Webinar Recap: Top Challenges Shippers Faced in 2023 and How They Are Preparing in 2024

Published on
May 8, 2024
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The freight industry is constantly evolving, and staying ahead of the curve is crucial for shippers and carriers alike. Recently, FreightWaves partnered with Flock Freight for an enlightening webinar that delved into the trends shaping this year's freight landscape. Hosted by Grace Sharkey, staff writer and co-host of the Stock Out Show, and featuring Chris Pickett, COO of Flock Freight, the webinar provided a wealth of information on the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Here's a snapshot of the key takeaways from the discussion. Access the full webinar recording here.

Preparing for 2024: Shipper Strategies and Budgetary Changes

As we look towards 2024, shippers are bracing for budget increases and a shift in transportation strategies. The webinar revealed that most shippers anticipate transportation spend increases of up to 10%, driven by a rebalancing of supply and demand. With this in mind, shippers are exploring new ways to optimize their freight, including the potential reduction in shipment sizes to accommodate faster delivery expectations.

Combating Fraud and Theft in the Freight Industry

Another critical issue addressed in the webinar was the rise of fraud and theft within the freight landscape. As digital platforms become more prevalent, the risk of bad actors infiltrating the system increases. The webinar discussed the importance of investing in technologies that build trust and verify identities, highlighting the efforts of companies like Flock that mitigate these risks.

Revealing the Hidden Costs of LTL Shipping

Less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping is a common mode for many shippers, but it comes with its own set of challenges. The webinar shed light on the hidden costs associated with LTL shipping, such as damage rates and claims, which can significantly impact a shipper's bottom line. By considering alternative modes like shared truckload, shippers can potentially reduce these costs and improve their overall shipping strategy.

The Role of Emerging Technologies

Looking to the future, the webinar emphasized the role of emerging technologies in shaping the freight industry. From optimizing routing to enhancing supply chain management, technology is at the forefront of creating more efficient and sustainable freight solutions.

Introducing Shared Truckload: A New Mode of Transportation

One of the most significant highlights of the webinar was the introduction of shared truckload, a new mode of transportation that promises to revolutionize the way shippers think about moving freight. Unlike traditional methods, shared truckload allows shippers to pay only for the space they need, without the need for terminal consolidation. This innovative approach not only reduces costs but also enhances efficiency and carbon footprint, making it a win-win for shippers, carriers, and the environment.

Watch the Full Webinar for In-Depth Insights

While this summary captures the essence of the webinar, there's no substitute for the detailed insights and discussions that unfolded during the event. We encourage you to watch the full webinar to gain a deeper understanding of the topics covered and to hear firsthand from industry experts. Whether you're a shipper, carrier, or simply interested in the freight industry, this webinar is a valuable resource that shouldn't be missed.

Watch the full webinar here and equip yourself with the knowledge to navigate the ever-changing freight landscape with confidence.