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Update on the State of Freight: April 2024

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Update on the State of Freight: April 2024

By George Schergen –  Vice President of Client Health, Dynamic Logistix
This story originally appeared in the Kansas City Business Journal.

 

The state of freight April 2024: Insight into technology and labor trends, current rates and a new tax plan.

The following information is built on market data from public sources regarding current rates, technology, the transportation labor market, and new legislation. All information is current as of March 20, 2024.

Current Rates

Current trucking rates per mile 2024 averages are: Van rates are at $2.76 per mile. Reefer rates are $3.19 per mile. Flatbed rates are at $3.14 per mile.

The following charts are courtesy of DAT Trendlines.

Technology Trends

Sustainable logistics: While implementing certain environmental safety measures can be costly, it has proven to be a top priority for shareholders and customers alike. According to IT Supply Chain, it can be difficult for companies to absorb these costs in a low-price environment, inviting the transition from ‘sustainable hardware’ like electric trucks to a more cost-efficient ‘software-driven’ approach, minimizing carbon emissions by creating driving efficiencies.

Seamless technology platforms: Integrative software ecosystems are seen as immensely valuable in an industry that offers a multitude of platforms. Software ecosystems must enable seamless workflow between systems for users to reap the benefits. A Transporeon 2024 report found that 74% of leaders believe that becoming more data-driven will benefit their company positively over the next five years and 55% said that investing in supply chain visibility technology will be a priority.

Nikolay Pargov, Chief Revenue Officer at Transporeon shares, “There’s limited value in just seeing a live dot on a screen.” And he’s right. Systems must be able to integrate with existing systems to provide the maximum return on investment.  

Labor Market

Seasonally adjusted, employment in the transportation and warehousing sector rose to 6,511,400 in February 2024 — up 0.3% from the previous month but down 1.2% from February 2023. Employment in transportation and warehousing grew 16.9% in February 2024 from the pre-pandemic February 2019 level of 5,571,900.

According to ZipRecruiters’s 2024 Transportation & Warehousing Labor Market Outlook, a trend to be aware of is warehouse management systems and companies are increasingly investing in next-generation technologies, such as robotic picking systems, automated guided vehicles, delivery drones, and predictive models. These technologies promise to improve efficiency and help the industry overcome labor shortages, but they will require a large investment in new equipment, software, and tech talent.

A New Tax Plan to Benefit Carriers

A new tax plan is being considered by the Senate and includes a three-year tax package that includes financial benefits for both large and small trucking companies. It passed the U.S. House of Representatives with strong bipartisan support. The Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act of 2024 “advances several trucking priorities to promote much-needed investments in our supply chain, like restoring and extending 100% expensing for new equipment,” commented Ed Gilroy, the American Trucking Associations’ chief advocacy and public affairs officer, when the bill passed the House. Gilroy added, “We support this bipartisan effort that will pave the way for greater freight capacity, efficiency and innovation while strengthening small businesses and fostering good-paying jobs in the trucking industry.”

“The provisions related to expensing assets is exactly what is needed for someone buying a new truck or rig,” James Lucier, a tax policy expert and a principal with Capital Alpha Partners, a public policy research firm, told FreightWaves. “It would be quite helpful for independent truckers and small businesses involved in trucking.”

 

 

Dynamic Logistix is a third-party provider of shipping and freight solutions that combines a world-class technology platform with stellar personal service. Our technology, our culture and our connections with shippers allows us to provide premium shipments to our carrier network.

George Schergen is the Vice President of Client Health at Dynamic Logistix.

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April 2024 Logistix Loop

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April 2024 Logistix Loop

Best Practices for LTL Shipping

From fragile ceramic mugs to heavy weight machinery, product shipments come in various shapes, sizes and weights. While not all freight requires the same handling for safe delivery, there are a few best practices shippers can implement to set up carriers for success when transporting their goods. 

The Ideal LTL Shipment

The textbook LTL shipment contains three key characteristics: it’s palletized, shrink-wrapped and stackable. Checking off these boxes helps carriers maximize space on the trailer and allow for easier handling and movement upon pick-up and delivery.  

It sounds easy, but not all products fit or stack efficiently on a 40 x 48-inch pallet. When a shipment is oversized or hangs off the edge of a pallet, it’s considered a non-stackable shipment or a stowage loss. These types of packages incur a higher shipping cost due to loss of space on the trailer. For some shipments the extra fee is unavoidable, however, it’s always something to keep in mind before shipping LTL.  

The Rigors of Transportation

The proper packaging of your freight is essential to minimizing a shipment’s potential for damage during the rigors of transportation. Products encounter this risk as soon as the truck leaves the dock with the inertia from braking, accelerating and general vibrations during travel causing freight to shift from front-to-back in the trailer.  

By securing your product to the pallet using bolts, wrap or banding, shippers decrease the possibility of freight falling off and damaging their goods. In the same vein, carriers can avoid messy trailers by placing cardboard under stacked pallets, pails or drums to absorb some of the vibrations and protect floor-loaded freight from sliding around. 

 

Labeling your Freight

Clear labeling and instructions equip carriers with the information they need to properly identify and handle your shipments. Hazardous materials, or hazmat items, must be marked on the outside package at a minimum of two adjacent sides.  

Correct labeling on your freight ensures a safer experience for all shippers, as certain commodities can’t be shipped on the same trailer as hazmat items. Identifying any other freight requirements beforehand also helps carriers plan better routes and deliver shipments on time.  

Thank you to our partner, Averitt!

Dynamic Logistix teamed up with our carrier partner, Averitt, to share our best practices for LTL shipping that ensures a smooth journey for our clients’ freight from start-to-finish. Averitt’s insights on proper stacking, packaging and labeling help our shippers deliver their products safely, securely and on time. We want to thank them for collaborating with us!  

 

To learn more from Averitt on the rigors of transportation and freight protection, visit the following links:  

Rigors of Transportation: averitt.com/freight-in-transit  

Freight Protection: averitt.com/freightprotection  

If you’re a shipper looking for a partner to help lower costs, save money and improve time management for all your freight operations, Dynamic Logistix offers a customizable approach to your unique shipping needs. Get a FREE quote on your freight spend analysis today: https://dynamiclogistix.com/freight-brokerage-ship-dynamix/  

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Flatbed Transportation: A Guide to Choosing the Rig …

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When it comes to your supply chain, the choice of transportation partners is paramount. As a central component of your logistics operations, selecting the right flatbed transportation provider is crucial for ensuring the seamless flow of goods and meeting customer commitments. 

Understanding Your Transportation Needs:

The starting point for choosing the right flatbed provider is a comprehensive understanding of your current and future transportation needs. This involves assessing volume considerations, locational and lane-specific requirements, and equipment-related considerations. 

  • Volume Considerations: RDS collaborates with clients to delve into projected volumes, frequency of flatbed truck capacity needs, potential changes in volumes, and loading procedures. By addressing these questions, RDS ensures that each client’s specific volume requirements are met with precision.
  • Locational, Lane-Specific Considerations: RDS emphasizes a thorough understanding of supply chain destinations, origins, and length of haul requirements. By aligning with client-specific needs, RDS facilitates a network of flatbed carriers capable of servicing diverse locational and lane-specific demands.
  • Equipment-Related Considerations:RDS guides clients in evaluating equipment needs, including trailer types, loading/offloading capabilities, and additional requirements such as tarping or special securement. This ensures that the selected carriers have the necessary assets and resources to transport freight safely and securely.

Considering Each Carrier’s Strengths, Size, and Resources:

Once transportation needs are established, it’s vital to consider each carrier’s strengths, size, and resources. RDS stands out by facilitating discussions that extract valuable information about a carrier’s core strengths, cargo specialization, preferred lanes, regions, and fleet size. This meticulous approach ensures that clients partner with carriers whose operational proficiencies align seamlessly with their business requirements.

Verifying Safety Practices and Procedures:

Safety is a non-negotiable aspect of freight transportation. RDS verifies safety practices and procedures by examining carriers’ safety ratings, inspection results, crash data, and participation in safety programs like C-TPAT and SmartWay. Prioritizing safety aligns with RDS’s commitment to secure and reliable transportation services.

Vetting for Technology Usage and Adoption:

In an era dominated by technology, RDS recognizes the significance of carriers embracing digital tools for enhanced communication and efficiency. Clients are encouraged to inquire about carriers’ load-tracking technologies, real-time market insights, and overall technology adoption. RDS ensures that clients align with carriers at the forefront of technological advancements, fostering efficient and streamlined operations.

Taking History, Longevity, and Financial Standing into Account:

The final critical consideration involves evaluating a carrier’s history, longevity, and financial standing. RDS assesses a carrier’s experience in the industry, understanding their longevity, and scrutinizing financial health. RDS fosters partnerships with financially secure and experienced carriers.

In the pursuit of an ideal flatbed transportation partner, RDS Capacity Solutions emerges as the beacon of reliability, expertise, and innovation. By meticulously aligning client needs with carrier capabilities, emphasizing safety, promoting technology adoption, and prioritizing stability, RDS ensures that each client’s flatbed transportation journey is characterized by efficiency, accountability, and success. Choose RDS Capacity Solutions as your freight services partner and experience a transformative approach to flatbed transportation. Get in touch with our team today. 

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The importance of sustainable trucking cannot be overstated. With concerns over climate change and environmental degradation mounting, industries across the board are seeking ways to reduce their carbon footprint and adopt eco-friendly practices. The freight brokerage sector, in particular, plays a crucial role in the transportation industry, facilitating the movement of goods across vast distances. Recognizing this pivotal role, RDS Capacity Solutions is at the forefront of championing sustainability in truck brokerage.

Importance of Sustainability in Truck Brokerage

Truck brokerage serves as the intermediary between shippers and carriers, coordinating the transportation of goods efficiently. However, this process often comes with significant environmental consequences, including greenhouse gas emissions and fuel consumption. In this context, integrating sustainability into truck brokerage operations is not just a choice but a necessity.

Eco-Friendly Practices and Carbon Footprint Reduction

So, what exactly do sustainable practices entail in the realm of truck brokerage? 

  • Optimized Routing: By leveraging advanced logistics technology, RDS optimizes truck routes to minimize fuel consumption and emissions. This not only reduces carbon footprint but also enhances operational efficiency, leading to cost savings for both shippers and carriers.
  • Alternative Fuels: Embracing alternative fuels such as biodiesel or natural gas can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions compared to traditional diesel. RDS actively explores and promotes the use of alternative fuels within its network of carriers, thereby promoting a cleaner and greener transportation ecosystem.
  • Efficient Load Consolidation: Maximizing truck capacity through efficient load consolidation not only reduces the number of trucks on the road but also decreases emissions per unit of freight transported. RDS works closely with shippers and carriers to optimize load consolidation strategies, further minimizing environmental impact.
  • Investment in Green Technologies: RDS Capacity Solutions continuously invests in cutting-edge technologies and equipment that prioritize sustainability. From fuel-efficient vehicles to state-of-the-art tracking systems that streamline operations, RDS is committed to staying ahead of the curve in sustainable transportation solutions.

RDS’s Commitment to Sustainability

RDS Capacity Solutions doesn’t just talk the talk; it walks the walk when it comes to sustainability. Here are some strategies through which RDS showcases its unwavering commitment to environmental stewardship:

  • Transparency and Reporting: RDS believes in transparency and regularly reports its sustainability initiatives, progress, and results. By openly sharing its environmental performance data, RDS demonstrates accountability and fosters trust among stakeholders.
  • Partnerships and Collaborations: RDS actively seeks partnerships with like-minded organizations, industry associations, and environmental groups to amplify its impact. By collaborating with others who share its sustainability goals, RDS expands its reach and influence within the industry.
  • Employee Engagement: Sustainability isn’t just a corporate initiative at RDS; it’s ingrained in the company culture. RDS encourages employee involvement in sustainability efforts through education and training. By empowering its workforce to champion sustainability, RDS cultivates a sense of shared responsibility and purpose.

By prioritizing eco-friendly practices, reducing carbon footprint, and showcasing a steadfast commitment to environmental responsibility, RDS is leading the way towards a greener and more sustainable future for the freight brokerage industry.a

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The Importance of Streamlining OTR Trucking Manufacturing with Automation and Workholding

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Few industries are as essential to the nation’s economy and infrastructure as over-the-road (OTR) trucking. These massive vehicles, traversing highways from coast to coast, form the backbone of the country’s transportation and logistics network. The efficiency and reliability of the OTR trucking industry are vital for ensuring that products reach their destinations promptly, maintaining the continuity of supply chains and meeting consumer demand.

To meet the manufacturing requirements of this crucial industry, companies are increasingly turning to automation equipment and custom workholding solutions. Ahaus has recently partnered with a number of OTR trucking manufacturers to determine how manufacturing processes can be improved, whether by safety implications or efficiency enhancements.

Joe Becknell, Ahaus Sales Engineer, is one of the first points of contact with new Ahaus customers. “In the past year and a half, we’ve been able to do a lot more projects with the over the road trucking companies,” said Becknell. “We help these companies improve their manual assembly process with more automation on their lines to improve efficiency and quality of their product. We can help with simple workholding fixtures all the way up to full automation lines that assemble the whole final component which goes on the trucks.”

Ahaus employee working inside an automation control panel full of controller components and wires.

Becknell highlighted the recent trend of OTR trucking companies transitioning from manual assembly processes to automation. Many manufacturing companies across the U.S. are facing labor shortages, and automating certain processes can help alleviate staffing needs, not to mention improve the efficiency and safety of other employees. The large size of and weight of OTR trucking components means safety requirements have to be as stringent as possible.

There is a lot of consideration into the safety requirements of handling big parts, whether they’re in the automation or not,” said Brian Keiser, Ahaus Director of Sales. “There are always pinch points with automation, but obviously if an operator has access to a large heavy part that’s moving within a system, that pinch point has a greater risk of severe injury versus a small component. The bigger the parts and the larger the equipment, the higher risk there is for severe injury.”

An Ahaus nameplate on the outside of an automation cabinet.Ahaus is in a select group of automation companies that have the technology, expertise, and experience to handle the complexity and risks inherent to this type of manufacturing. Ahaus’s comprehensive approach to quality underscores the company’s commitment to providing end-to-end solutions that meet the safety needs of their clients in the OTR trucking manufacturing sector. Aside from pinch points and the size and weight concerns, there are a number of key challenges in addressing facility concerns and limitations when implementing automation systems. Issues such as uneven floors, inadequate lighting, and electrical challenges are among the factors considered during the initial consultation with clients.

Brent Gard, Ahaus lead toolmaker, elaborates on safety: “We’ll actually look at the design itself and see where safety can be addressed, it’s not an afterthought. The automation lines we produce always have safety features, whether it’s a mesh or metal guarding that goes around the machine itself, or a light curtain. If the operator or someone else breaks the light curtain, the machine will not move. It’s instantaneous.”

When discussing the ideal customer for automation solutions in the OTR trucking manufacturing space, Keiser emphasizes the importance of clients who understand the value of automation in improving their processes, with products in a 5 to 10-year rotation cycle. However, Keiser acknowledges that not all companies may be ready for the switch to automation. Understanding capital investments in equipment and planning for ongoing maintenance and service agreements are important considerations in determining readiness. For companies new to automation, managing expectations and understanding long-term responsibilities are essential aspects of the transition process.

Ahaus employee testing a massive workholding fixture.“Nothing stands still, no matter what industry you’re in,” added Keiser. “Everything is improving and the companies that have an appetite or stronger desire to improve over time or are going to look at automation for continuous improvement at all times. OTR trucks and trailers haven’t changed as much as cars over the last 20 years, but there are some companies that are innovating, providing new technologies. They are leading the way.”

Embracing automation means companies can streamline their production processes, enhance product quality, and stay competitive in a rapidly evolving industry landscape. And as automation continues to evolve, its integration into OTR trucking manufacturing processes will undoubtedly shape the future of the industry.

Enter Ahaus, which has been designing and building automation equipment for more than 30 years. We research and integrate the best components, including feeder bowls, servo presses, laser markers, and conveyors to deliver an optimal automation solution.

Workholding plays a critical role in automation, even if it’s not obvious at the start. This is where Ahaus stands apart from the competition: many automation companies don’t do their own in-house workholding, but Ahaus’s workholding department makes up half its business – they are, in fact, workholding experts.

“You’re always going have to have fixtures out there in the industry because of the different machines, and it’s a rare instance that we get involved in machines where workholding isn’t a part of the project,” Gard added. “We integrate our machines with custom workholding and utilize robotic interfaces to efficiently manage large volume projects routinely.”

Ahaus’s commitment to quality and safety, our years of automation experience, and our in-house engineering, machining, and workholding capabilities make us a uniquely qualified partner for OTR trucking manufacturers.

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Alvys TMS: The Future-Proof Solution for Large Trucking Enterprises

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Faced with navigating the ever-present winds of change inherent to the logistics industry, large carriers must rely on innovative software solutions to lead their way. Alvys TMS offers a suite of features tailored to the needs of the modern enterprise carrier in a unique way.

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Safely Transporting Large Electrical Buildings for O&G Operations

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This past week at Majestic has been a testament to our commitment to excellence and precision in logistics. Tasked with a significant project by one of our valued customers, our team successfully moved six large electrical buildings within Houston, destined for storage at our client’s secondary yard until their final installation.

These buildings, crucial for supporting oil and gas (O&G) pipeline operations in West Texas, presented a unique set of challenges due to their size and weight. The heaviest of these structures tipped the scales at 67,000 lbs., underscoring the need for meticulous planning and execution in their transportation.

Understanding the complexities involved, certain buildings necessitated the accompaniment of two escorts to navigate through Houston’s bustling streets safely. This requirement highlighted our team’s ability to adapt to varying logistical demands, ensuring the safe and timely relocation of each building.

A key factor in the smooth execution of this project was the exceptional communication and coordination with our partner carrier. Their expertise allowed for an efficient use of resources, managing to transport two buildings per day using a single truck and driver. This efficiency not only maximized productivity but also minimized the potential for disruption in and around Houston.

We are immensely grateful for the trust our customer has placed in us to handle such critical components of their operations. Additionally, our thanks extend to our partner carrier, whose collaboration was instrumental in the seamless execution of this project.

At Majestic, we pride ourselves on our ability to tackle the most challenging logistics projects with unwavering professionalism and precision. This recent achievement is a further demonstration of our capabilities and our dedication to supporting the vital industries we serve.

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Q&A with 2024 Rock Star of the Supply Chain – Top Warehousing Star, Murali V.

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Food Logistics Rock Stars of the Supply Chain 2024

We recently shared that three TA Services team members were recognized by Food Logistics as recipients of 2024 Rock Star of the Supply Chain awards. The Rock Stars of the Supply Chain awards recognize influential individuals in the global supply chain and this year, the award was broken down into four categories:

  • Rising Stars – recognizes young or newer professionals (39 and under) whose achievements, hard work, and vision have shaped the supply chain network.
  • Top Warehousing Stars – recognizes professionals in the storage and warehousing space.
  • Top Shippers – Recognizes professionals in the transportation space, including freight, trucking, rail, air cargo, ship/ports, etc.
  • Lifetime Achievement – Honors company leaders who have made an outstanding contribution to the supply chain space with at least 10 years’ documented experience in supply chain and logistics.

With hundreds of exceptional nominees to choose from, each category in the Rock Stars of the Supply Chain awards consisted of several honorees who have gone above and beyond to improve supply chain operations. In a recent Q&A, we introduced you to Tyler S., Director of Brokerage Operations for TA’s Leeds, AL brokerage office and recipient of the Rising Stars category. Today, we’ll meet yet another supply chain Rock Star as we sit down with Murali V., a winner in the Top Warehousing Stars category.

Murali serves as the VP of Operations Excellence & Business Development in the warehousing division at TA Services.
Murali V. – VP of Operations Excellence & Business Development, TA Services

Murali serves as the VP of Operations Excellence & Business Development in the warehousing division here at TA Services. In this role, Murali provides warehouse solutions that are tailored to each customer’s unique requirements and operations. From initial conversations to implementation, Murali works to curate long-term customer relationships and to understand each shipper’s pain points and objectives. By analyzing existing operations and goals, Murali is able to provide optimal solutions for customers who partner with TA Services, positioning them for success for years to come.

Without further ado, let’s get into it!

Q: Congratulations on being named a 2024 Rock Star of the Supply Chain in the Top Warehousing Stars category! How did it feel to be recognized with this award?

A: I feel honored and excited to have received this award. Being recognized in this capacity serves as a great reminder and motivation for me to further my work and continued learning in the warehousing and logistics space.

Q: You’ve been with TA since 2018, joining the team as a site leader for our largest warehouse facility. In that time, your widespread knowledge of the industry and passion for process improvement led to your promotion to director in 2021, and then ultimately to your current position as VP of Operations Excellence & Business Development in 2023. Can you tell us more about your background in logistics prior to joining TA? Why did you get into the industry and what was the journey like to get to where you are today?

A: I started my career in manufacturing as an Industrial Engineer. My early career involved many assembly-line production and in-plant logistics improvement projects. I quickly learned about the vital role logistics plays in running assembly lines all over the world. Inspired by that, I chose to move into the supply chain field for my next career move. Prior to joining TA Services, I joined a logistics company as a Continuous Improvement Engineer. My main responsibility there was to apply lean principles to warehouse operations and improve efficiency. The experience gained there helped me to better understand the transportation, warehousing, and logistics business from the inside, which ultimately helped me secure an industrial management role at TA Services. From there, I continued to learn and seek out opportunities for improvement – leading to my progression into my current role as VP of Operations Excellence and Business Development.

Plans in 2024 to open additional multi-client and dedicated warehousing sites across the Midwest.

Q: In the press release for the award announcement, you mentioned that part of your plans for the 2024 year are to open additional multi-client and dedicated warehousing sites across the Midwest. Why the Midwest?

A: At TA, we pick our warehouse locations based on our customers’ requirements and needs. We have customers who are based in the Midwest region, and they need our help with product storage and logistics. The Midwest’s centralized location allows for lower cost storage options and movement of goods. We always have our customers’ costs in mind when we make suggestions and decisions that will benefit their supply chain operations. The Midwest region was a natural fit for an expansion.

Q: It’s no secret that data plays a huge role in successful warehousing operations. From accurate inventory details and mapping out warehouse layouts down to determining what software and programs are needed for improvements – data drives the majority of the decisions you make. What kinds of things do you and your team look at when evaluating a shipper’s supply chain process?

A: From a warehouse operations standpoint, we will evaluate warehouse employee safety, output quality of the processes, material flow, and efficiency to deliver expected outcomes. From a wholistic supply chain standpoint, we will analyze their supply chain network, transportation costs, inventory holding costs, and inventory visibility along with other relevant aspects for specific requirements of our customers.

Q: What advice do you have for shippers that are considering partnering with a 3PL for their warehousing needs?

A: Be picky – choose the right 3PL partner for your needs. A 3PL partner becomes an extension of your business and provides service to your end customers. It is imperative to evaluate and communicate your needs to prospective 3PL providers before committing to a partnership. Often, 3PLs are chosen based on the assets they bring to the supply chain. But companies must also consider the expertise a 3PL partner has to offer regarding industry best practices, continuous improvement initiatives, company culture, technology capabilities, and value-added services. A good 3PL will offer ideas and resolutions that will help businesses avoid common and sporadic mistakes in the supply chain industry.

What are the skillsets or personality traits needed to be successful in your position?

Q: In your role—and in warehousing in general—data is king. But your role also requires you to have certain soft skills that allow you to seamlessly integrate into another business’s processes and implement strategic changes to drive efficiencies, all without causing disruption. What are some of the skillsets or personality traits you believe are beneficial to someone in a position like yours and do you have any advice you’d like to share with someone who is just getting started in their supply chain career?

A: To be successful in a role like mine, you have to focus on your people skills just as much as your analytical skills and knowledge of the industry. It’s an equal balance of knowing the industry inside out so you can offer the right solutions while being intentional about having a customer’s best interests in mind. I find that when I lead with the mindset of pursuing what is right for them rather than what is easiest for us, everything else tends to fall into place.

My advice for anyone starting their career in transportation logistics or supply chain management is to be intentional. Really listen to your customers and your teammates with the goal of understanding their pain points, needs, and ideas. When you do that, you can take a more wholistic approach with the bigger picture in mind – allowing you to make a larger impact. You may even be likely to find that someone already has the solution for the problems you are working on. Recently, supply chains around the globe have been very chaotic. Being clear in your communications and upfront in your expectations helps to reduce the everyday noise and allows you to create innovative solutions to just about any disruption that arises.

In transportation logistics or supply chain management, you need to understand your customers and teammates pain points, needs and ideas.

You can view the full list of Food Logistics’ 2024 Rock Stars of the Supply Chain here.

Need a rock star like Murali to help with your warehousing or logistics needs? Get in touch today!

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Randy Martens Retirement Party!

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Randy started with ALTL in 1987 and drove over 3.5 million miles with us. Thank you for being an essential part of ALTL’s success over the past 37 years! We wish you the best and thank you for all your hard work and dedication. We hope you enjoy your retirement, Randy!

 

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Dry Van Shipping: Back To Basics

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DRY VAN SHIPPING: BACK TO BASICS

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Dry Van Shipping: Back To Basics

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As one of the most common transportation methods in the logistics and shipping industry, dry van shipping is used for various shipments across different industries. Understanding dry van shipping is crucial for businesses and consumers alike who depend on it to transport their products efficiently and safely. We’ll dive into the definition, dimensions, materials, use cases, challenges, and services associated with dry van shipping.

Definition and Dimensions of Dry Van Shipping

Dry van shipping refers to the transportation of goods using fully enclosed, non-temperature-controlled trailers attached to semi-trucks. The name “dry van” comes from their ability to keep the goods and products “dry” and protected from external elements like weather conditions, road debris, and accidents. The maximum length allowed for a dry van trailer is 53 feet long, with two popular types of dry van trailers: general trailers, at 53 feet long, and pup trailers, which are 26-29 feet long.

Materials in Dry Van Trailers

Dry van trailers are available in different materials such as galvanized steel, aluminum, hardwood or iron. The choice of materials used in the construction of dry van trailers primarily depends on the type of goods being transported and the duration of the shipping situation.

Use Cases for Dry Van Shipping

Dry van shipping is used in various industries and can transport many types of cargo, including non-perishable food, building materials, household goods and more. Some examples of use cases for dry van shipping include:

  • Transporting non-perishable foods and beverages, clothing items, electronics, plastics and building products.
  • Shipping cars, motorbikes, other automobiles, and components of bigger machines like airplanes and ships.
  • Moving household goods, furniture and electronics during the moving process.
  • Transporting small machinery and equipment in the construction industry to move raw materials from the warehouse to the construction site, and vice versa.

Challenges of Dry Van Shipping

While dry van shipping is a highly efficient and affordable transportation solution, it does have its limitations. One of the biggest challenges of dry van shipping is the lack of temperature control, insulation or other climate alteration capabilities within the trailer. This means that dry van trailers are not suitable for goods that require a temperature-controlled environment. Additionally, the hardwood floors used in most dry van trailers are susceptible to moisture and condensation buildup, leading to higher repair and replacement costs.

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