Prevent Lift Truck Product Damage Through Smart Warehouse Design

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Lift trucks are a highly useful tool, improving efficiency of warehouse operations everywhere. Modern Materials Handling reports that 941,808 lift trucks were sold in 2011 worldwide.

However, despite their utility, lift trucks are a leading cause of freight damage. According to TT Club, handling equipment collisions are the second most common cause of freight damage, making up 13.6% of all claims. According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology, fork lift accidents cost $135 million per year.

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Current Affairs in Russia and How it Could Affect Supply Chain

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Since Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet that strayed into its airspace one month ago, the world has been watching the tense relationship between Turkey and Russia. Shippers and carriers especially should pay attention, as the conflict has and will continue to have implications for the global supply chain.

A Significant Region

As unhappy as Russia is with Turkey, they are heavily reliant on Turkey for its only warm water route out of the Black Sea and to the rest of the world.

Historically, Russia has always struggled with its lack of warm water port access. With North America surrounded by water on all sides, it’s hard for Americans and Canadians to understand Russia’s frustration with its lack of port access, especially seeing that the country is largely surrounded by water. However, Russia’s Northern coastline is frozen over for 6 to 9 months of the year, severely limiting use for trade or military transit. As such, the Bosporus  and Dardanelles (Turkey’s two straits out of the Black Sea) are essential to Russia’s supply chain, both for commercial and military purposes.

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Freight Damage Prevention – From the Pallet to the Trailer

In today’s post, we’re going to review important steps for damage prevention. We’ve written a number of articles on this topic, so we’ve gathered them up and put them in one post, along with previews on what you can expect to learn from each one.

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Choose the Right Pallet

Start by choosing the right pallet. Wood isn’t the only option – plastic and corrugate pallets are also available. Learn the pros and cons of each pallet type in terms of cost, weight, durability, reusability, and international compliance. (Read more)

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Stop Paying Freight Claims. Learn to Prevent Them Instead.

Save Money through Data Analysis

There are dozens of different analyses you should be reviewing in order to prevent freight claims – so many that it can be hard to know where to start. This article will walk you through how to get started. We’ll start by reviewing the reasons recorded for each claim. Based on what you find there, we’ll suggest additional analyses to review.

This post will give you a high level guide. If you want detailed step by step instructions for this analysis, download our Claim Analysis Guide.

Select Your Data

First we need to select the data from your spreadsheet or database. For those of you who manage your claims in a spreadsheet, start by saving a copy of the file so you have a backup in case you delete anything during analysis.

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Want to be a Preferred Shipper? Keep Drivers Happy

In our last post, we covered ways to reduce wait time to help keep drivers productive. But, despite your best intentions, you will sometimes run into delays. Think about ways to keep drivers happy (and distracted) during wait times. Driver retention is often a challenge for carriers, and their experience in the yard directly influences this. According to Transport Topics, 80% of drivers surveyed cited their experience at a shipper’s facility as the deciding factor in whether or not to stay with a carrier. Become known for keeping drivers happy, and you’ll increase your leverage with carriers. Here are some creative ways to ensure drivers love stopping at your warehouse, even when they need to wait.

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Put Yourself in the Driver’s Shoes to Become a Preferred Shipper

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The shipper-carrier power dynamic is a cyclical one. As shippers, we enjoy times when there are a large number of carriers, each vying for our business. While it’s tempting to use this as leverage to get as much as possible out of the carrier, the tables eventually turn. When there’s a shortage of carriers, the carriers enjoy a large number of shippers to pick and choose from.

Whether you want to prepare for a driver shortage or you want to negotiate better rates, it’s to your advantage to be a favorite among drivers and carriers. It all comes down to helping the driver increase efficiency.

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Last Minute Tips To Avoid Cargo Theft on Labor Day Weekend

Long weekends are traditionally peak times for cargo theft, and Labor Day weekend is no different. According to FreightWatch International, cargo thefts on the Labor Day weekends between 2010 and 2014 had an average value of $232,955. Research shows that cargo theft is one of the top 5 causes of freight claims.

The best security measures are well thought out and planned in advance. Even so, here are some last minute security tips that you can implement right now, and avoid becoming a victim of cargo theft this weekend.

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The Top 5 Causes of Freight Claims

The logistics insurance provider, TT Club, performed a claims analysis and found that the vast majority of freight claims fall into 5 categories. We’ve created this infographic to summarize their key findings.

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Nepal Earthquake Logistics Make Relief Efforts More Difficult

The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday has done massive damage to an already poor country. While aid workers are rushing in, relief efforts are largely complicated by a number of logistics issues.

Nepal Earthquake Logistics Challenge #1: Road Access

Nepal has a meager road network, with the whole country connected by only two main roads. This means that if they have been damaged or blocked, which is likely, travel will be severely limited.

Aid workers have also run into many roads blocked by landslides. According to Uddhav Timilsina, chief bureaucrat in the Gorkha district, aid workers were running into 8 – 10 landslides between villages, preventing them from even reaching survivors.

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Prevent Cargo Theft Due to Fraud

Cargo theft is a growing problem in the supply chain industry. While cargo theft may occur at a stop en route where the load is temporarily unattended, load thieves are increasingly sophisticated. In this article, we’ll discuss how thieves can use fraud to steal freight. We’ll also discuss how to prevent cargo theft and what to do if you become a victim.

Basic Cargo Theft Strategy

First, a new carrier will contact a broker to take on a load. The carrier then fills out the paperwork to be listed with the broker and sends a driver to pick up the load. The driver then leaves with the load and subsequently disappears.

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