We are right at the door of the Holiday Season, so as we give thanks with family and friends, let the Season of Giving spark a warm, fuzzy feeling. FreightPros has partnered with Austin Angels to make a foster family’s holidays memorable. Austin Angels’ mission is to walk alongside foster children and their caretakers by offering consistent support through intentional giving, relationship building and mentor-ship. The Love Box program is an opportunity to take further action by connecting with other dedicated volunteers and creating a pathway of hope for children in the foster care system. This mimics some of our Core Values at FreightPros, SuPReBaD; Support, Produce, Respect, Balance, Develop. Family is a big part of FreightPros, so we are going to be including the foster family of “K, J and J”. This Holiday Season, please consider partnering with FreightPros to give this family a holiday season that dreams are made of. Here you will find a link to the Amazon wishlist for the family filled with products that fit the age and needs of the foster child and family. By all means, this is not a be-all-end-all list, use it as a guide to find something similar. On the third week of December, we will be hand delivering the items to the happy family. From the FreightPros Family to yours, have a Happy Holiday Season!!!
Check out our video on Avoiding Holiday Shipping Delays! The days are shorter. The temperature has dropped. Black Friday commercials are inescapable. It’s that time of year again: Holiday Season. And like the airports and highways, the LTL and truckload freight industry will be backed up after Thanksgiving Thursday and during the week that follows. The freight carriers will be off on Thursday, and most of them will be working skeleton crews on Friday as well. Full truckload owners and operators will be heading back home to spend the holiday with their friends and family, so the market will tighten up as we get closer and closer to turkey day. So what can you do to minimize your freight delays during this time? Ship early. In fact, stop what you’re doing and ship right now. The earlier you can get your freight packaged and out the door, the better chance you have of avoiding delays. And though it may be a madhouse in your distribution center or warehouse, getting freight out fast is not an excuse for skimping on the details. Make sure your bills of lading are set with all the necessary information including delivery appointment numbers, liftgate notifications, and NMFC codes. Make sure your packaging is on point. Taking care of the details BEFORE you ship will help eliminate stoppages during transit. All this being said, it’s important to set expectations. A glut of freight for the carriers, skeleton crews and employees on vacation, bad weather; all of these can factor into holiday freight delays, both with truckload and LTL. Ship safe. Ship early. And remember to be patient as the holidays commence. CC Image courtesy Steve Voght via Flickr
Welcome to the holidays. Hopefully you’ve finished your shopping and can relax in the abnormally high temperatures, instead of dodging the awful parking lot of your local shopping mall. But if you are one of the unlucky few who still needs check off a few items on that holiday wishlist, here are some stocking stuffer ideas for the freight broker in your life. Stress Balls: Because the freight industry is crazy. And because it’s better than yelling at your co-workers. Ping Pong Paddles: Because it’s never too early to start practicing for next year’s FreightPros Ping Pong tournament. And because this paddle is $260.00 and that is AMAZING!!! Freight Coffee Mugs: Because everyone needs coffee in the morning, and most people like kisses. Wireless Headphones: Because finding the best office music is a fickle thing, and you can’t please everyone. The DeskCycle: Because we spend too much time staring at our computer screens. Transportation Management System: Because you’ll soon start shipping again, and because a TMS makes shipping easier. NOT SOLD IN STORES. CC Image Courtesy Andrew Malone via Flickr
Check out our video on Avoiding Holiday Shipping Delays! The holidays are coming, and with them comes the headaches and smiles, bottles of wine, and drunk uncles that accompany our yearly traditions. The holidays are a time for giving and getting presents, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, and wishlists. We in the freight industry are no different! We’re humans too, just like you! And so we’ve prepared a list of hopes that every freight broker in your life will wish for this holiday season. 1. Please, oh, please…the earlier you ship, the better. It’s so important to ship early to avoid holiday rushes. Carriers, dispatchers, drivers, claim specialists, and everyone else that works in the freight industry will be taking breaks to be with family and friends. The industry is going to slow down. Transit times are going to get longer, so save yourself the headache and ship early. 2. Don’t freak out over delays. There are basic facts of life: death, taxes, road construction, and holiday freight delays. If you’re hit with some delays, try to keep a calm head. Know that the broker and carrier is doing everything they can to get your freight delivered in one piece. If you’re using a good broker, they’ll flag your shipments as HOT, help out with freight tracking, and ease your shipping mind in times of trouble. 3. You should probably consider freight insurance for expensive items. Not only does having freight insurance help with damage and lost freight, but it assists greatly in the claims process as well. Payouts are for the most part quick and easy, making it simple to get your replacement product out of your warehouse and on the road. And with all the hustle and bustle of the freight shipping holiday season, more items are bound to be lost or damaged. 4. Surround yourself with friends and family – not freight. Your shipments and your broker will be there waiting for you after the holidays. Shipping is stressful, so take a breather, and decorate that tree like a boss.
Watch our video on Avoiding Holiday Shipping Delays! The fourth of July has come and gone, and hopefully you avoided any firework incidents. Yesterday, the Women’s World Cup captured the country’s attention, as well as some pretty great hardware. Today it’s back to work, back on the grind; same old tune. Even the best of us can take an hour or two to get back in the swing of things after a long holiday weekend, and freight is the same way. That’s why you’re likely to see some holiday shipping delays with your LTL. Holiday delays are to be expected any time the mad rush of the populace decides to rev the engines, hop on the interstates, and get out of town. Airports during Christmas. Memorial day traffic. The list goes on… This year was especially ill-timed when it comes to holiday shipping delays. Because the 4th of July fell on a Saturday, many freight companies took Friday, July 3rd off. This planned shutdown put a stress on the capacity of the few carriers that were working on Friday, in both LTL and full truckload shipping. The stress in capacity results in missed pickups, or pickups pushed back to Monday. Think of freight shipping as a traffic jam. Every time you tap the brakes, things slow down a bit behind you. A freight shipment not picked up on Friday becomes a shipment picked up on Monday, but that pushes a Monday pickup back to Tuesday, and so on and so forth, all down the line. Call it the domino effect. The good news is that brokers and carriers alike see this coming, and plan for holiday shipping delays accordingly. That sometimes means shipping freight on Wednesdays instead of the end of the week. Or perhaps, pushing that same freight shipment until mid-next week, assuming of course that it’s not time-sensitive. Expedited shipping is not really any option here. It should take no more than a few days for things to straighten themselves out in terms of shipping, so be patient if your freight is delayed a day or two. By Wednesday or Thursday of this week, most delays should have worked themselves out. Get with your broker if you have questions about transit times, estimated vs guaranteed, and all sorts of other options for time-sensitive freight. As always, planning results in freight that avoids holiday shipping delays, and gets freight where it needs to be on time. cc image courtesy Jordiet via Flickr