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

If you’re a first-time freight shipper, who is shipping for yourself or for your business, the first thing you’ll learn is that shipping freight has its own rules. It’s not as cut and dry as calling a moving company or taking your parcel to the post office. It can all be very confusing to the first-time freight shipper, especially if you don’t ask the right questions. But don’t worry! We’ve put together 5 questions a first-time freight shipper should [...]

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Who Ships the Most Pumpkins?

Anyone who loves all things “pumpkin” knows the importance of this seasonal produce. This time each year, the pumpkin emerges as cultural king. You can find them everywhere during this transition from summer to fall, from goofy jack-o’-lantern faces to pumpkin-spice lattes, to pumpkin flavored beer, pancakes, candles and more! But when it comes to the actual pumpkin itself, have you ever thought about how they make it from the pumpkin farm to your fro[...]

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

While those freight trucks on the highways might all look identical and even their cargo may appear to be exactly alike, their freight designations could be very different. Some might be carrying a number of shippers’ pallets and making multiple stops. Others might be taken up by one business making a large shipment. Two common shipping methods are full truckload and less than truckload. These two freight designations have several differences that mig[...]

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When Should an LTL Shipper Consider Switching to Partial Truckload?

While less than truckload (LTL) shipping is the most common shipping method in the freight world, there are a variety of other shipping methods to consider and choose from. Another common mode is full truckload where the cargo being shipped requires the full use of the truck trailer. Generally speaking, LTL shipping is great for shipping cargo that is too large for parcel but doesn’t require the use of an entire tractor trailer. But did you know there[...]

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Understanding Your NMFC Code

In LTL shipping, you will hear a lot about NMFC codes and freight class. That’s because getting your NMFC code and freight class right is very important for any small business shipper. Small errors could lead to costly billing adjustments, misclassification and frustration. Understanding this component of freight shipping will help you optimize your supply chain and control freight spend, allowing you to spend more time running your business. One of t[...]

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Factors that Shape LTL and Truckload Trends

2020 really is a year unlike anything we have seen or experienced, and as market conditions fluctuate in less than truckload (LTL) and truckload (TL) shipping, it can be hard for business owners or operators to keep up with changes. The freight industry market conditions change for a variety of reasons, such as economic situations, legal regulations, driver shortages, capacity issues, sudden public health emergencies, weather conditions, seasonality a[...]

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Practical Freight Packaging

July 23, 2020 | By Phoebe Brown | Under ,

Just how important is packaging in the world of freight shipping? Freight packaging is such a big subject that the National Motor Freight Traffic Association (NMFTA) conducts a 3-part webinar series on the subject twice a year. Each module is 1.5 hours long and the cost to participate is more than $200 per attendee. While we won't attempt to include all the material in that NMFTA webinar series, we’re going to provide you with practical freight packag[...]

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The LTL Shipper’s Checklist

Whether you’re an experienced shipping pro or just beginning to put together your business’s initial supply chain strategy, it can be easy to get bogged down in the complexities of the freight shipping process. There are a lot of details and moving parts involved with shipping freight, so having something that breaks it down into a step by step process will take the frustration away and make shipping freight much easier. We’ve broken out each step of [...]

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Vital Freight Measurements: 4 Things You Might Not Know

July 2, 2020 | By Phoebe Brown | Under ,

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Overlength Issues and How to Handle Them

If you sell or ship bulky or large items, you know how tricky shipping can be. Sifting through different carriers’ size restrictions, rules and various regulations can get confusing and very time consuming. Overlength issues can be common when you’re manufacturing and shipping larger items. But you don’t have to try to figure out overlength issues alone. We’re walking you through common overlength issues and how to handle them, so you can ship efficie[...]

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