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NMFC Rules and Requirements

January 15, 2016 by Recon Logistics

NMFC Rules and Requirements The National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC) is the freight "Bible" for motor carriers and contains rules, packaging requirements, approved freight descriptions, and freight class definitions for all commodities. Freight class of any commodity is determined based on the following: Density Load Ability and Handling Characteristics Value Susceptibility to Damage All carriers strictly require an accurate NMFC description, NMFC Item Number, and

Posted in Freight Management, Lowering Freight Costs, LTL Carrier Inspection, LTL Rating, Re Classification

How to Properly Receive Damaged or Short Shipments

December 11, 2015 by Recon Logistics

Carriers today are very firm regarding adhering to the following requirements before they will consider a claim for approval. Upon arrival of the delivery driver, you must carefully inspect your freight for any sign of potential or obvious damage or shortage. The success of having your claim approved lies in your hands. • Damage: Prior to signing and dating the delivery receipt, clearly note in the presence of the driver that the shipment is damaged -  DO NOT NOTE "SUBJECT TO INSPECTION." Take clear pictures of the damaged item(s), as carriers will require them to be filed with the claim, and be sure to keep the packing material for inspection by the carrier. The more you document, the quicker and more successful your claims resolution will be. • Shortage:

Posted in Freight Management, Industry Tips, LTL Carrier Inspection

Logistics Costs Rise 2.3 Percent in 2013

June 17, 2014 by Recon Logistics

"The highly anticipated 2013 "State of Logistics" report describes last year's logistics environment as uneven. After a slow start to 2013, mid-year shipments were strong before a very deep dive at the end of the year with not much movement in freight rates across the modes." "Trucking capacity is becoming a "more severe" issue for shippers. The truck driver shortage is the "No. 1 concern for trucking executives," who are coping with higher costs for drivers as well as compliance with tougher government regulations regarding hours of service and other driver standards. All this capacity reduction in trucking likely means higher rates for shippers. Wilson said carriers should be able to "significantly" raise truck rates this year, "probably in the 5 to 8 percent range." For the full article click here.

Posted in Logistics, Freight Management, Industry Trends, Industry Updates, Transportation Management

Reweighs and Re-classifications out of Control?

June 09, 2014 by Recon Logistics

Have you noticed an explosion of reweighs and re-classifications with your freight? More and more shippers are voicing concern and it's become epidemic.  More than half of the reweighs we investigate turn out to be carrier errors, and shippers have had enough of this mess. A lot of shippers have an exact process and because of this, they refuse to accept any reweighs. They weigh each skid on a certified, calibrated scale, print the scale ticket and attach it to the corresponding pallet being shipped. They are doing their part to be as accurate as possible. When reweighs happen in these situations, the onus should be put back on the carrier. The shipper should not have to waste their time proving the weight of their shipment. Carriers have been wrong on far too many reweighs recently. Yes, there are shippers out there who have no idea

Posted in General, Reweigh, Industry Trends, Industry Tips, Freight Management, LTL Carrier Inspection, Lowering Freight Costs

The Benefits of Getting a Proper Freight Analysis

December 12, 2013 by Recon Logistics

How often should you have your freight analyzed? Has it ever been analyzed by someone that was looking for every possible opportunity to save you a significant amount of money? If you are like most manufacturing companies, there is a good chance you could save 20-30% on your freight spend. A comprehensive freight analysis should be performed on at least one to two months of carrier invoices (depending on volumes and seasonality) and can generally be completed within a couple days. So how does it work? The data from each freight bill is collected and examined to get a complete and detailed picture of overall cost. In order to uncover savings, everything is analyzed: shipping class, NMFC #s, product descriptions, dimensions, cost/lb, inspection fees, accessorial

Posted in Freight Management, Lowering Freight Costs, Cost Saving Tips, Industry Tips

New Hazmat Regulations - What Shippers Need to Know

February 04, 2013 by Recon Logistics

The Hazardous Materials Transportation Act gives the Secretary of the Department of Transportation the authority to regulate hazardous materials.  The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) set regulations in place in 2007, however, as of January 1, 2013 these regulations are required.  Failure to comply with them may cause a shipper to be cited, carriers to refuse a shipment, and/or put others at risk if there is an incident such as a spill. What does this mean for you?  The good news is not much.  The rules are generally the same, however, there’s a change in the order in which information must be presented to carriers.  You don’t need a special form so most any paperwork will suffice as long as the information is accurate.  For those of you who use Recon Logistics’ Transportation Management

Posted in Industry Tips

8 Ways to Save Money Through Effective Freight Management

July 12, 2011 by Recon Logistics

There are some very obvious ways to effectively manage freight costs and expenses. The most common is negotiating lower shipping rates with carriers. However, just because your current LTL carrier is showing you a deeply discounted rate off their published prices, doesn’t mean you are paying the lowest price for your shipping. Larry (not really his name) felt he was getting the best prices he could get on his freight management costs. Tough, focused and smart, Larry was proud of the fact that, according to his primary carrier, he was getting an 81% discount. “How,” he asked, “are you going to save me money on my shipping costs?” “Good question,” we responded. “Do you mind if we take a closer look? Maybe there is something

Posted in Freight Management, Cost Saving Tips, Recon Logistics
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