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How to Pack Your Freight For an LTL (Less-Than-Truckload) Common Carrier 

Posted On 20th November 2015

Of course it depends what you are packing but the ideal pallet is always the same to a carrier: a square strong crate 45" to 50" high on which they can stack another pallet and weighing no more than 1200 lbs.  Unfortunately, in the real world, we are not economically able to crate every shipment and most freight does not perfectly fill out a 42" x 48" x 48" space.  So we adjust - but your goal should be to  minimize the dimensions of your freight while the packages or piece inside ...

Truckload Line Indexes and what they say about Spot Truckload Prices vs Contract Pricing 

Posted On 17th November 2015

According to the Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, using spot trucks is on average less expensive than using contract carriers (dedicated equipment) in most lanes in the USA. However, such a rough analysis might not be completely fair to the contract carriers, which may have higher expenses as a result of servicing such demanding shippers.   For instance, the comparison does not account for the way certain shippers require their contract carriers to operate using “dropped trailers&r ...

5 Reasons Why You Owe It to Your Employer to Check Out FreightRun.com's Online Shipping System 

Posted On 17th November 2015

Reason #1 Transparency - For each shipment you can show why you went with a particular carrier for a price or quality reason.  FreightRun.com's Carrier Reviews, filled in by other FreightRun.com customers like you, are available to you also and help to better inform you of the strengths and weaknesses of any particular carrier.  Better informed professional shipping consumers like yourself can make better carrier choices from a platform like FreightRun.com using the Carrier Reviews and ...

Top 5 Tips to Get Best Rate/Pricing For Your Full Truckloads Freight 

Posted On 16th November 2015

#5 Check your past shipments out of the same origin and to same destination - every point in USA is either an origin with a surplus of trucks looking for a backhaul, or a deficit of trucks looking to extract a high "front haul" price from you, or you are shipping from/to a balanced lane that has roughly equivalent pricing back and forth.  Most acute trucker surplus areas are the Pacific Northwest and the Northeast; but you have seasonal situations arising all the time   #4 Go to Freigh ...

5 Important Things to Know About Shipping Full Truckloads Freight 

Posted On 9th November 2015

1. Type of Equipment - The two main distinctions are "VANS" (53' Long Covered Trailers) and "FLATBEDS" (53' open decks) - covered trailers keep things driest but flatbeds can be tarped - speak with your colleagues and boss about how you normally ship your particular products.  Make sure there is easy access - enough turning room - for a big truck to get into your dock but also at the receiver's dock!   2. Pickup and Dropoff Locations and Times - Note you should be able to load the truc ...