9 Ways Blockchain Will Affect the Shipping Industry

ways blockchain will affect shipping industry

 

Despite seemingly constant technological advancements impacting just about every industry imaginable, the shipping industry still relies heavily on traditional processes. In the modern world, many of these processes are downright archaic and fail to sufficiently meet the needs of the companies involved in the supply chain. Most shipping transactions numerous documents, including charter party agreements, sales contracts, bills of lading, letters of credit, port documents, etc. They pass through several hands as cargo makes its way from its point of origin to its final destination, and keeping track of all that paperwork can be quite difficult. The procedure is extremely time-consuming, and vessels commonly arrive at discharge ports prior to the arrival of certain important documents. Continue reading…


Important Lessons Small Businesses Can Learn from Recent Brick-and-Mortar Bankruptcies

 

It seems like every day a new brick-and-mortar retailer is filing for bankruptcy every time you turn on the news. With once-popular brands like Toys “R” Us, The Bon Ton, Claire’s, Teavana and several others falling victim to difficult economic times and a surge in the popularity of online shopping, many small businesses fear becoming the next statistic in a never-ending stream of failed businesses. Continue reading…


Don’t Throw Out Your Styrofoam Cooler – Try These 5 Ways to Reuse It

Made from polystyrene, “Styrofoam” is actually a brand name owned by the Dow Chemical Company, which created the material in the 1940s. It is used to make everything from packing peanuts and packaging inserts to food containers and disposable cups. Styrofoam is made by expanding polystyrene with millions of air pockets. Because of these air pockets, Styrofoam is actually 97 percent air.

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Shipping Tips: Packing Peanuts vs. Air Pillows

When it comes to protecting items and filling voids in packages, there are several types of packaging material you can choose from. While packing peanuts were once the product of choice, more and more businesses are turning to air pillows instead. Both work well to cushion objects while in transit, and both are lightweight enough to do so without increasing shipping costs. With major retailers like Amazon making the switch to air pillows, though, many companies are realizing that they may be the better choice. Continue reading…


3 Myths about Gardening with Styrofoam Debunked

Talk to any gardener, and they will probably share at least one tip with you about how they use Styrofoam in their garden. Whether they have a flower bed, a veggie garden or even a container garden, there is a good chance they make use of Styrofoam in one way or another. And if they don’t, they probably still have a few Styrofoam gardening tips they learned from someone else that they would be more than happy to share with you. Continue reading…


What Makes Biodegradable Packing Peanuts Degrade?

We hear the term “biodegradable” quite often these days. With the ever-growing problem of overflowing landfills and waste making its way into our oceans and waterways, we have become increasingly concerned with producing products and materials that are classified as biodegradable. Continue reading…


Single vs. Double Wall Custom Boxes

Choosing the right boxes for packaging is vital. There are several options from which to choose, and the prices vary just as much as the features. While you may be inclined to choose the lowest priced option to reduce your shipping costs, doing so could result in products being damaged during transit. Using the wrong packaging materials could also lead to a lot of unnecessary frustration and wasted time.   Continue reading…


Know the New Hazmat Shipping Rules for 2018

For anyone working in the dangerous goods (DG) industry, the regulatory standards that seem to change on nearly a daily basis pose one of the greatest challenges. Several big changes have been implemented for hazardous materials shippers and carriers in 2018. Several new rules are in effect for hazmat air and vessel shipments now, and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) plans to begin implementing additional new hazmat rules throughout the year. Continue reading…


How Common Are Shipping Hazmat Spills?

Hazardous materials are defined as any materials or substances that, when involved in an accident or misused and released in sufficient quantities, pose a serious risk to property and the health and safety of people. They may be poisonous, explosive, corrosive, flammable, radioactive or otherwise toxic. Because they are commonly used in numerous industries, the shipment of hazardous materials is common. While there are numerous regulations in place, accidents still sometimes occur during shipment. Hazmat spills that occur during shipment most commonly occur as the result of transportation accidents. Just how common are these types of spills during shipment? Let’s take a closer look. Continue reading…