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The LTL Origin Story

January 24, 2020 3:12 am Published by Leave your thoughts

LTL stands for “less than truckload.” It is the most common method of freight shipment ordered from freight companies due to its cost-effective nature. Unless you are running a major retailer in Houston, TX, chances are you will be hiring freight companies to handle your cargo via LTL. Here is an overview of the history of LTL and why it is becoming the most popular shipping option. A product of deregulation LTL shipping arose after the trucking industry was deregulated in the 1980s. Before, the freight companies had to file tariff forms well ahead of shipment and face challenges from competitors. This often led to delays, since these complaints required investigation. Meanwhile, cargo was often left unmoved, or a freight... View Article

A Brief History of Hot Shot Trucking

January 22, 2020 11:30 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The trucking business is more complex than you might think. The majority of people not knowledgeable about the trucking industry only see cargo trucks as they cruise down the highway or back into a store or warehouse loading dock making deliveries. Rarely does the public see what goes on behind the scenes of the trucking business. Hot shot trucking is one branch of the trucking industry that deserves the spotlight for a moment. Many people don’t know what this is, and have never heard the term before, but it has an interesting history in the world of freight. When it comes to fast delivery of cargo, no one beats the services of a hot shot trucker. Read on to learn... View Article

Is Hot Shot Trucking Right for Me?

January 8, 2020 11:30 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Companies that offer a hot shot trucking option to their clients will tell you there are many good reasons to go with hot shot trucking in Houston, TX. For starters, hot shot delivery is fast, on-time and reliable, and most fleets are equipped to transport loads of any size. Drivers are trained in hot shot delivery, proper cargo loading and how to use state-of-the-art communication and logistics systems. What’s more, you can find a hot shot trucking business ready to deliver 24/7. Is hot shot trucking right for you? Here’s some information to help you decide. Brief definition You’re probably more familiar with big rigs that transport a variety of cargo in single, double, sometimes triple trailers. You’ve seen them... View Article

How to Save on Your LTL Shipments

December 11, 2019 4:47 am Published by Leave your thoughts

There are plenty of ways to save money on LTL shipments beyond just renegotiating rates with your carriers. In fact, many strategies are more effective than rate renegotiation. You’re only going to be able to get those rates down so far—those carriers have margins to think of as well. If you’re looking to engage in smarter LTL budgeting in Houston, TX, here are a few examples of some of the strategies you can employ to save money: Protect your packaging: One of the areas in which companies quickly lose money in their LTL shipping is by dealing with damaged freight. To avoid this damage, make sure you’ve protected the packaging as much as possible. Use the proper packaging materials and... View Article

Beneficial LTL Shipping Tips to Keep in Mind

November 27, 2019 4:47 am Published by Leave your thoughts

One of the ways you can remain competitive as a business owner is to focus on developing an efficient and reliable supply chain. When that supply chain is cut off or inconsistent, it can have some significant negative effects on your business. Part of your supply chain involves choosing the correct shipping modes. Less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping is one of the best methods of shipping for owners of small businesses in particular, because it allows them to get their shipments to their destinations on time and on budget. Rather than renting space in an entire truck to carry less than a truck’s worth of supplies or products, you can share space in a truck with other shipments to make it more... View Article