Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Are your shipments ready for winter?

Do you move liquid based products? If so, now is the time to start planning for the season ahead. KelTrans has selected a specialized carrier base who are ready and equipped to handle these shipments for you. Starting the beginning of November, KelTrans' carriers are offering protect from freezing services. These are services available until April. 

Providing predictable protection from freezing temperatures in the Northeast means providing a complete protection package for products that travel under potentially extreme conditions.  Our carries offering range from thermal blankets, heated line haul trailers, heated terminals, special dock training, and temperature-sensitive load planning to to ensure your shipment is protected throughout it's journey.  All of this ensures that you can ship and/or receive water-based products regardless of the temperature. 

If you haven't already made plans for the upcoming winter, call your KelTrans freight representative who can provide more details about this freeze protection service.


Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Freight Rates on the Rise - Knowing your options

With capacity continuing to tighten, increasing fuel prices and freight demand growing we are continuing to see truckload, intermodal and container prices on the rise. The good news is that there are options to help manage and potentially even reduce your freight costs even with this grim outlook. Below, I've outlined just a few different freight options that may potential reduce freight spending.

Lead Time - Freight rates vary daily/weekly/hourly. Giving your 3PL flexibility on the pickup date and plenty of lead-time before the shipment must pickup will allow for the best chance for the lowest rates. Carrier rates vary based on headhaul and backhaul lanes. For example: a shipment loading out on a Monday morning is more likely to be a head-haul lane for most carriers who are just starting their week on the road. If you can catch a carrier who is trying to head back home for the weekend later on in the week, you are more than likely to land a better rate.

Consolidate - Don't want to risk damage with an LTL carrier or have non-palletized product? With the right variables, your 3PL will most likely be able to utilize a consolidation carrier for your less than truckload shipment. Good news is you pay for a specified number of feet, the product is loaded and not touched or moved until reaching your destination and you receive a discounted rate off of the full truckload price.

Transit Time - Have a shipment that has to pickup today but you have flexibility on the delivery date? Intermodal rail can really offer significant cost savings for heavy and long-haul shipments. Transit times can vary, but you can expect a cross country run from LAX to NY to run about 7-8 days with savings averaging about 20-30% over traditional truckload services.

Explore other freight modes - Do the words 'Air Freight' make you cringe? Remarkably, Air Freight costs sometimes come in less than LTL or Hot Shot rates for expedited shipments especially those of low dimensional and actual weights. Before automatically dismissing the possibility of Air Freight or other freight modes that might usually be considered too costly ask your 3PL for your freight options and compare freight quotes. You might be surprised with the outcome.

For more information or to request a custom freight quote, please feel free to give me a call personally at 877.298.7359.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Need LTL options?

The number one complaint we hear the most about most LTL shipments is Damages. Don't get me wrong, LTL shipments using a common carrier is great for saving costs and increasing efficiencies, but if you are shipping product of value or that may be time-sensitive then most LTL options may bring more headache than savings. Most customers loose their freight savings in damages, stock-out costs, client/customer service failures and late deliveries.

One option many companies overlook is what we call a specialized line haul service. These services are very similar to your typical common carrier LTL service except one big difference: your freight is handled and moved less. Another great feature of this service is that many destination points under 500 miles can deliver the next day without the overnight costs. Although pricing for this service is slightly higher than the common carriers, customers find that they make up the savings in the flexibility, service guarantee and customer satisfaction. To learn more about our line haul service, please give us a call for a freight quote today!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

What is Intermodal Rail?

When my husband first heard the word 'intermodal' he thought I was making up words again (which I do admit to having a small habit of doing). When discussing the subject again the other day, it gave me a thought, if my husband who is married to a freight professional and also makes important freight decisions at work doesn't understand intermodal then there are probably many others in his same shoes.

So let's start with the basics:

Intermodal Rail is a mode of transportation that combines the use of rail and truck. A draymen (local trucking company) is dispatched to pickup the freight from the shipper to move it to the nearest rail head. It is then loaded onto a rail car and shipped to the closest rail head at the destination. Upon arrival a different draymen is dispatched to pickup and deliver the load to the final destination.

So we have good news and some bad news with this particular mode of transportation, but depending on your specific needs the benefits of this service may possibly outweigh the downfalls.

Let's start with the bad news. Intermodal requires longer lead times. Also depending on your location intermodal may not be a feasible option if a railhead is not located close by.

Now ready for the good news? Intermodal can offer a nice cost benefit, especially with heavy weight and dense goods. It is also a great 'green' option. A rail train emits 6.8lbs of carbon emissions for every 100 ton miles compared to an over-the-road truck that can emit up to 19.8lbs. A rail train can also move 1 TON of freight approximately 830 miles on 1 gallon of diesel fuel!

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about our intermodal services, give us a call at 877.298.7359 where freight quotes are as easy as a phone call.