How to Avoid Carrier Accessorial Fees

If you’re here, you’ve likely received an accessorial fee, also known as an accessorial charge, that resulted in a higher than anticipated bill from your carrier – and it probably wasn’t “received” too well. After all, nobody likes to spend more for a service than they were quoted. That said, there are some things you can do to avoid these …

FreightSnap’s FS 5000 Earns Canada Certification

Already a popular pallet dimensioner in the United States, FreightSnap’s FS 5000 has taken its first steps toward becoming a trusted solution for Canadian companies looking to automate their freight measuring processes. This certification makes the FS 5000 the newest pallet dimensioner to be deemed legal-for-trade by Canada’s regulatory agency, Measurement Canada. During the week-long certification assessment, the FS 5000 …

Dimensioning Success Story – Estes Express Lines

Exploration and Evaluation When Estes Express Lines embarked on their journey into freight dimensioning in 2015, they did so with a strong commitment to improving their operations and pricing. While initially considering a handful of vendors, Estes used their best procurement practices to whittle down their list to two companies, FreightSnap being one of them. The two finalists agreed to …

Dimensioning for LTL Carriers: A Quick Look at ROI

Pallet dimensioners represent a significant capital investment for less-than-truckload carriers looking to bring automated freight measuring into the fold. Even when you consider that dimensioners have come down in price across the board by as much as 60-70% in the last few years, according to a CarrierDirect whitepaper published in 2016, you’re still looking at spending thousands on just one …

Parcel Shipping or LTL Shipping? Which to Choose and When

Shippers are always looking for new ways to save money and cut unnecessary expenditures. And one way to do so is by making the most cost effective and practical choice when it comes to shipping their goods. But, with the lines between parcel and traditional less-than-truckload carriers blurring, the decision on which service to choose has become more nuanced. So, …

How to Calculate Freight Class in 4 Simple Steps

As the debate between density-based freight pricing and the class-based system rages on, it’s no secret that less-than-truckload carriers in the United States are steadily moving toward dimensional weight pricing regardless of shipper’s qualms – after all, density based pricing is already the standard in most parts of the world. That said, the shift is proving to be gradual as …

FreightSnap's FS 5000 pallet dimensioner installed inside a shipping warehouse.

Do I Need a Pallet Dimensioner? Four Questions to Ask

Until the last few years, domestic less-than-truckload carriers determined freight rates using classification guidelines put in place during the early 20th century when railroads were the primary method for transporting goods. By many accounts, this class-based system was – and still is – confusing for shippers, complicated for carriers to manage, and costly to implement. As time has gone on, …

FreightSnap's FS 5000 pallet dimensioner showing pallet measurements on the display screen.

What is a Dimensioner, and How Does it Impact Shippers – What You Should Know

If you’ve heard the term “dimensioner,” “dimensionalizer” or “pallet dimensioner” tossed around with increasing frequency in the last few years, you’re not alone. These terms and others have been used interchangeably to talk about the equipment that’s being used to reshape the LTL industry in the United States. But what is a dimensioner exactly? According to Wiktionary, a dimensioner is …

Large distribution center with freight staged and ready to be shipped.

A Short Guide to Researching, Buying, & Implementing a Pallet Dimensioner

The topic of dimensional weight pricing in the LTL transport industry has been covered at length as major LTL carriers like FedEx, UPS, Old Dominion Freight, SAIA, Estes Express Lines, YRC Freight and others have started using DIM weight as a key component in their rate calculations for shippers. In fact, many LTL’s are already using automatic pallet dimensioners to …

FreightSnap's FS 5000 pallet dimensioner hanging from a tall warehouse ceiling. NTEP, Measurement Canada, and OIML certification logos are also pictured.

How to Choose a Pallet Dimensioner – 9 Things to Consider

Pallet dimensioners, also known as “cubing systems” or simply “dimensioners,” are used by shippers to automate the pallet measurement and documentation process – a process which until recently has consisted of measuring freight with a tape measure, taking a photo of the freight with a digital camera or phone, and then transferring that information to a WMS or TMS system …