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The logistics and supply chain industry is complex. GlobalTranz is committed to helping businesses and logistics professionals stay knowledgeable and up-to-date on the market and logistics best practices. Every month, we’re sharing trends and news impacting the logistics and supply chain industry. Here are some of the top headlines from October.

Logistics Industry News

 

UPS Warns Shippers to Brace For Possible Freight Strike
UPS Freight workers rejected a tentative contract last month and are voting on an updated offer from the company November 9-11. A contract extension expires on Nov. 12, after which the 11,000 Teamsters members could go on strike.
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US Truckload Shippers Prep for 2019 Rate Increases
Many analysts predict bullish freight markets through 2020. US truckload shippers that faced rising transportation rates in 2018 are preparing for another round — albeit a lighter one — of price increases in 2019. Many are reaching out to logistics providers about new and better solutions to secure capacity.
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Transportation & Freight Markets

 

Driver Shortage Again Ranks No. 1 Industry Issue, HOS Ranks No. 2
For the second straight year, the trucking industry‘s top concern is a shortage of qualified truck drivers, according to the annual Top Industry Issues Report from the American Transportation Research Institute. Hours of service ranked second on the list, retaining its footing as one of the top issues for the trucking industry in seven out of the past eight years.
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US Freight Rates Hitting Peaks Before Deceleration
US truck and intermodal rail volumes increased in 2018 and are near their peak levels of the year. Analysts reported that trade policy uncertainties involving US imports from China and NAFTA partners have front-loaded shipments into the US, which has created a noticeable increase in freight volumes for 2018.
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Economy & Supply Chain

 

Consumer Confidence Hits 18-year High in October
According to CNBC, U.S. consumer confidence rose to an 18-year high in October, driven largely a robust labor market, suggesting strong economic growth could persist in the near term.
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Retailers Prepare for Make-Or-Break Holiday Peak Season

Retailers are optimistic about a busy holiday season. As we head into the make-or-break holiday peak shopping season, CBRE Group, Inc is reporting many companies will try to cap off a strong year by doubling down on strategies to draw online shoppers into stores.
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Technology & Innovation

 

How Cutting-Edge Technologies are Impacting the Future of Logistics
In a 25-minute conversation with SiriusXM Business Radio, GlobalTranz CEO Bob Farrell shares how cutting-edge technologies and the ever-increasing sophistication of supply chains are profoundly influencing the future of logistics.
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Shippers Turn to Technology for Sharper Supply Chain Visibility

Not long ago, supply chain visibility meant knowing where a shipment was a few hours ago. Now, with increased customer delivery demands and volatile freight markets, shippers are looking for real-time “dots on a map” updates, predictive ETAs and a holistic approach to visibility enabling them to make business decisions based on aggregated shipment data.
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Regulation, Safety & Labor

 

ELD Impact Ten Months In
In March, 2018, one month prior to the ELD go-live, trucking companies were surveyed about their predictions on how ELDs will impact the freight industry. Ten months after the ELD Mandate went live, those companies were resurveyed to see how markets and perceptions have adjusted.
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Regulatory Roundup: State of Trucking 2018
These are the top legislative, regulatory, administrative, and enforcement topics impacting the trucking industry at large.
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 The logistics and supply chain industry is complex. GlobalTranz is committed to helping businesses and logistics professionals stay knowledgeable and up-to-date on the market and logistics best practices. Every month, we’re sharing trends and news impacting the logistics and supply chain industry. Here are some of the top headlines from September.

 Logistics Industry News

 

The 4PL Era Begins
Many companies are seeking logistics service providers that can handle everything in their evolving supply chains. More businesses are seeking 4PL services to manage all their supply chain operations,  break down silos and drive end-to-end visibility and transparency. Read More.

Shippers Overcoming Truck Capacity Challenges With Intermodal
It’s clear that pressure on shipping capacity and rates from the ELD mandate, ongoing driver shortage and a robust economy won’t be going away any time soon. To overcome those issues, some shippers are finding — or rediscovering — intermodal shipping service. Read More.

Transportation & Freight Markets

 

Going Up: What’s Driving Trucking Forward
At the recent FTR Transportation conference, economists shared their insights about the current economy, whether a recession is approaching, current freight markets, and what to expect in the coming months. Read More.

Capacity Increases, Spot Market Moderated For Now
We are experiencing one of the longest running economic expansions in the modern era, creating an incredibly dynamic freight environment. For months, capacity crunch and soaring rates have been unavoidable. Carriers have been investing in infrastructure and utilizing technology to increase capacity, as the bullish market has shown little sign of slowing. Read More.

Economy & Supply Chain

 

Tariffs Spurring Volatility in US Economic Forecast
Amid the tariff battle between the United States and China, net exports are expected to be a drag on third-quarter economic growth. Read More.

 U.S. Consumer Confidence Unexpectedly Jumps to 18-Year High
Consumer confidence unexpectedly jumped in September, reaching one of the best levels in a half-century of data. A strong job market and tax cuts keep Americans optimistic about the state of the economy and their finances, even amid an escalating trade war with China. Read More.

Technology & Innovation

 

3PLs Using New Tech to Build Dedicated Freight Lanes
As e-commerce delivery demands continue to increase and freight markets become more complex, logistics service providers are using technology to help businesses automate capacity sourcing and increase customers’ service levels. Read More. 

Rapid Tech ‘Transformation’ Tests Shippers, Carriers
As more companies recognize their supply chains as a source of opportunity for growth rather than a cost center, technology is becoming the perfect enabler. But businesses are finding that their legacy systems are preventing them from scaling operations and meeting their growing customer fulfillment expectations. Read More.

Regulation, Safety & Labor

 

NAFTA Replaced: Canada Agrees to Join U.S. and Mexico in New Trade Deal
On September 30th, The U.S., Canada and Mexico reached a new, modernized trade agreement, called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The USMCA is said to give “workers, farmers, ranchers and businesses a high-standard trade agreement that will result in freer markets, fairer trade and robust economic growth in our region.” Read More.

Congress Takes Next Step Toward Drone Delivery
The U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives released a Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization bill for the use of drone-based delivery for everything from medical supplies to consumer goods. Read More.

 

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August Industry Update

The logistics and supply chain industry is complex. GlobalTranz is committed to helping businesses and logistics professionals stay knowledgeable and up-to-date on the market and logistics best practices. Every month, we’re sharing trends and news impacting the logistics and supply chain industry. Here are some of the top headlines from August.

Logistics Industry News

 

More US Shippers ‘Shifting’ Truck Modes

As demand for faster fulfillment and replenishment cycles increases, LTL carriers are taking on more “middle mile” freight movements ending at customer facing distribution points once handled in truckloads. Read More

5 Ways to Mitigate High Freight Rates
Consistent economic growth in industries dependent on logistics has increased freight demand, creating more loads than available trucks. Spot market rates are up 25 to 35 percent over 2017, and analysts expect tight capacity and higher costs to continue into 2019. Read More

Transportation & Freight Markets

 

Early Trans-Pac Peak Could Impact US Spot Truck Rates
An accelerated peak shipping season at sea could translate into an earlier than usual surge in truck and intermodal shipments moving off coasts to distribution centers and end customers this fall. Read More.

5 Tips for Shippers in Tight Capacity Markets
It’s no secret that trucking capacity is strained. The U.S. economy is growing, creating very strong freight demand. At the same time, the ongoing driver shortage and decreased productivity from ELDs is resulting in more loads than available trucks. Here are 5 ways shippers can successfully navigate the capacity crunch during this historic time. Read More

Economy & Supply Chain

 

Why the Trucking Shortage Impacts Everyone

The shortage of truck drivers is at historic levels as a strong economy boosts freight demand. Bloomberg covers what caused the problem, why it has suddenly gotten worse and how the driver shortage impacts the economy. Read More

Retail Sales and Manufacturing Powering Solid Freight Demand

A surge in retail spending and manufacturing output in the second quarter signals some key indicators for freight demand to remain healthy and sustained through the third quarter as retail outlook remains positive. Read more

Technology & Innovation

 

Cutting Transportation Costs with Digital Bill of Ladings

Shippers across all industries and in all parts of the country are feeling the impact of increased transportation costs. The LTL industry still handles about 75% of shipments tendered using paper. Migrating the BOL from paper to digital format can greatly reduce the administrative costs of processing shipments and increase many operational efficiencies. Read More. 

Easing the Strain of the Truck Driver Shortage through Blockchain

The shipping industry has fewer drivers than it requires and that problem is on the rise, threatening slower shipment transit and higher prices for both consumers and operators. Blockchain technology has the potential to help compensate for the critical driver shortage and reward drivers for their hard work.  Read more

Regulation, Safety & Labor

 

ELD’s Open Up New Possibilities for Data-Driven Decision Making in Trucking

While the recently implemented federal ELD rule was aimed at improving compliance with driver hours-of-service limits, the resulting widespread rollout of these devices means that there is now an onboard technology platform in the cab of nearly every long-haul truck on the road,  opening up new possibilities for data-driven business decisions. Read more

Regulatory Relief Proposals Aimed to Help Shippers

While shippers don’t spend time familiarizing themselves with the complexities of regulations, the current proposed changes to hours-of-service regulations could provide relief to shippers by allowing more timely and safe delivery of their cargo. Read more

 

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July Industry Update

The logistics and supply chain industry is complex. GlobalTranz is committed to helping businesses and logistics professionals stay knowledgeable and up-to-date on the market and logistics best practices. Every month, we’re sharing trends and news impacting the logistics and supply chain industry. Here are some of the top headlines from July.

Logistics Industry News

 

Annual State of Logistics Report: It’s a Carrier’s Market

The confluence of a strong economy, surging demand, labor and capacity shortages are causing multiple pain points for logistics operations. The tightening logistics market requires “creative thinking and innovation” on the part of shippers. New technology, relationships with carriers and increasing knowledge base of best practices is the ultimate solution to helping logisticians ride out the challenges long term. Read More

Carriers and Shippers Need to Align in Tight Capacity Environment

Transportation industry experts say the tight capacity and rate challenges aren’t going away anytime soon. Carriers are realizing they allowed bad shipping practices during lean times, to ensure they had enough freight, but aren’t able to allow the same practices during this historic freight demand. “Delays at docks, dwell times with trailers, all need to go away.” Carriers and shippers need to find “strategic alignment.” Read More

Transportation & Freight Markets

 

Tonnage Up 8% in First Half of 2018

It’s been a very active summer for trucking. Truck tonnage continued its powerful run and is up nearly 8% through the first half of 2018, according to American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted for-hire Truck Tonnage Index. Read More

 US Truckload Carriers Warn Tighter Capacity Ahead

We’re experiencing the hottest freight market in years, and there is no indication that freight demand is slowing or capacity is loosening any time soon. With strong demand, carriers are able to pick and choose the most profitable freight, giving rise to the shipper of choice environment.  Read More

Economy & Supply Chain

 

US Announces Tariffs on $200B More Goods From China

In response to China’s retaliatory tariffs on $34 billion of U.S. goods announced Friday, the U.S. has announced 10% tariffs on another $200 billion of Chinese imports. The trade imbalance has prompted fears among global businesses as these measures could result in China attempting to disrupt operations of U.S. companies with a presence in China.  Read More

Driver Shortage is a Supply Chain Risk

The shortage of labor in the U.S. is hurting companies from coast to coast and the performance of corporate supply chains is at risk. Demand for labor exceeds supply, causing labor rates to creep up, resulting in higher prices of goods. The driver shortage and labor issues should be added to the corporate supply chain risk profile. Read More

Technology & Innovation

 

4 Technologies Essential to Mastering Logistics Operations

These days, you don’t need to have the logistics budget of a Fortune® 100 company to leverage leading-edge technologies that will improve the efficiency and performance of your company’s operations. Nearly every company – large and small – has access to and should be using these advanced enterprise technologies for effective logistics management. Read More

2018 Is the Tipping Point for Commercial Vehicle Electrification

The rise in freight is spurring demand for growth all class sizes of fleets. Major truck makers, including Volvo, Daimler, Navistar and Paccar have announced plans for future electric trucks while Tesla says production of its electric Class 8 truck will begin sometime next year. Read More

Regulation, Safety & Labor

 

NAFTA Talks Pick Up Again

NAFTA talks are resuming again, following two months of limited negotiations and President Donald Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminum that took effect on June 1 for Canada and Mexico. Mexican Economy Minister alluded to the possibility of an August deal. Read More

ELD Mandate Perceptions, Trucking Present & Future Trends

Trucking industry leaders talked about ELD Mandate positives, HOS negatives and present and future industry trends at the Expedite Expo. Read More

 

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The first half of 2018 is in the books and it’s been a busy year for the freight community and supply chain industry. Many industry experts are reporting 2018 to be the most dynamic freight market in history. As we head into the second half of 2018, we’re featuring our top logistics stories of the year.

Shippers of Choice: Be the Customer Carriers Love to Have

In today’s capacity environment, shippers are competing against one another to book an available truck at a reasonable rate. Carriers have the choice to haul loads that are the most lucrative for their business and keep them within legal limits of HOS rules. Shippers who provide better experiences for carriers could reap long-term benefits. Read 5 ways to help transform your company into a shipper of choice.

Tips for Shippers in the New ELD Mandate Environment

If you’re a shipper, carrier or logistics company, it’s been impossible to ignore the news about the industry’s ELD mandate (Electronic Logging Device), which went into effect late last year. April 2018 was the first official month where carriers could be fined, ticketed or put out of service for non-compliance. Read how ELDs are impacting freight markets and tips for success in the new ELD Mandate environment.

Blockchain in Logistics: 10 Benefits and Why We Need Standards

Blockchain technology is considered by many to have as much potential as AI (artificial intelligence). For the logistics industry, blockchain is promising to create transparency of all documents and transactions across the freight landscape, ultimately increasing the efficiency, agility and innovation of supply chains. Read how blockchain can solve logistics inefficiencies and 10 benefits of blockchain in logistics.

The Rise of AI in Logistics

The ever-expanding field of artificial intelligence (AI) is leaving an indelible mark on every industry, logistics included. With its ability to rapidly make sense of massive data sets and automate operational processes, AI is transforming the movement of goods and creating competitive advantages for business supply chains across the globe. Read about 3 ways AI is transforming logistics management.

10 Ways to Optimize Your Freight Shipments and Save

Consulting company Capgemini recently surveyed a group of logistics and shipping managers and found “cutting transportation costs” to be one of their top challenges. While many shippers naturally look for ways to reduce rates, there is also a broad range of optimization tactics logistics managers can employ to help their businesses realize sustainable long-term savings. Read about 10 shipping optimization tactics you can apply today.

4 Guidelines for Navigating Cargo Freight Claims

Today’s freight industry runs at rapid speeds to meet customer delivery demands. One event that can disrupt the flow of your freight management operations and supply chain is damaged or lost cargo. The majority of shipments are picked-up and delivered on-time and intact, but knowing what to do and who to contact if you need to file a freight claim can be a key differentiator to minimizing downtime. Read about 4 freight claim guidelines that will keep your supply chain operating efficiently.

Trends Impacting Your Logistics Operations in 2018

The logistics industry is evolving, bringing both risk and opportunity to corporate supply chains. Government regulations, the driver squeeze and a healthy GDP have created challenging capacity and rate conditions. The booming e-commerce space and demand for operational efficiency continues to amplify the need for increased automation and technology. Read about three macro trends impacting the freight community.

7 Advantages to Outsourcing Logistics

Today, ninety percent of Fortune 500® companies rely on 3PLs for outsourced logistics and supply chain services, according to an Armstrong & Associates report. Whether you’re a B2C or B2B company, how promptly and efficiently you react to customer orders has a direct bearing on customer loyalty, retention and earnings. Read how outsourcing non-core functions like logistics allows you to focus entirely on what you’re great at: growing and building your business.

Is Your 3PL Adding Value or Just Taking Orders

Companies are putting more emphasis on logistics due to the impact it has on customer loyalty and earnings. At the same time, logistics costs are increasing and transportation management is becoming more complex, digitized and fast-paced. To combat these complexities, companies are looking for logistics service providers that do more than simply book shipments and take orders. Read about how 3PLs that are solution-focused can solve logistics challenges and add value to your supply chain.

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2017 has been a busy year for the logistics industry. In the past 12 months, we’ve seen natural disasters, government mandates, and technology innovations impact supply chains. As the final week of the year comes to a close, we’re looking back at the top logistics stories and topics of 2017.

  1. ELDs

The ELD mandate went into effect on December 18, after several attempts to delay the initiative. The ELD mandate requires most motor carriers and drivers, who are currently required to prepare hours-of-service (HOS) records, to use electronic logging devices to record their time on and off-duty. The mandate went live with an enforcement grace period, which means vehicles not equipped with the required ELD device will not be placed out of service or receive points against their safety scores until April 2018. Many analysts predict ELDs will impact capacity and rates through 2018, and could result in a capacity decline of approximately 4-7 percent.

  1. Big Data, AI, and Machine Learning

According to Logistics Management, more data has been generated in the past two years than in the entire history of humans. This growing accessibility to thousands of data points has businesses looking for ways to translate numbers into actionable insights. In 2017, AI and machine learning technology received a lot of attention in the logistics industry for their ability to process massive amounts of data, analyze trends, predict scenarios, and provide shippers with real-time knowledge to make faster and better business decisions.

  1. Drones

In 2017, retailers, e-commerce, transport and tech companies worldwide tested drone deliveries of various products from medical supplies to fast-food orders. While current regulations prevent wide-scale implementation of drones, these pilot programs are helping companies gain experience with drone technology, which could be the key to meeting delivery demands in rural, urban, rugged and remote areas.

  1. Warehouse Automation

Consumer pressure to fulfill and ship orders same day is pushing warehouses to automate more processes. In 2017, robotics, voice picking, and mobile scanners made waves as innovations that are increasingly helping warehouses drive down order cycle time and meet delivery demands of consumers.

  1. Autonomous Trucks

The driver shortage was named the number one critical issue facing the transportation industry by the American Transportation Research Institute’s (ATRI) annual list. Many are hopeful that autonomous trucks will help solve the growing driver shortage in the trucking industry. While we’re still a long way from autonomous trucks being mainstream, in 2017, several companies made investments and developed pilot programs to help move the technology forward. In November, the start-up, Embark, began delivering refrigerators in Southern California via self-driving “robo-trucks,” while major players like Volvo, Daimler and Tesla are working on their own autonomous trucks.

  1. Digital Freight Matching

Digital freight matching, or the “Uberization” of freight, generated a lot of attention this year as Uber officially launched its Uber Freight app in May. The concept of matching available capacity to demand is not new in the logistics space, and many 3PLs, like GlobalTranz, have been doing it for years using proprietary technology. While Uber has a track record of success in connecting passengers with drivers, commercial trucking and large freight movement is much more complex. Uberization and digital freight matching will continue to evolve in 2018. At GlobalTranz, we look forward to working alongside or in partnership with on-demand freight options as we continue to grow our full-service freight management solutions.

  1. E-commerce

2017 e-commerce holiday sales hit record numbers, and online buying continues to trend upward in both B2C and B2B markets. E-commerce has transformed supply chains by emphasizing the importance of final-mile deliveries and automating warehouse and fulfillment operations. As more retailers boost their omni-channel capabilities to compete with Amazon and other e-commerce giants, the logistics industry will be called upon to develop solutions to help businesses meet customer delivery demands and create competitive advantages.

  1. Final Mile

As consumer delivery expectations increase and companies compete with Amazon’s delivery promises, final mile delivery solutions are becoming critical to the success of retailers, grocers and e-commerce businesses. Final mile deliveries are a difficult piece of the supply chain because they require individualized shipping to unreliable destinations due to consumer availability. Full-service logistics companies are becoming strategic partners for businesses in the final mile space because they provide access to a broad range of carrier types and services that can be combined into custom solutions to meet the growing consumer delivery expectations.

  1. Natural Disasters

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma caused nearly $200 billion in damages to Texas and Florida. The storms put an incredible strain on the supply chain as flooding and power outages closed ports and prevented trucks from entering affected areas. Hurricanes took about 5-10% of capacity from the market and significantly impacted rates. Many industry experts predict that we’ll continue to see tight capacity into 2018 from hurricane rebuilding efforts, the ELD mandate and a healthy GDP producing high freight demand.

  1. Blockchain

Everyone is talking about blockchain, including the logistics industry. Blockchain can create a more connected and efficient supply chain by enabling real-time, secure, and inalterable information sharing between shippers, carriers, brokers, and more. In 2017, GlobalTranz became one of the first 3PLs to join BiTA (Blockchain in Trucking Alliance), to develop industry-specific standards and help grow and educate the logistics industry about this promising technology. Eventually, blockchain technology will impact logistics, but today we’re in the infancy stages.

2017 has been an influential year for supply chain and logistics management. The industry is evolving and technology continues to be at the forefront.  As a technology-driven 3PL, we look forward to continuing to develop innovative solutions that help businesses drive supply chain efficiencies and deliver overall cost savings in 2018 and beyond.

From everyone at GlobalTranz, Happy New Year!

The logistics industry has been preparing for the ELD (Electronic Logging Device) mandate rollout since the FMCSA announced the initiative in 2015. We’ve heard from shippers wanting to know how the mandate will affect their freight. Will prices go up? Will transit times be impacted? With the ELD mandate less than one week away from going into effect—December 18—we’re answering the top questions shippers are asking.

About the ELD Mandate:

The ELD mandate requires most motor carriers and drivers, who are currently required to prepare hours-of-service (HOS) records, to use electronic logging devices to record their time on and off-duty. The mandate goes into effect on December 18 with an enforcement grace period. During this time, vehicles not equipped with the required ELD device will not be placed out of service or receive points against their safety scores until April 2018, but they could receive fines for each violation cited.

Top 5 ELD Mandate Questions Shippers are Asking

1. What Impact will ELDs have on transit times?

ELDs are intended to electronically record the number of hours a driver is behind the wheel. They will replace the majority of paper logbooks, which are easier to alter, enabling operators to drive more hours than legally allowed. This change could have an impact on transit times, especially in the range of 450 to 800 miles. According to Transport Topics, one carrier reported many 400 to 600-mile jobs went from a one-day haul using paper logbooks to a shift-and-a-half using electronic logging devices. If ELD requirements push trips to a second day, this creates a loss of revenue, from the carrier’s perspective, because they are delaying their opportunity for a reload.

2. What impact will ELDs have on capacity?

Trucking capacity across the country is already running close to 95 percent, reports Transport Topics, mainly due to high demand, a strong GDP, recent hurricanes, and the increasing driver shortage. Analysts predict the ELD mandate could result in a capacity decline of approximately 7 percent in the for-hire carrier sector, and American Trucking Associations (ATA) is reporting a projected loss of 50,000 trucks from the market. There’s a chance that some owner-operators could choose to leave the industry to avoid spending money on ELDs and learning a new technology, particularly those drivers or owners who are nearing retirement or have other vocational opportunities.

3. How will ELDs affect shipping rates?

Nothing is definite until shippers can analyze and compare invoices or quotes before and after the date of official ELD implementation. However, most industry analysts foresee average shipping rate increases of 3 to 5 percent, in some cases, even higher. These rate changes come at the expense of lost productivity and attempt to cover any additional costs associated with implementing ELDs. Many drivers believe the ELD implementation will limit their flexibility in transit time, which may force carriers to negotiate higher load prices.

4. How will you manage ELD compliance?

As a non-asset 3PL, we don’t own trucks that need ELDs installed, but we have a compliance department dedicated to vetting and managing our 17,000+ carrier network. We require all carriers be in full compliance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations. These regulatory requirements are documented in our broker-carrier contracts.

5. What can shippers do to prepare for the ELD mandate?

  1. First and foremost, have conversations with your logistics partners. Ask questions about how ELDs may impact your lanes. Understand the fundamental HOS limitations for drivers and how it can impact transit times. You can obtain further information around HOS regulations by visiting the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) website.
  2. Review lanes between 450-800 miles. Those are line hauls where carriers may have previously delivered in 1-day with paper logs, but when ELDs are in place, those lanes may become a 2-day transit time with inherent rate increases. A 3PL like GlobalTranz can help analyze your lanes and identify areas of vulnerability to provide you predictable shipping times, rates, and help you meet your customer requirements.
  3. Increase your lead time on shipments. The more time your logistics partner has to book a shipment, the more leverage they have to secure the best carrier for your lane, identify efficiency improvements, and negotiate rates.
  4. Work towards driver accommodation by being flexible and allowing for carriers to drop trailers at your facilities when applicable. This will give the drivers a higher chance of controlling their HOS limitations and remain within legal parameters.
  5. Consider multimodal or intermodal shipping. Combining rail and truck transportation for loads going 700+ miles can drive consistency, fuel savings and reduced emissions into your supply chain. One railcar can hold the equivalent of roughly four trucks, so shipping by train can help relieve truck capacity constraints. Discuss intermodal options with your logistics service provider to understand if it makes sense for your shipments.

Planning is Everything

As the ELD mandate rolls-out, shippers and logistics providers will likely see changes, but until we’ve lived in this new reality for several months, we can’t be sure of the full impact. The more information you have in advance of the change, the better off you’ll be to effectively plan and budget. As more questions arise about ELDs, and the FMCSA provides guidance on these issues, we will be here to help you adapt as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible.

Learn more about how GlobalTranz can help you mitigate the impact of the ELD mandate. Contact 866.275.1407 or info@globaltranz.com

FedEx and UPS combined are expected to ship over a billion packages this holiday season between Black Friday and New Year’s Eve, according to the Journal of Commerce (JOC.com). This massive number of shipments reflects the anticipated record holiday sales from retailers and e-commerce businesses this season.

“According to the National Retail Federation, retail sales in the United States during November and December are forecast to increase 3.6 to 4 percent, reaching between $679 billion and $682 billion, beating the five-year average of 3.5 percent,” reports JOC. Fast-growing holiday sales throughout the economy translate into increased demand for shipping assets and the tightening of capacity.

For a freight industry already operating at levels near 95 percent capacity, businesses are turning to 3PLs for their expedited shipping services, like air freight, ground expedite, and other guaranteed options, to meet their customer delivery demands and mitigate capacity challenges.

Expedited Shipping Services

As freight demand increases this holiday season in an already tight marketplace, standard shipping methods may not get the job done, as delays often manifest. When you have urgent, emergency, or time critical shipments, GlobalTranz offers a wide range of expedited shipping services to accommodate freight of all weights, dimensions, origins, destinations, and timelines. Our strategic alliances with the nation’s best carriers, dedicated team of expedite shipping experts, and technology that matches your freight with available capacity will ensure your cargo is delivered with the utmost speed, efficiency, visibility, and security.

Air Freight
Shipping by air is typically the fastest way to get your freight to its destination. JOC reports businesses have been increasingly using air freight this peak season because of its speed and reliability. Air freight also helps businesses be more agile in reacting to last-minute upswings in consumer demand. GlobalTranz offers Next Flight Out (NFO), Next Day by 10:30 a.m., Next Day by Noon, Next Day by 5 pm, Second Day Air, and Charter or dedicated aircraft services.

Ground Expedite
We understand the opportunities and consequences facing businesses based on the promptness of pick-up and delivery of your goods. GlobalTranz provides cargo van, sprinter, straight truck, hot shot, courier, team drive, flatbed, temp-controlled, LTL guaranteed, and full truckload (48’or 53’) expedite services to ensure on-time delivery of all cargo types. Ground expedite also provides additional security benefits over standard ground transport. In a cross-country standard LTL shipment, your cargo might be transferred off a truck 5-7 times. Expedite ground shipments generally stay on the same truck, or only get touched 1-2 times, and get securely stored and monitored.

LTL Guaranteed Services
When you need peace of mind and a guarantee that your shipment will arrive on a specific day, choose one of our many LTL guaranteed options. Shippers have the flexibility to rate, book and track Guaranteed LTL shipments directly in our GlobalTranz LTL management platform, and choose LTL providers based on arrival dates.

LTL Rescues
Let’s say you have a shipment at an LTL terminal, but it isn’t scheduled to be delivered until tomorrow. You receive a call from your customer with a change of plans – they need the shipment delivered today. We can arrange for your freight to be picked-up or “rescued” from the LTL terminal and delivered to the consignee immediately.

Why GlobalTranz Expedite

24/7/365 Service & Support
Our dedicated expedite team is here days, nights, weekends, and holidays to ensure customers receive exceptional support.

Real-Time Tracking & Updates
Stay in the know from start to finish. We’ll track your shipment every step of the way and provide updates online via GlobalTranz TMS platform.

Experience You Can Trust
Thanks to 30+ years of outstanding service and reliability, GlobalTranz is a trusted logistics provider for time-sensitive and critical shipment needs.

Fulfill Your Delivery Promise
In today’s business environment, it’s essential that your supply chain provides operational efficiencies to achieve satisfaction for your customers. Expedited shipping services help meet your customers’ just-in-time delivery expectations, support lean inventory strategies, and mitigate capacity challenges during peak shipping seasons.

 

Meet just-in-time delivery needs by receiving your expedited shipping quote today! 866.275.1407

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to express our gratitude for the many wonderful things in our lives. At GlobalTranz, we have a lot to be thankful for…

Customers

We work with over 25,000 shippers to transport goods of all commodities and sizes around the world. Learning about their products and developing logistics solutions that grow their business and our economy is what drives us. To all our customers, thank you for choosing GlobalTranz, we truly appreciate our partnership with you.

Employees

Our talented employees go above and beyond to support our customers, agents, and carriers while making a positive impact in their local communities. Their outstanding commitment to service and collaboration enables us to provide award-winning logistics solutions and technology. We are thankful to have the best team in the industry.

Agents

Our network of independent agents solves supply chain challenges and delivers innovative logistics solutions to a wide array of shippers. They take pride in doing the heavy lifting of freight management so companies can focus on growing their businesses. We are grateful for their expertise and dedication to helping shippers drive efficiencies in their supply chains.

Carriers and Drivers

There are 3.5 million trucking professionals across the country whose work is some of the most personally demanding and economically significant in the United States. We appreciate our network of carriers and truck drivers who work long hours, sacrificing personal time with family and friends, to safely move more than 10 billion tons of freight across 432 billion miles each year. They are the lifeblood of the supply chain.

Technology

Our technology enables our employees, agents, and carriers to intelligently optimize shipping operations and provide a strategic advantage. Automation and customization allow our teams to focus their time creating new ways to drive efficiencies and cost savings for shippers. The GlobalTranz TMS platform provides visibility to big data and, using machine learning systems, creates actionable intelligence that helps businesses forecast, plan, and execute their supply chain activities. We’re grateful that technology is at the forefront of our organization, and we’re proud to provide innovative solutions that are paving the future of supply chain management.

Community

As Hurricanes Harvey and Irma devastated parts of Houston, Florida, the Southeast United States, and Puerto Rico, communities came together to support those in need. The GlobalTranz CORE corporate responsibility team hosted a Hurricane Relief Drive to deliver food, water, toiletries, and supplies to the Houston Food Bank. We received donations from several businesses and partners in the logistics industry – a true display of community coming together to make a positive impact.

We’re also thankful for our logistics community and organizations like TIABiTA, and CSCMP. They connect supply chain and logistics industry professionals to develop collaborative solutions, standards, and technology that moves the industry forward.

On behalf of everyone at GlobalTranz, Happy Thanksgiving.