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How Outsourcing Port Services and Drayage Protects Shippers

Posted by on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 in News

Companies across industry lines rely upon shipments of components and products brought in by ships. Once the cargo arrives in a given port, it must be unloaded from the ship and transported from the shipyard to intermodal stations, warehouses and distribution centers. This function can be performed by any company involved with importing, if they have the equipment, personnel and certifications. However, there are three ways that outsourcing port services and drayage is a safer, more economically sound way to manage shipping.

Driver & Equipment Safety

Entrepreneurs often believe that they can, and should, handle every aspect of their business themselves. This is not the case when it comes to transporting cargo from a busy port. Drayage requires a great deal of planning, skill and experience. Drivers that are employed by a third-party logistics provider that offers drayage and port services have all of these attributes. They make hundreds of runs to and from port every year and they know how to safely maneuver their vehicles to avoid collisions, damage to the equipment, or injury to others.

Insulated From Liability

Everything from proper vehicle registration to ensuring drivers are trained, licensed and certified to truck maintenance, repairs and insurance for both the cargo and equipment is provided by the 3PL. In some cases, the shipper may be required to purchase additional cargo insurance, however, the bulk of the coverage is provided by the logistics company. If an accident or other incident occurs at the port, or in transit, the 3PL is liable, not the shipper, per se. That said, it’s up to the shipper to verify that the 3PL they choose has an impeccable safety record along with extensive experience.

Greater Cost Control

When a company performs their own drayage services, they run into one major cost that is difficult to overcome. Their trucks are only carrying cargo one-way and the return trip is a dead-head run that doesn’t make money, but rather costs money. Third-party logistics providers understand that full trucks make more money, and they strive to keep their fleets, and those they’re associated with, as full, and productive as possible. In turn, shippers see a reduction in the shipping charges, which helps bolster profit margin and improves the company’s stability and financial health.

Retrieving cargo from a busy port is a daunting task, and it’s not something that everyone can handle well. This, however, is a specialty of some logistics providers. They’ve spent years operating fleets that service shippers of all sizes and types and can maneuver a port safely and effectively. What’s more, they take on all the responsibility and potential liability and keep your costs low as well.

The trucking industry is full of specialty offerings from flatbeds to cargo vans and refrigerated trucking options. Shippers can also choose from short-haul, long-haul, intermodal and regional shipping services. Another option that many rely upon are dedicated power only solutions. This pertains to hiring a logistics company to provide an adequately powered tractor and a professional driver to move a trailer of some type. There are three types of companies that benefit the most from this type of logistics offering. (more…)

What You Need to Know About Southeast Linehauls

Posted by on Monday, January 9, 2017 in Logistics

Southeastern trucking company drivers walks between two

CCC Transportation is part of a family of carriers based in Florida.

Southeast linehauls are in great demand during particular seasons, namely produce season when the truck rates are noticeably higher and the loads aren’t particularly taxing. (In the industry, linehaul simply refers to the transport of cargo from one point to another. Southeast references the southeastern region of the United States, hence southeast linehauls.) (more…)

3 Technologies That Drive Direct Store Delivery Services

Posted by on Thursday, December 22, 2016 in Logistics

 

Retailers of all sizes work hard to meet the needs and demands of their customers. In the past, that meant using data from previous periods, as well as predictive techniques to determine the amount of product to order and when. These days, however, technology is being incorporated in nearly every sector, and it drives one of the most important factors in shelve stocking, direct store delivery. Three important technologies form the foundation of this form of inventory control; predictive analytics, connected store shelves and load tracking and monitoring. (more…)

What to Do When You Exceed Load Capacity

Posted by on Thursday, December 15, 2016 in News

Power-only solutions provide industrial equipment companies with secure shipping transport. When goods or equipment are too heavy to move, Power only trucking companies transport shipments that exceed load capacity. (more…)

Why Use a Dedicated Power Only Solution?

Posted by on Friday, December 2, 2016 in Dedicated Fleets

regional day cab dry van ccc transportationFor the busy company, dedicated power-only solutions provide safe and effective shipping alternatives.

When your merchandising or production output exceed the number of tractors you have available to move the goods around the country, dedicated power-only solutions solve the dilemma. (more…)

Our Fleet – Your Seasonal Needs

Posted by on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 in Dedicated Fleets

quality dry bulk truck driverMoving into the holiday season can be a joyous yet stressful occasion. With Christmas approaching, logistics can be a total nightmare. Companies are counting on timely delivery as roads become congested with travelers and slick with ice. (more…)

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