Shipping Services

What to Know About Fire Safety for Intermodal Shipping Containers

by John Rediehs on May 9, 2016 No comments

Shipping containers, whether used as their intended purpose or as temporary/permanent buildings (as is becoming more and more common), have to meet certain guidelines when it come to fire hazard safety and fire prevention. Millions of shipping containers are used every year for transporting goods via truck, rain, and ship, and some of those containers end up as surplus, being used for other purposes. While these containers, since they are made of steel and sometimes have small vents on the ends at the top for air pressure, are naturally sturdy, they’re certainly not indestructible, and when using them, it’s essential to follow intermodal shipping container fire safety regulations to reduce the amount of hazard.

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John RediehsWhat to Know About Fire Safety for Intermodal Shipping Containers

Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) Shipping vs. Truckload Shipping: What You Need to Know

by John Rediehs on April 27, 2016 No comments

When you’re shipping your products that weigh more than 100 pounds per load, it’s time to look for a logistics company to help you save on shipping costs. You’ll likely choose between LTL and FTL shipping, which stand for less-than-truckload and full truckload. While it may seem like a fairly easy decision for how to choose which service you’ll use—do you have a full truckload or not?—in actuality, different factors also come into play when making the decision.

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John RediehsLess-Than-Truckload (LTL) Shipping vs. Truckload Shipping: What You Need to Know

Understanding the Need for Variable Freight Pricing Contracts

by John Rediehs on April 8, 2016 No comments

First and foremost, all shipments are not equal in the realm of transportation planning. Many companies approach their shipping needs with a one-size-fits-all model, and are leaving money, service, and opportunity on the table.

Questions you should ask yourself about your current logistics company or department:

  • Does they truly understand the characteristics of your shipments?
  • Do they see opportunity?
  • Do they understand the market?
  • Are they optimized to provide you with the best service and cost?
  • How do they define your bidding process?
  • How do they define market pricing?
  • Do they know the market pricing?
  • How do you handle market shifts in demand?
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John RediehsUnderstanding the Need for Variable Freight Pricing Contracts

Different Shipping Container Sizes and What They’re Used For

by John Rediehs on March 21, 2016 1 comment

When you’re researching different logistics providers and shipping methods, you’ll notice time and again that there are a number of different sizes of cargo containers. Depending on your products, the shipping class, and the shipment size overall, you’ll pick a clear choice. Let’s take a look at the various, most commonly used dimensions of a shipping container, and from there, you’ll likely be able to make a more informed choice about what’s best for your needs.

Standard Intermodal Container Sizes

Though there are specialized shipping containers you may be able to use for your shipments if it is especially large or oddly shaped, the vast majority of shipping container dimensions are considered to be “standard intermodal container” sizes and are regularly used with dry van shipping. Though they’re commonly just referred to as containers or cargo containers, they may also be called a sea or ocean container, or an ISO container.

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John RediehsDifferent Shipping Container Sizes and What They’re Used For

What You Need to Know About Dry Good Shipping

by John Rediehs on March 14, 2016 No comments

In the realm of logistics and the shipping industry, dry goods are one of the most commonly shipped categories of items. There is a high demand for them, particularly because they make up such a large portion of consumables and other products. While dry goods aren’t as difficult to ship as some other categories of products, such as some food products that are perishable, there are still some considerations to take as well when choosing how to ship.

Additionally, when shipping dry goods, there are a set of guidelines that must be followed to ensure safety and efficiency. Things like proper storage, types of services, and the tracking of dry goods are all things that should be considered when choosing a logistics partner for your dry goods shipments.

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What to Know About Shipping Rates to Canada

by John Rediehs on November 30, 2015 1 comment

As you consider different companies for your third-party logistics needs, you’ll probably consider—or at least research—big names like UPS, the U.S. Postal Service, and FedEx. Shipping with big name providers can be beneficial for some businesses, since large corporations are generally known for their efficiency. However, it can be more efficient and economical for your business to partner with a smaller logistics company, particularly if you ship a lot of freight to Canada.

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Comparing Shipping Rates from UPS, USPS, and FedEx With Red Dog Logistics

by John Rediehs on November 23, 2015 No comments

When you’re considering different freight carriers for your business’ logistics treatments, it can be tempting to choose one of the big names like UPS, the U.S. Postal Service, or FedEx—after all, they’re large, well-known corporations that are known for getting the job done. Of course, any company can fall prey to things like delayed shipments, but when you’re working with a smaller provider, such as Red Dog Logistics, you’ll reap all of the benefits of choosing a larger company, but you’ll be able to enjoy things like working with people who can give your company more attention, as well as saving money.

There are ways to narrow down logistics providers for your business that weigh pros and cons of larger companies and smaller providers, and you may be surprised to learn who is the better logistics company for your needs.

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John RediehsComparing Shipping Rates from UPS, USPS, and FedEx With Red Dog Logistics

Use Intermodal Transport to Decrease Shipping Costs and Increase Efficiency

by John Rediehs on May 11, 2015 1 comment

Failing to recognize the benefits and efficiencies that intermodal transportation services can bring to your supply chain is ignoring innovation and progress. If you’ve been looking for ways to make your business run more smoothly, learning more about intermodal logistics is the way to do it.

Over the past 50 years, domestic intermodal freight transport has overcome standardization, material handling equipment, and scalability issues. It continues to grow and change, using advancing technology to further the connection of live information and coordination to provide a seamless product that is a complete supply solution.

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John RediehsUse Intermodal Transport to Decrease Shipping Costs and Increase Efficiency