Down to Basics: How to Write a Truckload RFP

Down to Basics: How to Write a Truckload RFP

Creating a request for proposal (RFP) that is ready for distribution can be a complicated process for shippers. Bid season generally occurs during the fourth quarter and wraps up early in the first quarter. As you write your truckload RFP, it is important to remember that the data you provide about your company is just as important as the data you solicit from carriers… Read more

Echo to Participate on Three Panels at the 3PL Value Creation North America Summit 2019

3PL Value Creation North America Summit 2019 Echo

Echo will participate on three panels at the seventh annual 3PL Value Creation North America Summit 2019. Hosted by Armstrong & Associates, Inc., this year’s event will take place in Chicago, IL. The summit looks at industry factors such as e-commerce growth, digitalization, labor shortages,… Read more

Why You Should Consider Shipping Intermodal

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Why you should consider shipping intermodal? For shipments that aren’t time-sensitive, intermodal rail is a great fit for many shippers. The ideal shipment is 43,500 pounds or less. You can ship a variety of commodities on rail, including food and beverages, electronics, construction equipment, and even chemicals. Air-ride train cars… Read more

Echo Celebrates Truck Drivers During National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

NTDAW 2019 Echo

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week takes place September 8-14 this year, and all of us here at Echo extend our heartfelt gratitude to the 3.5 million professional men and women who help keep our economy running by delivering everyday goods across the country.

American Trucking Associations (ATA), the largest national trade association for the… Read more

Echo to Highlight Big Data at 2019 CSCMP Edge Conference

CSCMP 2019 Echo

I’m excited to announce Echo Global Logistics’ participation in the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals’ (CSCMP) 2019 Edge Conference in Anaheim, California September 15-18. This year, I’ll be joined by other leaders from Echo to discuss how we simplify transportation and analyze data for supply chain efficiency.

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What’s the Timeline for Processing a Cargo Claim?

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In transportation and logistics, going through the claims process is sometimes unavoidable, but it doesn’t have to be painful. The National Motor Freight Traffic Association (NMFTA) established a general timeline to make processing a claim easier for all parties. You can also work with Echo as your third-party logistics (3PL) partner to ensure you’re adhering to the right process. The… Read more

How to Report Concealed Damage to Your Shipments

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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

How to Notate Damages and Shortages on the Bill of Lading and Proof of Delivery

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It’s much easier to win a cargo damage or shortage claim when the proper process is followed. Correctly notating damages to the bill of lading (BOL) and proof of delivery (POD) is a good start, but there’s more you can and should do to prevent further complications. 

So what’s the protocol when your shipment arrives with visible damage, concealed damage, or a… Read more

How Shippers and Carriers Can Prepare for CVSA’s Upcoming 2019 Roadcheck

2019 Roadcheck

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) will conduct its annual International Roadcheck June 4-6, 2019. During the three-day enforcement event, CVSA-certified inspectors will perform roadside inspections of commercial motor vehicles and driver compliance. Historically, the CVSA Roadcheck limits capacity and shippers may see longer transit times.Read more

Terms of the Trade: A History Course in Trucking Terminology

Logistics Terminology

Like any industry, transportation and logistics have their own terminology and acronyms. A few you’ve probably heard include drayage, bill of lading, deadhead, reefer, and assessorial. In order to keep up, newcomers must quickly learn the practical meaning of these terms, but few people stop to consider their origin and relevance. As a nod to the long and noble history… Read more

The Impact of Produce Season on Your Freight

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Consumers love when their favorite fruits and vegetables are in season at the grocery store. For shippers, however, spring can bring periods of tight capacity. Don’t let the quiet market following the post-holiday period catch you off guard. There are predictions for a stronger produce season this year versus previous years that were affected by hurricanes, so shippers should… Read more

4 Ways Shippers Can Benefit from a Drop Trailer Program

Drop Trailer

Recently the term “Shipper of Choice” has been used more frequently within the transportation community. While there are multiple strategies a shipper can deploy to attract carrier partners, one of the most impactful is having an efficient loading and unloading operation.

Drop trailer programs are an effective way to achieve… Read more