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Truckload Update Summer 2017

Load to truck ratios have significant impact to higher carrier costs and often play a role in limited capacity in major markets. Load to Truck Ratios Spiking During Produce & Seasonality Shift Beginning in June, the truckload national average for load to truck ratio for dry van is 5:1, while flatbed is as high as…
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What is a Full Truckload Shipment?

The simplest explanation of a full truckload shipment is a shipment where you pay for all of the visible loading space on a trailer.  The solution however can vary depending on the cargo, equipment, and person you are talking to.  For shippers these nuances can be a little confusing at times. In this article we…
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How can I save money with partial truckload shipments?

A partial truckload shipment is a type of shipment where you only take up part of the trailer’s hauling capacity. In freight shipping there are two limits that must be considered. The first is weight and the second is space. Typically a trailer will have 48′ to 53′ feet of linear space that can be…
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What are the different types of LTL carriers?

In the LTL freight world there are different kinds of carriers. Often these carriers will look the same. In general they all provide the same type of transportation but can be categorized based on the area they serve or the way they move your freight. A smart shipper is aware of the nuances and uses…
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3 Benefits of LTL Shipping

LTL freight shipping is the most common form of freight shipping in the US. LTL shipments, generally speaking, are between 150 lbs and 10,000 lbs and under 12 linear feet. There are many options for shippers to move there freight. The decision of which way to go can depend on a number of factors. To…
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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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