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David Stevens

Selecting the right service level for a residential LTL pickup

There are different service levels that you can choose when looking to ship items from your home. Some are provided by LTL carriers and some require the involvement of moving companies. Here is a brief summary of your different options: Terminal Service A lot of folks don’t think of this one when considering shipping LTL…
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The 5 Most Important Tips About Residential LTL Pickups

Most LTL carriers in the market today offer Residential pickups for an additional charge. As part of this service they will come to your house or other residential location and pickup items that are packaged like a freight shipment. They will use a smaller truck and a lift gate to accommodate small spaces and the…
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What is a TMS for freight shipping?

Looking to organize your transportation? Then you probably need a good TMS (Transportation Management System). A TMS is used by shippers to manage shipments. It usually works in conjunction with the system you use to generate orders and the one that you use to manage and fulfill those orders or keep your inventory. Smiling warehouse…
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What to consider when requesting an LTL freight quote?

Type of LTL carrier Not all LTL freight carriers are the same. Often we see shippers get frustrated with a carrier when the reality is the carrier is performing as expected. With a good understanding of the types of carriers out there you can ensure you select the right carrier for the shipment at hand.…
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Why am I getting a rebill when I got a freight quote?

You ever accidentally mistake salt for sugar? It’s an unpleasant surprise for sure. Rebills are a lot like that. Unfortunately they are part of LTL freight shipping. There are several different reasons rebills happen. In this article we will discuss the more common reasons you might get charged differently then what was on your freight…
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Most common mistakes in LTL freight shipping?

So, let me tell you about the time I had to fire my wife. Early on in the life of my small business my wife was helping me out. She had a big heart with a small amount of experience. She was running a freight quote and selected the wrong freight class. This turned out…
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Where can I get an LTL freight quote?

If you are looking for LTL freight quotes there are a lot of options out there. Some might be more obvious than others. In this article we will cover the 3 most common places LTL freight shippers can find LTL freight quotes. Each of this locations has it’s pro’s and con’s. Our hope is that…
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What documentation is part of my LTL freight shipment?

Documentation is one of the most important aspects of freight shipping. It clarifies exceptions, gives direction and tells the story of what happened. In this article we discuss the primary pieces of documentation produced for a typical freight shipment. Freight Quote A freight quote is where all freight shipments start off. The freight quote is…
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What is a Limited Access Charge in LTL freight?

If you have received an adjusted invoice this is called a “rebill” in the LTL world. Rebills can be terribly frustrating. Especially when the freight quote you received from the LTL carrier was part of a larger cost structure that can’t be passed on somewhere. At BAM Freight we move several million dollars worth of…
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How does density impact your LTL freight quotes?

Scientists… earmuffs. I am not gonna explain density in scientific terms. If you are looking for that, I’m not your guy. I’m gonna tell you what density is in shippin’ terms. In the shipping business, especially LTL shipping, density is a big part about how pricing is determined. It is one of the major factors…
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