LTL or Truckload -- Which Mode to Use?
A lot of companies can lower their logistics costs by improving how they select a shipping mode. Often, shipments are easy to recognize as either Truckload (TL) or Less-Than-Truckload (LTL), so there is no real decision to be made. But that is not always the case. Sometimes just a few poor choices on shipments can have a significant negative impact on a company’s… Read more
What Sets Echo Apart: Why We’ve Remained the #1 3PL in Inbound Logistics’ Top 10 3PL Excellence Awards for Five Consecutive Years
For the fifth year in a row, Echo Global Logistics has been voted the #1 third-party logistics provider in the Inbound Logistics Top 10 3PL Excellence Awards. We are honored to receive this prestigious recognition once again and are thankful to our clients and carriers for supporting us through their votes.… Read more
The Most Common Ways Freight Gets Stolen and How to Prevent It from Happening to You
With so many high-value products shipped around the country every day, it's no surprise criminals target freight. Food, electronics, household goods, and valuable metals (such as copper) top the list of frequently stolen commodities—mostly because they are the easiest to resell.
Despite the logistics industry's efforts to improve security, thieves… Read more
Echo’s Journey to the Top: Why We’ve Been Voted the #1 3PL in Inbound Logistics’ Top 10 3PL Excellence Awards for Four Years in a Row
For the fourth consecutive year, Echo Global Logistics has been voted the #1 third-party logistics provider in the Inbound Logistics Top 10 3PL Excellence Awards. We’re excited to once again earn this prestigious honor as it is a meaningful testament to the satisfaction of our clients and carrier partners, as well as the reputation of Echo in the industry.
Our key to achieving and… Read more
How to Choose the Best Routing Decision Between Intermodal and Truckload
How to choose between intermodal and truckload? There are usually multiple ways a shipper can choose to move a load, so selecting the right mode can be difficult. It’s easy for companies to operate out of habit and select the mode they’ve always used without considering other options. It’s the responsibility of logistics professionals to recognize and overcome this type of inertia when that is… Read more
How to Report Concealed Damage to Your Shipments
Not every shipment arrives at its destination in perfect condition. Most of the time the damage is due to inadequate packaging or improper handling. Either way, damage does happen, and knowing how to report it through the notification process is essential. This article will define what concealed damage is, explain how to work with Echo to notify the carrier of concealed… Read more
5 Things Your 3PL Rep Should Be Doing for You
You should expect exceptional service from your third-party logistics (3PL) provider, but how do you know you’re getting it? Your 3PL representative’s main job is to help ensure your supply chain runs efficiently. However, without the right communication and technological tools, he or she might not be able to help you avoid costly or otherwise preventable disruptions.
How Severe Weather Disrupts the Transportation Industry
Of all the disruptions carriers face on the road, weather poses the greatest threat. As an example, Hurricane Florence impacted much of the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast with intense flooding and power outages, causing road and terminal closures as well as dangerous, if not impossible, driving conditions in some areas.
When it comes to freight transportation, we’re reminded just how… Read more
Echo's Transportation Simplified Blog
I’m excited to announce the launch of Echo’s new Transportation Simplified Blog. This blog will serve as a resource to our community of shippers and carrier partners, providing relevant industry news, best practices, and insights. Whether you’re new to the transportation industry and want to understand trucking terminology or capabilities by mode, or you’re a seasoned veteran interested in… Read more