Sometimes you need an over-the-road solution for freight that’s taller, wider, or heavier than what fits in a standard dry van. In cases like these — where freight can also be difficult to load — flatbed shipping is the answer. A flatbed is a trailer with a flattened hauling platform, and most can be loaded from the top, sides and rear. They come in several different styles with various features to handle everything from building materials and industrial equipment to aircrafts parts and mobile homes.
Driver detention has been a big issue in the transportation industry for many years, but electronic logging devices (ELDs) have put a spotlight on the topic since the mandate took full effect in 2019. Though the impact of ELDs is still being analyzed, the way they record drivers’ hours of service (HOS) has made time more valuable than ever.
If a shipment has specific temperature requirements, failure to meet them can cause items to lose their value — decreasing product acceptance rates (or increasing returns) and making it difficult for you to get paid for your orders. Use these 7 tips to safeguard your freight and ensure everything arrives as it should.
Peak season demand, fluctuating capacity levels and other market changes can cause delays and rate increases for truckload shippers. And when these issues happen in areas critical to your supply chain, your bottom line can take a significant hit.
If you’re looking for extra capacity in a tight freight market or exploring cost-saving options for your supply chain, intermodal shipping could be what you need. Anything from electronics to home décor can ship securely via intermodal, and if you have consistent shipments traveling 750 miles or more, it can offer a number of benefits along
Because many shipments need more than standard pick-up and delivery options, transportation providers often offer additional solutions to customize the service. But since not everyone needs the same add-ons, they’re charged as accessorial fees.