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For Thanksgiving 2020: a toast to our safe and essential supply chains

For Thanksgiving 2020: a toast to our safe and essential supply chains

This week, a lot of Americans will sit down to much smaller Thanksgiving dinners than usual. It’s been a challenging year on so many levels. Nevertheless, they will raise their glasses and say a toast to the things they’re grateful for. If Labelmaster were hosting Thanksgiving, here’s how our toast might go: Here’s to the

How cold, for how long? The role of temperature in hazmat shipping.

The prospect of COVID-19 vaccines being approved in the near future has a lot of people suddenly thinking about cold chain shipping. But keeping vaccine doses extremely cold is only the, er, tip of the iceberg when it comes to temperature-controlled shipping. This time of year, with another brutal northern winter on its way, shippers

Hundreds of millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses. What do DG shippers need to know?

Sometime in the next few weeks or months, a COVID-19 vaccine will likely be approved by the FDA (and similar bodies in other nations). That will be very, very good news. The bad news is that those vaccines won’t just magically appear at your nearest pharmacy. In fact, safely transporting hundreds of millions of vaccine

How to ship large format lithium batteries: 13 things every e-commerce shipper must know.

The e-commerce industry has been one of the few beneficiaries of this year’s COVID-19 pandemic. In the second quarter of 2020, e-commerce sales were up 44.4% over the same quarter in 2019. All signs indicate that this year’s holiday season will see another giant surge in e-commerce deliveries. And some of the fastest-growing, most popular

The ORM-D hazmat label is being phased out. Here’s its retirement speech.

Starting January 1, 2021, the ORM-D label will no longer be accepted for Dangerous Goods shipments. Here’s what the label had to say on the occasion of its retirement from public service. Hello, hazmat shippers and Dangerous Goods professionals everywhere. I’m here to announce my retirement from public service, as my last day on the

DGIS Challenge

How hazmat shipping automation helps you find hidden demand (and revenue).

Can you really grow your operation’s revenue by simply automating with hazmat software? That’s the basis of our new DGIS Challenge page, where you can feed numbers from your operation into our simple calculator to see how our Dangerous Goods Information System can help you execute more hazmat shipments every day. And more shipments equals

11 unforgettable sessions from the 2020 Dangerous Goods Symposium

As much as we love getting together with hazmat pros from around the world at the Dangerous Goods Symposium every September, we have to admit there were several advantages to this year’s all-virtual event: You could attend sessions in your pajamas You could mutter objections to the speaker’s opinion without having everyone at your table

Chinese hazmat regulations explained! More notes from the 2020 DG Symposium.

Two recent sessions at the all-virtual 2020 Dangerous Goods Symposium explored two of the more complex issues faced by global hazmat transport operations: Chinese regulations and effective training. Not only are Chinese Dangerous Goods regulations often more restrictive than those in Europe or the U.S.—their regulatory structure can be baffling, too. Yet the continued growth

What we can learn from regulatory updates at the DG Symposium

On one level, regulatory update sessions at the 2020 Dangerous Goods Symposium are for true DG diehards—the trainers and shipping managers who have to know hazmat regulations in detail to keep their clients and operations compliant. But even if your job only occasionally touches the Dangerous Goods supply chain, you can still gain valuable insight.

An explosive finish to Lithium Battery Week at the 2020 DG Symposium

The final two sessions of Lithium Battery Week at the 2020 Dangerous Goods Symposium were explosive, in different ways. One session featured carriers, regulators, industry reps and top trainers squaring off on the hottest topic in hazmat transport, and other featured video of batteries actually blowing up. Here’s a brief recap. Let’s watch lithium batteries

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