19 episodes

Freight market insights. Supply chain tips. Proven logistics strategies. The transportation industry is full of intricacies. From permitting requirements to freight class, the dimensional capacities of each trailer and beyond, historically, it’s difficult for logistics professionals to navigate these issues. Until now. Beyond The Road, a podcast created for the everyday logistics manager, will break down these barriers and provide shippers with expert advice and opinions at the tap of a button.

Beyond The Road (The Transportation Industry Podcast‪)‬ Anderson Trucking Service (ATS)

    • Business

Freight market insights. Supply chain tips. Proven logistics strategies. The transportation industry is full of intricacies. From permitting requirements to freight class, the dimensional capacities of each trailer and beyond, historically, it’s difficult for logistics professionals to navigate these issues. Until now. Beyond The Road, a podcast created for the everyday logistics manager, will break down these barriers and provide shippers with expert advice and opinions at the tap of a button.

    Ep. 18 | October Market Update: What You Can Expect Logistics to Look Like This October

    Ep. 18 | October Market Update: What You Can Expect Logistics to Look Like This October

    Over the years, October has become synonymous with things like pumpkin pie, Sunday Night Football and piles of leaves begging for the chance to become a playground of color into which children tumble. 
    Don’t worry though, you won’t miss out on all the fun. You see, during its 31 days, October also brings mounds of excitement to the transportation world — creating new roadblocks and challenges for logistics managers to navigate. 
    And, although the leaves outside transition into the beautiful crimson reds and yellows we’ve come to love, your transportation dollars are still just as green as they were in previous months. As such, you’re looking to take them just as far. 
    Let’s make sure you do. 
    In this episode of Beyond The Road, we take an in-depth look at what October means for the transportation world and go over what you should keep in mind in the days ahead. . . 
    Information Covered In This Episode:
    Open-Deck/Flatbed Shipping in OctoberDry Van Shipping in OctoberOctober: The Start of Hurricane SeasonWhat Else Changes in October?Tips For Navigating Your Supply Chain In OctoberRead the Article on the Trucking Industry in October

    Learn more about the Pros and Cons of Spot Vs. Contract Rates here

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    • 25 min
    Ep. 17 | Common Tactics For Protecting Open-Deck Freight During Transport: Overview and Comparison

    Ep. 17 | Common Tactics For Protecting Open-Deck Freight During Transport: Overview and Comparison

    Protecting cargo is top of mind for many companies. That said, ensuring freight arrives at its destination in good condition can sometimes be challenging on open-deck shipments which have external elements, like the weather, to contend with.
    It’s not like you can avoid shipping these cargoes. So, what can you do to ensure your load is delivered damage-free? You’ve never been one to shrink from a challenge and even though open-deck shipments can get a bit complex, this doesn’t mean the quality of your products should suffer. 
    But what can you do? 
    In this episode of Beyond The Road, we’ll sit down with an experienced logistics professional to take an in-depth look at the most potent things you can do to keep your open-deck freight safe from A to B.
    Topics Covered in This Episode:
    What Kind of Freight Is Commonly Moved on Open-Deck Trailers?When and Why Is Freight Tarped?What is Gift-Wrap Tarping?Why Use a Conestoga Trailer Instead of Tarps?When Should Shrink Wrap Be Used? When Should You Crate Cargo?What is a Securement Plan and Why is it Important?What Are V-Boards?What About Beveled Dunnage?What is Most Important For Keeping Open-Deck Freight Safe?Visit the ATS Learning Hub

    Check Out This Related Content:
    7 Ways To Protect Your Open-Deck Freight During TransportShould I Use a Conestoga or Tarp My Freight? (an Honest Comparison)

    • 24 min
    Ep. 16 | Freight Brokerage Deep Dive: What Are They, What Do They Do, How They Make Money and More

    Ep. 16 | Freight Brokerage Deep Dive: What Are They, What Do They Do, How They Make Money and More

    Freight brokerage companies are a staple piece of the transportation industry. With their assistance, companies with cargo to collect and freight to distribute can do so in a swift, and often cost-effective, manner.
    But what is a freight brokerage really? What do they do, how do they source capacity, what should you expect when working with one and, perhaps most importantly, how do they actually make money?
    With so much on the line each time you hand freight off to a brokerage, it’s important that you feel as comfortable as possible when doing so. 
    That’s why, in this episode of Beyond The Road, we’ll sit down with an experienced freight broker to take an in-depth look at what these companies bring to the table and go over what you should think about when selecting yours going forward.
    Information Covered in This Episode:
    What is a Freight Brokerage and What Do They Do?What Services Do Freight Brokers Offer?What Happens After You Tender Your Broker a Load?How Do Freight Brokers Offer Load Tracking?How Do Freight Brokerages Choose Carriers?How Does a Freight Broker Make Money?What Are The Advantages of Using a Freight Brokerage?What Are The Disadvantages of Using a Freight Brokerage?What To Look For When Selecting a BrokerageDownload the Freight Brokerage Selection Checklist

    Check out this related freight brokerage content:

    What is a Freight Broker (Your Ultimate Guide to Freight Brokerage)
    How Does a Freight Brokerage Make Money?
    How Do Brokers Grow and Maintain a Reliable Carrier Network?
    How Do Freight Brokers Track Shipments?
    What Are The Different Types of Freight Brokers?

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    • 27 min
    Ep. 15 | September 2022 Transportation Market Update: How Freight Movement Changes and How to Plan Throughout September

    Ep. 15 | September 2022 Transportation Market Update: How Freight Movement Changes and How to Plan Throughout September

    September is a pivotal month in many respects. The seasons shift from summer to fall and shorts are swapped for long pants as the warmth of longer days slowly dims.
    For American families, nights spent at the ballpark watching children live out their Little League dreams, come to a close. Baseball cleats are exchanged for shin guards, the diamond for a grassy field. 
    That said, domestic life isn’t the only thing that changes in September. No, as fantasy football teams are drafted and homemade chili recipes dusted off, shippers around our country will feel September’s impact too, but in a different way. 
    You see, specific patterns have emerged in the trucking industry during September. In this episode of Beyond The Road, we’ll go over these patterns, their effect on your supply chain, and what you can do to tackle September head-on this year.
    Information Covered In This Episode:
    What Happens in The Transportation Industry During September?What Impacts The Dry Van Freight Market in SeptemberWhat Happens in The Open-Deck Freight Market During September?What To Know About The Impact of Midwest Harvest SeasonWhere Are Rates Headed?How Does Peak Retail Season Impact Nationwide Freight Movement?How Back-To-School Season Impacts TransportationOpen-Deck Freight ChangesHow to Plan For Labor Day on Sep. 5September Planning Tips For ShippersIs September 2022 a Good Time for Contracts?Visit the ATS Learning Hub
    Read the article on The Trucking Industry in September 2022

    • 38 min
    Ep. 14 | Spot Freight Rates Explained (What Spot Rates Are, How Long Spot Quotes Last and When to Use Them)

    Ep. 14 | Spot Freight Rates Explained (What Spot Rates Are, How Long Spot Quotes Last and When to Use Them)

    Sometimes, moving freight can be a frustrating process. Struggling to get solid pricing commitments from your transportation providers is more than frustrating though; it’s harmful to your bottom line and reputation.  
    In the pursuit of making yours a company that always delivers for its customers, understanding your transportation spot rates is crucial. 
    Too often, good businesses fall short of their goals and renege on their commitments because the rate(s) they received initially wouldn’t execute their shipment. Instead, these companies face the unfortunate reality of unplanned rate hikes which cut into their take-home margins. 
    Without understanding how long a typical spot rate is good for, how they’re calculated and what you can do to receive competitive ones you may face more frustration in the future. 
    In this episode of Beyond The Road we sit down with a transportation industry sales professional to talk all things spot rates. 
    Information Covered in This Episode:
    What is a Spot Freight Rate?When Does it Make Sense to Move To Contract Rates?What Do Transportation Companies Consider When Providing Spot Rates?How Does Urgency Impact a Spot Quote?What Does Pricing a Spot Quote "To Execute" Mean? & How to Choose a RateHow Long Are Spot Quotes Good For?How Does a Carrier's Size Impact Their Ability To Stand By a Spot Rate?Common Mistakes Shippers Make When Requesting a Spot RateVisit the Learning Hub

    Related Content:
    8 Tips For Receiving The Most Accurate Spot Quotes PossibleHow Long Are Spot Freight Rates Good For?The Pros and Cons of Spot Vs. Contract Rates

    • 29 min
    Ep. 13 | International Freight Shipping Via Marine Vessel: an Overview of Your Options (Ro/Ro, Container & Breakbulk)

    Ep. 13 | International Freight Shipping Via Marine Vessel: an Overview of Your Options (Ro/Ro, Container & Breakbulk)

    There are three main options for transporting freight via marine vessel. These options are roll-on/roll-off (Ro/Ro), containerized/flatrack transportation and breakbulk.
    Without the proper understanding of, and expectations for, the international transportation service they use, many companies have trouble moving their freight in a time and cost-effective manner. 
    In a world of more than 190 countries and multiple avenues for transporting cargo between them, it’s okay if you feel apprehensive whenever the time comes to organize a shipment. 
    Questions about each of your international transport options should never go unanswered — especially as you strive to meet customer commitments and organizational deadlines. 
    In this episode of Beyond The Road, we go over roll-on/roll-off, containerized/flatrack and breakbulk —  three standard methods for transporting freight internationally via marine vessel to set you up for success when doing so.
    Related Content:
    What is Roll-On/Roll-Off (Ro/Ro) Transportation?What is Breakbulk Shipping? [How it Works and How It's Changing]What is a Flatrack Container? [And When You Should Use It]Why Are Container Shipping Rates So High? [Explanation and Planning Tips]Visit the Learning Hub

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    • 42 min