Why U.S. Manufacturers Are Using Business Intelligence Solutions

Business Intelligence U.S.

More and more businesses in the transportation industry are using business intelligence solutions to augment their income. Business intelligence means being more intelligent about your business. One example of a BI tool is using cloud data services as a form of data storage. Cloud integration can reduce downtime, increase productivity, and increase revenue.

Business Intelligence Benefits for Manufacturers

Besides storage, cloud vendors also offer BI tools that compile data and convert them into meaningful reports so you don’t have to. These tools automatically compile data into easy-to-read charts or graphs to instantly determine the latest trends.

Store Data Safely in a Single Location

Using cloud services means all your data, from invoices and bills of lading to outgoing dedicated truck shipment information, is stored in the same place. With this system, everyone stays on the same page and data is updated and collected in a single spot. Most cloud vendors also implement the latest security applications to prevent hacking. Cloud-based business intelligence solutions automate many tasks which previously had to be completed manually. Your employees’ time will be better spent conducting inventory or prepping freight for a pending LTL shipment.

Capitalize on the Newest Technology to Improve Daily Operations

Machine Transport uses the latest cloud and BI solutions for managing day-to-day operations. We’re able to keep track of the monstrous amounts of data from our clients across North America, and we’re able to stay on track when arranging shipments with the dozens of common carriers and line haul shippers we collaborate with. Cloud solutions for manufacturers is the way of the future. Contact us for more information on all our services. We’re a bonded freight broker licensed with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

Business Intelligence: Technology Innovations for the U.S. Manufacturing Industry

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Posted on June 20, 2021 | Published by Ignite Local | Related Local Business

Warehouse Slot Optimization 101 for North American Industries

Slot Optimization North AmericaDoes your warehouse adhere to slot optimization practice? This term refers to the strategic placement of inventory to minimize loading times. Because time is money, more time on the loading dock means more money spent on overhead expenses and, possibly, surplus fees from the carrier. We’ll go over some best practices for placing inventory in your warehouse for North American industries.

Here’s Why Slot Optimization Matters

Want some eye-opening statistics? Staff spend 55% of their time walking back and forth in the warehouse, and another 15% searching for items. These percentages can be drastically reduced with slot optimization. Strategic slotting comes into play regardless of the carrier or line haul shipper you use.

Put High-Use Inventory Up Close

Instead of organizing inventory by number, keep the items you often ship closer to the loading dock. This minimizes staff travel time on foot. Don’t, however, place these items so close together that it causes bottlenecking among different picking groups during peak hours.

Slot for Better Pick Accuracy

Picking refers to the process of pulling, packing, and palletizing inventory. Don’t just focus on picking speed; also focus on accuracy. Mistakes, such as pulling the wrong item, waste time. Slotting methods, such as not placing similar items together, and stocking items with labels facing out, reduce errors.

Re-Slot in Accordance with Seasonal Shifts

Change slotting seasonally if that’s how your business operates. Re-slot your inventory as certain items become more in demand than others. Use business intelligence software with predictive analytics to predict the items that will increase in demand in the coming weeks.

Optimize Your Warehouse

Slotting optimization helps immensely for all types of shipment, from LTL to dedicated truck transport carriers. Machine Transport has been in the industry long enough to understand why slot optimization is a time and money-saving practice. Contact us today for help with this technology.

Slot Optimization for North American Industries

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Posted on July 22, 2021 | Published by Ignite Local | Related Local Business

Tips for Warm Weather Shipping of Perishable Goods in Canada

Warm Weather ShippingIf you’ve been in the Canadian transportation industry long, you know warm weather shipping of perishable goods requires diligent packaging on your end. With summer approaching, we’ll go over some tips on how to properly pack temperature-sensitive goods.

Be Careful About Shipping Time

Arrange for a shipping time later in the day, preferably late afternoon or early evening. This way, the starting temperature is lower once the freight is in transit. Also, try to arrange for a shipping date earlier in the week to reduce the likelihood of the freight sitting idle in a warehouse over the weekend. This is especially the case with LTL shipping.

Don’t Forget the Ice

If you need ice to keep the goods cool, don’t skimp, and dry ice is better. Some people use gel packs, but these don’t stay cool as long. If you do use gel, sprinkle them in dry ice pellets. Whatever cooling type you choose, keep the packaging tight to minimize air space.

Use Multiple Shipping Materials

Some perishable goods, like boxed chocolates, don’t need refrigeration, but do need to remain below a certain temperature. In this case, use custom shipping boxes lined with plastic foam insulation and cold gel packs. Slotted boxes work best; they provide air circulation. This method will keep the freight cool for about 72 hours. It might be wise to arrange for a dedicated truck transport that can make the delivery within that timeframe.

We Organize Warm Weather Shipping in Canada

Machine Transport can make transportation arrangements for your freight no matter the time of year. We work with various carriers and line haul shippers that specialize in shipping and moving machine tools. Contact us today for all your shipping needs.

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Posted on May 21, 2021 | Published by Ignite Local | Related Local Business

U.S. Parcel and LTL Shipping: What’s the Difference?

parcel and LTL shipping U.S.A parcel refers to any small package. How small does a package have to be to classify as a parcel? At what size does a package require LTL shipping? We’ll go over the difference between parcel and LTL shipping.

When to Choose Parcel Shipping

Every carrier has its own classification for defining a parcel. Typically, the package can’t exceed 150 pounds, although some shippers cap that weight at 70 pounds. Dimensional limits apply as well. The parcel must also be small enough for a single person to haul it by hand.

For parcels, you can make shipping arrangements with nationally recognized carriers, such as UPS and FedEx. These companies also offer overnight and weekend delivery. LTL shipment, by contrast, usually doesn’t offer expedited services since your freight is one of many in the truck.

If you have small, time-sensitive freight, see if you can reduce its weight and size so it falls under the parcel designation. If this isn’t possible, consider using a dedicated truck transport or carrier van.

When to Choose LTL Shipping

LTL is the more affordable option if you have multiple small packages headed in the same direction. In this case, consolidate the packages into a single pallet. This is much more cost effective than sending multiple parcels individually.

We’ll Help You Decide Between Parcel and LTL Shipping

Our freight brokers normally deal with line-haul shipment for machinery tools and related freight. However, we know the best strategies for optimizing cost and timely delivery. Machine Transport can determine whether parcel or LTL shipping is better for your needs. Contact us today to learn more about the types of trailers we carry and the difference between common carriers and line haul shippers!

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Posted on April 19, 2021 | Published by Ignite Local | Related Local Business

How to Fasten a Tarp on a Flatbed in North America

tarp on a flatbed north americaA tarp is necessary in many instances for securing freight on a trailer. Think safety when fastening a tarp on a flatbed or step-deck truck. Flatbed truck tarp safety requires special care. Otherwise, you risk serious injury, not to mention improperly fastened freight that can come loose during transport. We’ll explain what to do when working with tarps to secure cargo.

How to Fasten a Tarp on a Flatbed in North America

1. Wear Safety Gear

  • hard hat
  • safety goggles
  • work gloves
  • long pants
  • steel-toed work boots

2. Use a Forklift

Tarps are heavier than they look; the average tarp weighs in at around 80 pounds. Instead of trying to get the tarp on the bed of the trailer by hand, work smarter not harder. Use a forklift.

3. Use the Right Tarp

Tarps are meant to be reused. With that in mind, we recommend heavy vinyl tarps, which can withstand rain and ultraviolet radiation. These are more durable compared to tarps made from canvas or polyethylene. Assess your cargo when choosing a tarp as well. Tarps are made specifically for lumber, steel and smoke–to protect freight from exhaust.

4. Unroll the Tarp the Right Way

Tarps should be unrolled facing forwards and never backwards. When securing the tarp over the top of the load, be sure to stay within the load’s center line.

Arrange Your Next Outbound Shipping Via Certified Broker

You may not need a tarp at all if your freight is being transported via LTL or another truck with an enclosed bed. Contact Machine Transport for help determining what kind of carrier or line-haul shipper is required. Contact us today for a quote or to discuss your specific project.

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Posted on March 20, 2021 | Published by Ignite Local | Related Local Business

Industrial Rigging Safety Tips for Machine Tool Transportation in the U.S.

industrial rigging safety U.S.If you rely on your own team to prep your machine tools for dedicated truck or trailer transportation, safety is absolutely critical. Here are essential industrial rigging safety tips for you to pass down to your rigging team.

Industrial Rigging Safety Tips

Essential Knowledge

1. What is the capacity load of the crane or rigging gear? Overload can damage the crane, causing it to collapse.

2. Ongoing and periodic Inspection of rigging gear is crucial. Look for bent or sprung hooks, broken strands, frayed slings, and overstretched links.

3. Minimal wear is too much wear; replace all defective gear.

4. Designate trained staff only for rigging duties.  Don’t risk the safety of the team if you’re short on proper personnel.

Techniques for Secure and Safe Load Lifting

1. A level lift keeps a suspended load centered. Be sure the hoist hook is in the center of gravity to keep the load at the center of gravity. Avoid an unbalanced load to avoid unequal stress on the sling.

2. Identify the sling’s rated lifting capacity. Capacity will vary on the type of material of the sling and hitch. Steel chains, wire ropes, and synthetic web slings may offer a higher capacity.

3. Determine the maximum angle between the sling legs and the horizontal point of the load.  A small angle greatly diminishes the load capacity and puts excessive stress on the sling legs. Equal weight distribution among the legs is essential.

Help With Industrial Rigging Safety Tips in the U.S.

When your freight is properly and securely loaded, you are ready to contact Machine Transport to arrange for carrier transport.  Follow these industrial rigging safety tips to ensure employee safety and prevent costly equipment damage and on-site injuries.

Industrial Rigging Safety for U.S. Transport

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Posted on February 17, 2021 | Published by Ignite Local | Related Local Business

U.S. Reefer Freight Shipping at a Glance

reefer freight U.S.Reefer freight is any shipment that requires temperature control. The most common products requiring temperature control are meat and produce. However, there are many medical, and pharmaceutical goods that also require temperature controlled settings to maintain value. Other temperature controlled goods include valuable pieces of art, chemicals, and care products.

Reefer Freight Shipping Is Essential

Food is an essential, as are pharmaceuticals. There is a steady need everywhere. And because these products are always moving, you don’t see slowdowns with reefer freight, even during the holidays.

Refrigated Shipping Rates

Because temperature-controlled freight can be more valuable, the loads can pay a trucker more per mile than dry freight. This is true for several reasons related to temperature management. For one thing, this type of freight can be fairly delicate. For example, ice cream or strawberries must stay within a very precise temperature range to stay fresh. Frozen foods need to ship at -10 degrees F. Strawberries typically need to stay between 32-36 degrees F. If its only16 degrees F outside, and the freight needs to be maintained at 32 F, the reefer technically acts as a heater.Temperature requirements add complexity and additional steps to these loads.

We’ll Connect You with the Best U.S. Reefer Shippers

Contact us at Machine Transport if you have outbound freight for temperature-sensitive items. Arrangements are more complicated than standard freight. We’ll connect you with a common carrier or line haul shipper that can pick up your reefer freight at the desired schedule and rate. Machine Transport is not a motor carrier or freight forwarder. We’re a bonded freight broker, licensed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

U.S. Reefer Freight Shipping Experts 

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Posted on January 18, 2021 | Published by Ignite Local | Related Local Business

Winterize Your U.S. Shipment for Stormy Weather

machine-transport-U.S-LTL-shipping-freight-deliveryAlthough meteorologists are predicting less snowfall this year, we can still expect heavy snowfall and blizzards in some areas. Inevitably, heavy snowfall leads to traffic conditions which cause delays. That’s why it’s so important to plan ahead to prevent delays and winterize your shipment.

Monitor Weather Conditions

Monitor the conditions of the weather where your freight is headed. If you can’t drive your car on the roads, the truck drivers carrying your goods can’t navigate them either. Shipments between two warm climate areas like Florida and California may have to travel through snow-laden states like Colorado.

Expect Longer Transit Times

Even if a shipment says 5 days, expect the chance it’ll take longer, and build in extra time to your processes to accommodate a delay. It’s easier to deal with a customer who’s getting their product or order early than one complaining because it’s late.  This isn’t always an option for every business or product, but it can be the lowest cost option if you don’t want to change how you ship. If you absolutely have to have a shipment by a certain date, you should be able to request guaranteed arrival for your shipment. This provides insurance that your shipment is the first on the truck, which means if there’s a window for your shipment to leave on time, yours are the ones that will make it in that window.

Arrange to Have Your Freight Delivered on Time in the U.S.: Winterize Your Shipment

Contact Machine Transport to make arrangements for your next delivery. We work with line haul shippers.  Because of their experience with machine tool transportation, they’ll find a shipper that’s right for your needs. We’re also on top of the latest forecasts and can help you winterize your shipment to reduce the likelihood of a delay.

We Winterize Your Shipment for Less than Ideal Weather in the U.S.

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Posted on December 18, 2020 | Published by Ignite Local | Related Local Business

Correct Pallet Preparation for Transportation in the U.S.

pallet preparation U.S.A carrier’s job is to transport freight; prepping the freight for safe shipment is your job. If it becomes the carrier’s job due to poor preparation, expect surplus charges. Whether you’re arranging for an LTL or dedicated truck transport, correct pallet preparation is key to keeping cargo intact throughout its shipping journey. We’ll go over the steps to palletize your freight for shipping.

Pallet Preparation 101: Fortify Individual Boxes

Make sure each box is packed well before loading it onto the pallet. Boxes should be full, without air spaces and and distributed. The box’s contents can get crushed and damaged if there is air inside, and shifting can occur if weight isn’t distributed evenly. Use packing material, such as Styrofoam peanuts or air pillows, to fill any voids.

Stack Boxes Evenly

Stack boxes together on the pallet, distributing the weight as evenly as possible. Place heavier boxes at the bottom, and stagger the boxes to boost stability. Stacking the packages incorrectly or failing to secure them to the pallet can cause damage to the cargo.

Don’t Be Conservative with the Shrink Wrap

Use high-quality shrink wrap, securing the pallet three to five times to keep packages from coming loose. Start at the bottom and work your way up, but only partly wrap the top. This ensures that your cargo won’t separate from the pallet while keeping it accessible to forklifts. Secure your packages even further by strapping the load to the pallet.

Ready to Transport Your Freight?

Once your freight is ready, give Machine Transport a call to arrange for a carrier or line haul shipper to haul your goods. Prepare your pallet the right way. It not only saves time, it ensures your freight remains safe during its lengthy transportation. Contact us today for more information.

Pallet Preparation Tips for Manufacturers and Suppliers in the U.S.

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Posted on November 17, 2020 | Published by Ignite Local | Related Local Business

Freight Industry Adopts Platooning Technology in the U.S.

Platooning technology U.S.When driving in fleets of two to five trucks, dedicated truck transport operators tend to drive in a tight formation. This is done to minimize the distance between trucks, which allows the big rigs to catch a slipstream and cut back on fuel use. Truck makers are currently investing in platooning technology. This allows truckers to tailgate in a fleet in a safe manner.

Platooning Technology at a Glance

This new technology consists of a combination of radar, active braking, and vehicle-control algorithms that digitally link the trucks together. For example, if the lead truck brakes, the one behind it mimics the action by employing the automatic brakes. This keeps the trucks in close quarters to reduce wind resistance while also preventing the possibility of a collision from following too closely.

The Mastermind Behind This Technology

Platooning technology is currently under development by Peloton Technology. The name “Peloton” is derived from the term that describes bicyclists who travel in a tight group to reduce wind resistance, thereby reducing energy expenditure.

Potential Pushbacks

Platooning technology has met with wide praise but also with some skepticism. The state of Missouri, for example, has banned testing the technology on its roads. The technology may also run into legal hurdles. Some states require trucks to retain a separation of two to three seconds; platooning technology keeps the trucks closer. The American Trucking Association has also expressed interest in the technology but is not endorsing it.

Big Changes Taking Place in the Shipping Sector in the U.S.

Technology is rapidly changing the face of the industry.  Contact Machine Transport to schedule your next shipment. The LTL and truckload line haul service we work with are benefiting from innovative technology. Platooning technology is one such innovation that may reduce operational costs; this may trickle down to lower service fees for companies like yours.

Platooning Technology and the Latest Shipping Innovations in the U.S. 

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Posted on October 17, 2020 | Published by Ignite Local | Related Local Business