Top Transportation Tips

From navigating shipping during COVID-19 to improving your supply chain strategy, we’ve gathered our readers’ top 10 transportation tips and tricks

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Looking for ways to streamline your supply chain and improve your transportation performance? Check out our list of the top 10 transportation tips.

Track Record recently celebrated its second anniversary, and over the last two years, we’ve published more than 100 articles intended to enhance your transportation and logistics intelligence. We know people in the business of transportation and logistics are always looking for ways to streamline their supply chains and improve their performance, so to celebrate our second birthday, we’ve gathered our most popular “Tips” articles all in one place. Check out our list of the top 10 below.

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#1: How to Ship during COVID-19

The article: “COVID-19: A Shipper’s Resource Guide”

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The COVID-19 pandemic came on quickly, changing the conditions under which we live, work and even ship almost overnight. So it’s no surprise our COVID-19 Shippers Resource Guide was our most popular “Tips” article. In it you’ll find a robust list of trusted sources for the latest news pertaining to major areas of business, freight transportation, logistics and supply chain management.

#2: How to Find out if You Can Ship by Rail

The article: “Quiz: Is Rail the Right Fit for Your Shipments?”

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Rail offers a safe, economical, green and efficient way to ship, but people often wonder if it will work for their shipments. This quiz gives you the answer in just a few clicks.

#3: Tips for Shipping by Rail during Hurricane Season

The article: “How to Prepare for the 2020 Hurricane Season”

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Hurricanes can have devastating impacts on supply chains. This article provides eight steps rail shippers should take before and after a storm to keep their supply chains moving (even beyond 2020).

#4: How to Find Transportation Options When Waterways Close

The article: “America’s “Water Highway” Is Aging — Are You Prepared for the Closures Ahead?”

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With waterway closures becoming more common, companies that ship by barge are forced to find alternative shipping modes. Here we provide the alternate transportation options you have when closures happen so you can keep your supply chain moving when waterways aren’t accessible.

#5: How to Get Trusted Rail Shipping Information during COVID-19

The article: “COVID-19 Railroad Resources”

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Even though the COVID-19 pandemic has changed many things, it hasn’t changed the fact that companies and communities rely on their supply chains. Fortunately, railroads have done an amazing job keeping goods moving during the coronavirus pandemic, and part of that is proactively providing information to rail shippers by way of these six sources.

#6: Tips for Becoming a Successful Shipping and Logistics Manager

The article: “How to Be the Best Logistics Manager: 10 Secrets for Success”

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If you’re looking to become a better shipping and logistics manager, you won’t want to miss these 10 secrets for success.

#7: How to Use Transportation to Make Your E-Commerce Strategy a Success

The article: “E-Commerce and Your Supply Chain”

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As online shopping continues to rise, e-commerce is more important than ever. What does this mean for shippers? It means they are faced with the challenge of supporting the e-commerce strategies their businesses and customers are putting into place, and their transportation and logistics partners are a key part of their success. This article explains the three ways transportation supports a successful e-commerce strategy.

#8: Tips for Keeping Rail Shipments Safe

The article: “The Art of Loading a Rail Car”

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If you ship your products by rail and want them to arrive in tip-top shape, you have the power to make it happen. Check out these rail car loading basics and tips for keeping your shipments safe.

#9: The Quick Guide to Which Products You Can Transload

The article: “What Products Can Be Transloaded?”

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Transloading is a big deal in the transportation world because it allows shippers to seamlessly transfer products between trucks and trains. With both shipping modes at their fingertips, transloading gives shippers the flexibility of trucks for the first and last mile and gain the economic and environmental benefits of rail for the long haul in between. With the ability to ship more economically and expand their reach, that prompts many shippers to ask: what products can be transloaded? In this article, we give you the answer.

#10: Transportation Grant Writing Tips

The article: “How to Write a Successful BUILD Grant”

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Each year, the U.S. Department of Transportation invests in road, rail, transit and port projects through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grant program (aka "BUILD grants," formerly known as TIGER grants). While BUILD grants can be a critical source of funding, competition for them is fierce. To make the application process simpler and, ideally, successful, three successful BUILD grant applicants share their tips for winning funding.

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