Ascent Global Logistics Blog

September 21, 2017
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Logistics & the Holidays: Top Tips to Help Shippers Prepare

Planning ahead is the best way to prepare for holiday shipping season success. In the months leading up to the holidays, increased amounts of imported and domestic goods must be transported to distribution centers or retail stores.

September 7, 2017

Harvey & the Supply Chain Analysis: How Severe Weather Disrupts Logistics

Hurricane Harvey caused widespread destruction across the South Central region of the U.S. and while cleanup efforts have started, supply chain havoc continues. Similar to how the cities across eastern Texas and Western Louisiana cannot be rebuilt in one day, the supply chain could take considerable weeks, if not months, to recover from Harvey.

August 15, 2017

Case Study: How True Partnership Can Drive Savings Beyond Shipping Costs

How can a strong logistics partner help drive cost savings and overall supply chain improvements? Through an optimal combination of people and technology. While people and technology alone can produce improvements, a strategy that combines the two allows companies to manage complex logistics networks with skill, insight and expertise. 

August 10, 2017

How the August NMFC Changes Could Impact Shipping Rates

As a follow up to our August NMFC Changes eBook, there are some major changes that went into effect on August 5 which shippers should be aware of. One of the most substantial changes is the transition from a 9-tier to an 11-tier density breakdown.

July 18, 2017

Countdown to ELD Implementation: 3 Things Shippers Need to Know

It’s been more than two years in the making and now there are only six months until the federal electronic logging mandate (ELD) will take full effect.

July 11, 2017

3 Best Practices for Reducing Inbound Logistics Costs

When it comes to managing shipping costs, it’s common for organizations to overlook the inbound supply chain. While effectively controlling and managing inbound freight can be challenging without a solid structure to hold vendors accountable, with the right guidance, costs can be lowered.

June 28, 2017

NEWS: Maersk Hit by Cyber Attack

Maersk confirmed yesterday that its IT systems are currently down due to a widespread cyber attack. The attack, similar to the recent “WannaCry” attack, targeted various firms, airports and government departments around the globe through the use of ransomware.

June 16, 2017

Shipping Freight in Ocean Containers 101

Shipping freight internationally via ocean containers – where to start? With various shipping container sizes and purposes, learning the key differences can help you make intelligent shipping decisions. Not only is selecting the optimal container type important for safe transportation of the cargo but will also yield cost effective options.

June 8, 2017

Bill of Lading Basics for International Shippers

The Bill of Lading (BOL), along with the commercial invoice and packing list, play a crucial role in the international shipping process. Its importance is not always understood when INCOterms and terms of sale are being discussed between the buyer and the seller.

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