Secure/remove loose parts.

Clean your car
Even if you are shipping your car on an open trailer, always wash it before sending it anywhere. This step will help you inspect your car before letting anyone else handle it.

Inspect every inch of your vehicle in and out
Make sure you know your car. And we mean, really know! Every inch of it, in and out. Why? If anything goes wrong or missing, you need to know your vehicles state before shipping it.

Remove your personal belongings from it
In order to ship a car to another state in a safe manner, you should empty it completely. Remove all personal items, and don’t fill up the tank to make it easier. Every pound matters, so make sure you lower the shipping costs as much as possible.

Disable the car alarm
An alarm can cause a lot of trouble, so make sure you disable it before you ship a car to another state. You want the person driving the truck concentrated on the road – not your alarm’s sound!

Secure/remove loose parts
Wide mirrors, antennae, spoilers and fog lights can get damaged during the transport, so it might be a good idea to remove them in advance to prevent bad things from happening.

Get some insurance
In case something goes wrong – broken, damaged, destroyed or missing – car shipping insurance will come in handy. It might seem like an expensive option, but if you want to save yourself from stressing about your car’s safety – you should most definitely consider buying a shipping insurance. Every reputable car shipping company has many options to choose from, and we are sure you will find an optimal solution before you ship a car to another state.

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Look for storage facilities
It is not uncommon for shipments to arrive before you do, and the solution to this problem is to find a safe storage facility. Include your friends in the search for the reliable company to ensure your vehicle’s safety at all times. And before you sign any contract, make sure you are putting your car in the right hands. The rental storage you plan on using should be secure, affordable, easy accessible and fully equipped.

Justin Bright – CEO Brighter Logistics

Should Logistics Companies Hire Freight Brokers?

Before we even start giving any type of answer to whether or not logistics companies should hire freight brokers, we should explain what a freight broker even does. For someone who is familiar with the subject, the best advice for hiring a freight broker is to check out third-party logistics companies before doing anything else. It’s an option that can take a lot of pressure off your shoulders.

What is the job of a freight broker?

A freight broker can be just one person or an entire company. They are most commonly in charge of shipping and matching the goods you are sending with a transporter. For example, a single freight broker can be in charge of goods from numerous companies. It is a very responsible job since they are in charge of a lot of valuable stuff such as:

● Gear
● Furniture
● All sorts of equipment
● Dishes
● And so many other things that need to be shipped. Anything you can think off, fragile or not – it doesn’t matter.

They are transporting everything to a place of your choosing. It is like a travel agency for goods and it can go from one to the other side of the world. However, it is not all about the shipping and taking care of the goods while freighted. There is a lot of paperwork involved as well. So, if you are planning to hire a freight broker as a logistics company, you should keep in mind that those companies or individuals need to have all the possible licenses there are. So, before hiring a freight broker, make sure that they are certified. The last thing you want and need is for someone who is not licensed to handle the shipping of your cargo.

Keep your expectations high. It is a great thing to hire a freight broker because they are known for taking the cargo off your back literally and metaphorically, for a reasonable fee, of course. Successful freight companies more often than not expand their business to different parts of the world, shipping all sorts of goods. A freight broker is basically a middleman between the logistics company and the buyer.

The option of hiring 3rd party logistics companies

3rd party logistics companies are also involved in transit of goods. It sounds similar to a freight broker, right? Well, there are certain differences because if there weren’t any, then logistics companies wouldn’t have to hire freight brokers. Third-party logistics companies from Japan and other countries are doing more essential things and they are there for good, while freight brokers come and go, depending on the help that a logistics company requires at a given moment. Logistic companies are also handling the transport but they are managing the flow of those goods as well. This makes them ideal for outsourcing goods.

Freight forwarder

Third-party logistics include freight forwarder. A freight forwarder is a company that deals with transporting goods from one point to the next, and it’s up to a freight forwarder to take the goods from the manufacturer to the actual seller. For example:

● From a factory, they create clothes into a place where some boutique will sell those clothes.
● From the place where workers will create a chair or a couch to a place that will sell it.

So, it is pretty straightforward as the word itself says. From point one to point two. It is pretty similar to a work that a courier does, just with larger items or bulks of smaller items, like clothing. But there is more. Another major task that a freight forwarder does is running a depot for any goods that need to be stored. The next thing they do is that they forward the goods in a well-defined and timely manner (as per client request), while working out the shipping rates, import/export fares etc.

Similarities between a freight broker and freight forwarder

When, as a logistics company, you decide to hire a freight broker, you need to know the main differences and similarities between them and a freight forwarder. There is a difference in the assignments they do for their clients. They both play a middleman between the logistics company and the client.

A freight forwarder, as we mentioned before, also has depots where they can store the clients’ good. Another part of their work is to find the right mean of transportation for the clients’ stuff, depending on where to and what is being transported. The transport will be by plane, truck or some other mean of transportation. Also, freight forwarder may or may not deal with the paperwork but that is something that a freight broker will do as well, nowadays they are finishing that part of work online. There is a difference but it is not very noticeable.

To be a freight broker or a freight forwarder you definitely need to have a permit. If they don’t, chances are slim to none that some logistics company will hire them. Logistics companies need to do their part of checking the freight companies before doing any work with them. The conclusion is that there are a lot of beneficial sides to hiring a freight broker. The main reason is that they know how to handle every aspect of the work. And to a logistics company, this can help a lot, getting a lot off their shoulders.

Justin Bright – CEO Brighter Logistics

Special Service Freight Full Truckload Freight and LTL Freight Explained

Special Service Freight Trucking Industry Stats

America runs on trucking. In fact, 80% of all cargo materials in America are transported through the trucking industry. This is far above any other mode of freight transportation in the country. The trucking industry is a diverse, reliable and a great mode of personalized business transportation resource. For businesses large and small, the use of freight trucking is a great option to ensure your company gets the best delivery of your products to any location you need.

Freight transportation via trucking allows for companies of all sizes to get their goods to market no matter whether they are shipping their goods a short distance in state or at a distant location across the country. Additionally, freight transportation is perfect for companies whether it is for a one stop delivery or multiple location deliveries.

One of the primary reasons that trucking is such an important industry is that so much of America’s freight needs to be sent to various parts of the country. While many items are shipped to major metropolises, plenty more are shipped to the rural heartland of America as well. With so many products needing to be hauled for American consumers and businesses in all areas, only a trucking freight service will do the job right.

The trucking industry is perfect for cargo transportation of both short and long-distance locations. In fact, in most cases there is only one way to ensure it gets exactly where it needs to go and that is through the trucking industry.

While some 4-6% of freight is moved by rail, most of this is in combination with the trucking industry. For freight train cargo, the truck trailers are loaded on a freight train and picked up by truckers at a central location and then hauled to their exact destination. In fact, trucking is such a major mode of freight transportation it employs 6% of the entire American workforce.

If you are looking for your freight to be sent via trucking, you are in good company. Presently there are over 1.3 million short distance and long-distance trucking companies in America, with 90% of them having less than 6 trucks in their fleet. That is why it is so important to find the best mode of freight transportation for your company needs.

Trucking Specifics And Special Service Freight Services

There are three primary types of trucking distances. The first is short distance freight trucking under 250 miles. The medium distance freight trucking with distances from 250 miles to 1,000 miles and the long-distance freight trucking of 1,000 miles or more.

Additionally, there are two primary types of cargo freight, these are “Full Truckload” freight services and LTL freight truckload. The LTL is for “Less Than Truckload” freight. That means if a company needs less than a full trailer of freight shipped there is a different baseline cost than for those who have a Full Truckload. In addition, companies who need special service freight for their cargo with a specified time delivery, trucking can offer the best solution for company cargo delivery in a hurry in most cases.

Justin Bright – CEO Brighter Logistics

 

Save Money On LTL Shipping

LTL Freight Meaning

What It Means to Do LTL Freight

Much shipping these days is done via what is known as LTL (Less Than Truckload) shipping. This is a method of shipping that become popular among shipping companies after the deregulation of the entire trucking industry in the 80s. The regulation of the industry was nothing new. Via the Interstate Commerce Commission, the U.S. government had been regulating it since 1935. At this time in the 80s, it began to be recognized that LTL was the best method to add value to shipping services. But there may be some shipping companies and truckers who may not yet realize these benefits of LTL. That is where this article can be helpful.

Basically, LTL refers to shipments that don’t require a 48 or 53-foot trailers such as residential pickups and deliveries, guaranteed services, freeze protection, transit, and bottom line costs. And those are only a few examples. There are many. There are a lot of companies who specialize solely in LTL shipping. And it has proven extremely lucrative. As mentioned, LTL companies have been steadily on the rise since the 80s. However, like virtually every industry in the world they did encounter a slump from around 2008 to 2010.

In 2010, with some help from the government, they did start going up in productivity again, way up. A 2012 study of the top ten LTL companies by themselves pulled in a yearly total of $23.2 billion. And this sector of the shipping market has continued to grow in success every year since.

LTL carriers are almost always characterized by enclosed trailers, with some carriers having these trailers refrigerated. At one time these trucks usually had swing doors. Many of them now have roll-up doors. Most LTL carriers will use rigs that have two trailers. This is because the contents of each will have its own destination and make for easy drop-offs along its routes. These drop off points are terminals where the load can be dropped off for pick up and delivery.

LTL companies base their rates according to class, weight, and destination. However, the carriers will also offer various discounts based on the individual situation of a client. When negotiating the cost, the shipper will also take into account the cost of the fuel that will be needed. We all know that the cost of fuel is changing all of the time so naturally, this will also constantly change. In the end, LTL is just cheaper and more profitable a method of shipping merchandise for trucking companies.

Justin Bright – CEO Brighter Logistics

Save Money On LTL Shipping

Understanding The Free Quote System Of The Trucking And Freight Industry

The trucking industry is a diverse and important part of America’s very function. Almost everything that is consumed, bought, made and grown in America is shipped in America via freight trucking. The same stats apply to overseas freight coming in to America as well. In fact, over 80% of all freight in America is being moved by trucks across the country.

While the freight industry is well established across many different parts of America from the cities to the heartland of America, there is a continual need for new companies to begin the process of understanding how freight prices and arrangements are made. Each day across the country new companies that are just beginning to learn about the freight industry and how it can help them move products and purchases.

Many companies just learning about freight shipping look to get the best knowledge they can about how to understand and effectively control their shipping costs for their freight. Doing this cost analysis positively affects any company’s bottom line. This can be especially true if the freight is being sent in a cost versus profit margin.

Costs And Quotes For Freight Transportation

For companies that are looking for their products to be shipped via a freight trucking company, there are a world of possibilities and variables in shipping costs. Not all shipping via truckloads freight is the same. There are many different considerations for a trucking freight company when they come up with an estimate for their customers.

The cost of hauling items via trucking varies depending on a host of different variables. The primary concerns when estimating a trucking job consist of:

Type And Materials Of the Freight

Distance Of the Haul

Weight of the Freight

Expected Delivery Time

Any Special Freight or Delivery Requirements

For companies that are looking for a free freight quote for their company, the good news is that quotes are free and are an important price gauge based on the above shipment information list. Once a free freight quote is made, the details for the shipment and booking the shipment can be scheduled if the client is ready to do so. Quotes for full truckloads and LTL- Less Than Truckloads are made and guaranteed for a specified period of time so companies can feel certain that the quote they get today will last for a period of time.

Getting a guaranteed quote is an important aspect of business planning. Since cost variations can cause the bottom line of profits to change, both the trucking freight company and the client should always work together to come up with a quote guarantee. This allows the company in need of the freight delivery the ability to make their plans and schedule out their budgeting in advance. Usually the only primary reason that trucking charges change over a 6-month period of time from an original quote is that the cost of gasoline has changed. Additionally, certain times of year are busier in the freight industry and this can affect the cost of any freight being moved throughout the country.

For LTL freight prices, there are occasions when these prices can be less expensive if the company happens to be carrying other loads to a given area at the same time. If the trucking company can load the truck to capacity to save on freight expenses this cost savings is usually in part passed on to the companies paying for the freight movement.

Justin Bright – CEO Brighter Logistics

Over-Dimensional Project Logistics Overview

What is longer than a football field, 2 1/2 school buses wide and weighs more than 323 Toyota Prius’? A GTZ Project Logistics Shipment.

OverDimensional

The GlobalTranz Project Logistics team transported three generator skids from a Midwest manufacturing facility to the Port of Houston, TX, for furtherance to South Korea for final assembly. The units will be used to power a new offshore oil platform in the Republic of Congo.

The GlobalTranz team spent over 12 months developing and engineering a multi-modal transportation plan, working with state and local authorities and coordinating each step of the project. GlobalTranz provided the Self-Propelled 12-Line Goldhofer Modular Transporter to remove the generator skids from the manufacturer’s assembly bay and transload to a specialty Dual-Lane Suspension Beam Trailer for over-the-road transport.

Over Dimensional

Over Dimensional

Once loaded to the Dual-Lane Trailer, our crews transported each unit 130 miles from the manufacturer to a port facility located on the Ohio River. Upon arrival, GTZ transferred each generator skid from the Dual-Lane Trailer to the Self-Propelled 12-Line Goldhofer Modular Transporter in order to access the riverfront bulkhead and perform a roll-on transfer operation to the barge.

Careful planning and engineering were required to transfer the generator skids to barge, place in an elevated stow and sea-fasten them for the 2,015-mile journey. Each unit traversed the Ohio River, Mississippi River, and the Intercoastal Waterway.

Over Dimensional

The Massive transport configuration was the largest to be permitted in the state of Texas.

Over Dimensional

Over Dimensional

Whether your project is a one-time or full-scale shipping campaign, you can trust GlobalTranz to plan the optimal route, keep your costs low, while providing you with unmatched project management and customer service to ensure safe delivery of your valuable cargo.

To request a quote, or to speak to a logistician about your over-dimensional shipping requirements, call 586-630-5999 or email jbr@brighterlogistics.com today.

Justin Bright – CEO Brighter Logistics

Source: Globaltranz.com

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Freight Brokers and Strategic Partners for Business Growth

No matter what size your business is if you are selling a product, it is likely that you spend a good amount of time worrying about shipping, instead of worrying about what is really important, growing your business. Using a freight broker, and 3PL (third party logistics), is having a strategic partner in your business that knows all of the ins and outs of the shipping process and can take on that worry for you. This is a valuable service whether you are a huge company that is always shipping FTL Full truckload, or, LTL Less than truckload.

Freight brokers in Michigan

One of the most important items in any business is the bottom line. Besides increased product sales, one of the best ways to ensure a healthy bottom line is by saving money in every step of getting a product to market. Using a freight broker will help your bottom line by saving you money. Shipping, and the costs associated with not just the physical movement of product, but the employee costs associated with shipping logistics, research, negotiations, and unforeseen events, can have a tremendous impact on profitability. Having an expert that already has shipping plans in place for almost any possible need, and the history to anticipate what could go wrong, is going to save a company money.

One of the greatest aspects of using a Freight Broker is that they are also invested in your bottom line. They truly are a strategic partner in your business. When you grow, sell more, and ship more, your success is their success. Helping you distribute your product in the most efficient manner possible impacts their bottom line too. This is why working with a freight broker, and using 3PL (third party logistics), creates a perfect partnership. You both have a common goal, scaling your business.

Freight Brokers are often overlooked by newer and smaller businesses because of cost. When a business is younger and likely utilizing LTL Less than load shipping, a broker can be invaluable in placing partial loads with carriers in the most cost-effective way possible. Just the time spent trying to plan the logistics for smaller loads, instead of focusing on product and growth, is often more costly than the small fees that would be paid to a broker. Time spent planning for shipping is at the cost of product and business development. As your business grows and you are ready to utilize FTL Full truckload shipping, your network is already in place for that too.

Just as what you do best is focusing on your product and the needs of your business, shipping is what freight brokers do best. Working with one allows you to use their significant knowledge and expertise to navigate the real world challenges of shipping and logistics.

Companies find success by focusing on what they are best at, their product, and their customer base. You will find that a huge percentage of the large companies operating worldwide, benefit from using freight brokers for all of their shipping needs. Most successful companies can attribute part of their success to the freight broker partnerships they formed early on that allowed them to scale their business at whatever speed was necessary.

Justin Bright – CEO Brighter Logistics

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