Eco-Friendly Shipping is Possible with a SmartWay Partner
10/16/2020 — Leah Palnik
If you are concerned with the environmental impact throughout
your freight shipping supply chain, there are options for eco-friendly shipping.
The SmartWay Transport Partnership is a collaboration
between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the freight industry
and is designed to improve and
streamline shipping operations so they use less fuel and generate less
Launched in 2004, the SmartWay Partnership is a voluntary
public-private program that:
·provides a system for tracking, documenting and
sharing information about fuel use and freight emissions
·helps companies identify and select more
efficient freight carriers and operational strategies to improve supply chain
sustainability and lower costs from freight movement
·reduces freight transportation-related climate
change and air pollutant emissions
In our ongoing effort to be an environmentally
responsible freight shipping broker, PartnerShip is pleased to announce that it has once again been named a SmartWay Logistics Company Partner, for the fourth consecutive year. That means that we manage
logistics in an environmentally responsible way and help reduce the
environmental impact from freight transportation.
The EPA is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and there has been a lot of progress in the transportation industry. From NOx standards to fuel efficiency programs, these efforts have made a significant difference. Since its launch, the SmartWay program has helped partners avoid emitting 134 million tons of air pollution (NOx, PM, and CO2) and saved 280 million barrels of oil, which is the equivalent of eliminating annual electricity use in over 18 million homes.
More and more customers are making their shipping
decisions based on responsible environmental performance, and being a SmartWay
Partner means that we place a high value on sustainability and efficiency, just
like they do. PartnerShip is proud to be an eco-friendly freight broker.
If you’ve been looking for an environmentally friendly
PartnerShip. We can provide you with eco-friendly shipping options.
Contact us at 800-599-2902 or get a quote
What is the Difference Between Cross-Docking and Transloading?
01/14/2020 — Jerry Spelic
They are common questions in logistics and warehousing: What is cross-docking? What is transloading? What is the difference between cross-docking and transloading?
First, a definition of each of these freight services.
Cross-docking is unloading inbound freight from one truck, holding it in a warehouse or terminal for a very short period of time, and loading it onto another truck for outbound shipping.
Transloading is when inbound freight is unloaded, the pallets are broken down, and their contents sorted and re-palletized for outbound shipping.
Here is an example of cross-docking: A manufacturer needs to ship 20 pallets of products from the east coast to destinations in Texas, Florida and California. The 20 pallets are first shipped to a third-party warehouse in Cleveland, Ohio. A day later, 5 pallets are sent to Florida, 10 to Texas, and 5 to California on trucks bound for those destinations. Since the pallets were never unpacked and were only in the warehouse long enough to move them from one truck to another truck (and from one dock to another dock), they have been cross-docked.
Using the same Cleveland, Ohio third-party warehouse, here is an example of transloading: 5 suppliers of a manufacturer ship a year’s supply of components to the warehouse. The components are stored until they are needed, at which time the warehouse picks them, assembles them into a single shipment, and ships it to the manufacturing facility.
To recap, cross-docking is the movement of an intact pallet (or pallets) from one truck to another, and transloading is the sorting and re-palletizing of items.
Both cross-docking and transloading services are specific logistics activities that can create benefits for businesses; especially ones that utilize a third-party warehouse.
Benefits of cross-docking
Transportation costs can be reduced by consolidating multiple, smaller LTL shipments into larger, full truckload shipments.
Inventory management is simplified because cross-docking decreases the need to keep large amounts of goods in stock.
Damage and theft risks are reduced with lower inventory levels.
With a decreased need for storage and handling of goods, businesses can
focus their resources on what they do best instead of tying them up in
building and maintaining a warehouse.
Benefits of transloading
Businesses can store goods and products near customers or production facilities and have them shipped out with other goods and products, decreasing shipping costs.
Businesses can ship full truckloads to a third-party warehouse instead of many smaller LTL shipments.
With storage and logistics managed by others, the need for building and maintaining a warehouse is eliminated.
The bottom line is that these benefits translate directly into cost savings. To learn more about the full range of third-party logistics (3PL) services that PartnerShip has provided for three decades, and how cross-docking and transloading in our conveniently located 200,000+ square foot Ohio warehouse can benefit your business, call us at 800-599-2902 or send an email to
Beyond Boxes and Pallets: 10 Other Ways to Move Freight
01/03/2020 — Jerry Spelic
When most people think of freight, it’s usually an image of the ubiquitous 40” x 48” wood pallet that comes to mind. But there are many other ways to move freight, including these lesser known, but still important, methods.
In addition to wood, pallets can be made of plastic or metal. Plastic pallets are popular for export shipments because they don’t have to be heat treated to be used for international shipping, like wood pallets do. Aluminum and stainless steel pallets are strong and lightweight, and since they can be cleaned and sanitized, they can be used in food processing and pharmaceutical plants, where cleanliness is essential.
Gaylords. Named after the company that first introduced them, Gaylords are pallet-sized corrugated boxes used for storage and shipping. Sometimes called pallet boxes, bulk boxes, skid boxes and pallet containers, Gaylords can have between 2 and 5 walls and are meant to be single-use containers. Frequently used as in-store displays as well as shipping containers, Gaylords can be used to ship items as diverse as watermelons, stuffed animals, and pillows. Depending on configuration and how many walls they have, Gaylords can hold from 500 to 5000 pounds each.
Metal bins. Metal bins are typically made of steel and are mainly used in industrial applications where strong-sided containers are required to hold and move heavy and irregularly shaped items, like metal castings and forgings, stampings and scrap metal. Metal bins can be found in many different sizes and are essential in safely shipping heavy and potentially sharp objects.