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5 Questions A First-Time Freight Shipper Doesn’t Know to Ask

If you’re a first-time freight shipper—whether an individual or a company—the first thing you’ll learn is that shipping freight is not like calling a moving company or taking your parcel to the post office. Freight shipping has its own rules, and they can be very confusing to the first-time freight shipper, especially if you don’t […]

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Keys to Shipping Happiness Part 1: The LTL Shipper’s Checklist

At FreightCenter, we believe that a successful LTL shipper (Less-than-Truckload) is a happy shipper. So, we’ve put together a blog series called Keys to Shipping Happiness. The first of the series is a simple checklist that should steer you toward LTL shipping success, and away from common shipping disappointments that sometimes lead to costly billing […]

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A Freight Trucking Disaster Flick or Disaster in the Making?

May 10, 2018 | By Meyer Baron | Under | No Comments

Full disclosure: This blog post is pure speculation about what could happen in a freight-trucking mashup in which a hacker takes over a self-driving vehicle. There is no evidence (yet) that a disaster like the one described here is currently in the making. But there are three aspects of this mashup that could make one […]

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Freight Shipping Costs Can’t Buck Market’s Perfect Storm

May 3, 2018 | By Meyer Baron | Under | No Comments

The 2000 movie The Perfect Storm is based on the true story of men and women braving life at sea at a time when three major storms converged to form “the perfect storm.” Now, three critical market factors in the freight shipping industry have formed a perfect storm of supply and demand, raising freight shipping […]

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Behind the Scenes: An LTL Freight Agent’s Day at FreightCenter

April 26, 2018 | By Meyer Baron | Under | No Comments

Ever wonder how the LTL freight shipping experts at FreightCenter are able to answer your questions so quickly and accurately? After all, FreightCenter has contractual relationships with nearly 100 LTL freight carriers, each with its own shipping lanes and rules. How can LTL freight agents keep all that info in their heads? The answer to […]

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Weight, Weight… Don’t Tell Me!

April 19, 2018 | By Meyer Baron | Under , | No Comments

We lie about our weight all the time, and everyone forgives us for doing so because they do it, too. Freight is not so forgiving. Getting the right weight is important. Yet many shippers have tried just about everything else. Wouldn’t it be nice? Over the years, numerous attempts have been made to help shippers […]

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Mid-American Trucking Show Celebrates Heroes and Milestones

April 17, 2018 | By Meyer Baron | Under , | No Comments

More than 71,000 people from 50 states and 61 countries braved a freak spring snowstorm to attend the 2018 Mid-American Trucking Show (MATS), held March 22-24 in Louisville, Kentucky. This year’s show, which featured 1,008 exhibitors and covered more than a million square feet of the Kentucky Exposition Center, once again focused on truck owner-operators […]

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Trade Show Shipping Savings & Service Secrets

April 10, 2018 | By Meyer Baron | Under , | No Comments

Many companies that exhibit in trade shows turn the entire event over to their marketing or sales department. Of all their priorities, the cost of trade show shipping seldom makes the list. The top three priorities usually consist of the following: 1. Determine show goals and how to achieve them 2. Design, write and produce […]

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Freight Quote Factors: Full Truckload vs Less-than-Truckload

March 16, 2018 | By Meyer Baron | Under , | No Comments

The truck cabs shown above look identical, and they might be carrying cargos that appear to be exactly alike, but their freight designations could be very different: some might be LTL (less-than-truckload) while others are TL (full truckload). From freight quote to booking a carrier, the initial stages of TL and LTL shipping have several […]

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As Freight Shipping Costs Surge, SMBs Find the Deals

ELDs, and why they’re important Shippers who follow the freight industry could see the recent surge in freight shipping costs coming a mile away. Every logistics trade publication predicted that the phased-in compliance of ELDs (Electronic Logging Device)—which began December 16, 2017—would disrupt the industry in terms of productivity and freight shipping costs, and they […]

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