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Freight it forward

Documentation, regulations, laws, restrictions, specifications: there are many reasons that make shipping cargo a very complex endeavor. For many individuals and companies, the logistics of transporting goods from one place to another can be extremely daunting. Luckily, there are specialists who make a living by taking care of all these details. This is the job description of freight forwarders.

Freight forwarding companies rarely carry shipments themselves. Instead, they rely on trusted carriers and shipping services companies, as well as their expertise of the complex world of logistics, to provide a wide array of shipping solutions to their clients. Some of these solutions might include:

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The Coolest Woman in Logistics

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women represent almost 47% of all the workforce in the United States. This ratio, unfortunately, doesn’t translate to many individual industries. In trucking, for example, women remain significantly underrepresented. Reports from the American Trucking Association published a couple of years ago found that women composed merely 11.4% of the trucking workforce.

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5 aplicaciones para conductores de camiones

La tecnología se ha desarrollado a pasos agigantados con el paso de los años. Las aplicaciones móviles o apps son imprescindibles en nuestro día a día. Por eso, hoy te traemos un listado con las mejores aplicaciones para conductores de camiones:

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We’re presenting at NewCo Miami 2018!

We’re very proud to announce that QuickLoad will host a session at NewCo Miami on March 26. Our session will be titled “Transforming Trucking Through Technology” and we plan on making it fun and interactive.

We’ll kick off briefly talking about the trucking and logistics industry and its importance place within the global economy and particularly in the busy transportation hubs that are Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Then we’ll demo the QuickLoad platform and go through the logistical complexity behind it.

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Logistics Word of the Day: Backhaul

The logistics industry almost has its own language. A typical conversation between two logistics pros is filled with jargon that is very hard for industry outsiders to understand. This article series will explore some of these words as a fun way of getting to know the ins and outs of logistics.

Today’s word is backhaul.

Imagine this scenario. You’re hauling a shipment from Miami to Atlanta. You deliver you load on time, the cargo is unloaded quickly, you’re all set to go back home. Good news, right? Not so fast. If you’re heading back home with an empty container, that return trip home won’t be so happy. If you’re lucky to find a backhaul, however, then it’s definitely good news.

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¡QuickLoad en WhatsApp Business!

WhatsApp, la plataforma de mensajería instantánea adquirida por Facebook en 2014, ha incrementado el número de usuarios en los últimos 4 años. A finales de 2017, la plataforma anunció la incorporación de ‘WhatsApp Business’, para que las empresas medianas o pequeñas pudieran comunicarse de mejor manera con sus consumidores.

Ahora, a través de la aplicación móvil gratuita, se puede dar servicio y atención al cliente. Los usuarios son los que deben primero contactar con la empresa antes de recibir mensajes de forma orgánica o patrocinados. En caso de que el cliente haya proporcionado su número de teléfono antes y accedido a recibir información, la empresa puede contactarlo.

WhatsApp for Business es una herramienta que busca que la relación entre empresa-cliente sea sencilla y veloz.

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The Mile that Really Counts

A supply chain is rarely a direct shipment from point A to point B. Modern delivery logistics often involve multiple legs and stops in hubs and warehouses, all important in making a supply chain run smoothly and efficiently. But the era of e-commerce has made one particular part of the supply chain more critical than others: the last mile delivery.

In logistics, last mile delivery refers to the movement of goods from a transportation hub to its final destination, usually a home or office. It’s not a new concept by any means. But the prevalence of online shopping has changed consumer behavior in such a way that its importance in the supply chain has reached new heights.

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Logistics Word of the Day: Pup

We all love puppies. Very few animals are more adorable. In trucking, there’s a different kind of pup. They’re also small in size (relatively) and some even might find them adorable too. Pups refer to containers that are just 26–29 feet long, instead of the standard 53 feet. Even though they’re half the size of a standard container, they can be hauled by any tractor trailer.

In logistics, pups are a great asset in terms of efficiency and flexibility. They are used frequently to deliver in urban areas with congested traffic and narrow roads, or anywhere where hauling a full-size container is difficult. They also give more efficiency to shippers with smaller shipments that don’t require a full container. They are also helpful for oversize loads, as they can be attached to another container for more cargo space.

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Content Creator: @pablitotorres

The ABC of the ELD Mandate

It’s been almost a month since the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) started enforcing the ELD mandate, but the issue is still quite a hot topic in the trucking industry. ELD stands for an “electronic logging device” that, starting December 18, 2017, operators of commercial motor vehicles covered by the law, must install in their trucks to automatically log certain data, mainly about the driver’s hours of service (commonly referred to as HOS). Even though it seems a fairly straightforward regulation, it has stirred plenty of controversy.

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¿Tesla revolucionará la industria de camiones?

El mundo de la tecnología sigue avanzando, esta vez gracias a las innovaciones de Tesla, la reconocida empresa liderada por Elon Musk, que se mantiene haciendo historia y revolucionando diferentes industrias. Hace poco hemos visto cómo Tesla ha presentado el coche más rápido que se ha fabricado, el Tesla Roadster, pero ahora quieren seguir impresionándonos dando un paso más allá, incursionando en el mundo de los camiones.

En noviembre del 2017 conocimos una gran noticia, luego de haber creado mucha expectativa. Fue presentado el Tesla Semi, posiblemente el mejor camión de la historia gracias a las maravillosas especificaciones que ofrece.

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