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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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Truckload | Intermodal Transportation

Intermodal Spot Rate Pricing Trendline Analysis

By: Rick LaGore
June 24th, 2020

Weekly discussion and analysis on the trends in the intermodal spot rate market. The InTek intermodal spot rate index increased 4.9% from the prior week.  

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Truckload | LTL

2020 Top LTL & Truckload Freight Companies

By: Rick LaGore
February 5th, 2020

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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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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Truckload

2020 Best Truckload Companies (And How to Choose)

By: Rick LaGore
February 5th, 2020

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 | Freight Broker | Managed TMS | Logistics Service Provider

Top 20 Freight Brokerage Companies in 2020 (& How to Choose The Best)

By: Rick LaGore
February 5th, 2020

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 | Intermodal Transportation | Logistics & Supply Chain

Headhaul vs Backhaul Freight Market: Why it Matters for Pricing

By: Rick LaGore
January 31st, 2020

Freight pricing is the number one topic discussed, whether a buyer, seller or freight market analyst.  As we shared in the comprehensive article entitled Freight Costs: An Insider’s Look on Freight Pricing Buyers Should Know there are numerous factors that drive a freight rate either up or down.  

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Truckload | Logistics & Supply Chain | LTL

Consignee vs Consignor: What's the Difference When Shipping Freight?

By: Rick LaGore
January 25th, 2020

What's the Difference in a Consignor and Consignee when Shipping Freight? Every freight transaction involves two parties: consignor and consignee. The terms consignor and consignee are often flipped in people’s minds, so why doesn’t the freight industry not just use shipper and receiver.  We’ll get back to that question shortly, but let’s start with the definitions of both.

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Truckload

Pros & Cons of Using Truckload for Your Company’s Shipments

By: Rick LaGore
October 8th, 2019

We talk with shippers about truckload and truckload brokerage options every day throughout the year as they walk through their buying process and needs.

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Truckload | Intermodal Transportation

How to Negotiate & Manage a Competitive Freight Rate RFP

By: Rick LaGore
September 24th, 2019

CFO's are demanding better performance after watching their freight budgets balloon to all-time highs. A freight RFP is one of the least favorite, although one that needs to be discussed and improved by many shippers to obtain the best results.   The days of throwing out percentage reductions or using a solve to equation to determine the spend for next year is a time tested process that needs to be challenged.  While freight is thought of as a commodity, there is more to it and the Excel spreadsheet RFP driven down from the top misses the target before the arrow is even pull from the quiver.  Today's dynamic freight and logistics cost and pricing environment requires strategic planning; execution to the strategy; measurements to the goals; analysis against industry benchmarks; and continuous improvement.   

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Truckload | LTL

Definition of LTL Volume Shipment Rate Quotes

By: Rick LaGore
July 18th, 2019

Definition of Volume Shipment Rates Volume shipping quotes are used for LTL shipments that fall outside the normal less-than-truckload parameters, yet shipment is not large enough for a full truckload.

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Truckload | Logistics & Supply Chain | LTL | Freight Broker

Definition of a Blind Shipment

By: Rick LaGore
July 18th, 2019

Definition of a Blind Shipment A blind shipment is when consignee / receiver of the shipment is not aware of the shipper or its origin.

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