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LTL vs. FTL Shipping: A Comprehensive Guide to Choosing the Right Trucking Option for Your Business

When it comes to over-the-road transportation, you’ll have two main choices: less-than-truckload (LTL) and full truckload (FTL) shipping. Each of these options offers different timelines, different costs, and different advantages. We’ll walk you through all of them so you can understand the distinctions—and pick the one that moves goods on your preferred timing, at your preferred budget. In This Article Definitions & Basic Differences: FTL vs. LTL Cost Considerations: FTL Pricing vs. LTL Pricing FTL & LTL Transit Time & Efficiency: A Comparison Safety & Handling of Goods: Who’s the Winner? LTL or FTL? Environmental Impact: Which Has the Lighter Carbon Footprint, LTL or FTL?...

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Lower Emissions & Improved Safety: 5 Emerging Innovations in Rail Freight

As the transportation industry continues to focus on sustainability, rail freight continues to stand out. The consulting firm IDC calls rail “the most energy efficient and least carbon intensive freight transportation mode.” Case in point: Rail makes up about 9% of freight activity, but it only accounts for 3% of energy use in the transportation sector. But the rail industry isn’t resting on its laurels. Instead, the industry continues to embrace technological innovations designed to reduce its carbon footprint even further, improve safety, increase efficiency, prevent breakdowns, and keep cargo moving. In this article, we’ll investigate some of the latest innovations in rail freight, including...

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Transloading vs. Intermodal Freight Shipping: Make the Right Choice for Your Business

Understanding the difference between transloading and intermodal freight shipping can help you keep your cargo moving efficiently—and save you money. Not sure what these logistics terms mean? We’ll walk you through the definitions of both, and explain which method to choose when—and why. We’ll also throw in a quick discussion of another similar term, transshipping, so you can understand all of these logistics strategies and pick the right one for your freight. What Does Transloading Mean in Shipping? Transloading refers to moving cargo from one mode of transportation to another. More specifically, when cargo is transloaded, it’s unloaded from one transportation method (such as an...

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Moving Cargo from Asia to Hawaii? Choose the Right Option for Your Budget

Choosing a freight mode always involves a consideration between speed and cost. When you’re moving cargo from Asia to Hawaii, air freight offers a fast, but pricey solution. Ocean freight offers a more cost-effective avenue—but a much slower one. In this article, we’ll walk through the two options for moving cargo from Asia to Hawaii. Understanding both can help you strike the right balance between cost and speed—and establish a freight mix that keeps your business moving forward while protecting your bottom line. Option #1: Air Freight from Asia to Hawaii Transit Time: 1-2 days Cost: $$$ There’s no question: Air freight is the fastest...

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Hawaii Air Freight: Your Guide to Fast & Easy Cargo Shipments

Hawaii imports about 85% of the goods used in the state. Residents and businesses alike rely on air freight to deliver high-value goods, time-sensitive items, perishables like fresh seafood products, and more to the Aloha State. In this article, we’ll show you everything you need to know to make your next Hawaii air cargo shipment simple. We’ll walk you through some facts and figures to give you a lay of the land. We’ll show you the advantages air freight offers Hawaii shippers. And, finally, we’ll show you what you need to know to move your air cargo to or from Hawaii with ease. In This...

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Maximize Your Holiday Season with These 5 Logistics Insights for Retailers

The holiday season can be a make-or-break one for many retail businesses. Statistics from the National Retail Federation (NRF) reveal that retailers earn, on average 19% of their total sales during the last two months of the year. (Or more, depending on the business!) As you prepare for the holiday season, we’ve got five insights for you. These tips will help you optimize your logistics, protect your margins, and keep your holiday stress to a minimum—at least where your business is concerned!   #1: The “Holiday Season” Starts Earlier Every Year Remember the days when the holiday shopping season (semi-)officially kicked off with Black Friday,...

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