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What Is Hot Shot Trucking Service?

February 19, 2021 12:13 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Hot shot trucking is a type of trucking service that involves carrying small, time-sensitive loads (usually LTL loads) within a specific timeframe to one customer or location. These loads are usually carried by medium-duty trucks hauling flatbed trailers. This is not to be confused with expedited shipping, a job that could involve vans, tractor trailers or pickup trucks ready to get the job done on a moment’s notice. With hot shot trucking in Houston, TX, there are no vehicles waiting on standby. Instead, the jobs are distributed to various drivers through load boards, making this an ideal service for owner-operators looking for some side gigs. The equipment Hot shot trucking involves the use of some particular types of equipment, both... View Article

How to Share the Road with Truckers Transporting Oversized Equipment

February 4, 2021 12:34 am Published by Leave your thoughts

You’ve undoubtedly seen flatbed trucks on the roads hauling heavy-duty construction equipment, tons of building materials or other cargo that looks a little too large for the truck. In fact, if the load is wider than 8’6″ or taller than 15’, the Texas Department of Transportation classifies it as an oversized load. Although you need to be careful when you see any semi truck out on the road, special consideration needs to be taken when there’s an oversized load. This post will cover oversized equipment and trucking practices in Houston, TX that help keep you, the trucker and every other driver safe. Stay back Tailgating a vehicle is never a good idea. A collision is almost guaranteed if the driver... View Article

Ask About These Safety Factors Before Hiring a Trucking Service

January 21, 2021 12:34 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Hiring a trucking service to deliver your goods is a decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Choosing the first company you find online can lead to major headaches like late delivery. An unqualified trucking service might also be an unsafe one, causing accidents on the road or even damaging your cargo. This post will cover some of the top safety practices for truck drivers in Houston, TX, and what you should ask to ensure you’re working with a safe company: Equipment upkeep: The first thing to ask your trucking company is what kind of maintenance they perform on their fleet vehicles and how often they do so. Reputable trucking companies should service every aspect of their trucks and trailers after... View Article

Transloading vs. Cross-Docking: Which One Works for Your Business?

January 13, 2021 3:04 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Transloading and cross-docking are common concepts in the LTL trucking industry in Houston, TX. They refer to freight services and cargo handling. Most businesses use both types to customize freight management to their needs. Read on for an explanation of cross-docking and transloading, and how these methods work for freight. Definitions of each Transloading involves unloading and unpacking inbound freight. Workers sort the contents and re-palletize them for outbound shipping. For example, imagine five suppliers send a year’s supply of auto parts to a warehouse. The warehouse receives the parts, and workers organize and shelve them. As manufacturers and car repair shops need these parts, they order them from the warehouse, which sends out the parts in a shipment. Cross-docking... View Article

Manage Freight in Less Time with These Four Tips

December 30, 2020 3:04 am Published by Leave your thoughts

LTL trucking is a challenge for small businesses in Houston, TX. Small Business Trends reports that small companies spend an average of two hours per freight piece on managing the shipment. If you send five loads a week, you will likely spend more than 10 hours ensuring they arrive safely at their destination. Fortunately, there are better ways to manage freight and save time. Here are four tips to help you cut your freight management time in half: Standardize shipments: Packaging is a big time-waster. Unless you move several types of products, you can likely use the same packaging for all freight. Buy supplies in bulk and wrap every shipment the same way. This approach will save you time and... View Article