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What is an LTL Freight Broker?

An LTL freight broker is a intermediary between the freight shipper and the freight carrier. The broker adds value to the transaction in various ways. In this article we will discuss what an LTL freight broker is and how they can help you. LTL freight brokers are specialized transportation intermediaries that work with LTL carriers.…
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Understanding the Roles at Your LTL Carrier

Throughout the shipping process you are most certainly going to have to call into the LTL carrier a few times. Understanding the roles associated with LTL shipping can make the experience better for you and the carrier. In this article we will go over some basic tips on working with carriers. Getting the information you…
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Tips for scheduling LTL pickups

Sometimes the difference between your shipment going well and being a complete frustration depends on the way you schedule the pickup. Scheduling pickups with LTL carriers is a routine task but there are a few tips we can offer that can help avoid frustrating issues. Not all shipments are the same. Some need a little…
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Tips for tracking and tracing LTL shipments

Tracking and tracking shipments is a pretty routine part of LTL shipping. If you are new to shipping or just looking to make tracking easier, these tips might be helpful. We spend a lot of time tracking LTL shipments for our customers. Here is a list of tips our customer service team would like to…
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Top 5 questions to ask BEFORE you get an LTL freight quote

Time and time again we meet LTL freight shippers that are frustrated due to changes to their quoted amount after the shipment delivered. In the LTL world these are called rebills. The best way to avoid a rebill is to have accurate information up front. We find that most rebills can be avoided by asking…
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5 Steps to take before filing an LTL freight claim

When you experience damage/loss on a shipment, the main thought that may come to mind is, “It’s time to submit a claim!” The typical mindset is “Just get the claim going as fast as possible!” which often times results in the opposite of the desired effect (The desired effect being a fast and positive resolution.)…
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LTL vs Truckload Freight Shipping

From a broad standpoint ground transportation in the United States can be divided into two categories: LTL Freight and Truckload Freight. Each of these refers to the amount of freight shipped or the amount of space you purchase on the truck. In this article we will define the differences between both and discuss some other…
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What information is needed for an LTL freight quote?

Regardless of who you call, you will always need the same basic pieces of information to obtain an LTL freight quote. An LTL freight quote is only as accurate as the information used to obtain it. In this article we will discuss things you should consider as you gather your information so that you can…
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Tips for staging your residential LTL shipment

Tip 1: First you want to make sure your shipment is on a pallet Wood pallets are good but heavy duty plastic pallets are better. The reason is they are 4 way entry with no bottom layer. On a standard pallet there is a bottom layer of wood, which isn’t an issue when the shipment…
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How to make sure your residential location can fit an LTL freight truck

No one knows the layout of your location better then you. When scheduling your pickup you will want to provide as much information as possible to the carrier or broker to ensure success. The driver will be arriving in a large truck. If they can’t get in, they will not wait. Here are some things…
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