6 02 2014
A New Report on Sustainability Made Available for Logistics Managers
Here at Action Transport, Inc., we recognize that working in an industry linked with large-scale fossil fuel use puts us at the forefront of today’s challenges. How does economic growth continue with finite resources? How will the transporting of freight look in ten years? Fifteen years? Thirty years? And who’s...read more
5 15 2014
A New Bill Rolls Out Transportation Authorization
Committee members from the US Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) released a bipartisan, 6-year transportation bill on May 14. It’s designed to improve the country’s highway programs at current funding levels plus inflation.
Two years ago, a program was launched to reform how transportation dollars were spent....read more
4 21 2014
A New System For Carrier Reports Takes Affect
Last August, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced that carriers under their jurisdiction would need to register and start filing biennial updates through a new online system, the Unified Registration System (URS). This is your MCS – 150, the motor carrier identification report.
The new system pools many...read more
4 07 2014
It’s a cold hard fact: every now and then freight gets damaged. Transporting goods has inherent risks in it. Accidents, fires, natural disasters, operator error, theft – all are possible scenarios. If you’re a company that ships freight everyday, odds are you’ve encountered at least one of these at least once in your career.
The type of insurance 85 percent of small businesses rely on...read more
3 17 2014
Polar Vortexes, violent storms, droughts. Mother Nature has caused quite the stir this year – and we’re not even through March. What’s been the impact on transportation networks?
With state-of-emergency highway and interstate closures in the Midwest slowing down truckers, and freezing temperatures hampering equipment, then, daylong closures of two major ports in New York and New Jersey...read more
3 06 2014
How Logistic Providers Have Increased LTL Shipping
It wasn’t that long ago when carrier direct seemed to be the only option for LTL shippers. This, of course, advantaged carriers mostly, since they held the high ground in determining rates. There just wasn’t much action on the broker side of things. In 1998, revenue from 3PLs and brokers came to only 2 percent of all revenues from the...read more
2 19 2014
A Nuts and Bolts Breakdown of What Exactly Freight Class Is
Expanding on our introductory overview of Freight Class, we thought it’d help to clear up some of the system’s thornier aspects. Wondering how the right freight class effects shipping price? Wondering how to find your freight class? Wondering just what the heck is freight class anyway? Fear not. The way out of this mystery...read more
1 31 2014
Facing Freight Budget Challenges Set on the Small Business Owner
The shipping world is difficult and confusing. Add to that the other challenges of running a business and it can be enough to make you want to scrap your vision and sell life insurance instead.
But before tormenting family members with your policy pitch, consider what some of the obstacles are to a manageable...read more
1 27 2014
At Action Transport, Inc., we measure our success by customer satisfaction. While it might not bring the hard-data feedback of number crunching and analysis, we feel we’re pretty good at recognizing the signs: repeat customer business, newly referrals, companies growing thanks to savings in their freight budget, and the occasional post-project celebratory meal, complete with hearty pat on the...read more