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Mitigating the cost of motor carrier reweighs

Mitigating the cost of motor carrier reweighs Similar to airlines, LTL carriers are constantly trying to improve their yields. One of the tools at their disposal is to reweigh shipments. Scales built right into the forklift itself has made the process of reweighing your shipment easy and lucrative. Some carriers will also charge you a fee if their scaled weight differs from what’s on the bill of lading. Carriers don’t…

The Keys to an Unstoppable Drive

The Keys to an Unstoppable Drive “Sometime back in the mid 80’s I was invited to attend a sales seminar hosted by Don Beveridge and I was fortunate in that I got the chance to sit in on the seminar and I found it to be a memorable experience. He was motivated and his sales motivational points were strong. The ideas he shared with the audience, with a little bit…

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Shippers use software to replace 3PLs

Shippers use software to replace 3PLs and saving big Shippers increasingly use software to replace 3PLs with logistics software and saving the markup. One client with locations in Canada and the United States saved 13% by insourcing their logistics management and using our TMS to route their freight and provide reporting. This customer’s freight spend was in the high 8 figures. Another smaller company that makes specialized packaging materials with a…

Selecting a TMS should not be hard

Why selecting a TMS should not be hard Selecting a TMS should not be hard like it was in the old days. The prices have come way down and the capabilities have increased thanks to modern programming practices and cloud based applications. Integration, once very expensive has come down. What makes selecting a TMS hard is the number of systems on the market and the fear of making a mistake.…

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Shippers should be trying to lock in rates

Shippers should be trying to lock in rates this summer before the impact of ELDs tightens capacity. According to a recent article in Transport Topics, US truckload carriers have too much capacity and as a result are facing a weak pricing environment. Many large fleets have idle capacity waiting for an improvement in the economy. It may be a while. Considering roughly 25% of all trucking is for retail consumers,…

What is a Bill of Lading

What is a Bill of Lading The bill of lading is the “deal” between the shipper (and, by reference, the receiver) and the transportation company. Many people think that a bill of lading is only a document that describes a shipment and tells the trucker where to deliver the load. However, a bill of lading actually has many functions and sets up important stipulations regarding: title (ownership) of the goods where title…

History and Development of the Bill of Lading

Below is an excerpt on the originations of bills of lading courtesy of the University of Miami Law School Institutional Repository: If you care to know the earliest forms of bills of lading appear to have originated in Spain in 1544 . University of Miami Law Review 9-1-1983 History and Development of the Bill of Lading By Daniel E. Murray Before the advent of air travel, sellers would send goods to…

Coercion of Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers

From Transport Topics and edited by ShippersEdge Prohibiting Coercion of Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers (Coercion Rule) The Coercion Rule took effect on January 29, 2016 as part of MAP21 passed by Congress in 2013 It prohibits motor carriers, shippers, receivers or transportation intermediaries from coercing drivers to operate in violation of HOS limits, commercial driver’s license (CDL) regulations, Hazardous Materials Regulations, etc. However, coercion can occur even if a violation…

Logistics Software sends freight charges to ERP

Getting Freight Charges into your ERP using Logistics Software Freight charges change from estimated to actual based on the accuracy of the bill of lading. Even the best rating software cannot foresee weight changes and classification changes. With LTL carriers moving more and more into dimensional rating having accurate cube information is also important. Good logistics software can smooth out the bumps. As carriers reweigh and reclassify your shipments, freight…

Software Audit Freight Bills

Use our Software to Audit Freight Bills to prevent freight cost variances It is estimated that 5% to 10% of all freight invoices contain inaccuracies use software to audit freight bills. Typographical mistakes on weight, misclassification or improper reclassification and the addition of accessorial charges that were not or need not be provided, there are also reweigh errors. How does this happen and how can you prevent it? The answer…