How to Document Freight for LTL Shipping

Proper freight documentation facilitates a smooth shipping process, can help lower costs, and improves your odds of being reimbursed when filing damage claims. The companies that do it best all follow a similar set of procedures, which helps them avoid headaches on the back end. With a little work, any business can implement these best practices and join their ranks. …

How to Deal with Seasonal Returns Our Top 6 Tips

Brace yourselves – the holiday returns season is coming – and it’s expected to be one of the busiest on record. How busy? According to Shopify’s 2018 Holiday Ecommerce Returns Guide, 8-10% of sales will be returned to brick and mortar stores, while online businesses can expect return rates between 20-30%, with a 50% return rate on “expensive” items. Further, in …

A Guide to Buying Your First Dimensioner – The Buying Process Explained

If you’re like a lot of our clients, this is your first time buying a freight dimensioner, which means you’re not exactly sure what to expect. This short guide will help you understand the buying process, let you know what questions to ask, what answers to have on hand, and what you’ll need to think about before your unit is …

How to Avoid Carrier Accessorial Fees

If you’re here, you’ve likely received an accessorial fee, also known as an accessorial charge, that resulted in a higher than anticipated bill from your carrier – and it probably wasn’t “received” too well. After all, nobody likes to spend more for a service than they were quoted. That said, there are some things you can do to avoid these …

Parcel Shipping or LTL Shipping? Which to Choose and When

Shippers are always looking for new ways to save money and cut unnecessary expenditures. And one way to do so is by making the most cost effective and practical choice when it comes to shipping their goods. But, with the lines between parcel and traditional less-than-truckload carriers blurring, the decision on which service to choose has become more nuanced. So, …

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How to Improve Your Warehouse Slotting System

In a warehouse or distribution center, slotting refers to the storage and organization of goods in a manner that maximizes storage space and improves the efficiency of picking and pulling operations. It might sound complicated, but it’s actually something we all do every day, whether we know it or not. Consider your pantry as an example. The bread, cereal and …

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A Short Guide to Researching, Buying, & Implementing a Pallet Dimensioner

The topic of dimensional weight pricing in the LTL transport industry has been covered at length as major LTL carriers like FedEx, UPS, Old Dominion Freight, SAIA, Estes Express Lines, YRC Freight and others have started using DIM weight as a key component in their rate calculations for shippers. In fact, many LTL’s are already using automatic pallet dimensioners to …

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How to Choose a Pallet Dimensioner – 9 Things to Consider

Pallet dimensioners, also known as “cubing systems” or simply “dimensioners,” are used by shippers to automate the pallet measurement and documentation process – a process which until recently has consisted of measuring freight with a tape measure, taking a photo of the freight with a digital camera or phone, and then transferring that information to a WMS or TMS system …

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How to Calculate Dimensional Weight

With major package and less-than-truckload carriers like FedEx, UPS, YRC Freight, Old Dominion Freight Line, Estes Express Lines and others making use of dimensional weight pricing, it’s become more important for shippers to learn how to calculate the dimensional weight of their large freight and parcels. With that in mind, we’ve provided a formula, along with a couple tips to …

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How to Pack Your Pallet: Techniques for Improving Pallet Density & Stability

It takes a lot of work by a lot of people to ensure that the millions of goods shipped each day arrive at their final destinations on time and in good condition. But for every 100 shipments that arrive unscathed, there are a few that arrive in less-than-perfect condition, and sometimes, the damages sustained during shipment can be attributed to …