LTL vs Parcel Hundredweight – Which Service is Right for You

Less-than-truckload shipping and parcel hundredweight services both have their advantages. This article looks at the differences between these two services to help you decide which method to choose and when. But First, What are Parcel Hundredweight® and Multiweight® Programs? Parcel Hundredweight® is a service offered by the United Parcel Service (UPS), whereby shippers can ship non-palletized, multi-package shipments to all …

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Dropshipping – Is Dropshipping Right for Your Business?

In a traditional supply chain, companies field orders and fulfill them from inventory they have in stock. This includes picking, packaging and shipping the order out to the customer. Obviously, this fulfillment method requires significant overhead. The costs to keep product on hand (inventory), store it safely (warehousing), and fulfill orders (labor, packaging and shipping) can be prohibitive for smaller …

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Automated Dimensioning – The Key to Efficient Warehouse Management?

Inaccurate measurements and transposition errors are common pitfalls when trying to measure incoming and outgoing freight by hand. And both open your Transportation Management Systems (TMS) and Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) up to bad data, which can limit their effectiveness and compromise the efficiency of your warehouse or distribution center. Automated dimensioners can eliminate these issues, supplying transportation and warehouse …

Reduce LTL Shipping Costs: 7 Strategies to Implement

No matter how much you spend on less-than-truckload shipping, you probably feel like you could be spending less. And guess what? You probably could be. In this article, we’ll lay out seven strategies to help you reduce spending on LTL services and run a more cost-effective operation. 1) Consolidate with Other Shippers One surefire way to lower your LTL spend …

5 Tips to Reduce Packaging Waste

Companies are always looking for ways to cut costs and run lighter; and reducing packaging waste is one area where many companies can improve. When you reduce packaging waste, in most cases, you’re also shrinking the footprint of your freight, which helps you save space in your warehouse or distribution center, lowers your spend on packing materials, and can even …

Dim Weight Pricing: Correcting 3 Common Misconceptions

Instead of determining shipping rates based on a combination of density, stow-ability, ease of handling and liability – the case under the NMFC’s class based pricing system – LTL carriers in the United States are turning to a simpler way of calculating rates – dimensional-weight pricing. Since the transition began, however, many shippers have seen their shipping costs rise, which …

Measuring Your LTL Freight? You Should Be

In 2015, FedEx and UPS moved to dimensional-weight pricing on most parcel shipments, and now less-than-truckload carriers are following suit. Major LTL operations like YRC Freight, XPO Logistics, FedEx, UPS, Estes Express Lines, Old Dominion Freight Line, and others are starting or planning to start offering dimensional-weight pricing as an option for their customers. On top of that, carriers are …

3 Under the Radar Ways Pallet Dimensioners Help Freight Forwarders Improve Operations

Carriers and shippers might be the most prolific users of parcel and pallet dimensioning equipment, but they aren’t the only ones who can benefit from an automated measuring solution. Recently, freight forwarders have started to jump on board, and they’re seeing benefits they may or may not have planned for. Smoother Shipment Consolidation Inaccurate measurements, whether supplied by the customer …

3 Hallmarks of a Successful Dimensioning Program

How you implement a dimensioning program can determine the level of efficiency your program ultimately achieves. Over the years, we’ve seen dozens of companies invest in dimensioning technologies, and truth be told, some have been more successful than others. Why? Most of it can be boiled down to three simple, but crucial things each of these companies did before they …

Where to Install Your Pallet Dimensioner for Maximum Efficiency

Where you install your freight dimensioner can have a big impact on the efficiency of your operation. The following graphic lays out some basic rules regarding install location, which can help you get the most out of your automatic dimensioner. Download the PDF version to keep a copy for yourself, or share the graphic with a friend.   For more …

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 …

Dimensioning for LTL Carriers: A Quick Look at ROI

Pallet dimensioners represent a significant capital investment for less-than-truckload carriers looking to bring automated freight measuring into the fold. Even when you consider that dimensioners have come down in price across the board by as much as 60-70% in the last few years, according to a CarrierDirect whitepaper published in 2016, you’re still looking at spending thousands on just one …

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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Do I Need a Pallet Dimensioner? Four Questions to Ask

Until the last few years, domestic less-than-truckload carriers determined freight rates using classification guidelines put in place during the early 20th century when railroads were the primary method for transporting goods. By many accounts, this class-based system was – and still is – confusing for shippers, complicated for carriers to manage, and costly to implement. As time has gone on, …