Freight & Truck Broker Blog

Cut Your Transportation Costs with the “Van or Reefer” Option

Question: When does it make sense to send a non-refrigerated shipment in a refrigerated (reefer) truck? Answer: When you can ship product with a proven carrier using quality equipment on your schedule at a reduced cost. Reefer trucks often return empty and would rather get paid for a non-refrigerated return… Read More

Get Your Shipping Down Cold: Reefer Best Practices

Shipping temperature-sensitive items requires careful planning, modern equipment, and excellent service to ensure that your refrigerated products arrive in perfect condition. Refrigerated or “reefer” trucks transport temperature-sensitive products, including food, flowers, cosmetics, medicine, hazardous chemicals, fine art, and more. Even the slightest fluctuation in temperature can put the safety and… Read More

Do You Have the Transportation Capacity for a Strong 2022?

Recent COVID-19 vaccine and testing regulations, particularly for cross-border drivers, may impact the cost of freight. Here’s how to ensure your capacity remains steady throughout Q4 and 2022. Regulations of the COVID-19 vaccination status of drivers varies greatly depending on region. Over the past month, US and Canadian regulations have… Read More

Which Transportation Mode Is Best for You?

Choosing the right mode of transportation is paramount to the safe and timely delivery of your shipments. Here’s how to find the right mode for your needs. Full truckload, box trucks, reefers vans – when it comes to freight transportation, the options are seemingly endless. The right transportation for your… Read More

Are You Overspending on Hidden Freight Costs?

Learn how to avoid hidden transportation expenses by identifying and eliminating unnecessary supply chain costs. As a rule of thumb, the earlier you book your freight, the lower your freight costs. But what else can you do to drive down your freight costs, even in a market rife with driver… Read More

LiVe Logistics Recertified as a SmartWay Partner by the EPA

LiVe Logistics has renewed its SmartWay Certification, a program developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to monitor and advance supply chain sustainability. Over the past two decades, national freight activity grew by over 50%, posing a threat to environmental health from C02 emissions. According to the EPA, global freight… Read More

Monthly Transportation Summary: September 2021

SONAR's Monthly Report is a gold-standard of industry analytics. Below is a summary of September’s report along with our observations. Key points: Truck driver shortages are expected to be in issue indefinitely The rise in tender rejection rates is another key factor in rising trucking costs Additional supply chain capacity… Read More

Continued Uncertainty Expected in the Freight Market Throughout 2022

The volatility caused by the COVID-19 pandemic will likely continue well into 2022 – and beyond. Here’s how you can navigate the uncertainty. 2021 brought one of the most difficult, competitive transportation markets to date, spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic, supply chain issues, and a volatile economic atmosphere. With continued… Read More

How to Ensure On-Time Freight Deliveries in Q4

As Q3 comes to a close, time is running out to prepare for Q4, avoid supply chain disruptions, truck driver shortages, COVID-19 issues, and more. Freight planning throughout the year helps to streamline your logistics, strategize potential obstacles that may arise, and mitigate risks of late deliveries, fees and more.… Read More

Monthly Transportation Update: July 2021

We’ve found SONAR’s Monthly Market Update to be incredibly useful at understanding and predicting logistics and transportation trends and freight pricing. Below are a few key parts of the most recent report. Overall Freight Market Update “The national freight market remained tight across all major modes. Spot rates eased slightly… Read More