Typically, as one approaches the end of a year, it’s always interesting to look ahead and ponder what the new year may bring. For 2020, we believe one word will best describe it – volatile. We’ve seen how global trade…
Here is my annual recap of the major trends that shaped the Surface Transportation industry during the past year. After a booming first three quarters of 2018, the trucking industry contracted in the fourth quarter; by mid-April of 2019, it became apparent that the trucking industry was in a “freight recession.”
The recession had consequences.
The freight industry has done a major turnaround from the previous year. Shippers are in a stronger position this year to secure competitive freight rates. Here is a set of steps to consider in preparing a freight bid.
Eric Beckwitt, Founder and CEO of Freightera recognized that shippers and carriers “are experiencing a lot of pain due to inefficiencies and a lack of a simplified integrated system that allows shippers to get the best rate and allow carriers to provide their services directly to customers.” Just as Expedia provides multiple airline or hotel options in the personal travel industry, Freightera offers instant all-inclusive freight quotes, from carriers of all sizes, 24/7.
The financial impact of rapidly rising freight costs caught large numbers of CEOs and CFOs by surprise. Many companies were unprepared for the capacity challenges and financial impacts that took place. Economists are predicting solid economic growth in 2019 but not quite at the pace of 2018. What can CEOs do to protect their supply chains, the service to their customers, and their profits from further freight cost shock treatments in 2019? Here is a checklist to consider.
To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Summit, the organizers, in partnership with the Freight Management Association of Canada, the Canadian Trucking Alliance and the CSCMP Toronto Roundtable have created an agenda that encompasses the most important issues of the day and assembled an elite group of moderators and panelists to address these topics.
Detailed, quality freight spend data can allow shippers to identify consolidation opportunities, to address chronic operational inefficiencies that result in excess or accessorial costs, to highlight “maverick” spend, to rectify the use of non-core carriers or more expensive modes and/or to create opportunities to construct more efficient routes and round trips. Shippers with poor quality and/or inaccurate freight cost data place themselves in a vulnerable position.
A company’s freight costs often represent between two and ten percent of total revenues. For many companies in the manufacturing, distribution and retail sectors, their expenditures on freight have a direct and significant impact on their companies’ bottom lines. “You can’t manage what you cannot measure.” Good quality freight data is an essential starting point in the management of freight transportation.
A number of U.S. companies told investors that rising shipping costs in recent months have cut into earnings. Many manufacturers and retailers throughout North America spend millions of dollars a year on freight transportation. Freight costs can represent between 1 and 10 percent of a company’s operating revenue, one of the largest cost items. One of the best ways to find out where a company stands in this area of rising freight rates is to conduct a Transportation Audit. Keep in mind that even a few percentage points of savings off a multi million freight spend can be a considerable amount of money.
The New Year has started off with a bang. With the stock market at record levels, unemployment at historic lows in Canada and the United States and a new U.S. tax bill that promises to put extra dollars in the hands of American purchasers, it is not surprising that consumer confidence is at a high. The strong GDP numbers reflect that people are spending money again. The result is that freight rates are projected to increase in 2018. It is against this backdrop that shippers and carriers begin preparations for the annual freight bid ritual. Here are some suggestions on how each side should prepare for this process.