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Transportation Management Companies Can Help You Get Ahead

Transportation Management Companies Can Help You Get Ahead

Why do some companies achieve savings and gain a logistics advantage while other companies are left guessing? As a transportation management company, we work with numerous types of small and midsize shippers and distributors. The biggest difference in the amount of benefit we can provide typically hinges on one common factor — transparency. Companies have […]

Is your Transportation Management Strategy Best-in-Class?

Is your Transportation Management Strategy Best-in-Class?

What Is It Costing You to Not Execute a Best-In-Class Transportation Management Strategy? Take our 60 Second Survey to see if the right transportation management strategy can make your company more profitable. A 2018 benchmark survey, performed by Descartes Systems Group, showed a relationship between the strategic value of transportation and financial performance. The higher […]

Is COVID-19 Still Affecting our Supply Chain?

Is COVID-19 Still Affecting our Supply Chain?

In last month’s newsletter, we resurrected the infamous philosophy of former heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson, as so many of us are feeling how he did in the ring. Since then, we’ve had both a holiday and a DOT week — oh, and two hurricanes. A remote workforce and decreased labor supply continue to compound the […]

Transportation Management – August Freight Management from Shiptransportal

High Rates and Tight Capacity Land Another Blow to Shippers Mike Tyson — everyone knows his name. Famous for his boxing record of 37-0, Tyson faced off with Buster Douglas in 1990, a match that would become one of the greatest upsets in sports history. In fact, when Tyson and his corner entered the ring […]

Transportation Management – July Freight Management From Shiptransportal

Transportation Management – July Freight Management From Shiptransportal

The current pandemic has affected the entire world, including both domestic and international global transportation services. In our July freight management update, we discuss what changes have occurred and where the industry may be heading. Domestic Freight Management: TL Freight Management:  Many shippers are seeing and feeling a tighter domestic carrier market. Currently, carriers are […]

Strategy Session: Economic Recovery & Your Freight Management Strategy

What type of recovery will we have? And does it matter? The short answer is that the type of recovery we have will impact us all. Unfortunately, until we are looking back on it in our rear-view mirrors, there is no way to know which model the recovery took. The good news is that there […]

Should you scrap your plans to implement a TMS during an economic downturn?

What time is it when an elephant sits on your fence?  Obviously, it’s time to get a new fence. What about when it’s CV-19? Some things can’t be controlled. Maybe you had plans to implement a Transportation Management System (TMS). Suddenly the priority is in question. What can you do? Implementing solutions with a positive […]

COVID-19 UPDATE 03-27-2020 – Isolate and Operate, 3 Ways to #Thank a Trucker, Impact by Mode, Local Updates

COVID-19 Freight Update – 03/27/2020 COVID-19 has severely disrupted many segments of the economy – but while we are continuing to prioritize the health and wellbeing of all stakeholders, Shiptransportal remains 100% operational and prepared to serve current and future customers. Communication As you may already know, our phones and emails continue to work perfectly […]

COVID-19 UPDATE 03-25-2020 – Open Up Chat for Even Faster Communication

While our phones and emails continue to work perfectly without any interruption, we are looking for ways to make communication even easier and faster for those working remotely.  If this sounds like something for  you, please feel free to chat with anyone in our office using the Chat icon at the bottom right corner of […]

Shiptransportal Remains Fully Operational Despite COVID-19

COVID-19 has severely disrupted many segments of the economy – but while we are continuing to prioritize the health and well being of all stakeholders, Shiptransportal remains 100% operational and prepared to serve current and future customers. Our internal systems were all built to support working remotely. We will begin to split our workforce between […]

How Software Solutions Can Make Your Shipping Process Turn Key

How Software Solutions Can Make Your Shipping Process Turn Key

Nowadays, discovering optimal shipping processes is only the first step towards developing the best possible shipping logistics solutions. The rise of computing software has left few areas of business untouched and shipping is no exception. In fact in many cases, software applications are what allow a sound logistics strategy to be executed.

What You Need to Know About Your Shipping Options

What You Need to Know About Your Shipping Options

From the perspective of many businesses, shipping is shipping. When they need something sent out, they search for the cheapest option, contact the carrier, pay a fee and move on. There is, however, much more to the process. At least, there should be, if companies are looking to find the best rates, highest savings ratio, […]

Shipping Compliance and Regulation: Why It’s Important to Do Your Research

Shipping Compliance and Regulation: Why It’s Important to Do Your Research

Understanding the regulations and customs requirements surrounding international shipping is the only way to move freight across borders in a safe, legal way. When you consider the ramifications of non-compliance, this knowledge becomes vital to any company that imports or exports goods. That is why researching regulations is so important. Not only does achieving an […]

The Ramifications of Non-Compliance

The Ramifications of Non-Compliance

Businesses that ship internationally run the risk of encountering regulatory restrictions and customs issues. Most businesses that fail to comply with the rules of shipping over borders do so because of ignorance, rather than a willful attempt to circumvent the rules. Sadly, a lack of knowledge regarding the rules does not excuse non-compliance, and non-compliance […]

Why Partial Truckloads Benefit You

Why Partial Truckloads Benefit You

The most recognized modes of shipping are parcel, less than truckload (LTL), and full truckload (FTL). But beyond these selections is a less-known option — the partial truckload (PTL). This option is sometimes available for shipments requiring between 12 and 30 lineal ft. Though PTL is building a reputation as a viable shipping method, only a handful […]

Are you Paying Triple for the Linear Foot Rule? Not Anymore

Are you Paying Triple for the Linear Foot Rule? Not Anymore

Less than truckload (LTL) can be a viable shipping option when the volume of your freight is greater than what can be sent via a parcel, but not so great that a full truckload (FTL) is necessary. The selection represents the middle-ground, and is often utilized by lots of small to mid-sized businesses. However, LTL […]

Is LTL Right for You?

Is LTL Right for You?

One of the key decisions when shipping freight is determining which mode will be most cost effective and efficient while also ensuring the goods arrive in their proper condition. To inexperienced shippers the decisions appear obvious, but seasoned veterans understand the intricacies of shipping contracts and can identify when they are likely to incur unexpected […]

5 Factors to Consider When Measuring the Effectiveness of Your Shipping Strategy

5 Factors to Consider When Measuring the Effectiveness of Your Shipping Strategy

Many companies understand tactical transportation processes on a shipment to shipment basis. Each time something needs to go out, they look for the best price, tender the freight, and repeat the next time the freight needs to be moved. This approach seems reasonable, but over time it fails to account for carrier performance, changes in shipment […]

Freight Savings Starts and Ends with Visibility!

Freight Savings Starts and Ends with Visibility!

Companies looking to increase shipping efficiencies may turn to a transportation management or third party logistics (3PL) company for guidance. These logistics firms strive to help refine a company’s processes in order to optimize efficiencies and reduce costs, objectives achieved by addressing the following areas of operations:

Why do Packages have a greater Damage Ratio in LTL Than in PTL Shipments?

Why do Packages have a greater Damage Ratio in LTL Than in PTL Shipments?

Partial truckload (PTL) shipments are sometimes offered by carriers to clients needing to move anywhere from 12 to 30 lineal feet of goods. PTL is suitable for clients looking to ship more than what less than truckload (LTL) delivery services can accommodate, but less than that required to fill up a full truckload (FTL).

How Can Logistics Experts Improve Your Shipping Solutions

How Can Logistics Experts Improve Your Shipping Solutions

Many small to mid-sized businesses have a tendency to keep the majority of their operations in house. A cursory comparison between contracting an external shipping management partner and relying on internal personnel and resources seems to favor the former option.

Are You Connected to the Right People to Make Your International Shipping a Breeze?

Are You Connected to the Right People to Make Your International Shipping a Breeze?

The success of international shipping depends on more than just your company and your carrier. Certainly, your practices and your carrier’s performance are important components of the process, but they do not form the entire picture.  Other components include coordinating multiple parties over expansive distances, regulatory restrictions, and customs requirements. Shipping goods from one country […]

A Six Sigma Approach to Shipping Management

A Six Sigma Approach to Shipping Management

Shipping is considered by some as just another cost of doing; however, it is also deemed a source of differentiation or significant savings by others.  While there seems to be awareness of the opportunity, the potential savings and improvements seem elusive to many – causing them to scale back their pursuit of improvement. And, so […]

When Was The Last Time You Reviewed Your Cargo Insurance Plan?

When Was The Last Time You Reviewed Your Cargo Insurance Plan?

When was the last time you reviewed your cargo insurance plan? Many companies don’t realize that they may be over-paying for insurance and not getting the coverage that they expect.  In other words, they are assuming more risk. If you are shipping at least $300,000 worth of goods, with at least one shipment being overseas, […]

Looking for an Easy Way to Reduce Unexpected LTL Fees and Charges?

Looking for an Easy Way to Reduce Unexpected LTL Fees and Charges?

Include your product NMFC code in the product description on your Bill of Lading (BOL).

 LTL Carriers are more likely to re-classify the product being shipped if the NMFC code is not listed on the BOL – resulting in higher freight charges and fees. If you don’t know the NMFC codes for your product(s), you […]

Why You Need to Regularly Review Your Carrier Safety Ratings

Why You Need to Regularly Review Your Carrier Safety Ratings

Review of carrier safety ratings on a regular basis is one criteria when considering the addition of a new carrier. You can go to the Motor Carrier Safety Rating System, www.ai.fmcsa.gov and look up any carrier’s safety rating on line. Good rule of thumb to use, any carrier that has BASICS (Behavior Analysis and Safety […]

Want to Avoid Unexpected LTL Fees? Here’s How!

Want to Avoid Unexpected LTL Fees? Here’s How!

Looking for an easy way to reduce unexpected LTL fees and charges? Include your product NMFC code in the product description on your Bill of Lading (BOL).

 LTL Carriers are more likely to re-classify the product being shipped if the NMFC code is not listed on the BOL – resulting in higher freight charges and […]

Customer Testimonials

Finding an expert in the transportation field to control the cost was critical to us. I would highly recommend Michael to any company looking to improve their transportation service, increase customer satisfaction and reduce their overall logistics costs.

Ric C VP Global Logistics
Global Medical Device Manufacturer

This past month and quarter was one of the largest shipping periods we have had this year. Everything was executed flawlessly. Your team came through late in the day Friday and resolved some key freight issues our customers exposed us to and helped Special Metals exceed our commitments. Thanks to everyone for an excellent job done.

Katrina M Warehouse Supervisor
Food Services

It is a pleasure to work with the Shiptransportal team. They supply excellent customer service and are always available to answer questions or track a shipment in a quick timely fashion. Thank you for all of your support.

Rick P Materials Manager and FCO
Metals Supplier

“Great Successful Project”, “Great Documentation”, “Launched on Time”, “Web Based”, “Definitely up to date”, “Overall, Very Responsive”

Troy S Director of Supply Chain
High Performance Fiber

Once set up, Hands Off and Stress Free… Total add Value.

Travis P Customer Service Rep
High Quality Spools

Teresa looks into the Crystal Ball for me and help me plan the future. She is always there to help even when sometimes it is not even your load (INCO Terms). You have always been able to get us some last-minute load moves because everyone knows we have Customers that need product to keep their lines up and running overnight and weekends.

Mike M Receiving Coordinator
Specialty Fibers

“Fantastic company to work with”. “They are always on top of everything we ask for and I could not imagine anyone better nor could I ever accept anything less from anyone else”. “Proud to say that Teresa, really knows it all”!

Jevon C Business Systems Analyst
Restaurant Services

ShipTransportal was an absolute pleasure to deal with. Every day I knew what was coming and what was not. I do look forward to dealing with again.

Mitchell C Inside Sales
Metals Supplier

You are the best!!    That’s it…  Just wanted to tell you that I appreciate all you do and in my eyes, you are the best out there! 

End Customer Plastics Injection Molding
Customer

“Shiptransportal sin dudas es una de las mejores opciones que se pueden encontrar en el mercado Americano.”

EDUARDO V Senior Manager,
Global Freight Forwarder

“What can I say? Another Outstanding Year and Recipient of Supplier of Excellence.”

Carolyn M Logistics Coordinator,
Printed Product Distributor

“A true transportation management expert with a relentless focus on tangible and lasting results. Mike differentiates himself through a rare blend of superior day to day execution, keen strategic thinking, and truly bold ideas. These attributes are deeply embedded in Mike’s rapidly growing company.”

Steve K Senior Manager,
Top 5 Investment Bank

"On time deliveries + truthful communication + cost savings = a no brainer."

Dan B, Senior Manager,
Top 5 Investment Bank

Mike has deep expertise across logistics and transportation. And, he has a proven track record both operationally and in driving efficiencies."

Herman G. Senior Manager,
Major Consulting Firm