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2018 Report – The High Costs of Congestion, Plus Possible Solutions

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) has released its 2018 report on the Cost of Congestion to the Trucking Industry, which showed that congestion caused nearly 1.2 billion hours of delay (the equivalent of 425,533 commercial truck drivers sitting idle for an entire working year) and cost the industry more than $74.5 billion in additional operational costs during 2016 alone. …

How to Document Freight for LTL Shipping

Proper freight documentation facilitates a smooth shipping process, can help lower costs, and improves your odds of being reimbursed when filing damage claims. The companies that do it best all follow a similar set of procedures, which helps them avoid headaches on the back end. With a little work, any business can implement these best practices and join their ranks. …

Tips to Save During the 2018 LTL Rush

While shoppers can expect to save this time of year, the opposite is true for those purchasing LTL services. As sales volumes increase so does the demand for LTL shipping, which leads to capacity crunches, and ultimately, higher-than-normal freight rates. This year, those pricing surges are expected to be even worse with fewer drivers on the road and retail sales …

3 Solutions to Solve Your Density-Based Shipping Woes

Like their air freight and parcel carrier cousins, less-than-truckload (LT) operations are turning to density-based pricing with greater frequency. They’re caring less about what you’re shipping, and more about how much space it occupies on their trailers, which ensures that trucks leave with fuller, more profitable loads. Unfortunately, this shift has caused new headaches for shippers in the form of …

3 Strategies to Help You Reduce & Refute Reclass Fees

Like parcel and air freight carriers, LTLs are looking less at what you’re shipping and more at how big it is. Space is the name of the game, and carriers are doing everything they can to make sure they’re getting paid for the amount that’s being used on their trailers. This includes employing automated dimensioning technologies, which according to some …

LTL vs Parcel Hundredweight – Which Service is Right for You

Less-than-truckload shipping and parcel hundredweight services both have their advantages. This article looks at the differences between these two services to help you decide which method to choose and when. But First, What are Parcel Hundredweight® and Multiweight® Programs? Parcel Hundredweight® is a service offered by the United Parcel Service (UPS), whereby shippers can ship non-palletized, multi-package shipments to all …

5 Tips to Reduce Packaging Waste

Companies are always looking for ways to cut costs and run lighter; and reducing packaging waste is one area where many companies can improve. When you reduce packaging waste, in most cases, you’re also shrinking the footprint of your freight, which helps you save space in your warehouse or distribution center, lowers your spend on packing materials, and can even …

Measuring Your LTL Freight? You Should Be

In 2015, FedEx and UPS moved to dimensional-weight pricing on most parcel shipments, and now less-than-truckload carriers are following suit. Major LTL operations like YRC Freight, XPO Logistics, FedEx, UPS, Estes Express Lines, Old Dominion Freight Line, and others are starting or planning to start offering dimensional-weight pricing as an option for their customers. On top of that, carriers are …

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, …

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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 …

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 …