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How to choose the right logistics partner for your business

Business is known as an activity which is conducted to earn profit. However, what is more important to anyone of us is when we are choosing the right business partner. In Freight Forwarders and shipping companies, there is a time when you actually need someone who can provide unconditional support to run your logistics. Choosing the right business partner can be very difficult, but at the same time if you know the ins and outs of a potential partner, then it can be easy. It is important that you consider many factors before making an important decision. Let us take a look at some of those factors when you are about to make this important decision:

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9 tips on how to keep your truck clean and organized while on road

If you do trucking, then you must be going through cleaning and organizing issues with it. This happens to most of the truckers as they are usually focused on driving and reaching places on time and forget to pay attention to the cleanliness and organization of their truck. So if you want to keep your truck organized and clean then follow the tips below:

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5 habits to be a successful truck driver

Five Habits that every Truck Driver must Adopt to be a successful trucker

The world of trucking is not as obvious as it seems. There are times when a trucker might feel frustrated because that’s what the job demands. It demands that a trucker should be able to take in frustration and find a way out of tough situations. A lot of responsibility is on the shoulders of a trucker and it’s not just about being attentive while on the road. A driver should always be prepared to deal with any circumstance that might occur during the drive. Here are a few habits that every trucker should adopt to achieve success:

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Introducing: Container Services

Quickload is in a constant state of innovation. We work hand in hand with shippers, trucking companies, and many other logistics professionals to keep our platform up to date with the industry and its needs. This is precisely how Container Services was born.

container service

This week we’re very excited to finally launch Container Services, a new feature within our app that gives shippers more flexibility when it comes to selecting the number, size, and type of containers they need to complete their shipment. This process makes it easier for shippers to find carriers with the necessary permits and equipment to pick up or drop off containers at the Port of Miami and the Port of Everglades. It’s definitely a step forward in making Quickload a full-freight solution for all of your shipping needs.

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Know your trailer

Not all trailers are created equal. There’s an ideal type of trailer for each shipment, and knowing which trailer works best in advance can save you headaches and delays in the long run. Let’s take a look at advantages and disadvantages the three main types of truck trailers.

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Keep it Cool This Summer

Summer brings higher temperatures everywhere, especially inside a truck trailer. Did you know that the inside of a truck trailer that is not temperature-controlled can be over 30 ˚F higher than the temperature outside? So, for example, if it’s 90 ˚F here in Miami, the temperature inside a container can climb up to a scorching 120 ˚F.

It’s no wonder then that summer brings an increased demand for refrigerated trailers (also known in the industry as “reefers”) that keep temperatures cold and steady. This not only applies to shippers of highly perishable cargo such as produce who pretty much rely on refrigerated containers year-long. If you ship pharmaceuticals, chemicals, or any kind of cargo that can be damaged by fluctuations in temperature, refrigerated containers can be a must, especially in this time of the year, to ensure your shipment reaches its destination safely. Even cargo that can usually be transported in a dry van during cooler months can benefit from temperature control during the summer.

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The Art of Palletizing

If you’re in the shipping business, odds are that you work surrounded by pallets. Good old wooden pallets are unsung heroes in the logistics industry. Trucks might steal the spotlight, but pallets perform a crucial job of keeping shipments organized efficiently to maximize space and movement time.

Whether you’re shipping LTL or FTL, it’s important to make sure you’re properly palletizing your cargo. This will not only help make your shipment more efficient; it also minimizes the risk of damage or accidents during shipment.

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Empty Miles, Empty Wallet

There are two words no logistics professional likes to hear: empty miles. If a truck completes a delivery and returns back home 500 miles away with an empty container, it drove 500 empty miles. The term refers to the distance traveled while generating no income. Empty miles are a waste of fuel, time, and money. They make supply chains sluggish and inefficient.

Although they affect carriers more directly, shippers also stand to lose from too much empty miles. Carriers plagued by too many empty miles will face less revenue and increased costs. To stay afloat, they might be forced to pass these costs to the shippers. Empty miles are not only bad for carriers, they are bad for logistics in general.

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The LTL advantage

Among the many acronyms you might hear in a conversation between logistics professionals, LTL has to be one of the most common. LTL stands for “less than load,” which, as the term suggests, refers to shipments that require less than a full truckload to be completed.

If your shipment is palletized and ranges between 150 and 10,000 pounds, LTL freight could mean significant savings in time, money, and headaches. Here’s why:

You pay just for the space you use

It might sound obvious, but not having to hire an entire truck saves you money. With LTL shipping, the carrier consolidates cargo from multiple shippers in a single container. Each shipper then pays a fraction of the total shipping cost.

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