LTL shipping is the most popular, reliable and cost-effective method of shipping. However, it can be complex and confusing if you’re unfamiliar with it. Think of LTL shipping as a ride share. Your freight will share space in a trailer with other shippers’ freight while in route to its destination. That means there’s more to the LTL shipping process than meets the eye. We break down LTL shipping and give you some tips for making LTL shipping easier.
There are two common freight services that you’ve probably heard of. They are full truckload (TL) shipping and less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping. What are the differences between the two and how do you know which one you’ll be needing to fill out a freight quote for? They may be similar on the surface, but there are more differences between the two than you may think. Learn the difference between full truckload vs less-than-truckload and how it could[...]
Controlling and managing freight spend is a huge part of your business. Freight shipping is complex, and shippers like you may have a lot of questions. One of the most common questions is what factors affect LTL freight rates? Knowing the answer to this question allows you to develop a better strategy and helps save you and your team time and money. We’re going to dive into what factors affect LTL freight rate so you can control your costs when shippi[...]
What separates the good third-party logistics (3PL) companies out there from the great ones isn’t just their ability to connect shippers with the right shipping solutions. It’s about leveraging their amazing network of shipping partners and passing on the benefits of these partnership to their customers. One area that is extremely important in the process is freight packaging. At FreightCenter, we were lucky and excited to have our partner Jeff Banion[...]
Going from parcel shipping to freight shipping for the first time may seem intimidating. Although you might be familiar with the standard practices of parcel shipping, your business could benefit from moving to less-than-truckload or LTL shipping. In general, parcel shipping is best for freight that is 150 pounds or less, fits in a smaller package and can be lifted without assistance. LTL shipping is best for freight that is over 150 pounds, is bulky [...]
If you have shipped before, then you know how important it is to understand how freight billing works. Freight billing is an unavoidable part of the process for every shipper. It might sound like a simple process, but it can get complicated. Without the knowledge of best practices for freight billing, it can be easy for small businesses to get caught up in freight billing mayhem. Knowing how freight billing works helps avoid costly shipping mistakes a[...]
Like so many industries today, freight shipping is being transformed by advanced technologies. All these technologies share two goals: to make freight shipping more efficient and less expensive. In the world of freight-shipping technology, the concept of driverless freight-shipping trucks gets the lion’s share of the press, but it is still years away from being a major factor in freight shipping. Meanwhile, other technologies are currently in developm[...]
The American Trucking Research Institute (ATRI) recently published its annual Critical Issues in the Trucking Industry for 2019. From ATRI’s top 10 list of critical issues, FreightCenter has identified four issues on the list that should be of particular interest to our customers. Of those four, we’ve dedicated one article to an in-depth discussion of Hours of Service (HOS) rules. In addition to being restrictive in the name of safety, the rules can a[...]
Temperatures are going down, and winter is officially here. Many shipments contain items that have the potential to freeze in lower temperatures, which could result in damage or loss. Don’t let the cold hurt your freight and bottom line. Check out how to protect shipments from freezing temperatures below.