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6 Ways an LTL Freight Carrier is Not Like a Parcel Service

Are you a business shipper who ships cargo in large quantities or cargo that is heavier than 150lbs. when fully packaged? Did you know that there are limitations on what parcel carriers can ship? While parcel shipping may work as part of your small business shipping strategy, you will likely need to include less-than-truckload or LTL shipping into your strategy as well. Incorporating LTL shipping into your strategy allows your shipping process to be m[...]

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How to Pack and Ship for Temperature-Controlled Shipping

Whether it’s really cold or hotter than the hinges, temperature-controlled shipping plays a vital role in the supply chain. As the winter months carry on and the spring harvest season is on the horizon, now is a good time to stay ahead of the game when it comes to temperature-controlled shipping. From inclement weather, to the produce season preparation, to mass vaccine distribution, temperature-controlled shipping plays a larger role in the supply ch[...]

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5 Ways Consignors and Consignees Can Reduce Shipping Stress

No matter if you’re shipping an item or receiving an item, the shipping process can get downright stressful. Whether you’re a consignor (shipper) or a consignee (receiver), mistakes sometimes happen and obstacles arise, making headaches for everyone. But we’re here to help. We’ve put together 5 ways consignors and consignees can reduce shipping stress. Less stress, less mess! Let’s get started!

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Shipping Special Items

You may need to move a family antique, or you could be a small business owner who needs to ship their one-of-a-kind creations, everyone at one point or another has special items they need to ship. Your special items will most likely need additional services to make sure they are handled with the utmost care. There are certain protocols to follow and options at your disposal when it comes to shipping special items, and to ensure they arrive safely, we’[...]

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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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