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What is a TMS for freight shipping?

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 24, 2017 3:44:32 PM / by David Stevens posted in LTL Freight

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Looking to organize your transportation? Then you probably need a good TMS (Transportation Management System). A TMS is used by shippers to manage shipments. It usually works in conjunction with the system you use to generate orders and the one that you use to manage and fulfill those orders or keep your inventory. 

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What to consider when requesting an LTL freight quote?

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 23, 2017 7:51:40 PM / by David Stevens posted in LTL Freight

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Type of LTL carrier

Not all LTL freight carriers are the same. Often we see shippers get frustrated with a carrier when the reality is the carrier is performing as expected. With a good understanding of the types of carriers out there you can ensure you select the right carrier for the shipment at hand. Different kinds of LTL carries include regional carriers, super-regional carriers, national carriers, asset-light carriers, interline carriers, consolidators, pallet carriers and more.

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Why am I getting a rebill when I got a freight quote?

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 22, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by David Stevens posted in LTL Freight

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You ever accidentally mistake salt for sugar? It's an unpleasant surprise for sure. Rebills are a lot like that. Unfortunately they are part of LTL freight shipping. There are several different reasons rebills happen. In this article we will discuss the more common reasons you might get charged differently then what was on your freight quote.

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Most common mistakes in LTL freight shipping?

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 20, 2017 7:58:13 AM / by David Stevens posted in LTL Freight

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So, let me tell you about the time I had to fire my wife. Early on in the life of my small business my wife was helping me out. She had a big heart with a small amount of experience. She was running a freight quote and selected the wrong freight class. This turned out to be a costly mistake. Don't worry, we gave her a nice severance package! Truth be told, over the years I've made many more mistakes then her and I've learned a lot from them.

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What documentation is part of my LTL freight shipment?

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 15, 2017 9:44:16 PM / by David Stevens posted in LTL Freight

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Documentation is one of the most important aspects of freight shipping. It clarifies exceptions, gives direction and tells the story of what happened. In this article we discuss the primary pieces of documentation produced for a typical freight shipment.

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Where can I get an LTL freight quote?

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 15, 2017 1:42:46 AM / by David Stevens posted in LTL Freight

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If you are looking for LTL freight quotes there are a lot of options out there. Some might be more obvious than others. In this article we will cover the 3 most common places LTL freight shippers can find LTL freight quotes. Each of this locations has it’s pro’s and con’s. Our hope is that this after reading you will have a better understanding of your options and can find the freight quotes you need to be successful.

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What is a Limited Access Charge in LTL freight?

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 13, 2017 5:59:27 PM / by David Stevens posted in LTL Freight

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If you have received an adjusted invoice this is called a "rebill" in the LTL world. Rebills can be terribly frustrating. Especially when the freight quote you received from the LTL carrier was part of a larger cost structure that can't be passed on somewhere. At BAM Freight we move several million dollars worth of LTL freight a year. We are very familiar with rebills. Our hope is this article will shed some light on these charges for you and help you avoid them in the future.

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How does density impact your LTL freight quotes?

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 7, 2017 5:05:46 PM / by David Stevens posted in LTL Freight

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Scientists... earmuffs. I am not gonna explain density in scientific terms. If you are looking for that, I'm not your guy. I'm gonna tell you what density is in shippin' terms. In the shipping business, especially LTL shipping, density is a big part about how pricing is determined. It is one of the major factors that influence the NMFC classification system that most LTL carriers use to categorize commodities for pricing purposes.

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6 common services that result in accessorial charges on LTL freight quotes.

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 20, 2017 12:09:07 PM / by David Stevens posted in LTL Freight

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Not all facilities are the same in the shipping business. Most LTL carriers offer these services at an extra charge. Here is a list of the most common ones.

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How to determine my freight class?

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 17, 2017 9:00:00 AM / by David Stevens posted in LTL Freight

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If you are shipping LTL freight knowing your freight class is important. Most common carrier LTL freight companies is the National Motor Freight Classification system to categorize freight being shipped for pricing purposes. The class system groups commodities based on 4 characteristics: liability, handling, stowability and often most importantly density. There are 18 different groups that are ideintified by a freight class number ranging from 50 (low class) to 500 (highclass). The lower the class, the lower the freight rate and carrier liability. The higher the class, the higher the freight rate and carrier liability. 

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