Have you heard the saying “there’s always room for improvement?” That’s exactly right when you’re looking for a solution to better your supply chain processes. Implementing transportation management software (TMS) could be the missing piece to your puzzle when trying to control costs, catch and resolve transportation discrepancies, and create in-depth reports. This software can help you analyze valuable transportation metrics while keeping supply chain communication as transparent as possible.
If you have been around the transportation industry for any length of time, you have likely seen a lot of change. It’s intriguing to look back at the history of intermodal logistics and how the process has evolved. We’re going to examine three aspects in particular – ramp operations, equipment, and technology, comparing the 60s and 70s to the present day.
As the seasons change, so do the origins of the everyday products we purchase. Now is the time to brush up on the basics of getting some of those items across the U.S. border and to their final destinations. Continuing reading for the top five things to remember when shipping items in and out of Mexico.
Many businesses immediately brush off the idea of rail shipments without much consideration, but often this decision is based on outdated knowledge and a misunderstanding of the industry. By not checking out this option, you could be seriously missing out! Below, we’ve detailed (short and sweet) the top five reasons you should be considering intermodal shipping.
Ah, claims… a nightmare for both shippers and carriers. If you’ve never had to deal with one, consider yourself lucky! A claim is a request (or, if it comes down to it, a demand) for a carrier to pay for the loss of freight. This loss could come in a number of ways. There could be an unexplained shortage… the driver could get in an accident, causing damage to the shipment… the load could be stolen… the list goes on and on. Sometimes, if a carrier refuses to pay for a claim, the shipper will have to take legal action.
Are you utilizing a TMS (transportation management system) to streamline your supply chain, automate manual processes, and reduce your freight spend? It’s a time and money saver! If you have experience managing your company’s supply chain, you’re probably aware of the many benefits a TMS has to offer, even if you’re not currently using one.
What can you expect out of a 3PL relationship? Learn what to consider when working with one or more logistics service providers.
Whether you’re utilizing Trinity’s services to arrange your truckload shipments or working with carriers to cover your freight on your own, there are six easy steps you can take and preventative actions you can carry out in order to save a little bit of money on your shipments.
If you have any experience with LTL (less than truckload) shipments, you’re probably aware that it’s a complicated arena. The weight, density, class, commodity, and number of pallets all have an impact on the price of the LTL shipment, sometimes in seemingly confusing ways. It’s definitely far more complex than shipping a truckload, and there are lots of little details that, if neglected, can have a negative impact on your supply chain – and your wallet.