Freight Focus

Freight Focus: Optimizing Your Supply Chain Network to Reduce Freight Costs

By optimizing their supply chain network, ceramic and glass companies are able to develop strategies to support long-term growth.

Most North American ceramic and glass manufacturers and distributors are looking for ways to establish and grow their market share.

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Freight Focus: How to Convert "Prepay and Add" Shipping Programs to Collect

Companies know inbound transportation is an area where extra money can be found, but they don't realize the full potential.

The part of a business where there can be a lot of low-hanging fruit is inbound transportation, particularly where vendors prepay and add freight to their invoice.

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Freight Focus: Using a Freight Audit and Payment Company

Most companies are not effectively equipped to audit carrier freight invoices, making outsourcing an increasingly viable option.

In many cases, an excellent service provider can probably perform this function better, faster and cheaper than manufacturers.

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Freight Focus: Reducing Cost Per Hundred Pounds

Here’s a simple tip for reducing your cost per hundred pounds: Just ship truckload quantities to all your customers and buy truckload quantities from all of your vendors. Problem solved.

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Freight Focus: Freight as a Percentage of Invoice

Manufacturers often overlook supply chain metrics and analytics.

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FREIGHT FOCUS: Customer Collaboration

Companies that embrace the idea of collaboration are well on their way to out-performing their competition.
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FREIGHT FOCUS: Combating Concealed Damage

Freight damage can lead to a great deal of extra expense for manufacturers, but an extra step may significantly reduce the number of damaged products.
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FREIGHT FOCUS: Linking Freight Charges to the Web

Extensible markup language (XML) can be used to seamlessly link freight rates to different existing desktop and online applications.
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FREIGHT FOCUS: Avoid F.O.B. Confusion

The meaning of the term F.O.B. is perhaps the most misunderstood of all freight verbiage. F.O.B. stands for Free On Board, and it indicates the price for goods, including delivery at the seller’s expense, to a specified point.
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FREIGHT FOCUS: Consolidating Shipments

In this new column, George Muha provides tips for companies to lower their freight costs using resources they already have.
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