Warehouse Automation can help solve Supply Chain Disruptions – Learn How!

We all know things were different before COVID-19. Our lives, our businesses, and even the economy were disrupted by the pandemic, and it made us adapt to what many call a “new reality”. This new reality means that globally, businesses need to navigate disruptions in the supply chain and labor shortages. The best way -and maybe the only way- to …

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Freight moves! (No, it literally moves)

You have the latest pallet wrapping equipment. You take great care to correctly package your freight, wrap it, and prepare it for shipment. You’ve even purchased the right size of pallets to avoid needless shipping charges due to unused space. Then what happens? The dreaded reclassification from the carrier.      What happened? Your shipment began its journey neat and …

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Optimize your warehouse to win at e-commerce

Your warehouse is busy: From speeding forklifts to shrink-wrapping pallets and the nonstop flow of ticketing systems, it’s hard to know where you can save time and prevent bottlenecks. The pandemic has created an increased reliance on e-commerce fulfillments and has made fast shipping for online orders not only necessary but very much expected in the minds of consumers. Many …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

FreightSnap's FS 5000 pallet dimensioner installed inside a shipping warehouse.

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, …

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Collecting on Freight Claims – How to be Successful

Admittedly, the process for collecting on freight damage claims is more complicated than it probably needs to be, but that shouldn’t keep you from collecting what you’re owed. If you’re ready to stop losing money on claims collections, take a look at our top tips for being successful. Document your freight before it’s shipped If you’re not already in the …

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Pros and Cons of Density Based Freight Pricing for Shippers

By now, we’ve all heard about the shift to density based pricing in the LTL industry. With major carriers like FedEx Ground, UPS, Old Dominion Freight Lines, Estes Express Lines, SAIA and others making the shift, it’s only a matter of time before DIM pricing becomes the norm. And although many carriers will probably allow their customers to use the …

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Top 10 LTL Shipping Mistakes Made by Shippers – and How to Avoid Them

LTL shipping can be an efficient way to move freight when it doesn’t make sense to ship a full truckload. But, it’s easy to lose money on costly mistakes if you’re not careful. If you want to see what you might be doing wrong, and avoid potential pitfalls, take a look at our list of the top 10 most common …

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Choose the Best Pallet for Your Business (Infographic)

Billions of goods are shipped every day, and nearly all them are shipped on pallets. Foods, fertilizers, chemicals, car parts, children’s toys, tires — virtually anything you can think of — spends part of its life on top of a pallet. And while some organizations estimate that as much as 90% of all pallets in circulation are still made of …

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How is Freight Class Determined?

If you’ve ever shipped anything through a less-than-truckload carrier, you’ve undoubtedly encountered the term “freight class.” And if you’re like a lot of shippers, you might only have a partial understanding about what freight class actually is. To help clear up the picture, we’re going to explain freight class, show you how you can find it for goods you’re shipping, …