Harriet Mills

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Shipper Reminders: Cargo Theft & CVSA Roadchecks

Posted by Harriet Mills on May 21, 2019 3:27:21 PM

We are approaching the end of May, which means Memorial Day weekend and what most of us think of as the unofficial beginning of summer. It is an exciting time with the anticipation of a long weekend and the warm months ahead.

It also signifies a time for shippers to be wary of two major events that affect our industry: a spike in cargo theft due to the long holiday weekend and a sudden, but noteworthy, capacity shortage brought on by the annual CVSA roadchecks.

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7 Most Common Cold LTL Shipping Mistakes

Posted by Harriet Mills on May 7, 2019 11:11:00 AM

... that could be costing you money ! 😐

 
 
Getting your freight out the door is a top priority but doing it hastily can sometimes cost you more in the long run. According to Choptank’s Cold LTL division, here are seven of the most common mistakes made when it comes to shipping reefer LTL freight.
 
1. Weight -  Shippers will sometimes tender their loads at net weight, but that is not correct. Failure to provide accurate information regarding the weights of your product can result in rate increases and delays due to overweight trucks. For accurate billing, invoicing and load planning, gross weight is required. What are the differences between net, tare and gross weight?
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Tags: Shipper News, Cold LTL

Need Specialty Freight Services?

Posted by Harriet Mills on May 2, 2019 10:43:43 AM

Shippers who have truckload freight occasionally need LTL, intermodal or oversized freight services. These sporadic and out of the ordinary loads can be hard to cover if you work with a 3PL that specializes in only one or two mode offerings.

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Tags: Shipper News, Cold LTL

Choptank Transport Freight Market Report March/April

Posted by Harriet Mills on Apr 25, 2019 4:17:13 PM

The latest trends and shifts affecting the transportation/freight market.

According to economists and supply chain experts, this year’s freight market will be nothing like last year. The further we get into 2019, the more the forecasters are changing their predictions for economic growth, expecting less growth than originally stated.

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Tags: Shipper News, Industry News, Market Report

Choptank Transport utilizes new data-driven software featuring predictive analytics and smart freight-matching

Posted by Harriet Mills on Apr 16, 2019 3:04:41 PM

Providing next-level transparency and efficiency

In 2000, Choptank Transport arose from a need to ship produce and poultry in an ag-rich area known as the Delmarva Peninsula.  The company quickly found its niche in the food and refrigerated freight truckload market and later added a full array of specialty services that now include cold less-than-truckload (LTL), dry LTL, intermodal, port and drayage offerings. Choptank is on Transport Topics’ Top 50 3PLs list.

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Tags: Carrier News, Technology, Shipper News, Industry News

Easy checklist for sourcing a top 3PL

Posted by Harriet Mills on Mar 28, 2019 3:59:26 PM

Do you get annoyed with your current transportation provider because when you call, they don't know where your shipment is? Are they consistently failing on delivery promises while slowly hiking up your prices?

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

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

Spring is 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. 

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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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Tags: Shipper News, Industry News, Market Report

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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