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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. …

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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 …

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Tips to Save During the 2018 LTL Rush

While shoppers can expect to save this time of year, the opposite is true for those purchasing LTL services. As sales volumes increase so does the demand for LTL shipping, which leads to capacity crunches, and ultimately, higher-than-normal freight rates. This year, those pricing surges are expected to be even worse with fewer drivers on the road and retail sales …

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Your Guide to Successful Holiday Shipping

The holiday shopping (and shipping) season has officially started. In fact, nearly half of holiday shoppers have already begun purchasing presents for family, friends, and let’s be honest, themselves. Not only that, but shoppers are expected to spend about 1.1 trillion this holiday season, which would be about 5% more than last year. That’s a lot of money, and a …

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How to Set Shipping Rates – Balancing Costs with Sales

We all know the satisfaction of finding a good deal online. The rush at seeing our minutes, hours, or even days of searching pay off in a discounted rate on the item we desire. And like-wise, we all know the disappointment, the sinking feeling at check-out, when we realize that the deal we worked so hard to find is offset …

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5 Operational Ideas to Improve Warehouse Productivity

These days, we’re all obsessed with efficiency, and for good reason. Efficiency can help us maximize profits, cut back on mistakes, and even improve worker morale by creating a less stressful, safer work environment. So, how can we maximize efficiency inside the warehouse? These five ideas are a great place to start. Improve Communications When a process slows, or becomes …

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Is it Time to Automate Your Freight Measuring & Weighing Process? 3 Questions to Ask

LTL, air, and parcel carriers are using automated package and pallet dimensioners to implement new dimensional weight pricing models by re-measuring and re-weighing more freight than ever before. And while the shift to DIM-weight pricing has been beneficial for carriers as it’s more reflective of their actual costs to carry goods, shippers haven’t been so lucky. Many are seeing more …

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6 Strategies to Improve Your Reverse Logistics Process

Reverse logistics is the process of planning and controlling the flow of goods from the end consumer back to the point of origin – typically the retailer, or even the original manufacturer. Having a well-thought-out, well-implemented process for handling the reverse flow of goods (returned items) is a necessity for today’s shippers. Especially, when you consider that Americans returned $351 …

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3 Solutions to Solve Your Density-Based Shipping Woes

Like their air freight and parcel carrier cousins, less-than-truckload operations are turning to density-based pricing with greater frequency. They’re caring less about what you’re shipping, and more about how much space it occupies on their trailers, which ensures that trucks leave with fuller, more profitable loads. Unfortunately, this shift has caused new headaches for shippers in the form of more …

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4 Essential Warehouse Automation Tools to Help Shippers Improve Profitability

The rapid growth of ecommerce is re-shaping the supply chain. Today, manufacturers, distribution and fulfillment centers, and transportation companies are all scrambling to keep up with rising shipment volumes and ever-shrinking delivery windows. How are they doing it? Well, in part, by investing in automated warehouse solutions designed to improve productivity, reduce waste, and increase profitability. In fact, according to …

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How to Choose a Warehouse Management System (WMS)

Warehouse management systems can increase inventory visibility, improve order fulfilment, enable automated data collection, and generally boost productivity across your operation. But, with so many options available, choosing the best system for your needs can be a challenge. So, whether you’re looking to update an old WMS, or invest in your company’s first warehouse management solution, we’ve put together a …

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3 Strategies to Help You Reduce & Refute Re-Class Fees

Like parcel and air freight carriers, LTLs are looking less at what you’re shipping and more at how big it is. Space is the name of the game, and carriers are doing everything they can to make sure they’re getting paid for the amount that’s being used on their trailers. This includes employing automated dimensioning technologies, which according to some …