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 ask the right questions.
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:
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 differences that might surprise you. But first, we’ll look at why they both exist.
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.
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.
Did you know that you can order a FedEx freight box online, and they’ll deliver them to your door? I’m sure you do. But, what you probably don’t know is that FedEx Freight now offers the Freight Box for larger shipments. Since FedEx Freight is one of our trusted carriers, we wanted to fill you in on their new service.