LTL and long-haul truck driving jobs - short, medium & long term outlooks

Posted by Shea Sutherland on Mar 16, 2017 8:00:00 AM

This is a guest post from Ed Marsh of Consilium Global Business Advisors.

Trucks move America

Trucks carry most of the tonnage and value of freight in the United States....In 2011 nearly 14,530 miles of the NHS carry more than 8,500 trucks per day on sections where at least every fourth vehicle was a truck.  With each truck carrying an average of 16 tons of cargo, 8,500 trucks per day haul approximately 50 million tons per year. US Bureau of Transportation Statistics

Trucks are fundamental to American commerce and consumerism. Even the vast quantities of product moved by barge and rail are ultimately delivered to the point of sale or use by trucks.

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Topics: Freight, Logistics

Considerations When Shipping On An Open Flatbed Truck

Posted by Kelly Wathen on Mar 9, 2017 8:00:00 AM

This is a guest post by Adam Cahill from Supply Pointe.

Do you ever find yourself needing to ship an item that simply won’t fit inside a box trailer?  Well, sometimes, you just need to think outside the truck. If what you need to ship won’t fit, or you’re facing pick-up and drop-off difficulties, a flatbed trailer might be your solution. Flatbed trailers are ideal for oversized or otherwise unwieldy cargo, and they can be an efficient and affordable way to move a load. However, because the cargo won’t be enclosed, special consideration must be taken to ensure it’s appropriately covered and secured.

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Topics: Freight

3 Things to Consider When Preparing a Pallet for Shipping Internationally

Posted by Kelly Wathen on Dec 20, 2016 8:00:00 AM

When you ship loads internationally – whether by truck, rail, ship, or air – the extremely long distances and harsh conditions can wreak havoc on your loads. The conditions internationally shipped pallet undergo can lead to film punctures, tears, breaks, and, ultimately, damage to your goods. And having an internationally shipped load refused because of damage, even simply losing part of the load to damage, can mean a big hit.

So, while we can’t guarantee that a load will never be damaged, we’ve put together a list of general guidelines that will help you when preparing a pallet for shipping internationally and ultimately minimize the chances of damage.

 

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Topics: Freight

Are Freight Carrier Penalties Burning A Hole In Your Pocket?

Posted by Kelly Wathen on Dec 3, 2015 4:26:31 PM

Chances are, your less-than-truckload (LTL) freight carriers will weigh the majority of loads you ship.

This is done for a good reason – money. 

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Topics: Freight

4 Things You Need To Know About Overweight Trucks

Posted by Kelly Wathen on Oct 30, 2015 11:38:50 AM

Last year, the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) issued more than 800,000 commercial truck violations on highways and at weigh stations. Of these violations, about 8,000 of them were given to companies whose tractor-trailers weighed too much.

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Topics: Freight

How Stretch Wrapping Can Help You Reduce Product Pilferage

Posted by Kelly Wathen on Oct 8, 2015 1:26:45 PM

Cargo theft in the United States is big business. It accounts for $30 billion losses annually, according to Inbound Logistics.

Less-than-truckload (LTL) and full truckload shipments are favorite targets of criminals who specialize in pilferage. They steal small quantities of products and hope that time and distance will delay discovery and impede investigation.

When pilfered shipments arrive, both customer relationships and the supply chain suffer. The customer may have to reorder the entire shipment or file insurance claims or incur other costs in addition to absorbing the economic loss from the of the stolen products.

But with simple changes to stretch wrapping – a process you’re probably already using – you can improve your ability to identify when and where pilferage is happening and create a plan to stop it.

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Topics: Stretch Wrapping, Freight, Pilferage/Security

How to Prevent Loads from Tipping Over in a Truck

Posted by Kelly Wathen on Mar 26, 2015 3:09:00 PM

 

A major cause of product damage isloading a truck loads tipping over during transportation. Once a truck pulls out of your loading dock, what happens to your products is out of your control. Here are two things you can do to keep loads from tipping over.

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Topics: Stretch Wrapping, Product Damage, Freight

3 Tips to Lower Freight Shipping Costs Before the Load Leaves the Dock

Posted by Whitney Morris on Feb 12, 2015 10:47:00 AM

The cost of labor continues to rise. This year, U.S. labor costs had its largest increase in more than five years.

Think about stretch wrapping, specifically the labor involved in hand wrapping a load. It’s a time-consuming process. Besides speed walking in circles around the load, the operator sometimes must get on and off the forklift.

You can actually avoid some of these tedious steps when you use a stretch wrapper with productivity enhancing features.

Here are three expert tips you can follow to cut cost with little effort:

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Topics: Stretch Wrapping, EZ Weigh, Freight, Stretch Film Cost, Labor Savings

Stop This Hidden Profit Drain

Posted by Whitney Morris on Jan 29, 2014 10:18:00 AM

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Topics: EZ Weigh, Freight

Freight Cost Expected to Increase Through 2014

Posted by Allison Myers on Nov 20, 2013 3:38:00 PM

John Clark, technical director with The Nelson Company, sounded the alarm that freight costs will likely increase through the end of 2014, thanks in part to rising fuel costs, but also because of a shortage of 110,000 drivers per year, starting in 2014.

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Topics: Freight