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"Limited Access" - Time to be more specific!

Posted by Marc Wojnowich on Jun 25, 2019 12:34:19 PM

Limited Access - Those additional charges shippers loath are getting more complicated. The accessorial charge is no longer a catch-all for destinations carriers deem out of the ordinary.

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Tags: Accessorials, Detention Fees, LTL, Freight Rates, LTL Carrier Cost, Late Delivery, Advance Ship Notice, freight cost, freight reporting, cost per pound, Limited Access, Freight Technology, TMS

How do you measure LTL Freight Cost over time?

Posted by Marc Wojnowich on May 29, 2019 6:34:18 AM

Have you looked at the P&L recently and noticed freight making a greater impact than in previous years? When you reach out to those who manage freight in your company, what sort of responses do you get?  

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Tags: Accessorials, Detention Fees, LTL, Freight Rates, LTL Carrier Cost, Late Delivery, Advance Ship Notice, freight cost, freight reporting, cost per pound

3 Benefits to Using an Advance Ship Notification - ASN

Posted by Marc Wojnowich on Apr 10, 2019 8:45:19 AM

Does it seem like shipment notifications are just for E-Commerce or Amazon? Not the case- and using Advance Ship Notifications can impact multiple segments of your business.

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Tags: Accessorials, Detention Fees, LTL, Freight Rates, Late Delivery, Customer Service, ASN, Advance Ship Notice

Are LTL Carriers Becoming More “Self-Serve” in 2019?

Posted by Curtis Garrett on Mar 25, 2019 10:29:14 AM

As the less-than-truckload landscape changes rapidly and the market hurtles down the path towards tighter capacity, and higher costs – one must wonder what all of this means for today’s shippers and 3PLs.  The days of the time-rich, doting sales rep; bringing pizza by the shipping office and shaking hands or slapping backs every other day are arguably behind us.  Not every problem can be solved with a wink, nudge or quick phone call.

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Tags: Freight Terms, Density, LTL Pricing, Accessorials, Freight Tariffs, LTL, Freight Rates, Freight Management, Ship Smarter, Freight Data, Logistics, LTL Carrier, Reweigh, Reclass, Carrier performance, Freight Audit, Freight Pay

Customer Service & LTL Freight - Save your CSRs Time & Provide Top Notch Service

Posted by Marc Wojnowich on Feb 26, 2019 7:02:56 AM

How many calls do your customer service representatives (CSRs) have to make related to shipping?

  • Get a rate quote
  • Confirm a customer has a loading dock
  • Provide a status update (tracking)
  • Provide instructions on how to handle damage

Here are a few tools that can reduce the burden of freight on your CSRs that a good Transportation Management System (TMS) ought to provide:

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Tags: Freight Terms, Density, LTL Pricing, Accessorials, Freight Tariffs, LTL, Freight Rates, Freight Management, Ship Smarter, Freight Data, Logistics, LTL Carrier, Reweigh, Reclass, Carrier performance, Freight Audit, Freight Pay

3 Ways to Reduce Freight Cost Unrelated to Rates!

Posted by Marc Wojnowich on Jan 21, 2019 3:57:56 PM

Tired of fighting with Carriers over discounts, minimum charges and accessorials? Given the economy, capacity pressures, and LTL carrier's current perceived leverage, you may be more successful reducing your freight cost by taking a deep dive into your organization's shipping processes.

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Tags: Freight Terms, Density, LTL Pricing, Accessorials, Freight Tariffs, LTL, Freight Rates, Freight Management, Ship Smarter, Freight Data, Logistics, LTL Carrier, Reweigh, Reclass, Carrier performance, Freight Audit, Freight Pay

Freight Audit and Pay - What should you expect?

Posted by Marc Wojnowich on Dec 18, 2018 9:43:48 AM

Recently, an article from the Journal of Commerce (JOC), "Tech Transforming payment services into shipper intelligence," explored the evolution of freight audit and pay firms to data managers. Surprisingly, the article seems to suggest audit firms are creating a new space, but are they?

Leads me to question, if you are using a 3rd party to audit and pay carriers on your behalf, what are today's reasonable expectations?

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Tags: Freight Terms, Density, LTL Pricing, Accessorials, Freight Tariffs, LTL, Freight Rates, Freight Management, Ship Smarter, Freight Data, Logistics, LTL Carrier, Reweigh, Reclass, Carrier performance, Freight Audit, Freight Pay

LTL Bill of Lading - Avoid surprise fees!

Posted by Marc Wojnowich on Aug 1, 2018 9:11:35 AM

It’s 2018, what seems to be the year of LTL Carrier Strength. That being the case, carriers are not missing the opportunity to increase revenue every chance they get.

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Tags: Freight Terms, Freight Class, Density, LTL Pricing, Accessorials, Overlength, Freight Tariffs, LTL, Ship Smarter, Rules Tariff, LTL Carrier, transportation management, Bill of Lading, Reweigh, Reclass

ITEM 680 in Your LTL Tariff - Heard of the 65% Rule? It's time...

Posted by Marc Wojnowich on May 1, 2018 7:05:16 AM

See the pallet in the picture below? If it is not clear to you what's wrong with it, you should consider exploring the details of LTL Carrier Packaging Rules as described in Item 680 of most Carrier Rules Tariffs. 

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Tags: Freight Class, LTL Pricing, Accessorials, Freight Tariffs, Freight Rates, Freight Management, Item 680, Rules Tariff

Carrier / Vendor / Customer LTL Freight Conundrum 

Posted by Marc Wojnowich on Mar 15, 2018 10:32:36 AM

As the pendulum has shifted, dramatically favoring the LTL carriers, shippers are realizing that if they don't consider changing their processes, they might very well be looking at increases well over 5% in 2018.

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Tags: Freight Class, LTL Pricing, Accessorials, Overlength, Freight Tariffs, Detention Fees, LTL, Freight Rates

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