Certified Freight Agent Myrtle Beach

3 Reasons to Use a Certified Freight Agent / Broker

Working with a certified freight agent/broker assures you get the best service with a highly-trained and trustworthy freight partner. ShipOnSite is the only freight broker in the Grand Strand who is a Certified Transportation Broker (CTB) through the Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA). CTBs undergo additional training and testing to ensure they meet high standards of knowledge, reliability and integrity. Here are a few more reasons to choose a certified freight agent:

1. Match your shipping needs with the best options from a network of reliable and certified transportation carriers. Because freight brokers are the connection between the transportation company and the client, reputable carriers place a high value on working with freight brokers who also meet high standards. And certified freight brokers have the knowledge and experience to make sure any transportation carriers they work with meet or exceed industry standards. They also develop relationships with a network of carriers and learn their rates, their most common routes and any discounts they may be willing to give. This allows them to match your shipping needs with carriers that are dependable and as cost-effective as possible.

2. Coordinate all of your shipping needs for you. Working with a certified freight agent is like having your own shipping department–without the cost of actually having your own shipping department. Outsourcing your shipping needs to your trusted freight agent eliminates the need for special equipment, extra staff, special software, invoicing and audits. Your freight agent takes care of all of the little details for your shipping needs, saving you time, money and resources.

3. Expertise in determining the proper freight class and NMFC codes. Certified freight brokers have extensive knowledge of the different freight classes and appropriate NMFC codes. NMFC codes refer to the National Motor Freight Classification system, which is a standardized system intended to provide a uniform pricing structure for freight transport. Using the incorrect freight class or NMFC codes can result in higher shipping costs than anticipated for the content of your shipment.

There are many benefits to working with a trusted certified freight agent/broker. The three reasons outlined here all add up to something very important for you and your business–peace of mind. When you know your shipping is being handled by a trustworthy freight partner, you can focus on your business and sleep well at night too. ShipOnSite is your CTB freight agent and partner along the Grand Strand.

Shipping Myrtle Beach | Dimensional Weight

Dimensional Weight: What Does that Mean To You?

If you’ve shipped a package within the last few years that was fairly lightweight but required a large box, you may have found yourself wondering about the cost to ship something that wasn’t all that heavy. Your shipping charges for that package were likely determined according to dimensional weight as opposed to actual gross weight. What is dimensional weight and how does it impact your cost?

 

What is Dimensional Weight?

Dimensional weight (DIM) may also be referred to as volumetric weight or less commonly, cubic weight. Dimensional weight is an estimated weight determined by multiplying the package dimensions of length x width x height, and then dividing by a dimensional factor (in the U.S., it’s 139). This method of weighing a package is used to help carriers account for the space or volume that package will require for shipping. Using only actual weight (gross weight) gives an incomplete picture of the space requirements the carrier needs to plan for to transport the package. That may sound vague so let’s explore an example:

For this example, imagine you have two completely identical boxes. You fill the first box with self-help books to send to your eccentric 72-year-old aunt. You fill the second box with feathers for your nephew’s handmade owl costume for the school play. When you take them to your shipping provider, the box full of books will weigh far more than the box full of feathers, however, because the boxes are the same size, they require the same amount of space for the carrier to transport. If calculated by gross weight alone, it would appear that the carrier will need far less space to transport the box of feathers than the box of books.

What Dimensional Weight Means for You

In 2007, most commercial shipping companies such as UPS, FedEx and DHL, as well as the U.S. Postal Service all began using DIM when calculating prices to better account for the space that package will take up in a shipment (its volume). In many cases, the company will charge whichever is higher–the DIM or the actual weight. The downside for consumers is that lighter weight items that require a bigger package will cost more to ship than if the pricing were based on gross weight.

One way to avoid overpaying to ship a lightweight item is to consider if another type of packaging would safely substitute for a box. In our example above, shipping the feathers in a large plastic shipping envelope/poly-bag changes the dimensions of the package and takes up less space than the box, which results in a lower cost to ship. You’ll just want to make sure that whichever type of packaging you choose will not risk damaging the item you’re shipping.

DIM makes sense for the carriers who transport packages because it allows them to better account for the space requirements of packages within a larger load or shipment. However, it can result in confusion for consumers if they don’t know much about it, and potentially a higher cost to ship a lightweight package than they expected. Understanding DIM and how it impacts your cost can help you make the most cost-efficient packaging choices. Of course, if you have any questions or need assistance choosing the best packaging option to ship your item, ShipOnSite is here to help!

Myrtle Beach Shipping Store Makes Local News

 

Dr. Kevin Kristick of Carolina Forest Veterinary Hospital and Verlon Wulf Owner of Carolina Cool, along with Frank Espinal, Owner of ShipOnSite of Myrtle Beach, have answered the call on the need of transporting more than 300 gallons of water to Flint, Michigan. All three covered the cost of the shipment to the devastated area in Michigan. ShipOnSite palletized and freight shipped the water via its CrateOnSite & FreightOnSite services.  Our efforts made the local WMBF News:

Horry County woman to receive help transporting water to Flint, Michigan

Shipping Myrtle BeachNORTH MYRTLE BEACH (WMBF) – An Horry County woman who collected over 300 gallons of water to help those in Flint, Mich., now has some assistance in getting it to the residents of the hard-hit community.

Frank Espinal, owner of Myrtle Beach’s ShipOnSite, said his company will handle the shipping at no cost.

“We are all subject to disasters, whether man made or a natural one,” Espinal said. “It is what needs to be done, to help those that are affected by it.”

Espinal added that the cost for shipping the water will be divided by ShipOnSite, Carolina Cool and Dr. Kevin Kristick of Carolina Forest Veterinary Hospital.

An exact date for when the water will be shipped has not yet been decided.

Crystal Black was the area resident who packed over 300 gallons of water to go to the Michigan city. It was purchased through donations from her church and her coworkers at a local Wal-Mart.

Black ultimately needed some help to move the clean water to Flint.

“We have a lot of water but how are we going to get it to Flint?” she previously asked.

When Black learned that the city’s water supply had been contaminated by lead, she immediately wanted to help.

“I watched the news one day and just seeing these kids sick, breaking out in rashes, and people dying,” said Black. “I never know when it could be me or my children in the situation, and I said I’ve got to do something.”

Black said that once she kicked it off with the first ten cases, her efforts did not go unnoticed once she shared her plan.

“I reached out to all of my church peers, my coworkers, and just shared the information of what I was trying to do and my vision,” she said

Once Black talked about her mission, she found out she had a coworker that had friends in Flint and didn’t hesitate to help.

“After I donated the first 10 cases, he donated 100 cases of water,” explained Black.

Water is still being collected through the end of the month. Donations can be dropped off at the Macedonia A.M.E Church. That address is 4652 Little River Kneck Rd., in North Myrtle Beach.

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ShipOnSite Owner, Frank Espinal, Voted Finalist for National Vetrepreneur of the Year.

ShipOnSite of Myrtle Beach Owner Frank Espinal was voted as a Finalist for the 2015 Hispanic Vetrepreneur of the Year.

Frank was chosen as one of six Finalists through a National Selection Committee. The Award presentation was held at the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) national conference September 19th, in Houston, Texas.

ShipOnSite of Myrtle Beach was also featured in the September issue of Vetrepreneur magazine as part of this national recognition.   Read the online  publication via:  (http://mydigimag.rrd.com/publication/?i=270156&pre=1)

NaVOBA Announces 2015 Hispanic Vetrepreneur of the Year®