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Overcoming the Common Challenges in LTL Shipments

Because of the shortage of drivers, freight is becoming more expensive. This is leading many savvy freight movers to consider alternate methods of getting their cargo from point A to point B. Less than Truckload (or LTL) shipping is one of these methods. If you are looking to shift from having your own shipment to using an LTL carrier, there are some common challenging details you should be aware of upfront. Continue reading

Don’t Make these LTL Shipping Mistakes

Less than truckload (LTL) shipping is a great way to save money on smaller shipments. If you don’t have enough to fill up a full freight truck, LTL shipping can ensure you goods get to where you need them while keeping shipping costs down. LTL shipping isn’t difficult, but there are some common mistakes that you can make that will increase costs beyond what they should be, or prevent you from getting your freight to its intended destination in a timely manner. Continue reading

Things to Know About Intermodal Shipping

Shipping ContainerIntermodal shipping is a way that you can move your freight using different modes of transportation. This can mean having trucks take your containers to a sea port then using a ship to move your goods overseas. This could also mean having trucks carry your freight to a rail station, followed by moving your goods across country by train where a truck will pick them up and deliver them to their final destination. Regardless of your specific needs, intermodal shipping is a great way to move goods. Here are some things that you should know about using intermodal shipping. Continue reading

Not all Pallets are Created Equal

Generally if you are shipping items “Less than Truckload” (LTL) then you will be using shipping pallets to do so. If you choose to use standard size pallets to ship your product, there is a little rule of which you may not be aware. Failing to follow this “65% rule” can cost you money. What is the 65% rule and how can it affect your LTL shipments? Let’s find out. Continue reading

Avoid These Mistakes When Shipping Servers

Laptop computer with sky screen isolated on whiteWhatever the business reason, there is no doubt that shipping a computer can be tricky. The process gets more complex if you are shipping servers or more critical computers. No matter the reason, you want your servers to ship in one peace and ready to go on to your network when they arrive. This means avoiding some of these common shipping mistakes when it comes to servers. Continue reading

Tips for Shipping Produce

Sweet Peppers in Wood Crate

Spring is upon us, which means harvest season is right around the corner. Once your warehouses start filling up with freshly picked produced, you are going to have to ship it to the customers who are interested in buying. Nobody wants a shipment of produce to arrive bruised and messy. Here are some things to remember as you get your crop ready to ship to your customers to make sure it arrives looking as good as it did the day it was picked.

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What is the Best Wood for Crating

Wood work backgroundIf you have the need to have items crated for shipping, the first option you might confronted with is what kind of wood your crate should be constructed out of. There are typically two main categories of wood that are used for building crates: plywood and oriented strand board (OSB). Both of them have their benefits and downfalls. Let’s take a look at these different kinds of woods that can be used for crating and see which one might better suit your crating needs. Continue reading

Things to Know When Shipping Overseas

overseas shipping

If you are planning on expanding your shipping markets overseas, then you will eventually need to enter into a contract with an overseas carrier. The burden of knowing just what the specifics of a contract are when you enter into one puts a lot of pressure on you as the shipper. Many of these contracts can last over a year or more. If you enter into a bad contract, you could be stuck dealing with some of the following issues:

  • Rates that are too high for you to get a return on your shipment investment
  • Market conditions that do not support selling your products in the markets that your shipping contract has given you access to
  • Being unable to adjust the contract to address any of the above two points

The burden is on the shipper to know what to do if any of the things above happen. Here are some things you should be looking for when shipping overseas. Continue reading

LTL Shipping Your Furniture

fork lifter transporting wooden crate

The idea of shipping your furniture typically brings to mind large moving guys in stained T-shirts walking all around your house. While this might be the case if you hire a moving company, it is possible to ship furniture via Less than Truckload (LTL) freight carriers. Using this method is a cheaper alternative to using a moving company. There are some differences in the types of service you should expect, and there is also some additional preparation that might be necessary. If you have a large amount of furniture to ship, or have a furniture manufacturing business, then LTL shipping might be for you.

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