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Are We Headed Towards a Recession?

Are We Headed Towards a Recession?

Are we headed towards a recession? That's a common question right now. The news...national, international, industry, financial....are all talking about the high odds of recession in 2023.  At the same time, talking with clients, I get the strong sense that recession is not on the horizon.  I hear about strong orders books from clients while reading news reports of order levels crashing.  I hear about improving supply lines from vendors while reading about the continuing supply chain crisis. ...

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End of 2022 Shipping Expectations

End of 2022 Shipping Expectations

As the year begins to wind down, here are my end of 2022 shipping expectations. These are predictions, so obviously things can change, but hopefully it gives you a good idea of what to expect: From here to the end of 2022 I expect: Truckload demand to continue to drop off resulting in better line-haul pricing on the spot market.  But, the looming diesel fuel shortage largely driven by fallout from the war in Ukraine may offset it. LTL demand to continue to moderate, although not as much as in...

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Customodal Team Equipped to Help with Unique Shipments

Customodal Team Equipped to Help with Unique Shipments

This past month, Customodal was proud to help with unique shipments: the first two shipments from a new account. Both of the shipments required a hot shot carrier with a flatbed trailer due to the size of the shipments. The first shipment was two self contained lighting towers about 12-foot long each and the second shipment was two 40-foot long, 6-inch diameter sections of pipe along with three other pallets. The two shipments were consigned to National Strategic Oil Reserve locations in...

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Don’t Panic About Your Shipping Needs

Don’t Panic About Your Shipping Needs

As we start the final quarter of 2022 there is so much going on in our world! Fuel/Energy market disruption due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Inflation and stock market upheaval as the Federal Reserve de-leverages, mid-term elections, potential strikes by railroad unions or port workers...I could keep going. The big picture is important, but there are two things that bring us together: The everyday movement of shipments inbound to feed your production Outbound to meet your unique...

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Customodal October 2022 Update

Customodal October 2022 Update

Advocating, Learning, and Networking Mid-October, I attended the Transportation Intermediaries  Association (TIA) Policy Forum in Washington DC.  Overall, 111 TIA members traveled to Washington DC to advocate on behalf of the industry.  Working in "State Delegations" we met with over 200 Members of Congress to educate these lawmakers on our industry and some of the challenges we face today.  The feedback was very positive as we hit on things like cracking down on unlawful brokerage activities,...

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How To Save on Freight By Analyzing Shipping Data

How To Save on Freight By Analyzing Shipping Data

If you're looking for savings, you can save on freight by analyzing shipping data - and we're here to help you do just that! When ABC Manufacturing first commissioned Customodal to review their freight history, they already knew their larger competitors were beating them on overall shipping cost. The assumption was that sheer volume was the reason the big players paid less. But volume is only one factor in optimizing freight dollars. When a large company gains the sophistication to dictate how...

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