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Keys to Selecting a Freight Carrier

Tips for choosing the right freight carrier for your company.In the shipping and supply chain, it’s important that you leverage just the right services to get your cargo from one place to the other. Making the wrong choices can create problems not only with a high cost and low efficiency supply chain, but can create communications issues, can see your cargo get damaged en route, or may simply create aggravation and headache when the shipping process is not functioning as you’d like. There are several things you should keep in mind when making the choice of a carrier for your goods, which will make sure that you will have a long and productive relationship.

Tips for Choosing The Right Freight Carrier

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Freight Forwarders are Vital to Supply Chain

Freight forwarding is a vital part of any successful company's supply chain.When you have cargo that needs to be moved from one place or another, as a company you have many options available. Whether you use a direct-shipping method, or coordinate multiple shipping types, you want to be sure you get the best efficiency for your money, saving both labor and time in your supply chain, while maintaining high-quality service to your customers. To this end, many companies leverage the services of freight forwarders to supplement their overall supply chain methods.

5 Reasons why Freight Forwarding is Vital to your Supply Chain

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Getting Down and Dirty with Transloading: Part I

Transloading is becoming a preffered way of shipping.Transloading goods from one vehicle to another vehicle is a process that can offer many benefits. When executed correctly, it can improve reliability, increase flexibility and supply chain velocity, cut down shipping costs, and reduce cycle times. However, if not executed correctly, it can result in nasty business for your business. To help you avoid the common mistakes in transloading, we wish to provide you with ten essential tips.

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All About Transloading

At Cratex we can handle all of your transloading needs.
Transloading is an increasingly popular method of moving cargo from one location to another. It involves mixing different types of transportation modes, blending railway shipping with local trucking, airline, and/or waterborne methods, the needs of the customer are best served. This sort of shipping can be used for almost any type of bulk goods and commodities including fresh food and beverages as well as dry goods, tools, and other products.

Everything you Need to Know About Transloading

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How to Safely Pack and Ship Art

Please review our fine art packing tipsTransportation of valuable and precious artwork has presented unique problems all over the world for many years. How does an artist ship their work to a paying client half a world away and ensure that the cargo arrives not only intact, but completely undamaged, in the same state as it was sent?

Simply placing the art into shipping crates and sending it off is far from ideal—there are all kinds of environmental factors that can play into shipping, such as impact, abrasion and environmental factors which will to varying degrees damage the artwork. This damage can be anything from slightly faded paint to nicks on the frame, to destruction of the artwork itself.

Thankfully, there are techniques in place for packaging, crating and transporting of fine art that will help to ensure its stability and safe arrival at its destination. Here are a few tips on how to safely pack and ship your valuable artworks.

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Shipping Containers: Units and Designs

Shipping crates and containers come in all shapes and sizes for all manner of goods shipping. These containers form the heart and soul of the entire shipping industry. Trade and transport would be impossible without a broad variety of options for moving cargo. Choosing the proper shipping container for your cargo is vital to ensuring that the goods you are sending survive their trip in good condition.

Let’s examine several different types of shipping containers, and the purpose they serve.

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Crossdock vs. Transload Services

Transloading can save your company both time and money.
Transloading and cross docking each use very different strategies to achieve the same end: reducing the costs of the supply chain. Both involve product handling and delivery to any of many different destinations. Both seek to increase the speed to market. Both consolidate the number of products into as few shipping steps as possible and both can handle customization of products. There are, however, core differences in the methods used. It’s important to understand these differences.

Is Cross Docking Better than Transloading?

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