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Understanding Corrugated Material Strength Ratings: Burst Strength vs. Edge Crush Testing

Mullen Test vs. ECT: which rating should you use when selecting material for your corrugated boxes? Corrugated shipping cartons are subjected to a lot of different kinds of strain during packing, shipping and storage. We put heavy contents in them and then stack cartons on top of each other. During shipping, they may be at the bottom of a heavy pallet or stacked among boxes of different weights and sizes on a delivery truck. They may be thrown about or subject to sudden forces that can puncture or rupture their sides.

  • 7 min read
  • Feb 19, 2019 8:02:00 AM

Looking For Packaging Deals? Pounce On This!

Everyone loves a deal. So do we. That's why we're rolling out the Pantero PouncePoints program, a wild new rewards program for our packaging and warehouse materials buyers.  

  • 1 min read
  • Feb 12, 2019 8:15:00 AM

Understanding Shipping Paperwork

If you're just getting started with freight shipping, the paperwork may seem daunting. But getting your shipping documents correct is critically important for shippers.

  • 8 min read
  • Jan 29, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Does It Matter If Your Logistics Provider Owns Their Own Trucks?

If you're researching carriers and third party logistics (3PL) solutions, you may have come across the terms "asset-based" and "non-asset based." Do you know what these terms mean? And do they matter when it comes to selecting a logistics company for handling and delivery of your cargo?

  • 5 min read
  • Jan 22, 2019 8:33:00 AM

Shipping Hazardous Materials? Here's What You Need to Know.

When you're shipping hazardous materials (HAZMAT) and dangerous goods, you need to take extra care to get everything right. Mistakes in HAZMAT shipping are costly for companies and dangerous for anyone who comes in contact with your shipment. HAZMAT shipping is complex, and shippers who are handling dangerous goods must go through formal certification and training in order to understand all the nuances. But if you're new to the world of dangerous goods, here are a few pointers to get you started.

  • 4 min read
  • Dec 18, 2018 7:00:00 AM

When Should You Use a Regional Hauler?

Whether you’re shipping freight full truckload (FT) or less-than-truckload (LTL), you have a lot of choices when it comes to selecting a carrier to transport your goods. There are more than 700,000 freight carriers in the U.S. alone, the vast majority operating with six or fewer trucks. What kind of carrier is right for you?

  • 4 min read
  • Dec 11, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Full Truckload vs. Less-than-Truckload Shipping: Which is Right for You?

What's the difference between truckload shipping and less-than-truckload shipping? And which one is right for your business? Both full truckload (TL or FTL) and less-than-truckload (LTL) options have their place in the freight shipping industry. Choosing the right freight option depends on several variables, including the size and weight of your shipment, freight classification and delivery timelines. Let's take a closer look at the difference between TL and LTL freight shipping and how to decide between them.

  • 4 min read
  • Dec 4, 2018 8:40:00 AM

When Do You Need a Third-Party Logistics (3PL) Company?

If you're shipping freight, chances are you've come across the term 3PL. What is a 3PL? And how do you know if you need one? What does 3PL mean, anyway? No, 3PL is not C-3P0's lesser-known little sister. 3PL stands for "third party logistics," and 3PLs are an integral part of the freight shipping industry. The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act provides a legal definition of a 3PL: The term third-party logistics provider means a person who solely receives, holds or otherwise transports a consumer product in the ordinary course of business but who does not take title to the product.

  • 4 min read
  • Nov 26, 2018 11:52:09 AM

Six Tips for Surviving Peak Shipping Season

Shipping times and rates for freight shipping go through predictable seasonal fluctuations. Understanding the fright shipping calendar can help you control your costs and ensure that your shipments make it to their destination in plenty of time. If your products are not perishable and deliveries are not especially time sensitive, there are several ways you can leverage the freight shipping calendar to your advantage. Here are six strategies to help you control your costs and avoid unexpected shipment delays.

  • 2 min read
  • Nov 20, 2018 4:34:20 PM

Happy Holiday Freight Season! (Expect Some Shipment Delays)

It's November, and you know what that means…holiday shipping madness is already well underway. What does that mean for freight shipping times and rates? Freight shipping, including both Less-than-Truckload (LTL) and Full Truckload (FTL) carriers, goes through a predictable calendar each year that is dependent on seasonal variations in supply and demand. These variations in the availability of freight carriers vs. the total volume of freight being shipped cause fluctuations in LTL and FTL shipping rates.

  • 2 min read
  • Nov 15, 2018 3:20:24 PM

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