Now that the days are getting longer and temperatures are getting warmer, shippers and carriers would normally be in the middle of produce season 2020, the time of year when large volumes of fruits and vegetables are shipped across the country and the world. However, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the projections for this year’s produce season have been completely upended.… Read more
Since the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak began, experts have been trying to determine the extent of the virus’ impact on the logistics industry both now and in the future. In an effort to gain insight into the changing landscape, Echo has been conducting shipper surveys to assess the impact to our clients. Not surprisingly, things have been evolving… Read more
At Echo, we continue to monitor developments in regards to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and its potential impact on your supply chains. Given it is a quickly evolving situation, we wanted to provide some important considerations that will help mitigate shipping challenges during this time to keep your supply chain moving.
To limit the spread of the virus… 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
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.
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
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
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
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.