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InTek Freight and Logistics is where companies come when faced with a freight and logistics problem within their supply chain.

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How to Protect Freight from Freezing this Winter

By: Kevin Baxter
December 1st, 2021

Chilly temperatures are the norm in much of North America when December rolls around, and for shippers, that change in weather means an added challenge for some goods: How to protect freight from freezing. Goods that can be affected include the obvious - beverages like soda, juice, beer and other liquids can expand, and cause packaging to burst. But also affected are the the not so obvious dry items like coffee, makeup, and batteries - all of which can suffer damage that makes them unusable. While that prospect sounds scary, proper planning can protect freight from freezing this winter whether you're shipping full truckload, LTL (less than truckload), or intermodal.    

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Truckload | Intermodal Transportation

Intermodal Spot Rate Pricing Trendline Analysis

By: Rick LaGore
November 30th, 2021

Weekly discussion and analysis on the trends in the intermodal spot rate market. The InTek intermodal spot rate index decreased 0.6% from the prior week.  

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The Ins & Outs of Intermodal Transportation.

The Ins & Outs of Intermodal Transportation.

Everything you need to know about domestic intermodal and how to be successful implementing it into your logistics strategy. Gives tips, tricks and insights on intermodal and what to watch out for when converting from truckload to intermodal.

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Logistics & Supply Chain | Warehousing & Distribution | Logistics Service Provider

How Do Labor Shortages Impact Shipping

By: Kevin Baxter
November 29th, 2021

Labor shortages can impact the economy in a variety of ways, including delivering a tangible effect to shipping times. Supply chain delays have been a big story throughout the pandemic. And in the midst of a generally recovering economy, a variety of industries are dealing with ongoing labor shortages which have also gained notice. Freight and logistics hasn't escaped this trend, making it a major culprit in shipping delays.

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Logistics & Supply Chain | Warehousing & Distribution | Freight Broker | Logistics Service Provider

Holiday Shopping and the Retail Supply Chain

By: Kevin Baxter
November 24th, 2021

Black Friday has traditionally signaled the beginning of the holiday shopping season. In 2021 though, those who've been paying attention to the news have gotten a head start. Retail supply chain concerns have led to warnings that Sally's favorite toy or Papa's new tablet may not be available to those who wait. Companies looking to get their products on the shelves most certainly needed a head start this year due to several factors slowing down the supply chain. But is there still hope as December approaches?

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LTL

2022 Best LTL Companies (And How to Choose)

By: Rick LaGore
November 22nd, 2021

Let’s face it, less-than-truckload (LTL) can be one of the hardest freight modes to get “right.”  

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Managed TMS | Transportation Management System

2022 Best Freight Audit & Pay Companies (and How to Choose)

By: Rick LaGore
November 22nd, 2021

Let’s face it, the freight audit and pay process is one of the least favorite tasks within the logistics industry.  One would think moving freight from anywhere in the country to anywhere in the country on any given day comes with challenges that would never approach paying a bill, but that is just not the case.  

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Intermodal Transportation

2022 Best Intermodal Companies (And How to Choose)

By: Rick LaGore
November 22nd, 2021

We talk with hundreds of shippers about intermodal every year in sales calls, blog discussions, social media and through our participation on leading industry panels sponsored by IANA (Intermodal Association of North America) and the TIA (Transportation Intermediaries Association).  The one topic that always comes up is: who are the largest and best intermodal providers in the market today?  

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Truckload | Freight Broker | Managed TMS | Logistics Service Provider

Top 20 Freight Brokerage Companies in 2022 (& How to Choose The Best)

By: Rick LaGore
November 22nd, 2021

We talk with hundreds of shippers about their truckload capacity requirements.  In some cases, we provide guidance in modal conversion from truckload to intermodal, but many times truckload is the best fit for their lane, service and their freight characteristics.   

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Truckload

2022 Best Truckload Companies (And How to Choose)

By: Rick LaGore
November 22nd, 2021

We talk with hundreds of shippers about truckload and truckload brokerage options every year in sales calls, blog discussions, social media and through our participation on leading industry panels sponsored by the TIA (Transportation Intermediaries Association).  

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Truckload | LTL

2022 Top LTL & Truckload Freight Companies

By: Rick LaGore
November 22nd, 2021

We talk with shippers daily about LTL, truckload and truckload brokerage potential service solutions. And this should be expected with over 50% of the freight spend in the US is with these two modes of service.

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