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
Did we just quietly close out one of the most volatile decades in the history of freight? We had a couple years marked by really tight capacity, most notably 2018. That was quickly followed by a year of excess capacity, declining rates, and a lot less spot volume. So we have to wonder, what will the next decade bring? Maybe the Digital Freight Revolution will become much more of a… Read more
Although most companies are well aware of potential chargebacks from retailers, many do not have effective processes in place to avoid them. Usually, this is the result of seeing chargebacks as a necessary cost of doing business. Over time, errors on paperwork, fees for missed deliveries, and incorrect packaging can become accepted as normal, impacting profitability. … Read more
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 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? 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
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
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.
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
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
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
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