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The Freight Rate Trap: How Chasing Spot Market Pricing Can Backfire

Posted by Larry Catanzaro on October 22, 2020

Freight rates fluctuate. Always have. Always will.

Large-volume shippers in search of the cheapest rate monitor spot market freight rates closely. When prices dip, freight procurement people rev up the RFP machine and shop out lanes to capitalize on the savings.

But, actually, these “savings” may end up costing shippers more in the long run. And what’s happening now is a perfect example.

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Topics: Freight Transportation

Examining Freight Delivery Challenges During COVID-19

Posted by Larry Catanzaro on April 09, 2020

We’ve seen no negative impact on KANE customers’ freight during COVID-19 – a great accomplishment that has required a spirited effort by our transportation team. Here are some of the issues we’ve had to face.

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Topics: Supply Chain Challenges, Freight Transportation, Truck Drivers

Distribution Network Optimization: Modeling Tools Won’t Give You the Answer

Posted by Alex Stark on June 27, 2019

Distribution network optimization has become a white-hot topic these days as “the Amazon effect” leads businesses to evaluate how quickly they can get products to customers. 

Warehouse optimization modeling exercises examine the upside of being closer to customers versus the downside of carrying more inventory in more locations.  The biggest mistake companies make in this area is relying too much on the modeling software itself to provide an answer to the question: “How many warehouses should I have and where should they be?”

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Topics: Supply Chain Challenges, Logistics Technology, Warehouse Operations, 3PL Outsourcing, Freight Transportation

Regional Carriers Are Great Source for Owner Operator Trucking Jobs

Posted by Kane Logistics on June 06, 2019

Owner-operators are freedom-loving entrepreneurs. They own their trucks and want to earn a good living, while remaining independent. Some may choose to hunt profitable freight on load boards, while others align with carriers to provide dedicated capacity. 

In recent months, Kane Freight Lines has had an increasing number of inquiries from drivers seeking owner-operator trucking jobs. That’s because currently, in the spot market, load-to-truck ratios are down and rates are down. The owner operators who rely on load boards are working hard to find profitable driving opportunities. Two-way freight would help, but that’s nearly impossible to find in the spot market. And, if you get it, the rates will need to be dirt cheap. 

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Topics: Supply Chain Challenges, Freight Transportation, Truck Drivers

5 Ways to Reduce Freight Damage

Posted by Alex Stark on April 17, 2019

Damage losses and claims increase your transportation costs and can also damage your relationship with shipping partners.  To reduce freight damage, monitor claims closely and take proactive steps to continuously drive down damage incidents.  

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Topics: Freight Transportation

Dispatches from the Road: John Shepherd

Posted by Kane Logistics on March 14, 2019

In our “Dispatches from the Road” feature, the KANE blog will periodically publish interviews with our drivers – the men and women who live and breathe the transportation topics we often write about.  In our newest installment, we interview KANE driver John Shepherd, III.

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Topics: KANE Company, Freight Transportation, Truck Drivers

7 Bold Steps to Ensure Freight Capacity

Posted by Kane Logistics on March 07, 2019

Freight capacity has historically been viewed as a commodity. The onus has been on the trucking company to position itself as the customer’s “carrier of choice.”

But if you haven’t noticed, that’s changing. The combination of a growing U.S. economy and the chronic truck driver shortage is turning freight into more of a seller’s market, requiring shippers to examine how they can become “shippers of choice” for carriers, who are now more selective about the loads they haul.

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Topics: Freight Transportation

Why Intermodal Rail Use Continues to Soar

Posted by Alex Stark on March 05, 2019

Last month, 1,401,081 trailers and containers were transported via intermodal rail -- the highest monthly total ever. Intermodal numbers are up for the year as well, with volumes 3.4% higher than this point in 2016 and 0.3% higher than 2015, which was the highest-volume year on record. 

Why all this record-setting growth in intermodal? Let’s find out.

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Topics: Freight Transportation

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