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13 Apr, 2015

With 24/7/365 operations, we are committed to being your perfect partner, adding speed and flexibility to your supply chain. We want to continue our great start to 2017, providing you with the fastest, most cost-effective and reliable solutions, time and time again.

We can provide you with the vital support necessary to keep your production line moving. All our solutions are tailored specifically to your needs, whether you are sending a small, urgent package requiring an on board courier, or a shipment of components requiring the next flight out. Achieving seemingly impossible tasks is what we do best, giving us a well-deserved reputation for getting things right first time.

We’re here to help, so feel free to get in touch to discuss how we can assist your next project.

13 Apr, 2015

What exactly is a volume shipment? We have all heard of the terms less than truck load and truck load. A volume shipment is somewhere in between the two. This generally happens when you have a shipment of 6 pallets or more weighing greater than 5,000 lbs. and taking up more than 12 linear feet of trailer space. Shipping this way can give you more barraging power.
Moving your freight using a volume shipment is definitely beneficial. This generally results in a lower cost to ship. This method of shipping is very helpful it allows companies to ship larger volumes of product at a lower cost. These type of shipments continue to grow as companies look to reduce freight costs.
Remember that all volume shipments do not move at the same speed. Some volume quotes can have longer transit times because they only move when capacity is available. The reason it moves only when space is available is why the carrier can give you a price break on the shipment. Not all volume shipments move when capacity is available, some move at regular transit times, however the price break may not be as much. Other volume shipments vary with transit times this is all based off of the lanes and what the carrier deems as a good or bad lane. With all these methods it can be a bit of a trade off but in the end it could save you a lot of money on your freight.
Some logistics companies may have an automated system giving you a price right away for these shipments but you may be missing out on the full savings. Another thing to consider that volume LTL pricing is much more fluid and carry from week to week. If a carrier is looking for freight to a certain terminal and your freight fits the bill, that week you might get a very aggressive rate. The next week if their capacity looks different that rate might be higher. The best way to take advantage of these opportunities is through the custom routing Veer-Freight does every day for our clients.

13 Apr, 2015

Nearly all products that you interact with daily have passed through our transportation system at some point. Whether it be the toothbrush that you brush your teeth with in the morning to the pillow that you lay your head on at night, chances are its journey to your home included being on a truck, in a plane, on a boat or some combination of all before it came into your possession. Moving freight around the world can be very costly.

Every shipper has a litany of providers that they can choose from. However, the real question is, what is the true cost of finding a reliable logistics provider that will not only help you but your bottom line, but will actually add value to the services they provide?

The bottom line is the main concern of any business in operation. Cutting costs is a top priority, however, there are ways to do this while not cutting service. Any shipper can share horror stories of the time they received rock bottom rates from a transportation company only to find that the headache and hidden costs greatly outweighed any potential savings. The allure of these companies is clear, they offer immediate gratification. Their rates will often leave you asking, how are the able to do it for that price? Unfortunately, the answer to this question is often that they cannot. This instant gratification does not take into consideration the long-term cost/benefit of utilizing these types of providers to fulfill your shipping needs.

The production and shipping process is a chain and as such, it relies on every link functioning properly or the whole system falls apart. It is because of this, that comparing shipping cost alone does not give one a full picture of the overall savings that a logistics provider can offer. To produce and ultimately ship a product, a company must have a number of steps completed before the final product is ready to be loaded and shipped out on a truck to the end user. This includes receiving their inbound raw materials used for production. Much like outbound deliveries, these shipments have a deadline that must be met. Furthermore, if these deadlines are not met, the consequences to your business are often more severe than outbound shipments.

If a company does not receive in the materials they need to produce their goods, this could cause a chain reaction through the supply chain that could result in shut downs and missed outbound loads. If a logistics provider offers highly competitive rates, but does not make their inbound deliveries in time to meet a company’s production schedule, that product does not get produces and therefore cannot be sold. While your rates to ship that shipment into your facility may have been 10 or 20 percent lower than your previous rates, the costs associated with your production lines shutting down will greatly outweigh the benefits of the trucking company’s low costs.

The same is true for the outbound. Once a product has been produced and is ready to go market, retailers and distributors are counting on your product being at their facility when it comes time to fulfill their orders. It becomes apparent quickly when the cycle of shipping and receiving is viewed as a continuous loop, that one bad link in the chain can shut down the whole system.

Therefore, when choosing a logistics service provider, considering all aspects of their duties to your company is of the utmost importance. Accuracy is also one way shipping companies can help their customers maximize their cost savings. Again, as a trucking company, you may have the lowest rates. However, if your product is routinely damaged, lost or is re-classified, it can end up costing your customer much more than they save.

At PNGLC, we refer to this hidden cost saving opportunities as the PNGLC efficiency savings. These are the additional savings that we help generate behind the scenes, for all our customers. In fact, we do not have any customers that have save less than an additional five percent over as a result of pre-audits, post-audits, consolidated invoicing and the increased visibility we offer our customers through our easy to use web portal.

When you are considering changing or adding to your carrier base or perusing a third-party service, make sure that all factors are considered. While it may be enticing to see the immediate savings, make sure all factors are considered.

13 Apr, 2015

According to the business directory definition, a freight forwarder is a firm that specializes in organizing and arranging storage and shipping of merchandise on behalf of its shipper. For companies who rely on shipping for inventory and to transport their products to end customers, finding a freight forwarder is an extremely important part for your organization. Knowing how to choose a freight forwarder is even a more significant stage for your company. A freight forwarder will help keep your company’s import and export shipments flowing with an easy level of visibility, attention to detail, and excellent communication which can help increase you and your company’s overall productivity and competence.

Some of the key points for choosing a freight forwarder are as follows.
What does my company really need? First thing you need to do before choosing a freight forwarder is to evaluate your company’s needs. The more you know about what you need the better you will be able to provide your needs to the freight forwarder without complicating things. Initial start: What is the commodity being shipped. How many imports and exports does our company have on a weekly, monthly, or yearly basis. What is the volume of parcel, air freight, and ocean freight. What are the common origins and destinations. Knowing this information will help determine what kind of freight forwarder to hire. You want a forwarder which is experienced in handling the type of shipments that your company has on a regular basis, and one which has an network of agents to ensure coverage to all of your common locations. If you hire a company that is inexperienced, you are putting your needs at risk for failure.

Does experience matter? To put it simply, YES! One must put in perspective the level of experience when hiring an employee, same goes for hiring a freight forwarder. The more experience they have had, the better they fit as candidates to serve your company.

Reputation is also an essential aspect. Who are they and what type of connections do they possess, is another aspect to consider while evaluating freight forwarders. You want a freight forwarder that you can develop a business rapport with and that grows with you. Many freight forwarders are members to different affiliations for air and ocean business, and this is a big positive which can help bring growth and expansion to your business. When evaluating your freight forwarder, ask about their affiliations, agent networks, and scope coverage.

Having the peace of mind that there are experts and agents readily available to you that can help with the complexity of shipping, customs rules, and regulations, is an essential aspect to consider in hiring the best fit freight forwarder candidate for your business.

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