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Does your broker post and pray?

How do you know if you have a quality freight broker or not? Many brokers depend on internet load boards to cover your shipments. Often when they accept a load from you they have no idea how they are going to cover it. Their primary tactic is to put it out for bid and hope…
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Tips for working with interline LTL carriers

Many LTL carriers utlize interline relationships to grow their network and service their customer’s better. While this is a great strategy for the carriers to service customers in new markets, customers may experience a reduction in service caused by back office issues. Here are some tips we that can help customers take advantage of these…
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Having trouble getting a delivery appointment?

As an LTL broker that works a lot with grocery store or food distribution warehouses we work with carriers all the time who struggle to get delivery appointments. Food distribution is a high volume business. Everyone eats and food to replenish supply is constantly moving. Many food warehouses will require delivery appointments so they can…
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What is a drop location in LTL shipping?

A drop location is a location where the carrier and facility have come to an agreement that the carrier would stage equipment at their facility for loading and/or unloading. Here is an example of a drop trailer scenario at a warheouse in Louisville, KY. The LTL carrier picks up freight all over the country via…
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What is the difference between and interline carrier and asset light carrier?

Carriers seeking to grow their network of trucks and terminals have two basic options to do so: 1. They can purchase or own them. 2. They can partner with companies that own them. This article will focus on the latter. In it you will learn the basic differences between two main ways carriers partner with…
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LTL Shipping: Guaranteed Service

LTL Common Carriers operate by moving your freight along specific routes based on public rates (unless you have negotiated a private tariff) and based on estimated transit times. This means unless you purchased an upgraded service level your shipment will take about “x” number of days to get deliver. LTL carriers call this upgraded service…
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What is LTL Freight Shipping?

LTL Shipping or less-than-truckload shipping is a type of freight transportation used by shippers to move cargo when they do not have enough to fill up a whole truck. This is the most common form of trucking in the U.S. Most LTL shipments move on the nations vast common carrier network. In this article we…
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LTL Shipping: Limited Access Service for Tight Spaces

One of the instances where a carrier may charge a limited access fee is when they must pickup or deliver from a tight space. In this article we cover the different things you should consider when purchasing your limited access service. In this article we will answer these questions: What is limited access service for…
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LTL Shipping: Limited Access Service for Secure Facilities

Secure facility service is a type of limited access service offered by LTL carriers. This service option applies when the facility you are picking up requires special security measures or credentials to access the facility. This article will discuss the main factors of this service from a carrier perspective. In this article we will answer…
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LTL Shipping: Lift Gate Service

Lift gate service is extremely useful for shippers that do not have a traditional loading doc or forklift needed to get their LTL freight into trailer. While this service is very useful, it is not without limitations. Read this article to learn things you should consider when selecting a lift gate service. In this article…
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