WINTER SHIPPING PROTECTION: SAFEGUARDING YOUR FREIGHT WITH PROTECT FROM FREEZE SERVICES

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Nov 10, 2023

Winter Shipping Protection: Safeguarding Your Freight with Protect from Freeze Services

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As the winter season approaches, it’s crucial to prioritize the protection of your valuable freight. Fortunately, many carriers understand the importance of preserving temperature-sensitive products, offering a valuable solution known as Protect from Freeze services. These services, commonly utilized in Less Than Truckload (LTL) shipping, ensure your goods remain safeguarded from extremely low temperatures during transit. In this blog post, we cover the benefits and essential measures to consider when opting for Protect from Freeze services.

Safeguarding Your Freight with Protect from Freeze

Protect from Freeze services offer peace of mind by minimizing the risks associated with temperature fluctuations during transportation. By implementing specific measures, carriers take proactive steps to prevent your items from freezing, particularly in colder regions and throughout the winter months.

Temperature Monitoring

Carriers that offer Protect from Freeze services employ advanced temperature monitoring systems. These systems enable them to accurately track and maintain optimal temperature conditions within the trailers, ensuring that your goods remain unaffected by extreme cold temperatures.

Blankets and Temperature-Controlled Trailers

To provide an extra layer of protection, carriers utilize blankets during transit to insulate and shield your freight from freezing temperatures. Additionally, some carriers employ temperature-controlled trailers, which offer precise climate control to maintain the ideal conditions for your temperature-sensitive products throughout the journey.

Designated Areas for Idle Time

While not in motion, carriers allocate designated areas or rooms on their docks for freight that requires protection from freezing. These areas are carefully controlled to maintain the appropriate temperature and prevent any possible damage to your precious cargo.

Time Constraints for Faster Transit

To further reduce exposure to cold weather, carriers offering Protect from Freeze services prioritize faster transit times. By minimizing the time spent in freezing temperatures, they ensure that your goods arrive in pristine condition, unaffected by the harsh winter climate.

Booking and Communication Tips

When booking your shipment with a third-party logistics provider (3PL), it’s essential to select the appropriate Protect from Freeze service to avail yourself of the correct pricing. Make sure to communicate your requirements clearly and use the bill of lading (BOL) provided by the carrier to ensure they are aware and able to adhere to the necessary precautions throughout the shipping process.

Conclusion

As winter approaches, safeguarding your freight becomes paramount. Protect from Freeze services offer reliable protection for temperature-sensitive products, ensuring they reach their destination intact and unharmed by extreme cold temperatures. By partnering with carriers that prioritize temperature monitoring, employ blankets and temperature-controlled trailers, designate specific areas for idle time, and prioritize faster transit, you can confidently ship during the winter months. Prioritize the protection of your freight and experience worry-free shipping even in the harshest of winter conditions.

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2023 CHANGES TO FREIGHT CLASS EXPLAINED

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Nov 03, 2023

2023 Changes to Freight Class Explained

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National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC) is an essential element of the shipping industry that plays a significant role in determining the appropriate classification of goods for transportation.  

On December 2, 2023, there will be changes to several freight classes including the following 

  • BARRELS GROUP 
  • BOILERS, FURNACES, STOVES AND RELATED ARTICLES GROUP 
  • BURIAL CASE GROUP 
  • DENTAL, HOSPITAL, MEDICAL OR SURGICAL SUPPLY GROUP 
  • FLOOR OR WALL COVERINGS AND RELATED ARTICLES GROUP 
  • FOODSTUFFS GROUP 
  • FURNITURE GROUP 
  • GRAIN PRODUCTS GROUP 
  • INSULATION OR INSULATING MATERIAL GROUP 
  • MACHINERY GROUP 
  • PLASTIC OR RUBBER ARTICLES GROUP 
  • SAFES OR SAFE OR VAULT PARTS, FIRE OR BURGLAR PROOF 
  • VEHICLES, MOTOR 
  • VEHICLES, OTHER THAN SELF-PROPELLED 
  • WALLBOARD GROUP 
  • WASHERS; GASKETS; OR PACKING DEVICES, FORMS OR SHAPES, OTHER THAN PACKAGING 

With recent changes in NMFC, it is crucial for businesses to understand the benefits of proper classification and how it can positively impact their shipping experience. In this blog post, we will explore the advantages of National Motor Freight Classification and why it is essential for businesses to adhere to the correct classification. 

Ensuring Accurate Shipping Fees: 

One of the primary benefits of proper classification is ensuring that businesses pay the right shipping fees. By accurately classifying their goods, companies can avoid overpaying or underpaying for shipping services. This allows for more precise cost analysis and budgeting, contributing to overall operational efficiency and cost savings. 

Obtaining Accurate Price Quotes and Avoiding Unexpected Charges: 

Correct classification enables businesses to receive accurate price quotes from carriers upfront. This prevents any unpleasant surprises in the form of unexpected charges or adjustments to the shipping costs. By having accurate price estimates, businesses can effectively plan their logistics and budget accordingly. 

Preventing Improper Handling and Protecting Cargo: 

Proper classification plays a crucial role in ensuring that goods are handled appropriately throughout the transportation process. By accurately describing the nature, fragility, and handling requirements of the cargo, businesses can minimize the risk of damage or mishandling. This protection of goods helps maintain the integrity of the products and reduces potential financial losses. 

Avoiding Fines and Compliance Issues: 

Correct NMFC classification is essential, especially when dealing with hazardous materials or goods that require special handling. Failure to classify these items appropriately can result in fines, penalties, and compliance issues. By adhering to the correct classification, companies can avoid legal troubles while maintaining a responsible and safe shipping environment. 

Building Trust with Carriers: 

Maintaining accurate and proper classification builds trust between businesses and carriers. When carriers can rely on the accuracy of classification, they can efficiently plan and execute shipments. This trust forms the foundation of long-term partnerships, ensuring consistent and reliable transportation services. 

For a full list of Freight Classifications click here

The National Motor Freight Classification system offers numerous benefits to businesses in the shipping industry. Proper classification ensures accurate shipping fees, provides accurate price quotes, prevents improper handling, minimizes fines, and helps build trust with carriers. By understanding and adhering to the correct classification, businesses can optimize their shipping processes, enhance operational efficiency, and foster stronger partnerships within the industry. 

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THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO SELECTING THE BEST LTL SHIPPING PROVIDER

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Oct 27, 2023

The Ultimate Guide to Selecting the Best LTL Shipping Provider

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LTL shipping is very different than shipping full truckload. Choosing a less-than-truckload shipping provider that can deliver your goods on time and without damage is essential for success.

In this blog post, we’ll take a deep dive into the top factors you should consider when shipping LTL, also leveraging data from Mastio’s recent survey for LTL carriers. By focusing on on-time pickup and delivery, product safety, carrier responsiveness and bill accuracy, you can be confident in choosing the ideal LTL shipping partner.

Time Pickup and Delivery: Meeting Your Deadlines with Confidence 

On-time delivery is a crucial factor in maintaining customer satisfaction and smooth operations. According to Mastio’s survey, businesses should prioritize LTL carriers that have a proven track record for on-time pickup and delivery. Look for carriers that offer reliable and accurate shipment tracking, allowing you to stay informed throughout the shipping process. When LTL carriers prioritize on-time delivery, you can meet your deadlines with confidence, keeping your customers happy and satisfied.

Product Safety: Ensure Your Goods Arrive Intact

Product safety is an essential consideration when shipping goods. According to Mastio’s survey, damaged products were the most common complaint from customers. To avoid these mishaps, ensure that your chosen LTL carrier has the necessary safety measures in place to protect your products during transit. Consider carriers that use secure packaging, proper loading techniques, and provide insurance coverage in case of damage.

Carrier Responsiveness: Building Relationships for Continued Success

Carrier responsiveness is an often-overlooked aspect of selecting an LTL shipping provider. According to Mastio’s survey, businesses should prioritize carriers that prioritize relationships with their customers. Look for carriers that have a reputation for excellent customer service, provide clear communication channels and respond promptly to your inquiries or concerns. With responsive carriers, you can build a strong relationship that will foster continued success in the long term.

Bill Accuracy: Trustworthy and Transparent Business Deals

Billing accuracy is the foundation of trustworthy and transparent business deals. According to Mastio’s survey, businesses should prioritize LTL carriers that provide accurate and transparent billing information. Or find a broker (like NTG) who will audit the invoice for an additional level of accuracy.  Look for carriers that provide clear and concise invoices, provide detailed information on shipping costs, and offer competitive pricing. By selecting a carrier with precise billing practices, you can be confident that you’re receiving the best possible value for your investment. 

Conclusion

Choosing the right LTL shipping provider is a critical component of your business success. Using a brokerage with LTL capabilities can ensure you are using carriers that are vetted and have more options than going to an LTL carrier directly.

By focusing on the factors mentioned above like on-time pickup and delivery, product safety, carrier responsiveness, and bill accuracy, you can be confident that you’re partnering with a provider that supports your business goals. NTG currently works with all the carriers that were named as 2023 Carrier Customer Value & Loyalty carriers including: Averitt Express, A. Duie Pyle, AAA Cooper, ABF, Central Transport, Daylight Transport, Dayton Freight Lines, Dohrn, Estes, FedEx Freight, Midwest Motor Express, Oak Harbor Freightlines, Old Dominion, Peninsula, Pitt Ohio, R&L Carriers, Roadrunner, Saia, Southeastern Freight Lines, TForce Freight, Ward Trucking and XPO Logistics.

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HOW TO OPTIMIZE YOUR PARCEL SHIPPING STRATEGY

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Jun 08, 2023

How to Optimize Your Parcel Shipping Strategy

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In today’s fast-paced world, businesses need to ship their products quickly and efficiently to meet consumer demand. However, managing a parcel shipping operation presents challenges as the market undergoes cyclical changes. There is no end in sight with the parcel market expected to reach 28 billion in volume by 2028 per Pitney Bowes Parcel Shipping Index. Shippers must be able to navigate consumer demand with ease at minimal added cost. 

For shippers, Q2 2023 and beyond, while capacity is decreasing, general rate increases (GRIs) and surcharges continue. This means that shippers have to be more open to negotiating and diversifying their carrier network leveraging regional and other non-traditional carriers.  

Along with steady increases, the UPS Teamsters contract expires July 31, 2023, and a strike is looming — shippers are looking for alternatives or contingency plans. According to Wolfe Research shipper survey, over 20% of shippers surveyed have already shifted or plan to shift at least some volumes from UPS to FedEx ahead of UPS’s Teamsters contract negotiations.  

With the challenges facing the parcel market, there are a few things you can do to alleviate the strain: 

  • Reporting and data is critical. Knowing which levers can be pulled in a volatile market is important. Shippers need in-depth visibility into their parcel spend with real-time tracking, yield capacity and margin analytics at their fingertips. Take advantage of your transportation partner’s API to directly integrate into your shopping cart to help with tracking and address corrections. 
  • Re-evaluate your strategy. The market has changed from the COVID-19 era, and there is capacity now. It is important even if you aren’t in a contract negotiation cycle to review your contracts and make sure your parcel strategy aligns with your business today.  
  • Post shipment data. If you aren’t auditing your parcel invoices, now is the time to start. This is oftentimes an area where shippers can save a lot of money through service audits and compliance audits. This is typically one of the best areas to partner with a transportation partner, since they are trained to look for these and can help with things, such as GL coding and claims management to alleviate the burden on internal resources.  

Shippers need to evaluate their parcel strategies and take the necessary steps to enhance their service offerings through parcel audits, consulting, API integrations and reporting. As market developments are bound to change by end of 2023, it’s imperative that shippers adjust their parcel strategies accordingly.

Read more about parcel trends in our Q2 Transportation Outlook.

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EXPEDITED SHIPPING: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

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May 27, 2023

Expedited Shipping: Everything you need to know

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What is Expedited Shipping?

You’ve probably heard the term “expedited shipping” before, but what does it mean? Expedited shipping is simply a faster way to get your freight from point A to point B. It’s available for almost any freight type. 

If you’re a shipper and want your items delivered quickly, expedited shipping will help you get them where they need to go in just 2 days or less–sometimes even sooner! On the other hand, if you’re planning on buying something that needs to arrive quickly (like auto parts or medical equipment), then expedited shipping may be right up your alley too. 

How Expedited Shipping Works

Expedited shipping is faster than standard shipping in terms of transit time, but it’s also more expensive because it requires additional resources from the carrier and has an additional fee attached to it. When it comes to expedited shipping offerings, a third-party logistics (3PL) provider can offer great versatility and competitive pricing. With their multi-modal capacity, their range of transportation options often includes hot shots, dry vans, sprinter vans, straight trucks and cargo vans. 

The Benefits of Expedited Shipping Services

There are a number of benefits to using an expedited shipping service. The most obvious is the fact that you can get your package to its destination faster than if you were to use standard shipping or try to ship it yourself. Expedited shipping offers a reliable solution for small, high-value, time-sensitive freight like lab and medical equipment, pharmaceuticals, auto parts, electronic components or even missed LTL pickups. 

  • Fast delivery: You’ll be able to save time by getting your package delivered sooner than expected, which is especially important when shipping perishable items like food and medicine. 
  • Correcting mishaps: When things go awry like missed LTL pick-ups, or receiving the wrong equipment at a job site, expedited shipping can save the day. 

Hot Shot Shipping

The term Hot Shot is used in various scenarios in the industry. First, it can be used to describe a type of truck similar to a flatbed but is more cost effective for the shipper. It can also be used to refer to the type of service in which freight is moved within an extremely tight deadline, also known as Expedited Shipping. 

Conclusion

Expedited services can help you get your packages delivered quickly. When you’re in a bind, be sure to reach out to us for a quote and we can get back to you within minutes to advise you on your shipment and provide pricing. The best part about using a service like NTG is that we will save you time and hassle. Our extensive network of carriers also allows us to be more efficient and price competitively. If you find yourself on a tight deadline, we’ve got your shipment covered, on time, every time.

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DYNAMIC PRICING FOR LAST-MINUTE DELIVERY

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Mar 08, 2022

Dynamic Pricing for Last-Mile Delivery

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The ability to optimize routes utilizing algorithms, artificial intelligence and other technology tools has been around for a while, replacing manual tools such as spreadsheets and, in some cases, nothing at all. Dynamic pricing can soon become a reality for last-mile deliveries. By adding dynamic pricing to dynamic routing, a carrier can reduce costs and save time and provide more accurate pricing based on demand.

As consumers, we already experience dynamic pricing when taking an Uber or Lyft, and it’s also in use by other transportation modes such as ocean freight and trucking. While still limited, it will likely become the norm across all modes of transportation, including last-mile deliveries. Shippers will need to prepare by investing in technology such as a TMS with good business analytics to manage and forecast rates.

Read the full article here.

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