Check out our Freight Pallet Packaging Guide!

Less than truck load (LTL) shipping can be an extremely efficient way to move shipments when you don’t need to fill an entire trailer. However, if the LTL shipping process is not implemented well, it can have some potential disadvantages, costing the company more time and money than necessary.

Packing pallets correctly for shipment is a serious safety issue as well and could be full of risk if the business isn’t careful. If your pallet isn’t stacked properly, you risk damaging the product, injuries from toppling pallets or workers tripping over the overhang, and time lost trying to fix the improperly packed pallet.

In this guide, we explain how you can avoid injuries, damage, and claims with a few industry proven tips.

It’s important to consider the following:

    • Pallet, skid, or crate?
    • Proper stacking
    • Shrink wrapping technique
    • Thinking you don’t need help

 

 

PLUS!

We included some ways to avoid common LTL shipping mistakes you could be making that hinder productivity and negatively impact the bottom line…

 

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Reach out to us for a complimentary review of your packaging to see how we can help optimize your freight processes.

Mid-Year Logistics Insights Webinar Recap

We’re happy to be able to offer you the opportunity to re-watch this incredible webinar featuring industry expert, Noël Perry. Watch and learn about some key trends impacting 2019  & 2020.

 

Webinar Highlights:

  • How do truckloads follow the stock market trends?
  • GDP Growth Outlook for 2019 based on trends
  • Is there really a driver shortage or an inability for the industry to rapidly adapt to new changes?
  • What is happening with spot prices? Contract prices? Which is recovering better and which is past their peak?
  • 2020 Vision: How many more years do we have left in this recovery? Why does the data make Noël nervous?
  • Disruptions you may see over the next 10 years:
    • The future of delivery times
    • Automated trucks and warehouses
    • Digital tools and controls

 

We’d like to thank all of the attendees for participating in this webinar, as well as Noël Perry for his incredibly informative presentation. Noël’s research and extensive knowledge on the freight industry have allowed us to gain much insight from the information he has presented.

Through Westgate’s long time involvement with and support of the Transportation Intermediaries Association, we have had the pleasure of becoming familiar with Noël and his predictions.  Every April, we attend the annual TIA conference and in my opinion, Noël’s Economic Outlook presentation is the highlight of the educational sessions. He has unique presentation skills and a passion for the industry that grabs the attention of the audience and keeps them on the edge of their seat.

Recently, we have been fortunate to get even more exposure to Noël and his crystal ball…not only as Chief Economist for the TIA, but through his partnerships with Truckstop.com and his Transport Futures newsletter which we read religiously every week.  Noël’s insights and predictions have been extremely beneficial to Westgate with regard to giving us a pulse on the future of the freight world, technology tools to consider and what to prepare for in coming years.

These are the reasons that Westgate wanted to offer this beneficial webinar to our list of contacts. Immediately following the webinar, we have received so many emails , calls, and comments telling us just how much the attendees enjoyed and appreciated the opportunity to participate in this webinar and be privy the information Noël shared. The information, data, and statistics Noël covered is truly invaluable both to us and all of the people who attended this webinar.

Mid-Year Logistics Insights Webinar with Industry Expert Noël Perry

Learn about key trends impacting 2019 and 2020

Register for Westgate’s June 4th webinar

 

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear from the Chief Economist for Truckstop.com and Principal of Transport Futures on the state of logistics. This will be a powerful webinar for you to quickly get up to speed on trends affecting freight and logistics and gain insight on how the rest of 2019 and 2020 will shape up. Westgate Global Logistics is hosting this webinar at no cost to help participants get the critical industry data, insights, and outlook they need.

Noël Perry, has been provoking the transportation market for more than forty years. He is one of the most insightful and knowledgeable leaders regarding freight and the broader economy. As a respected analyst and futurist, Noël is known for questioning, researching, and always providing statistics and analysis to back up his findings.

 

Please join us on June 4th, 11am ET for a LIVE Webinar hosted by Westgate.

>> REGISTER to save your spot

 

About Westgate: Westgate has 35 years of consistently delivering expertise in handling specialty loads, maintaining a large network of resources, and exceptional personal service. Reach out to us and allow one of our Certified Transportation Brokers to experience our boutique approach to streamlining logistics through an extensive network of resources, trained brokerage experts and unique personal service.

Questions for Noel?

Submit your questions to Westgate and we will pass them on to Noel to address during the session.

Lehigh Valley Business names Forty Under 40 honorees for 2019

Today, 40 young professionals from the Greater Lehigh Valley were named as Lehigh Valley Business Forty Under 40 honorees for 2019.

2019’s honorees were selected based on their contributions to their companies, industries, and communities. These individuals will be recognized at the seventh annual Forty Under 40 awards reception and ceremony in April.

We’re elated that our own president, Mark Fiorini has been chosen to receive this award. Like each of the honorees, Mark was selected for his commitment to business growth, professional excellence and the community.

Congratulations Mark!

And thank you for all that you do for this company and the industry at large!

 

For more information and to obtain tickets for the event, click here.

To see the full list of 2019 Forty Under 40 honorees, click here.

How’s It Hauling In 2019?

Capacity, economic growth, and what the experts say…

2018’s strong growth in the beginning of the year trailed off a bit as the year went on. The fourth quarter experienced a bit more of a boost than the normal holiday demand due to concerns of the upcoming tariffs and shippers trying to get ahead of this additional expense. The Chinese tariff was supposed to go into effect January 1, 2019 but has been delayed for 90 days to allow for more negotiations. Even with this end of the year slight surge, 2018’s freight demand ended lower than at the beginning of the year.

As Noël Perry, principle of Transport Futures and chief economist for Truckstop.com, said in his Transport Navigator analysis, “2018 started at a VERY high level but gradually and steadily declined as the year matured. Declined may be too strong a word because the market is still relatively tight.”

For carriers, 2019 may seem slower when comparing it to the frenzy we experienced in the beginning of 2018. For shippers, they can look for potential easing capacity issues, but there are still more loads than trucks in most lanes according to DAT. We are not out of the capacity woods yet.

American Trucking Associations’ Chief Economist Bob Costello also expects continued, but slower, growth in demand for freight hauling in 2018. He said, “We have hit the peak in the current freight cycle,” Costello said.

“The economy is still growing, just not as fast as it has been in 2018.”

 

Positive Indicators to Watch:

• Unemployment levels remain low and personal income is rising which could lead to increased spending.
• There is wide support for FMCSA’s proposed Hours of Service (HOS) changes which could alleviate some of the drive shortage by attracting more drivers to our industry.

 

Negative Indicators to Watch:

• Many economists warn of continued market and economic volatility in the first half of 2019. This can cause a depressed freight demand.
• Even though we listed the HOS changes as a positive, we expect a continued driver shortage while we wait for improved regulations to reinvigorate the appeal of the profession.

 

Reach out to us to experience our boutique approach to streamlining logistics through an extensive network of resources, trained brokerage experts and unique personal service.

 

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Noël Perry, has been provoking the transportation market for more than forty years. You can subscribe to the Transport Navigator at www.transportfutures.net

 

 

SOURCES

https://transportfutures.net

https://www.dat.com/blog/post/rates-rise-but-gains-may-be-temporary

https://www.ttnews.com/articles/infrastructure-trade-loom-large-trucking-new-year