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When weekend promotional giveaways at a Las Vegas casino were delayed due to customs issues, GlobalTranz expedited shipping picked up the load from the port and transported it to the casino in time for the big event. 

Traditionally expedited shipping has been used to solve these kinds of challenges. When a shortage of materials or components could shut down the production line, or impact a big event, expedited delivery saves the day. However, shippers across all industries are also finding that customized expedited shipping services can help them meet the increasing delivery demands from consumer and business buyers. 

Expedited trucking typically operates with three levels of vehicles: straight box trucks, vans, and hot shots or heavy-duty pickups towing trailers such as boxes and flatbeds. Expedited shipping carriers don’t face the same capacity challenges that leave truckload and LTL carriers to increase rates while scrambling to fulfill their commitments. 

Here’s a look at why more shippers are looking at expedited shipping as an integral component of their supply chains. 

  1. Expedited Service Means Dedicated Service

Expedited delivery services typically involve dedicated Point A to Point B shipments of must-have products in less than truckload quantities, by truck or by air, with service guarantees. Because the vehicle is dedicated to the shipment, the rate is basically the same whether the load is one pallet or ten pallets.  

Expedited shipping services make the most sense when the product is urgent or time-critical. Basically, any commodity can move in expedited service, from manufacturing raw materials and components to food and beverage products. 

  1. Transit Times

Rates are higher than standard LTL or truckload service, but in most cases, shipping cost is not the issue. Shutting down an assembly line to save a few thousand on shipping costs doesn’t make sense. Instead, transit time is the top factor for choosing expedited shipping, although shippers value customized handling as well. 

The smaller trucks often used for expedited shipping operate under different hours of service regulations than full-size semis, so they can generally cover the same distance in less time.  

  1. Reduced Handling & Damage

With expedited truck service, the shipment moves directly from shipper to consignee in the same truck. Compare that with LTL operations that usually require cross-docking or unloading and reloading freight at a terminal. 

 With expedited shipping, there’s no en route handling, so there’s less chance of damage or loss. Of course, LTL and truckload shipping offers a high level of quality, but, expedited shipping provides a higher level of customized service.  

  1. Service Diversions

Expedited shipping services can save the day with shipment diversion. That’s when a shipment is moving in truckload or LTL service, but it’s not moving fast enough. Perhaps an assembly line needs two days worth of parts to keep it operating until the full shipment arrives. An expedited carrier can divert all or a portion of the load and move it to the destination so the assembly line can stay open.   

  1. Better Capacity Availability

Currently, expedited trucking rates are more stable than truckload and LTL rates as carriers work through capacity challenges and productivity impacts from ELD implementation and the driver shortage. Typically expedited carriers are standing by to move your loads at rates that aren’t inflated by short-term fluctuations. 

  1. Air & Ocean Freight Experts

The GlobalTranz expedited shipping group also manages domestic and international air freight and domestic ocean freight. GlobalTranz is an indirect air carrier certified by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). As an IAC, GlobalTranz has developed a security program that meets TSA requirements. The company is also a member of the Air Forwarders Association to keep up to date on the federal regulations. 

Shippers of high-value cargo, such as consumer electronics, often use air freight to reduce the possibility of damage and move products through their supply chains faster. 

The expedited shipping group also manages domestic ocean freight, such as moving supplies for rebuilding Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. 

  1. Disaster Response

In the aftermath of a storm, like the most recent Hurricane Florence, expedited shipping can be a lifesaver for your supply chain. Expedited shipping services are more agile and responsive when major roadways may be congested or closed. Large trucks must stick to approved truck routes. By using smaller vehicles, the expedited department can facilitate deliveries into natural disaster areas for relief supplies and just-in-time deliveries. We also have the option of combining air freight with ground shipping to reach disaster areas quickly.  

Also, when natural disasters occur, prioritization of available trucks goes to transporting relief and emergency supplies over standard freight, which can impact capacity. Utilizing expedited services can help mitigate capacity challenges during those times.  

Talk to Experienced Expedited Pros 

Expedited shipping can play an integrated role in your supply chain with dedicated, customized service that’s faster than other options. Work with an experienced partner like the GlobalTranz team of expedited shipping experts that connect your freight with approved, high-quality carriers.

 

Get in touch with the GlobalTranz team of expedited shipping experts; we’re ready to help you move your freight faster.

 

It’s clear that pressure on shipping capacity and rates from the ELD mandate, the 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. By moving trailers and containers via rail versus over-the-road trucking, shippers can bypass capacity issues and find lower costs.

The trend has been evident as intermodal traffic volumes have been strong over the past several months. Through the first 36 weeks of 2018, intermodal rail traffic is up 6 percent over the same time last year, according to the Association of American Railroads.

Converting traffic to intermodal shipping services makes sense for many shippers. Here’s a look at some important aspects of intermodal shipping you should consider.

Flexibility

Converting traffic to intermodal works best for shippers who are able to trade longer transit times for lower rates. It’s especially efficient when moving from a major market near an intermodal terminal to another major market with facilities, cutting down on drayage time and costs on either end of the shipment.

Suits more traffic

A few years ago, intermodal traffic was most efficient for moves of 700 miles or more. That was the upper limit of a one-day truck move, so it made sense to make longer hauls by rail. However, now with the ELD mandate, drivers may not be able to make the same moves in one day. What used to be a one-day truck move is now a two-day move. Now, if shifting to intermodal adds only one additional day, then the lower cost might be an attractive tradeoff. We’re finding that intermodal is attractive for shipments in the 500-600 mile range now, such as between major markets on the East Coast.

Improved service

Railroads are investing billions in improving intermodal infrastructure and services. New and expanded terminals, improvement of overall network velocity and removing inefficiencies that delay transit times are top priorities for railroads to ensure they retain traffic they’ve recently gained from over-the-road trucks.

Long-term conversion

If shippers adapt their supply chains to the pace of intermodal, they may be able to shift some of their products to ship earlier in the year to avoid peak congestion and build longer transit times into their strategies. Converting at least a portion of traffic to intermodal can pay off in long-term savings as OTR rates rise.

Drayage capacity

Intermodal drayage is not immune to capacity issues. Drayage, the truck movement on either end of the rail shipment from the terminal to origin or destination, still relies on drivers who can have their choice of freight right now. If a shipment requires multiple stops, or a 200-mile drive to pick up or drop off, the driver may be less willing to sign on for the move.

Transit times

Intermodal shipping works best when there’s some flexibility in transit time. If shippers can forecast freight needs a few days further out, they can build in time for intermodal service. With some additional planning, shippers can reduce costs with intermodal.

Ultimately, it’s up to the shipper to choose the best mode to serve their supply chain. Some freight is very time sensitive and should stay with an over-the-road option. If you’d like to explore intermodal possibilities, we can help you weigh the advantages of converting traffic to intermodal and provide you custom logistics solutions that meet your supply chain goals.

 

Learn how intermodal shipping can drive consistent capacity and cost savings into your supply chain. Call 866.275.1407 or Contact Us

 

More than 80 percent of U.S. communities depend solely on trucking for delivery of their goods and commodities. In this country, we all rely on truck drivers in some way or another. Whether it’s to enjoy basic modern conveniences, receive life-sustaining medical supplies, or keep businesses thriving, our lives depend on the transportation industry and more importantly, our nation’s truck drivers. 

September 9-15, 2018 marks National Truck Driver Appreciation Week. This is an opportunity to recognize the 3.5 million trucking professionals across the country whose work is some of the most personally demanding and economically significant in the United States.  

 At GlobalTranz, we think it’s important to show truck drivers appreciation every day. We’re committed to making drivers’ lives more enjoyable on the road and helping them succeed every day of the year. Here are 5 ways shippers – and all of us in the logistics industry – can appreciate and respect truck drivers on a daily basis. 

Minimize driver wait time 

Much of a driver’s compensation is based on their ability to move loads quickly, safely and efficiently. With the ELD mandate strictly enforcing HOS rules, it’s important for shippers to run smooth dock operations and minimize the time drivers sit waiting for loading and unloading. Help drivers get in and out of facilities quickly and on the road.  

Make your facility easy and safe to access 

How easy is your facility to find? Does it come up on GPS? Is it easy to turn into without worrying about oncoming traffic or parked cars? If a driver wastes time finding your location, their job becomes unnecessarily difficult. Make sure your traffic patterns are safe and easy to maneuver and you have streamlined gate check-in procedures. 

 Be courteous and accommodating 

Ensure that you and your facility’s employees are treating drivers with respect. Provide ample parking at your loading docks and comfortable break areas and restrooms at your facilities. Offer drivers a place to rest, complete paperwork, make phone calls and get a snack or coffee while their truck is being loaded. Consider them an extension of your team. Their job is critical to getting your products to market.  

Pay freight bills quickly
With 350,000 owner operators, many truck drivers are also operating their own small business, and quick payment can be the essence to their success. It’s important to pay owner-operators and carriers quickly and accurately. Freightwaves.com suggests the best way to accomplish this is using a TMS that integrates clean data between carriers and shippers. 

Get involved 

The truck driving profession is personally demanding. Working fourteen hours a day, and spending prolonged time away from family are sacrifices truck drivers make to help keep the economy moving. There are several non-profit organizations, like Trucker Charity and Meals for 18 Wheels, devoted to mentoring, coaching and providing meals and assistance for drivers and their families. Consider getting involved with and learning more about these organizations and other causes supporting truck drivers. 

From all of us at GlobalTranz, we say, “thank you” to the men and women who keep America moving. #ThankATruckDriver every day.

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.  

Spot market rates are up 20 to 35 percent over 2017, and analysts expect tight capacity and higher costs to continue into 2019. 

 During this historic time, shippers are looking for solutions to mitigate dynamic market conditions and keep their logistics operations running smoothly. Here are 5 ways shippers can successfully navigate the capacity crunch. 

1.  Adopt TMS Technology 

A web-based TMS (transportation management system), with a network of pre-qualified carriers, centralizes the freight procurement process and provides end-to-end visibility.  

A TMS helps businesses make routing decisions by matching freight with the best carriers, lanes, rates and transit service.  GlobalTranz develops a TMS that uses machine learning to identify and optimize available capacity and match it to shipper demand. This technology helps shippers lower risk, optimize routes and increase service levels in all market conditions. 

Business intelligence and predictive analytics tools within a TMS also help shippers make data-driven decisions that manage disruptions, reduce downtime and effectively plan and budget overall logistics spend. 

2. Leverage Carrier Relationships

By leveraging carrier relationships, 3PLs are able to align available freight to carriers’ preferred lanes and backhaul needs. Logistics service providers like GlobalTranz can identify opportunities that align with carriers’ networks and provide consistent volume to minimize empty moves.

3. Utilize Dedicated Capacity Networks 

3PLs like GlobalTranz have relationships with a vast network of carriers and shippers and can align all types of shipper requests and schedules with carriers at contracted rates. Dedicated capacity provides consistent capacity for 3PLs that meets service, compliance and cost requirements for contracted or dedicated shipper business.  

Dedicated capacity networks are mutually beneficial for carriers, shippers and 3PLs alike. Carriers maintain frequent volumes and alleviate 3PLs from sourcing spot-market capacity during market shifts; as a result, shippers see improved service levels for on-time pick-up and delivery.  

4. Become a Shipper of Choice

For the first time in many years, carrier providers are in a position to choose which shippers they work with, giving rise to the shipper of choice” environment. Shippers who provide better experiences for carriers can reap long-term benefits in the form of higher service levels, fewer claims, and better rates. To become a shipper carriers want to work with, it’s important to run efficient and friendly dock operations, reduce driver wait times, provide comfortable breakroom and restroom accommodations, and pay carriers quickly and accurately. 

5. Use Multimodal Solutions 

Treat each shipment as a move, independent of the modes and vendors required to transport. With truckload capacity tight, using a variety of multi-modal solutions, like combining rail with truckload and LTL, helps mitigate capacity challenges while reducing overall costs. 

 

Learn how the right combination of people, processes and technology can help you mitigate capacity challenges. Call 866-275-1407 or Contact Us

 

Shipping rates for cross-border Mexico loads are fluctuating for the same reasons we are experiencing in the U.S. – the ELD mandate, rising prices, chronic driver shortage and soaring consumer demand. One factor unique to cross-border trade that’s impacting the market is the extreme imbalance between southbound and northbound traffic. According to JOC.com, there are not enough southbound trailers to match rising northbound demand for trailer space.

Mexico is an enormous market for both imports and exports. USTR.gov notes that in 2017 “The U.S. imported $340.3 billion worth of goods from Mexico, and exports to Mexico totaled $276.2 billion,” making Mexico the United States’ third largest market for both imports and exports in 2017. Despite recent tariffs imposed on some goods, trade flow continues to be strong across the U.S.-Mexico border.

For cross-border shippers, the export-import landscape has become exceedingly complex. Here are 5 tips to better manage your costs and processes:

1. Provide Essential Information in Advance

Incomplete or incorrect paperwork is a common reason shipments get delayed at the border, and it’s very avoidable. When you provide all the information about your freight in advance to your logistics partner, they’re able to coordinate and prepare shipment documentation that must accompany every cross-border shipment. Make sure you provide your logistics partner with accurate shipping addresses, piece counts, pallet counts, details about the items being shipped and timelines.

2. Increase Lead Time

A 1,000-mile load going from state-to-state in the U.S. won’t have the same transit time when shipping into Mexico. Everything slows down at border crossings for routine customs clearance procedures. The more lead 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, negotiate rates and accommodate delivery timelines. If you have a critical northbound shipment, your logistics partners will need time to find the right carrier to handle it. Sometimes, this requires considerable deadhead, which inherently increases costs. In a capacity-constrained environment, information and time are great equalizers.

3. Hire a Good Customs Broker 

The carrier and 3PL will get your shipment to the border, and the customs broker will help you carry the ball over the goal line. Think of your customs broker as a CPA for freight. They prepare every shipment’s paperwork, so it complies with the export and import laws of U.S. and Mexico. If one form is out of place or you’re missing a signature, your freight could be delayed. Frequent communication with your customs broker is a must-have for smooth border crossing. Find a good customs broker and stick with them if they consistently provide excellent service.

4. Work with CTPAT Carriers and Partners

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) launched its Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) program in 2001 in the aftermath of 9/11. According to the agency’s website, “CBP works with the trade community to strengthen international supply chains and improve United States border security.” CTPAT is a voluntary public-private sector partnership program for importers, carriers, consolidators, customs brokers and manufacturers. CTPAT members agree to work with CBP to “protect the supply chain, identify security gaps and implement specific security measures and best practices.”

The bottom line for shippers is when you hire companies that are in the government’s CTPAT program you lower your risk. CTPAT members are also less likely to be slowed down by CBP at U.S. entry points and will often experience shorter wait times at the border.

5. Use a Transportation Management System (TMS) for full Visibility

With so many moving parts in cross-border shipping, a TMS is critical to providing end-to-end visibility, tracking and connectivity among all parties involved. A TMS with predictive analytics and business intelligence capabilities will also enable you to use data to optimize your cross-border freight operations and identify opportunities for mode shift, consolidation and cost efficiencies.

Cut Through the Complexity and Hire Experienced Pros

There’s no doubt that cross-border shipping is a complicated business. By following our five tips here, you’ll reduce your risk and begin to optimize your processes. If you don’t have your core group of experts at your company to adequately handle logistics operations to and from Mexico, consider hiring a 3PL with significant experience in that part of the world.

GlobalTranz has a permanent office in Mexico staffed with bi-lingual logistics experts. Learn more about how we can help you cut through the complexity of cross-border Mexico shipping.

 

Learn how the right combination of people, processes and technology can drive cost savings and efficiency into your cross-border Mexico logistics. Call 52 81 8000 7633 or Contact Us

 

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.

Learn how a 3PL can drive overall cost savings and efficiency into your supply chain. Call 866-275-1407 or Contact Us

Drop Trailers at Loading DockConsulting company Capgemini recently shared its list of the top challenges facing logistics and shipping managers. The list, compiled through a survey, found the top challenge to be “cutting transportation costs.”

While many shippers naturally start to look for ways to reduce their rates, there is also a broad range of optimization tactics logistics managers can employ to help their businesses realize sustainable long-term savings.

Here are 10 shipping optimization tactics you can apply today:

1. Supplier Inbound Compliance

Make sure you have consistent processes in place for managing all your inbound freight. Perform an annual audit to measure what percentage of your material purchase orders have “collect” shipping terms versus “prepaid.” In general, a buyer should control inbound transportation unless the product the company is buying is extremely expensive or risky to move.

If you allow suppliers to ship freight prepaid, you also run the risk of paying 10–40 percent premiums, which are profitable for the supplier, but expensive for you, the buyer. You may be paying state sales tax on freight charges if they’re buried in the overall product cost, also known as “freight allowed” or “freight included.”

Use a web-based routing guide to instruct your suppliers what carriers to use when shipping to your locations, and add these instructions to your purchase orders. Incorporating vendor routing and compliance guides can help improve transportation service times, control costs, and streamline warehouse operations.

2. Outbound Routing Discipline

You have thousands of carriers to select from to haul your freight. Do you always pick the low-cost option? Or are you choosing a carrier based on convenience? Make sure your process for selecting carriers is consistent across your company.

Use a web-based TMS (transportation management system), with a network of pre-qualified carriers, to provide your team a consistent means to quickly compare carrier rates, transit service, and match the best carrier with your shipment. Utilizing a TMS provides you visibility to all your outbound and inbound freight, so you can make data-driven decisions that drive cost savings for your business.

3. BOL Reduction

Reducing the total number of BOLs (bills of lading) created each day will help lower your freight costs. If your team is responsible for outbound and inbound freight, make it a practice to combine more orders into one shipment, which will create more cost-effective larger volume loads. With more intra-company transparency and connected technology systems, you’ll create significant cost-saving opportunities.

4. Mode Shift and Multi-Mode Combinations

Combining multiple shipments into a single, larger shipment, is called mode shift. With this tactic, you move your shipments into an alternative, less expensive mode. An example of this is combining multiple LTL shipments into a volume LTL, partial truckload or full truckload.

When shipping expedite, it’s essential to compare ground and air freight options. On any given shipment, air freight might be less expensive than a sprinter van, but sometimes, a two-person driving team in a cargo van or 28-foot box truck might be less expensive than shipping via air.

Leveraging multimodal shipping services and logistics solutions, like combining intermodal with truckload and final-mile, helps reduce your overall costs while mitigating capacity challenges and meeting your customer delivery demands.

5. Accessorial Audits

Take the time to audit your freight invoices from the past 6–12 months to make sure you’re not being charged incorrectly, and identify opportunities where you could eliminate accessorial charges. Administrative accessorials like weight and BOL adjustments can be avoided with proper training. Educating your employees on accessorials, and the importance of properly weighing, measuring, and classing shipments, can help reduce your accessorial fees and overall shipping costs.

6. Get Your Product Closer to Customers

As consumers and B2B buyers increasingly expect next day delivery, your fulfillment and logistics strategy is an important part of your customer service equation. When you leverage a nationwide network of warehouses, you reduce the distance between your product and your customers, which can also decrease your cost of transporting your product to market. The overall cost of regional freight shipping from fulfillment centers is usually less expensive than shipping cross country.

7. Increase Lead Times

The more time your logistics partner has to book a shipment, the more leverage they have to secure the best carrier and equipment for your load and lane, identify efficiency improvements and negotiate rates. An advance shipping notice helps a carrier line up the assets and resources they need to efficiently pick up and deliver. One of the biggest costs for carriers is paying for a trailer that’s sitting idle somewhere, waiting to load. When you plan ahead for pick up, staging, and loading, carriers can reduce idle time, lower costs, and pass savings on to you.

8. Leverage Backhauls

Once carriers complete a delivery, they typically travel back to their home base, or to the next pick-up destination. This trip is often taken unloaded or without any freight onboard. Every minute a truck is empty it incurs expenses. Carriers are most efficient when they are hauling freight instead of an empty truck. Logistics service providers can negotiate backhaul credits or targets to help you save money and meet your delivery demands.

9. Pool Shipments

Pooling deliveries from different shippers, destined for the same region or distribution networks, results in cost control. Third-party logistics companies like GlobalTranz can leverage their network of 25,000+ shippers and 30,000+ carriers to coordinate pooling opportunities that combine your shipments with other deliveries and help you save on your overall transportation costs.

10. Drop Trailers

Drop trailers are often used at locations that have enough outbound shipping volume to fill a trailer in a week or less. These enable you to load freight when convenient and combine shipments, which might normally go LTL, into one full truckload. Drop trailers also reduce the amount of time drivers sit idle waiting for their truck to be loaded. In today’s tight capacity market, and with the recent launch of the ELD mandate, carriers and drivers are more conscious of dwell time and lost productivity. Using drop trailers creates flexibility for your dock and warehouse schedule, helps mitigate capacity issues, and enables drivers to quickly pick up your delivery, which in turn helps keep your freight costs down.

Create a Freight-Optimization Culture

When you optimize your freight shipments using these tactics, you’ll deliver savings to your company’s bottom-line. Over time, driving these practices into your culture will yield overall freight savings far beyond one-time rate discounts.

Increase your freight management efficiency and overall cost savings. Call 866.275.1407 to speak with an expert or Request A Quote.

It’s no secret that many carriers see freight brokers as a necessary evil, a roadblock keeping them from working directly with the shipper to move cargo. Without context, you can see why that assumption is often made. What’s the point of a freight broker if the shipper can just pick up the phone and call the carrier to schedule a shipment? Well, this situation isn’t black and white. Freight brokers add a tremendous amount of value to both shippers and carriers.

How so?

Freight brokers not only understand but value the trucking profession. Without viable transportation companies, they have nothing of value to sell to their customer base. They have forged relationships with carriers all over the world and depend on them day in and day out to safely deliver shipments intact and on time. It’s a working relationship where both parties can benefit.

Freight agents deliver a lot of value to carriers because they:

  1. Understand the shipping industry. Freight agents have long battled the stigma that they don’t know anything about the shipping industry and are simply a middle man you have to pay to coordinate the logistics of connecting shippers with carriers. Reputable freight agents have done their homework. They understand the shipping and logistics industry and are there to help facilitate the process. They have the licenses and accreditation needed to serve both the carriers and the shippers.
  2. Help streamline and automate the shipping process. A lot of work goes into properly quoting and coordinating a shipment, estimating transit times, forecasting weather and traffic patterns and ultimately fulfilling the order. It can be overwhelming for a shipper to manage all of these aspects on their own while running the rest of their business. Freight agents spend their days in front of dashboards that offer real-time information about every aspect of the shipping process. The behind-the-scenes world of moving cargo is a time consuming and complicated job. Your carrier business is far better off in the hands of freight agents, whom the shippers trust.
  3. Put the customer first. There’s a lot on the line when it comes to moving freight. Navigating a shipment through the normal course of transportation alone can be a challenge, and that is without even factoring in threats to the cargo along the way such as damage, theft or shortage. While your fleet is on the road, you don’t want to be bogged down by customer calls, status checks or complaints. Leaving the communication and customer service elements up to the freight agents allows you to focus on what you do best – namely transporting goods safely and efficiently. With the technology and processes they have in place, a freight agent can respond to customer inquiries quickly and effectively. They can give our mutual customers the peace of mind that their shipment will arrive on time, and if it won’t, they’ll be able to proactively explain what has caused the delay and what is being done to rectify the situation.

The most successful carriers have a network of reputable freight agents they depend on to connect them to shippers while driving more business. They’ve established a relationship that is mutually beneficial and trustworthy. To that end, GlobalTranz has established relationships with over 120 less-than-truckload (LTL) carriers and 14,000 truckload (TL) carriers – all helping to provide solutions for our mutual customers to meet all types of shipping needs. When you partner with us, you’ll be joining an expansive and winning team with some of the country’s best freight agents working for GlobalTranz. With over 25,000 customers shipping freight, more opportunities are abound for you as a carrier to grow your business strategically and collaboratively.

In addition, GlobalTranz has the most innovative freight management technology platform in the industry. That logistics technology platform is now being extended to carriers – allowing you to benefit from on-demand visibility into payment status, the ability to electronically transmit data and forms, and ready access to quick-pay options that will get you paid faster.

We can guarantee your business is in good hands when you work with GlobalTranz. Learn more about our freight agent network and market-leading freight agent program.

 

 

Freight brokers act as the intermediary between shippers and carriers. They have the network, the experience and the resources to fulfill orders and get shipments where they need to be. Yet, like anyone serving as a liaison, they are always fighting the stigma that they’re an unnecessary and expensive part of the equation. “Why pay a freight broker to move my shipment when I can just deal with the carrier directly?” shippers often ask.

Well the truth is, taking freight brokers out of the equation isn’t going to make it cheaper for shippers. Yes, freight brokers earn money for connecting shippers to carriers. And yes, shippers are the ones forking up the money to pay for their services, but the reality is, an experienced and trustworthy freight broker can move your load more efficiently and effectively than if you had arranged the transportation yourself. This isn’t because you aren’t capable, it’s because the connections, technology and support freight agents have at their disposal can significantly lower your overall shipping costs.

Here are three ways freight brokers can help shippers lower their shipping costs:

  1. Strong relationships with trustworthy and reliable carriers. Connecting shippers to carriers and fulfilling orders is a freight broker’s full-time job. Over the years they have built strong, dependable relationships with carriers all over the world. In an industry as deeply complex and heavily regulated as the transportation industry is, this is so important. Turn on the news this week and I’m sure you’ll hear about shipments gone missing and cargo lost forever. It’s a reality all too true in the world of logistics and transportation, which is why you need someone with a good, trustworthy network of carriers that will get your shipment where it needs to be, when it needs to be there without having to worry about it getting lost or stolen along the way.
  1. Relieves the headache of back-office overhead. Leave the logistics of coordinating to a freight agent – you have enough on your plate. While you may think it might be cheaper to work directly with carriers, the time spent evaluating quotes, costs and transit times, selecting a reliable carrier, arranging pickup, monitoring transit and delivery, and ensuring accurate and timely payments to carriers – not to mention troubleshooting any issues – isn’t worth the cost. Freight agents have this process down like a well-oiled machine and will be able to help you cut costs and expedite service.
  1. State-of-the-art logistics technology you can depend on. Whether you need less-than-truck load (LTL), truckload (TL) or expedited shipping, smart freight agents have the right technology in place to meet your needs. The best freight brokerage firms allows them to negotiate the best possible rates with the most reliable carriers and automate processes related to shipping and payment, ensuring you a speedy and safe delivery. Real time dashboards give freight agents complete visibility into every aspect of the journey, including current weather patterns, fuel stops, and traffic to ensure trucks are quickly filled and orders are delivered on time. GlobalTranz is one example of a freight brokerage that is leading the market in innovative technology.

Moving freight is a complicated and complex business. Don’t cut corners by searching for reliable carriers yourself and hoping the process will manage itself. Leave it to freight brokerage pros like GlobalTranz. We know the freight business and we’ll put your mind at ease while saving you money along the way. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you lower shipping costs and improve logistics efficiency.