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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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The ABC of the ELD Mandate

It’s been almost a month since the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) started enforcing the ELD mandate, but the issue is still quite a hot topic in the trucking industry. ELD stands for an “electronic logging device” that, starting December 18, 2017, operators of commercial motor vehicles covered by the law, must install in their trucks to automatically log certain data, mainly about the driver’s hours of service (commonly referred to as HOS). Even though it seems a fairly straightforward regulation, it has stirred plenty of controversy.

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Greener Trucking

Trucking Can Also Be Green

Trucking is not usually thought of as being environmentally friendly. And with good reason. Trucks emit a significant part of the global supply chain’s carbon footprint. That being said, it’s completely possible to make trucking, and supply chains in general, greener. Here’s a couple of measures you can explore in order to make your supply chain more environmentally friendly. You might find that these will not only have a positive impact on the environment; they can also have a positive impact on your bottom line, making your supply chain leaner and more efficient in general.

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QuickLoad announces Quick Quotes & New Container Services for Shippers

Quickload, an online logistics platform designed to connect shippers with trucking companies, will make its debut appearance at The Great American Trucking Show later this month. Quickload will be located in booth #30019 and encourages all attendees to stop by to learn about the company and its in-house technology.

“We are thrilled to meet and collaborate industry leaders at this year’s Great American Trucking Show. We are excited to share the company’s developments and technology to make shipping faster and affordable,” said Ozan Baran, CEO, and founder of the Florida based start-up.

The company has recently announced the launch of new container and quick quotes services, giving shippers the freedom to work within any budget. The fast-growing software company’s focus is to simplify the way shippers and trucking companies connect. In addition, it is the first logistics startup in Florida offering full-trucking services, giving more drivers the opportunity to maximize their truck’s capacity and making shipping more efficient.

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Logistics Word of the Day: Dead-head

The logistics industry almost has its own language. A typical conversation between two logistics pros is filled with jargon that is very hard for industry outsiders to understand. This article series will explore some of these words as a fun way of getting to know the ins and outs of logistics.

Today’s word is dead-head.

In music, a deadhead can only mean one thing: a loyal fan of the legendary band The Grateful Dead. Deadheads are mostly a happy, fun-loving bunch.

In shipping, however, a dead-head is something else entirely, and it’s not fun at all. A dead-head refers to any part of the transportation trip in which no freight is being carried. It’s a very common occurrence in trucking. Many trucks complete a shipment, only to head back home with an empty container, burning time and gas money but generating no revenue. That’s why the distances traveled by dead-heads are known as empty miles.

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A Modern Approach to Corporate

As Baby Boomers head into retirement, Millennials are filling the workforce gap — and this includes becoming truck drivers. This presents new challenges because of how this generation views life and work. The Millennial generation, those born between 1982 and 2003, is the largest and most diverse in American history. According to Pew Research analysis of U.S. Census data, Millennials occupy the largest share of our nation’s workforce, 53.5 million, and that number continues to rise.

While it is important not to generalize, Millennials seem to possess different workforce characteristics and motivations from other generations. Notable events during their lifetime, economic isolation and technology have greatly influenced their lifestyle. By 2025, Millennials will make up 75% of the world’s working population. Therefore, it is important to understand them.

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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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