This is a question that many customers ponder on a daily and weekly basis. If you are a shipper or manufacturer utilizing intermodal (rail shipments) as a means of moving your freight, no doubt you already have a list of items that you consider when selecting the “best” intermodal logistics provider. Humor me and please keep reading anyway, I may possibly add one or two items that you haven’t considered in the past.
What Management Needs to Know about the Transportation Market, Part Three: Legislation
Over the last few weeks, LTL (less than truckload) carriers have begun announcing general rate increases. UPS Freight, ABF Freight, Con-way, and A Duie Pyle started the ball rolling by announcing general rate increases in the near future. Historically, once a major LTL carrier announces a general rate increase, all other LTL carriers follow in fairly short order. I expect most major LTL carriers to either announce or implement rate increases sometime over the next 45 days.
It is simple supply and demand. There is more freight than there are trucks. Read more!
Transportation may not be high on your priority list or even on your list at all, but you should probably make some room for it. You need to pay attention to the transportation market because costs are continuing to increase and capacity continues to tighten. This means it is getting more expensive and more difficult to get your freight to your customers.
When it comes to transportation management software (TMS) deployment, companies are often wondering whether they should dive in head first, or test the waters with one or two facilities before completely soaking themselves with a full-scale implementation. So what’s the better option? It depends on a few factors.
Have you ever wondered what a freight broker is, what they do, why they exist? To put it in simple terms, freight brokers are simply matchmakers. They are the middle-man between the shipper (the maker or owner of the product) and the trucking company that moves the freight. Freight brokers perform a valuable service for both ends of the spectrum, however they do not function as an actual carrier, they arrange for the transport of goods.
Trinity Logistics has been awarded a logistics contract to provide transportation support and solutions to Tajima Flooring of Conifer, Colorado. Trinity supports clients like Tajima with solutions including supply chain and logistics consulting, freight management, and a transportation management system (TMS) utilizing online SaaS technology. Trinity’s transportation management system enhances supply chain visibility and reporting while creating cost savings from automation, optimization, and collaboration.
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