Putting "He-Said, She-Said" to Rest

Posted by Harriet Mills on Aug 14, 2020 11:40:38 AM

Documentation: The Essential Safety Net in Cold Freight Shipping

(Part 4 - “Refrigerated Shipping: Myths versus Facts”)

Tracking & Real-Time Visibility
Less than a decade ago, a shipment of frozen fish would leave a dock in California and possibly go through several different states and several different temperature zones before arriving at its destination. It also may have had several deliveries along the way. The shipper knew it was frozen when it left its place of origin, and the receiver made a notation that it was frozen upon arrival at its destination. But what about the four hours it sat in an open truck while other cargo was being unloaded on a hot 102°F day in the Southwest? Before GPS tracking and real-time visibility, there was no way of knowing what happened in between points A, B, C, and D.

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Tags: refrigerated freight services, frozen freight shipping, truckload freight shipping, Shipping Truckload

Cold Freight Shipping: Preparation is Everything

Posted by Harriet Mills on Aug 6, 2020 8:25:44 AM

Packaging, palletizing, staging and pre-cooling

It may sound simple, but shipping refrigerated cargo successfully starts with proper packaging, palletizing, and loading of the product. Many claims relating to spoiled or damaged temperature-controlled cargo begin with poorly executed pre-loading procedures. 

These topics and others will be the focus of our upcoming webinar, "Refrigerated Shipping: Myths versus Facts." In the meantime, read on to learn some of the most important things shippers can do to keep their perishable freight safe.  

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Tags: refrigerated freight services, frozen freight shipping, truckload freight shipping

Proper Produce Pulping and Mixed Loads

Posted by Harriet Mills on Jul 30, 2020 9:09:53 AM

What’ the big deal about pulping?

Taking temperatures isn’t just something you should do for COVID-19. It is an essential part of shipping produce on refrigerated trucks. In the logistics industry the process is called pulping, and it is the act of taking the fruit’s or vegetable’s temperature during various stages of the shipment.

If God had written ten commandments for shipping produce, the first commandment would be, “Thou shalt not put a warm load of melons straight from the field into a pre-cooled truck and expect it to deliver on-temp.” Every cold chain shipper should know this.

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Tags: Shipper News, Cold LTL, refrigerated freight services, frozen freight shipping, truckload freight shipping

Choptank Weekly Market Brief July 14, 2020

Posted by Harriet Mills on Jul 14, 2020 12:45:02 PM

Weekly Market Brief 

63,200 individuals in the United States tested positive for COVID-19 in a single day just last Thursday. That is a record. Since the rise in infections are mostly in southern states such as Texas, Georgia, Arizona, and Florida, panic-buying is returning and capacity is tightening in these areas. Adding even more stress to the market is this week's arrival of the annual DOT road inspections

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Tags: Industry News, Market Report, Truck Rates, truckload freight shipping

Avoiding Charge-Backs, Vendor Penalties & Accessorials

Posted by Harriet Mills on Jun 2, 2020 3:02:09 PM

Whether you are shipping truckload or LTL, there are always ways to save costs on your freight spend. One of the easiest things you can do that will have the most impact to your bottom line is to dedicate time to thoroughly evaluate your freight bills. Review every charge-back, vendor penalty, and accessorial fee over the last few months.

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Tags: Cold LTL, Dry LTL, Freight costs, truckload freight shipping, FTL

Market Report April-May 2020

Posted by Harriet Mills on May 28, 2020 11:48:11 AM

 

Like the famous words of Captain James T. Kirk, we are boldly going “where no man has gone before,” and I am not talking about the outermost regions of space. I am talking about right here on terra firma. Sure, we’ve had plagues and pandemics before, but never with the population, economy, and intricate network of transportation and travel that we have in the 21st century. It is a brave new world, alright, and we are scrambling to adapt and adopt.

Luckily, adversity is the mother of invention, and it is evident in the way we as humans are adapting to the global pandemic. Shippers who are lucky enough to be manufacturing are facing serious challenges, such as working with reduced staff, dealing with volatility in order patterns, finding a need for alternate sourcing, and navigating around unclear government regulations that differ from state to state. Despite the chaos, freight keeps moving, and shippers are finding new and sometimes better ways to get the job done.

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Tags: Industry News, Market Report, Truck Rates, truckload freight shipping

Shipping Mother's Day Flowers: Making it to Market

Posted by Harriet Mills on May 5, 2020 9:27:42 AM

Among the many disruptions the Coronavirus has created this spring, will finding Mother’s Day flowers now be added to the list?  

It is less than a week awayso we thought it might be interesting to talk to some nursery and floral shippers to get the full scoop about this year’s crop of that most wonderful harbinger of springFLOWERS. 

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Tags: truckload freight shipping, nursery freight

COVID-19: A Driver's Perspective

Posted by Harriet Mills on Apr 13, 2020 1:21:16 PM

Retta Hyatt has been a driver for less than a year, and in that short time she has become accustomed to life on the road.  She and her traveling companion, a chocolate lab named Jamaica, are witnessing the COVID-19 pandemic from behind the wheel of a big rig. Sounds safe, right? Well, yes and no.

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Tags: Carrier News, truckload freight shipping, Shipping Truckload, 3PL News

Market Report: The Logistics of a Pandemic

Posted by Harriet Mills on Mar 25, 2020 2:15:00 PM

FREIGHT MARKET & THE PANDEMIC

Looking at the freight market in Q1 of 2020 is much like watching the new season of Ozark on Netflix; it first requires a brief look at what came before. My personal binge-watching policy dictates that before diving into a new season, I do a quick recap of the last two episodes to get the full impact of what is going on now.

So, let’s review what was happening at the close of 2019 in the freight industry. Everyone summed up the year by comparing it to the bull market of 2018, with slight resignation but hopefulness. The overriding sentiment was that even though the market in 2019 paled in comparison to the previous year, the industry was still experiencing growth, and we had 2020 to catch up. 

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Tags: Shipper News, Truck Rates, truckload freight shipping, Shipping Truckload, 3PL News

Food Safety & the Coronavirus Pandemic

Posted by Harriet Mills on Mar 6, 2020 10:58:03 AM

With more than 570,000 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus in the U.S. in mid-April, there are questions about the safety of everything and anything manufactured overseas. Since it is believed that the virus began in the open food markets of China's Wuhan province, imported foods are on the minds of the masses.

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Tags: Shipper News, truckload freight shipping