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

5 Reasons Outsourcing Transportation Management Will Improve Your Logistics Operation

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Is your logistics department ready for growth? Optimizing your transportation operation involves much more than moving freight at the lowest price. To drive real innovation and long-term value for customers, many shippers have turned to Managed Transportation services and are seeing great success. 

So how can outsourcing to a qualified third-party logistics provider (3PL) help keep you… Read more

How to Protect from Freeze: What You Need to Know

Protect from Freeze

In the face of cold winter weather, shippers must begin to take steps to prevent their cargo from freezing. It’s not just liquids you need to worry about. Even something as hardy as oatmeal is vulnerable in cold temperatures.

While the start of the cold season varies across the country, it typically runs from October to March. Historically, some of the coldest temperatures have… Read more

What Is Partial Truckload and Why Should You Be Shipping It?

Partial Truckload

If you’re not currently using partial truckload, you may not even know it exists. The mode is vastly underutilized by shippers, but it offers many benefits.

First off, what is it? Partial truckload is that sweet spot between less than truckload (LTL) and full truckload. (It is also called “volume LTL” by some carriers who offer it.) When your shipment is too big for LTL but too small… Read more

Factors That Affect Truckload Shipping Rates

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Predicting truckload shipping rates is a tricky business. Over the past several years, rates have fluctuated by over 50%! Factors that drive such wild swings are numerous, but they can be nailed down to a couple fundamental issues: changes in supply and demand and fuel prices.

Let’s start with the obvious. Fuel prices impact truckload rates. As an example, diesel prices that are $3.30… Read more