Posted by Jake Field
on Dec 8, 2016 in Transportation and Logistics
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If you have the need for frequent or occasional over dimensional freight transportation, you have many things to consider. You might need to ship construction equipment, huge drain pipes or even manufactured housing and finding the right shippers and getting the best rates is extremely important. Hopefully, these tips can help. Is Your Load Oversized? In some cases, your load could be on the borderline of being too large or too heavy. This is why you need to be aware of current regulations regarding oversized shipping. Weight is determined by the axle and not the entire load. So, you may be able to get by with standard shipping on a heavy load if it is properly distributed. In fact, you may not even need to buy a special over dimensional freight transportation permit for the job. Do You Need Pilot Vehicles? Pilot vehicles are used to escort large loads and increase the safety factor. For example, as a general rule, loads greater than eight and one half feet in width require a pilot vehicle. In fact, very large loads may need vehicles in front and rear. Know the Time Factor Did you know in many states, over dimensional freight transportation with pilot vehicles cannot be undertaken at night? In addition, you may not be able to travel on specific holidays according to state laws. Plus, you might need a permit for each state you pass through. Flags and Lights Most oversized loads require special markings at all times. This includes the use of lighting and flags. In fact, there are so many things to consider with this kind of shipping you might want to talk to shipping specialists like 3PL providers. They have years of experience and can find you the best shippers and rates for your business. This removes a great deal of stress and responsibility from your...
Posted by Jake Field
on Oct 24, 2016 in Transportation and Logistics
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If you are planning a move out of state and currently live in more than a two-bedroom home or apartment, it is well worth your time to take a very serious look at hiring professional long distance movers. Many people assume that moving services are too expensive and charge unreasonable amounts for the services they provide. However, once you start to consider the costs of a do-it-yourself move you will find that the professionals are not that much more. Most movers are actually less costly than renting a truck; you will just need to do the math to make a quick comparison. Aside from the price, there are ways moving services help to lighten the stress, work and even anxiety around the moving date. Having professional you trust to handle all aspects of your move will allow you to focus in on your needs during the relocation and leave the work to them. Packing Stress Packing a house takes weeks for most people. In addition, you will still be working or taking care of the family, so it will be squeezed in between all your other obligations. This means a lot of nights with very little sleep and a lot of physical work. The top moving services will bring in an experienced, trained crew of packers and have everything done in just a couple of days, even for large home. This saves you time and all the issues of walking around boxes for weeks. Protection For Furniture and Items When you use professional movers, everything will be padded, wrapped and carefully moved and packed in the truck. Every effort will be made to protect furniture and household items from any type of damage. For large furniture items, the movers may take it apart and move it in sections, carefully protecting each piece for a safe arrival in your new...
Posted by Jake Field
on Aug 4, 2016 in Transportation and Logistics
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With the expanding economy, it seems that domestic trucking services have become a dime a dozen. Just take one look at an online directory and you’ll find that you have more than enough selection of services. However, when you’re in a rush, you surely want the fastest trucking services that also deliver quality. Here are ten ways you can find the fastest such services in your area. Multiple Types of Vehicles First of all, you want to get domestic trucking services that offers you a full range of vehicles to carry your goods or equipment. This is because there is no single vehicle that can carry everything, especially when you need to ship specialty equipment with unique configurations. Trucking companies that don’t offer this range of vehicles may experience delays or, worse, accidentally damage your equipment due to improper storage. 24/7 Availability Sometimes, you just need domestic trucking services at the most inconvenient hours. Because of this, you want to build a relationship with one such service that is open for requests 24/7. When you’re trying to meet a deadline, there might not be much point in waiting until office hours to get things moving. This can result in further delays in operation and much anxiety. If someone must serve you by providing trucking, make sure they’re available at any time. Reasonable Pricing Finally, look for domestic trucking services that offer reasonable pricing straight off the bat. Also make sure to be thorough when asking them questions about how they bill, ensuring that there are no hidden costs that can ramp up your expenses. It can be a hassle to have to haggle for a reasonable price, especially in cases when you don’t need the full range of service within that price range. A service with the best price for quality is just a gem that you want to...
Posted by Jake Field
on Mar 18, 2016 in Transportation and Logistics
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People who hold a commercial driving license (CDL) are currently in high demand because most freight, produce, inventory, and materials are transported from place to place by trucks. Learning the skills needed, and passing a CDL test can translate to high earning potential, the chance to travel, and flexibility regarding job opportunities and schedules. There are jobs for local drivers, regional drivers, and cross country drivers. Courses, tuition, financing options, and services differ from school to school, so there are many things potential students should know about CDL Schools. The first thing to know is that not all schools are the same. Some offer limited courses, many require a full time commitment, classroom time and driving time differ, some have residential facilities, and others do not. Tuition varies, as does what is included in the price of the course. Some CDL Schools have lower tuition for courses, for example, but do not include books, the cost of a permit, or other costs. It is important to know exactly what is included in the cost of a course. Requirements for a permit are a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical examination, a driving record from the students’ State of residence, and a DOT drug screening test. There are also fees for getting the permit. If the cost of tuition does not include any of those costs, the student will have to pay for them out of pocket. That lower tuition in that case, may no longer be a bargain. Some schools do not offer job placement services. They are not essential, but can expedite getting a job once the course is completed and a license is obtained. Find out what courses are offered before deciding on a particular school. If the goal is to drive a single commercial vehicle, like a delivery van or straight commercial truck, a Class B CDL...
Posted by Jake Field
on Feb 17, 2016 in Transportation and Logistics
| Comments Off on From Trash to Cash: Tips for Selling your Junk Car
If you’re pressed for cash, getting rid of your old, junk car can put quite a pretty penny into your pocket. By selling your car to a “cash for cars” business, or by selling it to a repair shop or scrap yard for parts, you might discover that the value of your “junk” is higher than you thought. Assess the Damage Before selling your car, you should educate yourself about the vehicle and determine its Blue Book value. This will help you to shop around for the best price to sell for. Additionally, you’ll want to make sure that you’re fully aware of all of the car’s damages and anything else that may be wrong with it. You’ll be asked a lot of questions about the state of your car, and that state is exactly what’s going to affect how much cash you get in return. Establish Ownership Many scrap yards or junk car purchasers won’t be able to buy the vehicle from you if ownership is not established in your name. Make sure that you have possession of the vehicle’s title. It’s possible that some buyers won’t require a title, but it does help to be prepared. Get Quotes Make sure you contact multiple junkyards and scrap yards to get quotes and prices for your vehicle. You may be surprised at how much the prices offered can vary. Having a selection to choose from will certainly land you the best price possible. This is where your list of damages and information about your vehicle will come in handy. You can easily read off this information and quickly get the most accurate quote possible. Be Honest! Don’t lie about the state or your vehicle or alter it in any way such as rolling back the mileage to make it seem more appealing or worth more money. Being dishonest about...
Posted by timothyharvard
on Feb 11, 2016 in Transportation and Logistics
| Comments Off on Freight Broker Companies: What Do They Do?
Freight broker companies partner with trucking companies for their services – but do not own or maintain a fleet of trucks or trailers. They bring together a shipper that needs to move goods with an authorized motor carrier. They essentially act as an intermediary – leveraging their knowledge, investment in technology and people resources to help both the shipper and carrier. The People With such a diverse industry, a wide-range of players are required to thrive. First there is the freight broker, the middleman who connects shippers and carriers. A shipper is a person or business that has goods that need to be transported. A carrier is a company that provides truck transportation. There are private carriers, who provide truck transportation for its cargo or for-hire carriers who are paid to provide truck transportation to cargo that belongs to others. The Experience Many brokers start out as agents; with just a computer, telephone and fax machine. They then can become a broker, whose duties mean they are responsible for issues like paying carriers and maintaining insurance and bonds. Most freight broker companies start off in a local market and then as they network and create contacts grow to be state-wide or multi-state. The Knowledge The broker’s job is to identify which of the thousands of carriers operating are best to handle the shipper’s load. A big part of their job is ensuring reliability. They advertise their services in trade magazines and directories, but a large part of their work comes from word-of-mouth. They take their jobs very seriously and sometimes even scout for drivers at truck stops, inspecting their trucks to make sure they are clean and well-maintained. They speak to drivers and ask about their company, hoping to make a connection. The Operation Freight broker companies rely on shippers to call them with a load. They then complete...