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Freight Shipping Basics

Freight shipping, by definition, is the movement of bulk cargo from one location to another, whether it’s by truck, rail, air, or sea. The importance of the freight industry cannot be understated. In fact, The American Trucking Associations’ American Trucking Trends 2018 found that the trucking industry alone generated $700.1 billion in revenue, or 79.3% of the U.S.’s freight bill, cementing its place of importance in the U.S. economy.

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How To Get An LTL Freight Quote

September 11, 2018 | By FreightCenter Team | Under

Getting an LTL freight quote is an easy endeavor when you use FreightCenter’s instant freight quote tool, but before you go plugging all your information in, let us walk you through the process. There are several factors that play into figuring LTL freight quotes, and understanding them will pull a more accurate quote.

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Expert of the Month: Casey Jones, Customer Care Manager

September 6, 2018 | By Meyer Baron | Under ,

In a logistics career that has spanned nearly 20 years, Casey Jones has never shied away from taking on new challenges. As Casey puts it, “People never stop moving in this industry. If you do stop, you get left behind.”

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4 Measurements of Freight Broker Effectiveness in 2018

Years from now, 2018 may become known as The Year of the Freight Broker.  Here’s why.

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Expert of the Month: Jamie Smith, Director of Logistics

This is the first in our new “Expert of the Month” series, where you'll hear directly from a FreightCenter shipping expert.

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Glider Kit Controversy Pits Businesses Against Environment

In 2010 the Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, put emissions standards in place to control the diffusion of particulate matter and nitrogen oxide from heavy duty trucks. The trucking industry soon realized a potential workaround for these regulations: glider kits.

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Trade Show Shipping Savings & Service Secrets

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:

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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 were correct.

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3 Alarmingly Easy Ways to Waste Money When Shipping Freight

Like every other aspect of running a business, shipping freight comes with a learning curve. Unfortunately, the freight shipping learning curve can be more expensive than necessary if you’re not careful. A lot of business operators will be surprised to learn about these three ways an alarmingly larger than expected shipping bill can be run up in no time.

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A Trucking Term Trio: Headhaul, Backhaul, and Deadhead

February 5, 2018 | By Mikayla Avila Vila | Under

Time for a pop quiz, team! In one of our recent blog posts, Shipping Shoptalk, we laid out lingo popular in freight industry circles, and now we’d like to revisit two and add a third to your growing repertoire. Do you remember what backhauls and headhauls are? Extra credit for those who know what a deadhead is. There’s a difference between defining a word and understanding its function, so we’re going to break them down and explain what they are.

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