Freight transport is complicated at the best of times, so it’s easy for shippers to stick with what has worked for them in the past. The importance of regularly reviewing cargo transport methods, however, shouldn’t be understated. Costs creep up, methods change and technology advances rapidly, so it’s crucial that shippers regularly review their methods if they want to get the best value for their shipping dollar. Although this is far from a complete list. The following 16 tips could help shippers significantly reduce their total freight costs.
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is becoming increasingly important. Consumers are paying more attention to where and how the products they’re purchasing are made, and doing their research to align themselves with companies who are committed to their communities. In a 2014 survey done by global marketing research firm, Nielson, 55% of online consumers across 60 countries say they are willing to pay more for products and services provided by companies that are committed to CSR.
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When British Columbia became the first Canadian province to announce their intentions to impose a provincial carbon tax in 2008, most carriers and shippers were asking themselves and each other the following questions:
- What is this tax all about?
- How will it be assessed?
- Whose responsibility is it to pay the tax?
- Should it be treated as a separate accessorial charge or part of the fuel surcharge?
The recent ELD (electronic logging devices) mandate in the United States has sent ripples through the North American trucking industry. Many truck drivers, shippers and carriers are concerned with the ruling, arguing that it will hinder driver safety and lead the industry to be less efficient. Concerns from drivers and carriers are valid, but the issue comes back to a simple difference in perspective: ELDs don’t have to be an exclusive compliance tool. When used effectively, this technology can make all parties more efficient, increasing earnings for drivers, revenue for carriers and reducing costs and time to market for shippers.
When forest fires ripped through Northern Alberta and devastated the city of Fort McMurray in early May, the initial reaction was predictable - shock and awe.
But as that astonishment began to subside and reality set in, it was time to take action. While kind thoughts and well wishes were much appreciated, the people of Fort McMurray needed help in rebuilding their community, and lots of it.
As the nation looked for ways to lend their support, the transportation industry did the same, with trucking companies from coast-to-coast getting involved in a variety of ways.
Trucking associations chipped in with donations and coordination efforts, local trucking companies provided immediate assistance and organizations as far east as the Maritimes moved loads of important emergency supplies across the country. It was a great example of the impact our industry can have when we work together for a cause.
Almost every logistics professional I speak to cites increased complexity in their job. Complexity comes in the form of: changing distribution channels, capacity challenges, increased regulations, shrinking budgets, and the need for continuous planning and forecasting. Detailed analytics improves decision making, however, many companies have limited resources to dedicate to analysis. All in all, today’s logistics professional has a tough job.
Bison Transport has been building a business that is simplifying the tough job today’s shippers face. The Canadian shipping and distribution landscape is spread out between Eastern and Western Canada, with key hubs in places like Toronto, ON and Calgary, AB. Those hubs are critical components of a transportation network. Carriers need to provide long haul connectivity between both hubs as well as the U.S., and they also have to connect short haul customers within the individual regions. Carriers who provide BOTH long and short haul services across Canada create numerous efficiencies, including:
- Standardization of services to customers
- Improved trailer & container equipment management
- Decreased administrative costs
- Reduced number of carriers required to serve the network
- Customized analytics and reporting opportunities
Over the past year we researched and evaluated several trailer tracking technologies. SkyBitz GPS trailer tracking devices met our criteria and matched our business needs. We have installed over 350 of the SkyBitz devices on our dry van trailers and are continuing to outfit the rest of our dry van fleet.
We constantly strive to increase our Driver and customer satisfaction levels and the SkyBitz technology helps us:
Capacity isn't easy to come by these days. Our suite of transportation services is expandable and adaptable to provide a shipping solution that's exactly what you are looking for.
Bison’s growing suite of services can be summed up in 4 Key Services : Truckload, Intermodal, Logistics, and Special Services. Within each of these categories, we offer a comprehensive set of related services that round out our overall offering to the marketplace. For more details, our business development team would be happy to review your needs and offer a customized transportation solution that fits.
Bison is best known for Truckload; however, our portfolio of transportation services include much more. Watch the video below to learn about all of the services Bison Transport offers!
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In late 2002, Bison Transport began to dabble with the idea of creating a Long Combination Vehicle (LCV) network across Canada’s Prairie Provinces. From its headquarters in Winnipeg, MB, the network quickly expanded to Calgary and Edmonton in the West.
In previous years, we had seen the benefits of using LCVs but we hadn’t formally launched an LCV program because of lane density and equipment constraints.
We found it wasn’t profitable to take loads to Western Canada because most of what is produced or manufactured in Calgary is shipped out through a pipeline. Rates into the region were not as strong as they needed to be to support the back-haul environment.
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Consolidation is all around us, as large retailers gobble up small retailers, and in some cases small retailers are acquiring large retailers. Mix into that the growing online retailing, and the emergence of ‘Omni-channel shopping’, and it’s clear that we need to look at cross-border retail logistics with a fresh set of eyes. Brick and mortar stores positioned in key markets remain a fundamental piece of a successful retailer strategy, and the displays and fixtures inside those stores must be relevant and appealing to capture the eye and interest of today's savvy shopper.