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2024 Disruption Webinar: Port Challenges, Drayage Shipping & Planning Ahead

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2024 Disruption Webinar: Port Challenges, Drayage Shipping & Planning Ahead

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Join Drew Herpich, our Chief Commercial Officer and Nathan Crocker, Sr. Director of Drayage Operations to discuss all things import and drayage shipping in 2024 with Supply Chain Now.

From the Red Sea to the Port of Baltimore, importing products into the U.S. is filled with a number of challenges and changes. NTG is one of the largest drayage shippers in the U.S. and having agility, flexibility and staying ahead is critical when importing or exporting product from the U.S.

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May 2024 Logistix Loop

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Defining Density and How It Impacts LTL Freight

The density of a shipment is an important component of shipping Less-than-Truckload (LTL) freight. Not only are there specific density-based pricing programs available with various carriers, but it’s also a main driver in receiving lower (or higher) customer-specific pricing (CSP) with a carrier. Carriers want to maximize the space used on their trucks, and a higher-density product better utilizes the cube of the trailer and is more cost effective for a carrier to move, resulting in more favorable pricing for the customer. 

Products with a higher density also receive a lower shipping classification from The National Motor Freight Traffic Association (NMFTA). Lower freight class equals lower cost to ship; for example, cotton candy has a class of 300, whereas bricks have a class of 55. 

How To Calculate Density: 

The density of a shipment can be calculated by following these steps: 

  1. Multiply the Height x Width x Depth of your shipment to find the total cubic inches. 
  2. Divide your total cubic inches (from step 1) by 1,728 to find the total cubic feet. 
  3. Divide the weight of your shipment by the total cubic feet. This results in your pounds per cubic foot (PCF) OR density. 

 

For example: 2 skids each with the following dimensions 44 inches x 48 inches x 48 inches, one weighing 1500 pounds and the other weighing 300 pounds have the following densities: 

1500 pounds 300 pounds
1: 44 x 48 x 48 = 101,3761: 44 x 48 x 48 = 101,376
2: 101,376 / 1728 = 58.662: 101,376 / 1728 = 58.66
3: 1500 / 58.66 = 25.573: 300 / 58.66 = 5.11

How Can DLX Help? 

LTL freight can be complicated, but it doesn’t have to be. At Dynamic Logistix, we have a dedicated team with extensive experience in LTL and are here to answer any of your LTL questions, as well as help you better understand your freight and provide solutions. Our XTMS technology also simplifies the calculation of density to ensure you always have accurate information for your shipments. 

  

If you want to learn more about freight density and LTL shipping, explore our XTMS platform or book a demo to find out how our platform can help you lower your shipping costs and save hundreds of hours of manual work through data automation. 

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Red Sea Crisis

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Q & A: How the Red Sea Crisis is Disrupting the Supply Chain

By Chad South –  Chief Operating Officer, Dynamic Logistix

The Red Sea crisis has garnered significant attention in recent months as a result of the challenges it has placed on the global supply chain. The Red Sea, which provides access to the southern entrance to the Suez Canal, is one of the most important and densely packed shipping channels in the world. Roughly 19,000 vessels travel between the Indian Ocean and Mediterranean Sea each year and the Suez Canal reduces shipping distance between Asia and Europe by nearly half. About 12% of global trade, opens new tab passes through the Red Sea, including 30% of global container traffic and $1 trillion worth of goods each year, reported by Reuters.

It has become a focal point of concern due to escalating tensions and conflicts in the region with its roots in geopolitical rivalries, regional conflicts, and maritime security concerns. The ongoing conflict in Yemen, the presence of armed groups in the region, and the strategic importance of the Bab el-Mandeb Strait and the Suez Canal—all contribute to the heightened tensions.

Q: What is the impact of shipments rerouting due to the conflict?

The threat to maritime security has proven to be a leading threat as the risk of piracy, armed conflict, and attacks on commercial vessels has made shipping through the Red Sea more perilous. This has forced shipping companies to reassess their routes and security measures, leading to delays and increased costs.

According to Aljazeera, rerouting vessels around the Cape of Good Hope as opposed to going through the Red Sea and Suez Canal can add up to two weeks to a shipment’s journey and between 3,000 and 6,000 nautical miles (between 3,452 and 6,904 miles).

And the London Stock Exchanges Group’s (LSEG) oil and shipping research team calculated that it costs 35 percent more and takes an additional eight days for a large container vessel to travel from Shanghai, China to Rotterdam, Netherlands via the Cape of Good Hope, compared to the Red Sea route.

Q: Explain how this has caused shipping prices to increase.

In addition to the increased cost of route diversification, the uncertainty surrounding the situation in the Red Sea has led to insurance and risk assessment challenges for shippers. Insurers charge higher premiums to provide coverage for the increased risks of piracy, cargo theft, and damage to vessels, contributing to an overall increase in prices.

The threat of piracy, armed conflict, and attacks on commercial ships has necessitated additional security measures, such as onboard security personnel and enhanced surveillance systems. These security measures incur additional costs for shipping companies, which are ultimately passed on to customers through higher shipping prices.

Operational disruptions like delays in cargo loading and unloading, route deviations, and port closures can cause an increase in fuel consumption, idle time for vessels, and additional handling charges, all of which add to the cost of shipping.

Finally, CNBC has collected data showing that the longer transit around the Cape of Good Hope as ships divert from the Red Sea is already having a significant impact on vessels available to pick up containers at ports. Because the number of vessels has been reduced throughout the crisis, adding vessels to the flow of trade could help with a potential container crunch that has many logistics managers worried. Late vessels cause a chain reaction; when they’re late, the containers are then late to be processed and turned around again for reuse, delaying exports from Europe to the United States and from Asia to the United States and the world.

Q: What can shippers do to mitigate the risks and increased costs?

Shippers can expect costs to remain elevated for some time. “The longer the duration of these disruptions, the more likely shipping rates will stay elevated — if not increase further,” Nora Szentivanyi, Senior Economist at J.P. Morgan noted. “The one potential silver lining is that there remains an excess supply of container ships globally, and many that were ordered during the pandemic continue to enter service. Thus, it appears likely that once the disruptions are over, shipping rates could lower fairly quickly.”

One of the key recommendations is for shippers to diversify their routes and explore alternative transportation options. By avoiding high-risk areas and utilizing alternative routes, shippers can reduce their exposure to potential disruptions.

In addition to route diversification and collaboration, experts also advise shippers to invest in advanced technology and security measures to safeguard their cargo and vessels. This includes the use of satellite tracking systems, onboard security personnel, and secure communication channels to monitor and protect shipments during transit.

The Red Sea conflict represents a significant challenge for the global supply chain, with implications for maritime security, insurance, and logistics operations. However, by leveraging technology, collaboration, and risk management best practices, shippers can keep the supply chain moving forward. As the situation continues to evolve, stakeholders need to remain vigilant and proactive in addressing the risks.

Has the Red Sea Conflict impacted your shipping operations? We’re interested to hear how U.S. shippers have modified their shipping strategies; leave a comment below and tell us your story.

Dynamic Logistix is a third-party provider of shipping and freight solutions that combines a world-class technology platform with stellar personal service. Clients save time and money by providing superior visibility, transparent processes, and comprehensive real-time reporting through our transportation management software. For more information, please visit our website.

Chad South is the Chief Operating Officer at Dynamic Logistix.

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Overcoming Logistics Challenges with Expertise

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Challenge:
A recent import operation initially planned as a standard 40′ container dray was quickly escalated when the dimensions provided by the origin were found to be incorrect. The cargo was unexpectedly over 17 feet tall.

Solution:
Majestic Transportation’s team adeptly pivoted to address this significant change. With rapid coordination, the procurement of necessary permits, and the arrangement of escort services were efficiently managed to adapt to the new requirements.

Outcome:
The oversized piece was delivered without issue, to the client’s satisfaction. This incident showcased our ability to swiftly resolve unexpected challenges, thanks to our seasoned team and robust client-vendor partnerships.

Services Highlighted:

  • Drayage
  • Transload
  • Final Delivery

This successful adaptation not only resolved a potential logistical setback but also strengthened the trust and reliability our clients place in us.

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3 Keys to an integrated, efficient, and reliable refrigerated shipping network

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3 Keys to an integrated, efficient, and reliable refrigerated shipping network.

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

 

Refrigerated shipping, or reefer shipping, is a sophisticated network of technology, infrastructure, and expertise dedicated to preserving the quality and safety of temperature-sensitive cargo. The transportation of goods in specially designed containers or cargo holds equipped with temperature-control mechanisms. These systems maintain specific temperature ranges, typically between -20°C to +30°C (-4°F to 86°F), depending on the cargo’s requirements.

Producers and exporters must carefully package their goods and ensure they meet regulatory standards for transportation. Proper packaging is essential for maintaining the cold chain, the uninterrupted series of temperature-controlled environments from production to consumption. According to Mordor Intelligence, The US Cold Chain Logistics Market is estimated at USD 78.45 billion in 2024 and is expected to reach USD 110.24 billion by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 5.83% during the forecast period (2024-2029).

So now that we know some of the requirements of this niche market and how big it is, what do cold chain shippers require to manage a successful operation?

Food grade carrier network

According to the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) enforced by the FDA, transportation practices are a critical control point in preventing food safety risks, emphasizing the importance of employing carriers with suitable infrastructure and practices. Therefore, access to a food-grade carrier network is essential for shippers to uphold the integrity and safety of their products.

Vessels are equipped with state-of-the-art refrigeration units and monitoring systems to track temperature, humidity, and other environmental factors in real time. Advanced technology, such as IoT sensors and satellite tracking, provides invaluable insights into the condition of the cargo throughout transit.

Food and beverage shippers have an extremely thin margin of error, and any deviation from proper handling, storage, or transportation compromises the quality and safety of food products which could lead to financial losses, legal liabilities, damage to reputation, and, most importantly, harm to consumers. The competitive nature of the food industry means that shippers must maintain high efficiency and reliability to meet tight delivery schedules and customer expectations.

Visibility & Automation

Because monitoring the entire transportation process is vital for reefer shippers, visibility allows tracking the location and movement in real-time and allows you to anticipate potential delays or disruptions and take proactive measures to mitigate risks – like rerouting shipments or adjusting delivery schedules. Shippers who stay informed about the status of their shipments can minimize the chances of product spoilage and ensure timely deliveries to customers.

Additionally, a managed TMS provides visibility and real-time tracking help to maintain accurate records and reporting, helping customers understand accessorial charges like cost per pound; geographical regions that may cost more to ship to; expedited or time-sensitive deliveries; and fuel surcharges. Automated data entry of your shipment details (weight breakdown, number of shipments, shipment destination, etc.) into a TMS can improve your shipment strategy, consolidate your lanes, max out truck loads, minimize assessorial charges and improve shipment accuracy.

Support & Communication

The reality of unforeseen circumstances – equipment failures, temperature deviations, or delays – for reefer shippers is impossible to avoid. But to mitigate risks and minimize potential product spoilage, after-hours support can make a significant difference in the outcome of these potential challenges. Shippers who can quickly reach out to TMS providers for troubleshooting, guidance, and coordination of contingency plans are better prepared to address emergencies and keep shipments on track.

The supply chain doesn’t start on Monday at 9:00 a.m. and stop Friday at 5:00 p.m. In fact, many refrigerated shipments happen overnight and on the weekends. Having a dedicated support team that is available and accessible to answer questions and provide real-time information is invaluable. Bonus points if the support is a human being and not an automated service. A study conducted by Hiver found that 59% of support professionals emphasize a human-first strategy. “Even though AI can handle a lot of tasks quickly, it can’t fully understand human emotions or provide empathetic responses that a human can,” Nidhi Lohia, Senior Content Marketing Manager shared. “In situations where customers are frustrated or need a more personalized approach, human interaction is key.”

By leveraging advanced technology, robust infrastructure, and strategic partnerships, shippers can overcome the challenges of transporting temperature-sensitive cargo and delivering goods safely and efficiently to markets across the U.S. and around the world. As global trade continues to evolve, the importance of refrigerated shipping logistics in maintaining the integrity of the cold chain will only grow, driving innovation and advancements in the field.

The reality of unforeseen circumstances – equipment failures, temperature deviations, or delays – for reefer shippers is impossible to avoid. But to mitigate risks and minimize potential product spoilage, after-hours support can make a significant difference in the outcome of these potential challenges. Shippers who can quickly reach out to TMS providers for troubleshooting,
guidance, and coordination of contingency plans are better prepared to address emergencies and keep shipments on track.

The supply chain doesn’t start on Monday at 9:00 a.m. and stop Friday at 5:00 p.m. In fact, many refrigerated shipments happen overnight and on the weekends. Having a dedicated support team that is available and accessible to answer questions and provide real-time information is invaluable. Bonus points if the support is a human being and not an automated service. A study conducted by Hiver found that 59% of support professionals emphasize a human-first strategy. “Even though AI can handle a lot of tasks quickly, it can’t fully understand human emotions or provide empathetic responses that a human can,” Nidhi Lohia, Senior Content Marketing Manager shared. “In situations where customers are frustrated or need a more personalized approach, human interaction is key.”

By leveraging advanced technology, robust infrastructure, and strategic partnerships, shippers can overcome the challenges of transporting temperature sensitive cargo and delivering goods safely and efficiently to markets across the U.S. and around the world. As global trade continues to evolve, the importance of refrigerated shipping logistics in maintaining the integrity of the cold chain will only grow, driving innovation and advancements in the field. 

 

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

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.

 

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2024 Mud Hens Opening Day Party

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2024 Mud Hens Opening Day Party in Toledo, Ohio – Polaris Logistics Group

Every year, Polaris Logistics Group hosts a Mud Hens Opening Day party to connect with our team, friends, family, and customers.

We want to extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who joined us for an incredible Mud Hens Opening Day Party on March 29th, 2024! 🎉 Your presence made it special.

From sitting outside on the balcony a beautiful sunny day, to enjoying a glass of wine by the charming balloon arch crafted by our team, we meticulously planned every detail to ensure another unforgettable experience!

Guests were greeted with Polaris-branded shot glass party favors and delectable Costco cookies—because who can resist a classic chocolate chip treat?!

We listened to music, enjoying each other’s company and had an incredible, panoramic view of Fifth Third Field as the Mud Hens prepared for their Opening Day ahead!

Of course we also provided tickets for the season’s inaugural pitch at 4:00pm.

Our raffle added an extra layer of fun at our party, with two lucky winners each receiving:

  • A bottle of fine wine
  • Buckeyes or chocolate-covered Oreos made by Maumee Valley Chocolate & Candy
  • Exclusive Polaris swag

The food was top notch! We had the ultimate catered spread from TJ’s Cookout & Catering. Opening day landed on Good Friday, so we arranged for delicious Lenten and vegetarian food options.

*Special shout-out & a big thank you to TJ’s for going above and beyond for accommodating our Lenten and vegetarian requests!!


From savory Cod Bites to indulgent Mac & Cheese, our menu had a little bit of everything for everyone to enjoy!

Cod Bites
Pasta Salad
Potato Salad
Mac & Cheese
Baked Beans
Veggies and cheese cubes

Burgers
Brats
Candied Bacon

And let’s not forget the drink bar and, of course, those heavenly chocolate chip cookies!

We couldn’t have asked for better company. From the laughter shared to the delicious food enjoyed, every moment was a highlight!

We had an absolute blast, and we sincerely hope you did too! We can’t wait to do it again with you all next year!

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End-to-end visibility changes the game for shippers, carriers

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End-to-end visibility changes the game for shippers, carriers

Supply chain transparency benefits every player in the industry

This story originally appeared in the Freightwaves.

Companies across the supply chain have been laser-focused on improving their visibility options over the past several years. While most companies understand that visibility paves the way for increased efficiency and better coordination throughout the lifecycle of a shipment, many leaders in the space do not yet have a solid understanding of partial versus complete visibility. 

Virtually all visibility solutions offer some level of value to users because they increase the amount of data available to decision-makers and stakeholders. Complete, end-to-end visibility solutions, however, change the game entirely. A holistic visibility tool goes beyond simply providing data, instead creating a pathway for companies to identify and mitigate risks proactively – from transportation disruptions to supplier issues and unforeseen delays.

Additionally, complete visibility solutions are the only tools that are able to meet shippers’ growing expectations surrounding shipment transparency.

“With the software advancements we’ve seen over the past decade, customers now expect transparency and reliability,” according to a Troy Cook, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “End-to-end visibility leads to better delivery estimates, quicker response time to customer inquiries and ultimately, enhances customer satisfaction for our shippers.”

A truly holistic visibility solution has the power to bring supply chain partners – including suppliers, manufacturers and distributors – together. When there is collaboration between all the different players, the entire operation tends to improve. 

This collaborative effort often leads to streamlined routes, minimized disruptions, reduced costs and lead times, improved environmental impact and increased innovation. All of these advantages factor into a stronger, more resilient supply chain, and it starts with transparency. 

On a more individual level, end-to-end visibility solutions also impact each player in a company’s org chart. There are a multitude of people in any given company’s supply chain – including production experts, salespeople, warehouse employees, logistics professionals and leadership teams. While each of these groups performs a different function, they all impact the supply chain and are all integral to the company’s success. 

“Visibility within logistics impacts each of these roles significantly,” according to Cook. “The warehouse needs to know where inbound trucks are to coordinate their docks. The sales team needs to understand current trends in the freight market so they can build in the appropriate cost. The customer service teams need to know where the product is to ensure their clients receive their products on time. Logistics needs to know which orders can easily be planned and routed together to reduce the overall cost of shipping. And the executive leadership teams need to be able to easily track the overall cost of transportation and be able to identify what factors have the greatest impact on that cost.”

Understanding which factors have the greatest impact on cost is the first step in creating a more cost-effective – and attractive – operation. For shippers, this is paramount, as controlling transportation costs and working efficiently are the two biggest factors when it comes to their logistics operations.

Optimized shipping routes and consolidated shipments are powerful methods of cutting out wasteful transportation spend. A strong transportation management system (TMS) – like XTMS offered by DLX – excels at gathering the supplier data needed to implement these methods, including transit time, number of loads, weight and destination. 

The information that comes from a high-quality TMS is a crucial component of saving money and reducing loss, but the effort should not stop there. The more human-centered elements of the logistics industry – including customer service – are also critical.

“DLX is unlike other 3PLS and standard transportation management systems. We offer a state-of-the-art TMS, but it’s the customer service that we deliver to our partners that sets us apart,” George Schergen, Vice President of Client Services said. “A lot of other logistics providers will implement the software and call it a day.”

At DLX, customer relationships do not stagnate after implementing XTMS. After adoption, DLX works with its clients to manage their entire supply chain, including providing each user a dedicated account manager to work as an extension of their team.

DLX also offers robust KPI reporting, ensuring customers have the most efficient and cost-effective shipping strategy in place. For that same reason, the company has a team dedicated to auditing invoices and bills to make sure there aren’t any discrepancies or duplicate charges on their accounts.

DLX works hard to create a fair space in the logistics industry by ensuring this comprehensive suite of services is available to its entire clientele, regardless of a company’s size or age going into the partnership. 

“Our XTMS and freight broker partners will receive best-in-class service, regardless of their size. That’s something we guarantee,” Schergen said. 

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.

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2024 Polaris Golf Tour

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It’s time to dust off your clubs and join us at the 2024 Polaris Golf Tour.

We’ll be at these 3 locations:
⛳ Salt Lake City, UT
🏌️ Toledo, OH
🚩 Houston, TX

Picture this: a day filled with networking, lively conversations, and zipping around in golf carts – all while soaking up the sunshine on beautiful courses (don’t forget your sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses!).

And we’ll have exciting activities like:

  • Hole in One Challenges
  • 50/50 Raffles
  • Goodie Bags
  • Putting Contests
  • Firing a Golf Ball Air Cannon
    ….and more!

Let’s hit the greens for a great cause!

As we aim for birdies and eagles on the course, we’re also aiming to make a positive impact with you.

All proceeds from the outings support the Mustard Seed Education Foundation, helping families send their children to Catholic schools. It takes good people like you to make a difference.

Secure your spot by registering here to select your event or click on one of the banners below.

Your presence would truly make it special.

Tammi Nester and Dan Nester at Polaris Logistics Group golf event in fron of Inc 5000 4985 2022 sign

Your ticket fare includes green fees, cart & range access, plus delicious food to keep you fueled throughout the day. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner, we’ve got you covered! Stay tuned for further details about each event.

See you on the fairway! 🌞🏌️‍♂️

Inaugural Polaris Salt Lake City Open

Register Here

Wednesday, August 21st, 2024
8:00am – 1:00pm MDT

The Ridge Golf Club
5055 Westridge BLVD.
West Valley City, UT 84118

5th Annual Polaris Toledo Open

Register Here

Monday, September 23rd, 2024
12:00PM – 6:00PM EDT

Highland Meadows Golf Club
7455 Erie St.
Sylvania, OH 43560

5th Annual Polaris Toledo Open

4th Annual Polaris Houston Open

Register Here

Thursday, October 24th, 2024
12:00PM – 6:00PM CDT

The Clubs of Kingwood
1700 Lake Kingwood Trail
Kingwood, TX 77339

4th Annual Houston Mustard Seed Open

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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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MONTGOMERY LOGISTICS NAMED P I&I MOTOR EXPRESS, INC. AS 2023 Q4 CARRIER OF THE QUARTER

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BIRMINGHAM, AL – Montgomery Logistics, a full-service logistics provider, has named P I&I Motor Express Inc., Ashley, Ind., as its 2023 Carrier of the Quarter for Q4.

Montgomery Logistics established the Carrier of the Quarter awards to recognize carriers for their consistent and outstanding value as long-term partners. These partners are an invaluable extension of the Montgomery Logistics team and provide consistent, safe, and reliable capacity daily.

“I have moved high volumes of freight in my three years of experience with Montgomery Logistics, and the service levels provided by these guys are above the best,” said Tommy McGowan, Montgomery’s Senior Carrier Relations Manager. “Devin Busche goes out of his way to stay proactive and is the most efficient and driven individual I have met. I am very proud of the work we have done and look forward to building and improving as the freight market continues to change.”

A partner of Montgomery since 2016, P I&I Motor Express has consistently delivered optimal service, unparalleled communication, and proactive problem-solving.

“I’ve been hauling multiple loads every week for Montgomery Logistics. The team, including Tommy, have always been great,” said Busche, an owner operator at P I&I. “Anytime there’s been a problem, they’ve made it right; communication is key in trucking, and they’ve always been great to P I&I Motor Express.”

Montgomery Transport says it looks forward to a continued market boost and mutual success throughout 2024 as part of its business partnership with P I&I Motor Express.

Based in Birmingham, Ala., Montgomery Logistics is a nationwide, third-party logistics provider specializing in truckload and over-dimensional shipments. For more information, click here. 

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