Shipping plants, shrubs, trees and flowers by truckload or LTL

Posted by Harriet Mills on Mar 20, 2019 10:06:41 AM

Today is the first day of spring and for some, that means it's the optimal time to start planting trees and planning your garden bed designs. For those nursery owners in the business of growing plants and shrubs, it is time to start shipping those seedlings and saplings to market. Here are a few words of wisdom for you....make sure your transportation service provider knows your business.


A seasoned logistics company, or 3PL, knows that freight is not just freight. There are as many variations in types of shipments as there are truck stops in the U.S. (there are approximately 10,000 according to Wikipedia)!

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Why 3PLs need live, not automated, after-hours teams

Posted by Harriet Mills on Mar 14, 2019 1:33:08 PM

The importance of 24/7 logistics' services 

If keeping your freight moving is of primary importance to you, read on.  

We have seen firsthand the power of automation and its impact on the trucking industry, but when things go wrong in the world of logistics, there are some things automation just can't handle ... at least not yet. 

Have you ever noticed how many tractor-trailer trucks there are on the road at night? A lot! So, what kinds of things can go wrong at 3 a.m. with your freight shipping? Anything that can go wrong during the day can also go wrong at night. Just ask one of our Knights at Choptank.

There are approximately 20,000 3PLs in the United States. With that in mind, how many do you think have nighttime staff?

Below are some urgent scenarios our key team members have encountered while most of us are sleeping soundly in our beds.

  • Truck breaks down
  • Receiver is closed
  • Missing trucks – When routine check calls go unanswered and the truck isn’t where it should be, it suddenly becomes an urgent matter that needs to be addressed. This can happen during the day or at night.
  • Truck needs fuel (EFS/Comchecks)
  • Refused loads/OSD issues
  • Refused equipment
  • Temperature issues
  • No-show carriers
  • Late carriers
  • Incorrect information in loads (Address, Numbers, PO’s, Pick Up #, Delivery #, Appointments)
  • Missing information on loads (numbers to shipper or receivers, pick up #, delivery #)
  • Nothing uploaded into the load to confirm any missing or incorrect information
  • Overweight trucks

If a serious issue arises with your shipment, do you want to talk to a real person in an office with access to the company's full suite of technology assets, or would you be satisfied to get an automated message saying someone will call you back in the morning? 

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There are approximately 20,000 3PLs in the United States. With that in mind, how many do you think have nighttime staff? It’s not as many as you think – but Choptank Transport is one of them. It's one of the many things shipper's should evaluate when choosing one 3PL's services over another.  

Automation is already taking the place of humans in many service industries, but with so many variables and truly unique situations in the supply chain, it's hard to say if this industry will ever be fully-automated. 

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Best practices for palletizing your freight

Posted by Choptank Transport on Mar 5, 2019 2:07:00 PM

Palletizing LTL and Truckload Shipments

From the largest shippers to the smallest ones, LTL or truckload, when it comes to palletizing your shipments, everyone occasionally gets it wrong.

Not paying attention to important palletizing details when you're preparing a shipment for transport can cause any number of unnecessary problems. Worst case scenario, you can wind up with damaged product, costing your company time, money and your most prized possession, your company’s reputation. You can also experience longer loading and unloading times, as well as creating underutilized trailer space. Getting it right is important, and even though the process is becoming more automated every year, most shipments still are prepared manually.

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Choptank Transport Freight Market Report January/February 2019

Posted by Harriet Mills on Feb 26, 2019 9:24:27 AM

The latest trends and shifts affecting the transportation/freight market

After coming down off the bull market of 2018 when unparalleled economic growth resulted in record-high rates and short capacity, January may have been a disappointment for some. Lower than last year's record success, the manufacturing sector is experiencing a steady 3% growth rate, year-over-year at present. That might sound disheartening, but keep in mind, this is the traditional “slow" time of the freight year and it is still growth. If you’re worried about our economy, take notice of other countries, like Europe, who are seeing a much more drastic decline in economic prosperity with Brexit looming and tariffs of their own to worry about. The truth is, the whole global economy is slowing down.

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Huge savings are out there - 3pls know how to find them for you

Posted by Harriet Mills on Feb 14, 2019 11:14:48 AM

We all want to save money, right?  So how do we do that in the world of transportation and logistics?  A shipper probably feels like they are exercising his or her due diligence by getting rates from several 3PLs for their shipment. Then, by comparing prices and choosing the one that has given them the best service and best rate, they select a 3PL.

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Good News for shippers!

Posted by Harriet Mills on Jan 28, 2019 3:30:13 PM

Survey confirms rates and capacity as top challenges for shippers, but not this week! 




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3PL Trends to watch in 2019

Posted by Harriet Mills on Jan 11, 2019 2:30:00 PM

If there was ever an industry that was the poster child for, “the only thing constant is change,” it’s the logistics industry. In the last two decades, the world of freight management and 3PLs has undergone a transformation that no one could have imagined 20 years ago. What the future holds in the next decade will be both exciting and transformative. 

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Shippers want cost-savings in 2019

Posted by Harriet Mills on Dec 13, 2018 8:45:17 AM

There are two things you can say about shipping costs; they are consistently inconsistent and they will be rising in the coming year with more people needing more food and more "stuff." As a result, shippers will be on the lookout for new and innovative ways to reduce freight spend in 2019. When it comes to budget planning, cost-savings is at the top of the wish list for 2019 shippers.


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Food Safety in the Supply Chain and The Romaine Lettuce Scare

Posted by Harriet Mills on Dec 4, 2018 9:20:56 AM

Food for thought in the perishable foods supply chain 

From cantaloupes to lettuce, the transport of perishable foods in the U.S. is a hot topic these days, especially for produce. In May we saw one of the most publicized food recalls in the nation's history.  More than 200 people recorded illnesses related to the E. coli virus which was linked to romaine lettuce, with 90 hospitalizations and five people dying as a result.

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Who is most susceptible to cargo theft?

Posted by Cory Levins, Guest Blogger (Air Sea Containers) on Nov 6, 2018 11:40:41 AM

Cargo theft is a growing problem that impacts nearly every industry. All supply chains are different, and their complexities often permit gaps in security that increase the risk of theft. When theft occurs, it impacts everyone. Suppliers lose money on stolen goods, shippers lose money, and consumers end up paying more for the products that do reach the shelves of their local stores.

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