Category: Transportation

Switching to LTL Transport? Read This First.

Many shippers have borderline shipments that could be transported LTL although the option of truckload is often cheaper and quicker. Now that truckload capacity is tight with little relief in sight, LTL is becoming more attractive as an option for some shippers. There are a couple of things shippers switching from truckload to LTL must keep in… Read More

Can this article save a shipper or 3PL $6.2 million? Maybe so.

Truck capacity continues to tighten in the USA, and there isn’t any significant relief coming anytime soon. The capacity issue has a few contributors such as growing freight volume and the ELD mandate, but no contributor to the capacity shortage has more impact than the good old fashioned driver shortage. There are various reasons for the… Read More

Little White Lies and Danger at Sea

There is an old saying suggesting a little white lie won’t hurt anything. It’s an old saying, but not a correct one. If I ask you to pick up a bag of cheese danish (my personal favorite) to bring to me, you would be angry if the bakery gave you a bag of rattlesnakes instead, wouldn’t you? You… Read More

Anatomy of a Cargo Loss

The Inevitable It happens. It has always happened and it will continue to happen. Some cargo is lost from rough handling, some through improper packaging, and some cargo simply falls overboard from ocean going vessels. Ocean carriers don’t want to lose container cargo, but it happens just the same. We see reports in the media of the more spectacular… Read More

How many containers are lost at sea and what happens to them?

Cargo insurance folks like me, and those quoting us, cite the number 10,000 containers a year are lost overboard from ocean going container ships. Of course we would. We sell cargo insurance for ocean, ground, and air cargo shipments. It is in our best interests to present the highest number named out there for container losses at sea…. Read More

Automated Truck Brokerages Soon a Reality?

I love freight brokers. I didn’t fully appreciate the role of good domestic freight brokers until I started working for one in the late 1990’s. It was then I realized shippers and truckers played a continuous game similar to ‘Marco Polo’. If you are not familiar, Marco Polo is a children’s game typically played in a swimming pool… Read More

ELD Fallout for 2018

The front door of my home has locks on it. The locks are not there to protect me from 95% of the people who would never dream of walking through my front door with ill intentions. The locks are there with the small fraction in mind that would walk through my front door with less than honorable… Read More