It’s a requirement today that companies constantly improve their supply chain efficiency to remain competitive and protect margins. Unfortunately, it’s common for many shippers to overlook some of the low-hanging fruit within their logistics network that makes accomplishing those goals easier.
Inbound freight represents one such… Read more
The supply chain typically operates behind the scenes, unnoticed and often taken for granted by people who aren’t directly involved in keeping the flow of materials and goods moving. That all changed in 2020 when the pandemic disrupted supply chains across the globe. The supply chain remained front and center in 2021 as disruptions continued and transportation and logistics… Read more
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
Common questions we often hear at Echo Global Logistics when assisting clients with less than truckload (LTL) shipments revolve around evaluating freight class and avoiding reclassification charges and fees. If you’re new to shipping LTL, the class system can be difficult to navigate.
Why Does LTL Use Freight Classes?
The National Motor Freight Traffic… Read more
While the impact of the pandemic has caused disruption and unpredictability at times within the logistics industry, one thing shippers can always count on is peak season, the busiest time of the year for shippers as they start planning for the upcoming holiday season. As distant as the holidays seem, now is the time for companies to get their logistics operations prepared for… Read more
Not all freight shipping is the same, and those in the beverage sector know this especially well. When shipping beverage freight, it’s essential to understand what makes moving this product unique in order to ensure that logistics costs are managed correctly and deliveries arrive on time.
How Different Beverage Types Can Impact Shipping… Read more
One of the most significant events on the supply chain calendar of U.S. shippers is produce season, a time when perishable vegetables and fruits are harvested in southern climates from areas like Florida, California, Arizona, Texas, and Mexico, and shipped to major markets across the country.
When procuring transportation services, shippers primarily consider three factors: service, cost, and capacity. While all three factors are in some degree of consideration when freight decisions are being made, capacity is the factor that has become most critical in midyear 2021.
At times, like the current state of domestic… Read more
The LTL market continues to experience significant capacity issues due to the rippling effects of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as regular seasonal spikes. At Echo Global Logistics, we’re here to support you during this unprecedented freight market. We want to provide you with market insight to help you adapt to this rapidly evolving environment.… Read more
As the logistics industry continuously evolves, so do the pricing structures available to shippers today. Whether you’re just starting to ship freight, or you’ve been handling the transportation of goods for years, it’s important to explore all pricing and service options to ensure the structure meets your unique business goals and strategies.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the LTL (less than truckload) market looks different than years past. As we head into peak holiday season, we at Echo Global Logistics would like to share insight into factors that may impact the LTL freight market as well as LTL operations and service for the remainder of the year.
Below are some of… Read more
With summer winding down, shippers are getting ready to take on the rest of 2020, starting with peak season, the busiest time of the year for shippers as they start planning for the upcoming holiday season. However, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact many industries and supply chains. In fact, Echo has been conducting shipper surveys to gain insight into the changing landscape, and … Read more