A major cause of product damage is loads tipping over during transportation. Once a truck pulls out of your loading dock, what happens to your products is out of your control. Here are two things you can do to keep loads from tipping over.
This is a guest post from Ed Marsh of Consilium Global Business Advisors.
Trucks move America
Trucks carry most of the tonnage and value of freight in the United States....In 2011 nearly 14,530 miles of the NHS carry more than 8,500 trucks per day on sections where at least every fourth vehicle was a truck. With each truck carrying an average of 16 tons of cargo, 8,500 trucks per day haul approximately 50 million tons per year. US Bureau of Transportation Statistics
Trucks are fundamental to American commerce and consumerism. Even the vast quantities of product moved by barge and rail are ultimately delivered to the point of sale or use by trucks.
This is a guest post by Adam Cahill from Supply Pointe.
Do you ever find yourself needing to ship an item that simply won’t fit inside a box trailer? Well, sometimes, you just need to think outside the truck. If what you need to ship won’t fit, or you’re facing pick-up and drop-off difficulties, a flatbed trailer might be your solution. Flatbed trailers are ideal for oversized or otherwise unwieldy cargo, and they can be an efficient and affordable way to move a load. However, because the cargo won’t be enclosed, special consideration must be taken to ensure it’s appropriately covered and secured.
When you ship loads internationally – whether by truck, rail, ship, or air – the extremely long distances and harsh conditions can wreak havoc on your loads. The conditions internationally shipped pallet undergo can lead to film punctures, tears, breaks, and, ultimately, damage to your goods. And having an internationally shipped load refused because of damage, even simply losing part of the load to damage, can mean a big hit.
Chances are, your less-than-truckload (LTL) freight carriers will weigh the majority of loads you ship.
This is done for a good reason – money.
Last year, the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) issued more than 800,000 commercial truck violations on highways and at weigh stations. Of these violations, about 8,000 of them were given to companies whose tractor-trailers weighed too much.
Cargo theft in the United States is big business. It accounts for $30 billion losses annually, according to Inbound Logistics.
Less-than-truckload (LTL) and full truckload shipments are favorite targets of criminals who specialize in pilferage. They steal small quantities of products and hope that time and distance will delay discovery and impede investigation.
When pilfered shipments arrive, both customer relationships and the supply chain suffer. The customer may have to reorder the entire shipment or file insurance claims or incur other costs in addition to absorbing the economic loss from the of the stolen products.
But with simple changes to stretch wrapping – a process you’re probably already using – you can improve your ability to identify when and where pilferage is happening and create a plan to stop it.
The cost of labor continues to rise. This year, U.S. labor costs had its largest increase in more than five years.
John Clark, technical director with The Nelson Company, sounded the alarm that freight costs will likely increase through the end of 2014, thanks in part to rising fuel costs, but also because of a shortage of 110,000 drivers per year, starting in 2014.