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TMS 101: Every Shipper Needs a Transportation Management System

TMS 101: Every Shipper Needs a Transportation Management System

TMS 101: Every Shipper Needs a Transportation Management System   Does your organization use a TMS? Manufacturers, distributors, and anyone who ships freight can and should reap the benefits of a transportation management system (TMS).      What is a Transportation Management System or TMS?   Gartner, a global research and advisory company, defines a transportation management system or TMS as a solution that “is used to plan freight movements, do freight rating and shopping...

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Understanding Overlength Surcharge in LTL Shipping

Understanding Overlength Surcharge in LTL Shipping

Understanding Overlength Surcharge in LTL Shipping Overlength surcharge is a source of frustration or profit depending on your perspective as a shipper or carrier.  Understanding when and why carriers surcharge for overlength can reduce surprise charges. What is a freight surcharge? A surcharge is a fee added into a transportation rate to offset additional handling charges that are too complicated or dynamic to build into standardized rates.   The most common example of a surcharge is fuel...

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Shipping Alert:  Hurricane Sally

Shipping Alert:  Hurricane Sally   Hurricane Sally made landfall early this morning near Gulf Shores AL and is expected to track northeast across Georgia and South Carolina over the next 24 hours.  As is typical with gulf hurricanes, wind and water damage is expected along with road closures and travel delay or suspension.   Freight operations for most LTL and truckload operators are seeing delays or suspensions while the storm moves through.     For the latest from CNN To...

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How to Calculate Density for LTL Freight Costs

How to Calculate Density for LTL Freight Costs

How to Calculate Density for LTL Freight Costs       Shippers need to know how to calculate density for LTL freight costs because many carriers use freight density along with actual weight to price LTL shipments. Calculating freight density may sound like a task for a math whiz, but it’s quite simple to do. If you know the weight and dimensions of your freight, you can calculate the density.    Density = Shipment Weight / Total Cubic Feet   Below we’ll break down how to...

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Avoid These 5 Common LTL Shipping Mistakes

Avoid These 5 Common LTL Shipping Mistakes

Avoid These 5 Common LTL Shipping Mistakes   Less than truckload or LTL shipping can be stressful and time consuming for companies inexperienced with freight shipping. Sending smaller loads via LTL offers quicker delivery times at a better price, but you must navigate some common mistakes that could prove costly and slow down your shipment. Improve your bottom line by avoiding these five LTL shipping mistakes.  Skipping the Insurance While it may seem like an extra cost you don’t need,...

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How to Improve Your Experience Working with an LTL Freight Brokerage

How to Improve Your Experience Working with an LTL Freight Brokerage

How to Improve Your Experience Working with an LTL Freight Brokerage   Partnering with an LTL freight brokerage leads to higher profits and less hassle. With a broker on your side, gone are the days of chasing down carriers for quotes or sitting on hold waiting for the insurance company to handle your claims. That’s the broker’s job.   As is true for any relationship – business or personal – the fastest way to happiness is to know a few things about each other. For example, what they...

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