Nursery Growers Face Challenges in 2021

Posted by Harriet Mills on Apr 28, 2021 11:15:00 AM

It is always surprising how a garden planted with the same array of annuals and perennials every year can look entirely different from one Spring to the next. It all depends on rainfall, temperatures, soil nutrients, and a multitude of other factors, but that is the beauty of it! Every growing season is uniquely it is own.

For wholesale nursery growers, their seasons can be just as temperamental, but with much larger consequences. Choptank works with hundreds of nurseries across the United States to help get their live plants to market, in good condition, and at reasonable rate

s. Since Mother's Day is coming up and nursery freight is in full swing, we thought we would check in with several of our nursery and landscape shippers in states like Alabama, Maryland, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, to see how the 2021 season is shaping up so far.

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2021 Produce Shipping Season Faces Challenges

Posted by Harriet Mills on Apr 8, 2021 8:34:35 AM

Every produce shipping season is different, but 2021 has more than one extenuating circumstance that could make it one for the record books. Not only are we coming off of a volatile, high volume post-pandemic freight market, but we still are trying to recover after a week of bizarre winter weather in Texas and the deep South that devastated many winter crops.   

Melons, onions, lettuce, and broccoli were just some of the more than $600 million in damaged produce. According to Texas A&M Today, the estimated losses from weather-related storms are broken down by these categories:

  • Citrus crops, at least $230 million
  • Livestock, at least $228 million
  • Vegetable crops, at least $150 million
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Tags: Shipper News, refrigerated freight services, truckload freight shipping

Innovation During the Pandemic

Posted by Harriet Mills on Mar 12, 2021 7:32:46 AM

​For almost a decade, technology has been a primary focus for transportation and logistics companies. It had been an industry that desperately needed to replace years of disjointed and fractured practices. Now fiercely competitive, 3PLs (third-party logistics companies) are racing to streamline the supply chain through greater efficiency and real-time visibility, ditching the old paperwork-heavy processes that cost all parties too much time and money. In the supply chain, innovation is the name of the game.

 

When COVID-19 turned the world upside down, the way goods moved was suddenly thrust into the spotlight. Unexpected panic-buying behaviors by consumers emerged, with essentials like toilet paper and other frequently purchased staples vanishing off grocery shelves as fast as a puff of smoke on a windy day. The world of logistics could not keep up.

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Tags: Technology, Industry News, 3PL News

Freight Rates on the Rise

Posted by Harriet Mills on Feb 18, 2021 1:19:10 PM

Speculation about how much shipping costs will increase this year vary, but industry experts agree that rate hikes are inevitable, and soon.

The last year has tested the industry to its limits. Expecting the unexpected has become the norm because of COVID-19. It has stretched us like too little butter over too much bread, creating far-reaching consequences. Now that the pandemic threat may be winding down in many places, we are presented with one more thing to make us grind our teeth at night—more cost to our bottom line.

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Tags: Shipper News, refrigerated freight services, Truck Rates, truckload freight shipping, 3PL News

Shipping flowers by the truckload for Valentine's Day

Posted by Harriet Mills on Feb 11, 2021 2:45:00 PM

It’s the flower shippers who deserve the love on Valentine’s Day!

Most people have no idea what those beautiful flowers go through to get to you. The ones that wind up on coffee tables and office desks across the U.S. -- it’s not just a stroll down from the local flower shop. Oh, no. It is more likely that those beautiful buds have traveled thousands of miles, through various temperature zones, over bumpy roads and border crossings, and even through ports to get to you.

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Tags: Shipper News, Nursery

2021 Chinese New Year & Supply Chain Risk in the Freight Market

Posted by Harriet Mills on Jan 28, 2021 2:15:00 PM

Picture the hustle and bustle of the Christmas holiday, but on STEROIDS. That is what it is like during the Chinese New Year (CNY) in the Eastern half of the world in January and February. It is the largest human migration in the world. For countries like China, Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines, the event is celebrated not only for a few days or even a week, but two weeks. 

The dates change from year to year depending on the calendar. This year, CNY is much later than it was in 2020, by 18 days. According to Wikipedia, the criteria used to establish the dates is as follows: “The first day of the Chinese New Year begins on the new moon that appears between 21 January and 20 February. 

In 2021, the first day of the Chinese New Year will be on Friday, February 12, which is the Year of the Ox. The celebration lasts until February 22, but preparations often begin as early as February 4.

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Tags: Industry News, truckload freight shipping

2021 High Shipping Costs: How 3PLs Can Help

Posted by Harriet Mills on Jan 14, 2021 2:38:51 PM

Cost savings should be at the top of every shippers list this year. There is no question that freight rates have taken a giant leap skyward over the last six to nine months. Shipping costs have ballooned ever since the pandemic took hold and consumer’s erratic buying behaviors turned the market upside down. 

Choosing the right transportation provider to help move your freight in 2021 could be the most critical factor influencing your business’s bottom line. For some companies, it could be the difference between keeping your doors open or going out of business. 

(Source: DAT Solutions, LLC.)

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2021: It’s Time to Adopt a Digital Freight State of Mind

Posted by Harriet Mills on Jan 6, 2021 11:40:00 AM

Did you know that even the smallest shipper can take advantage of the huge advances in freight technology simply by using the right transportation partner? That is not the only good news. These platforms are available at no cost to the shipper or their business. Whaaa? Yes, it is true. 

There is no better time than 2021 to embrace a data-driven mindset, and the reasons are many—the most important one being because you simply can! Freight brokers and 3PLs have invested millions in the digitization of the supply chain, optimizing every step of a shipment transaction so that freight moves more quickly, accurately, and cost-efficiently than ever before.  That saves shippers thousands on freight spend each year. Since all this newfangled tech is free and easily accessible, why wouldn't a shipper want to use it?

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Freight Theft During the Pandemic-Troubled Holidays

Posted by Harriet Mills on Dec 9, 2020 1:42:43 PM

This is the time of year when everyone in the logistics industry should be on the lookout for heightened cargo-theft activity. Historically speaking, holidays have been prime time for thieves to hone their skills and get away with as much plunder as possible. This year, because of COVID-19, cases of cargo theft are increasing.

Why have cargo thefts increased?

Part of the reason is sheer volume. Freight volumes for durable goods have hit an all-time high in 2020, with significant fluctuations in the marketplace. Volumes and capacity have unexpectedly surged from one quarter to the next, echoing the increases in COVID-19 cases. Consumer behaviors such as overstocking on paper goods and online shopping have resulted in a hectic logistics industry with tight capacity and high rates. For truck robbers, this unexpected freight boom has created opportunity by putting tons of goods on the road, and at risk.

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Tags: truckload freight shipping, cargo theft, Freight theft, Truckstop criminals

Freight Claims Management - How to get the most reimbursement

Posted by Harriet Mills on Nov 24, 2020 3:56:06 PM

Nobody looks forward to dealing with freight claims, but they are a necessary part of doing business. Even though they can be frustrating and time-consuming, the way you process a claim can be the difference between receiving full compensation or kicking yourself because you made an avoidable, costly mistake. If a consignee (or shipper) does not follow proper procedures in the claim process, there is the possibility that he or she will not receive any reimbursement. 

"I am thinking about outsourcing my claims management. Why should I do that?"


There are many reasons to consider outsoucring your freight claims management. It can improve your cash flow, capture lost revenue, provide timely resolution, and reduce the loss of valuable resources that might otherwise be tied up tracking down and filing claim information. 

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Tags: Freight claims, cargo insurance