A Review Of The Freight Shipping Industry So Far In 2016

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We have passed the halfway point of 2016 while weathering the global economic roller coaster in the beginning of the year. Taking a look back, we have seen some changes in regard to freight transportation and consumer spending. While we have to take into account that market conditions ebb and flow based on the season and customer buying trends, there is consistent data showing some interesting trends that need to be monitored in the coming months, from the significant increase in the amount of freight shipped to the decline of growth in the trucking industry.

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Something to take note of regarding the economic market is that there have been employment and wage increases across the country, although things can change from one month to the next and make it feel like a ball bobbing up and down in the water. Read More

5 Quick Freight Savings Tips For Shippers

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How to Get Low Freight Costs

If you are going to be making an LTL (less-than-truckload) freight shipment, you may experience “sticker shock” when you get shipping cost estimates. A lot of factors go into determining your final shipping cost — some, like fuel costs, are out of your control, but others are things you can do something about. Here are five freight shipping tips to reduce the bill.

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Freight Savings Tip 1: Consolidate

By bundling, boxing or palletizing items, you make it easier for the LTL shipper to handle and stow your shipment, resulting in a lower cost. For example, shipping four chairs individually is obviously clumsier than stacking four chairs and banding them into a single unit — the shipper has one piece to handle instead of four, and uses less space in the trailer. Read More

5 Factors That Go Into LTL Freight Shipping Rates

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FTL (full-truckload) shipping rates are fairly straightforward; they’re based on a per-mile rate or price-per-hundred weight plus a fuel charge. LTL (less-than-truckload) shipping rates are far more complex, as several factors affect the cost of an LTL shipment.

5-factors-shipping-ratesIf you’re planning an LTL shipment, you should understand how shipping rates are determined. Once you know the basis for the rates, you may be able to package your shipment in a way that reduces its shipping cost. Please feel free to contact TSI for further information about freight shipping prices or to obtain a quote. Read More

The State Of The Logistics And Freight Services Industry

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For freight shipping and the economy in general, 2016 has been a bumpy ride. As of this writing, U.S. stock market averages are riding all-time highs — just weeks after they cratered as a result of the unexpected Brexit vote. Historically low oil prices are blamed for poor economic conditions one day, and praised for strong ones the next. Political instability and contentious social issues make long-term and even short-term business strategic planning an exercise in educated guesswork.

logisticsThese examples point to one condition that is bound to dominate the freight economy in the near future — uncertainty. Read More

Understanding Truckload Capacity

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Why do you need to know what’s happening in the trucking industry today? The overall state of the industry affects the shipping capacity of all carriers, regardless of their size. Even the moving truck capacity of your local long-distance mover is affected — and this may impact your moving schedule and costs.

understanding-truckloadLess capacity means fewer trucks available to move your items, which translates into tighter schedules and increased costs. Conversely, more trucks can translate into cost savings for shippers. But why does truck capacity fluctuate in the first place? Read on to learn more about this interesting topic. Read More

Shipping Terminology

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Confused about terminology used in the freight business? No worries. Here is a guide to shipping terminology to help you quickly understand the ins and outs of the business.

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What You Need To Know About LTL Refrigerated Shipments

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If you need to ship an item(s) needing temperature control, you’ll need to select an LTL (less-than-truckload) freight company with refrigerated trucking capabilities. Items that require temperature control include foods and beverages, certain types of electronic equipment, pharmaceuticals, flowers and plantings. Here are important things to consider when selecting a carrier for refrigerated shipments.

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  • Determine what temperature is needed to maintain the integrity of your product during transit. Some refrigerated truck trailers (often referred to as “reefers”) are designed for chilled shipments, while others accommodate frozen shipments. Read More

Top 5 LTL Freight Myths

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If you believe some of the misconceptions about LTL shipping, you may end up very frustrated or, at the least, paying more than you should to ship your items this way. We want you to know the truth about LTL shipping so you can make an informed decision about using this option — as well as Transit Systems, Inc. — for your freight shipping.

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Myth 1: LTL Pickup, Delivery and Transit Times Are Guaranteed

Reputable LTL carriers do not guarantee pickup or delivery times — they provide a time frame for picking up and delivering your items. Read More

Top Myths About Air Freight Shipping

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Are you planning a small, long-distance move? While it is not commonly used, we do offer an air shipping service. This option tends to be the choice of customers needing to move something quickly or those shipping large crates containing fragile or valuable items. If, after learning the facts and fictions about this method, you determine that air shipping is your best option, please contact TSI for an air freight price quote.

myths-air-freightAnything Can Be Shipped by Air: Fact or Fiction?
This is fiction. Because the size of the plane dictates its weight and size requirements, some items (such as large pieces of furniture) may be too large and/or too heavy to ship by air. Read More

The Cost Of Shipping Pieces Together vs. Individually

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Should I Ship Living Room Furniture One Item at a Time or All Together?

We field questions like this all the time. When people are moving, they often think it would be less expensive to ship each piece of furniture separately via a parcel shipper than to pay for a truck to haul everything.

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Usually, the opposite is true. When it comes to shipping living room furniture or other household items, the most cost-effective method of shipping is to use an LTL (less-than-truckload) freight shipper. Here is a quick overview: Read More

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