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Avoiding Headaches on LTL Residential Deliveries

In the LTL industry, residential deliveries are extremely common. Maybe your customer ordered a trampoline for their kids or hardwood flooring for their new DIY project. Either way, they are counting on the freight arriving at their doorstep as soon as possible. In most cases, residential deliveries come with their own set of headaches. Remembering […]

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Delivery Drones & Driverless Trucks: The Future of Shipping Logistics

Shipping logistics seem like they’re on the verge of a revolution. Drone delivery and self-driving trucks are the wave of the future, even if it’s not always clear how the industry will get there. It takes a lot of insight, planning and good old-fashioned hard work to deploy a drone delivery system, and the world […]

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Shipping Alcohol: The Rise of Craft Breweries

Craft brewing has quickly grown from a cottage industry to a multimillion-dollar commerce segment that seems poised to bring down, or at least challenge, the giants in a well-established market. Brewers spring up all the time, and the Brewers Association notes that most Americans find themselves living within 10 miles of a craft brewer. That’s […]

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Local Eating Challenges: Geographic and Seasonal Food Realities and the Slow Food Movement

The “eat local” movement is a resounding and powerful force in the food industry. Locavores love to eat local as a way of life, as an ethos, and because they believe it’s healthier and the food tastes better. One measurable result of this movement is the number of registered farmers markets: In 1994, there were […]

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Online Shopping vs In Store Shopping: Who Prefers Which and Why

When it comes to online shopping vs. in store shopping, brick and mortar retail is experiencing a wave of disruption. To many onlookers, the wave looks like it may send brick and mortar into a tailspin, maybe even a panic, maybe even an endgame. When it comes to online shopping vs. traditional shopping, the marketplace […]

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ELD Mandate for Carriers and its Effects

5 ways to know if you're a freight broker

This is the first section of a two-part blog post on the ELD mandate and its effects on the transportation industry. Recently the FMCSA rolled out the nationwide ELD mandate for commercial carriers and transporters. There are many questions and concerns on how this will affect the nation’s supply chains. Will it increase transit times?  […]

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Oh, Ship! Understanding LTL Freight Delays

In the shipping world, few things are more frustrating than your shipment being delayed. You’ve either got an angry customer yelling in your ear, or your company’s production is being held up because of a part that has yet to arrive. Either way, for lack of a better word, it sucks. But the first step […]

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20 Companies That Are Changing The Future of Shipping

Not so long ago, “the future,” was flying cars and hoverboards (no…like…real hoverboards). Before Marty McFly and Doc, “the future,” was putting a man on the moon. Before that, the steam engine. Etc. Etc. Etc. The future is always changing, and always transforming – in ways both big and small – how we exist. You […]

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Austin’s Ridesharing Battle

austin's ridesharing battle

In December, Austin City Council voted to require vehicle-for-hire drivers to pass fingerprint-based background checks. Companies like Uber and Lyft were not happy, and threatened to pull their services from the Austin area, just as they had done when places like San Antonio passed similar restrictions. Customers and drivers alike were not happy with the […]

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SCAC Codes in LTL Shipping

scac codes ltl shipping

The freight industry loves acronyms. You’ve got FAKs (Freight of all kinds), BOLs (Bill of lading), and PODs (Proof of delivery), just to name a few. If you’re going to be a freight shipper, it’s best to recognize these terms. And though they are not technically acronyms, you’ll also find SCAC codes across documents and tracking […]

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Updated Freight Guide for Beginner’s Available Now!

Beginner's Guide to Freight Shipping

After months of hard work, we’re proud to release the updated Beginner’s Guide to Freight Shipping Version 2.0. This new ebook has been updated for 2016, and is available for FREE DOWNLOAD HERE. So what’s new? What’s been updated from the original (and successful) Beginner’s Guide to Freight Shipping? Well, here’s a few things: Lean […]

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Overnight Shipping and Delivery: Estimated Transit Times in LTL

overnight shipping and delivery

Overnight shipping and delivery is a great thing. No doubt about it. For better or worse, we live in a culture of immediate gratification. “I want it now,” sang Veruca Salt in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. At times, “Patience is a virtue,” seems as outdated as flip phones. But virtues are timeless for a […]

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