Full Truckload vs. Less-than-Truckload Shipping: Which is Right for You?

What's the difference between truckload shipping and less-than-truckload shipping? And which one is right for your business? Both full truckload (TL or FTL) and less-than-truckload (LTL) options have their place in the freight shipping industry. Choosing the right freight option depends on several variables, including the size and weight of your shipment, freight classification and delivery timelines. Let's take a closer look at the difference between TL and LTL freight shipping and how to decide between them.

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  • Dec 4, 2018 8:40:00 AM

When Do You Need a Third-Party Logistics (3PL) Company?

If you're shipping freight, chances are you've come across the term 3PL. What is a 3PL? And how do you know if you need one? What does 3PL mean, anyway? No, 3PL is not C-3P0's lesser-known little sister. 3PL stands for "third party logistics," and 3PLs are an integral part of the freight shipping industry. The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act provides a legal definition of a 3PL: The term third-party logistics provider means a person who solely receives, holds or otherwise transports a consumer product in the ordinary course of business but who does not take title to the product.

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  • Nov 26, 2018 11:52:09 AM

Six Tips for Surviving Peak Shipping Season

Shipping times and rates for freight shipping go through predictable seasonal fluctuations. Understanding the fright shipping calendar can help you control your costs and ensure that your shipments make it to their destination in plenty of time. If your products are not perishable and deliveries are not especially time sensitive, there are several ways you can leverage the freight shipping calendar to your advantage. Here are six strategies to help you control your costs and avoid unexpected shipment delays.

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  • Nov 20, 2018 4:34:20 PM

Happy Holiday Freight Season! (Expect Some Shipment Delays)

It's November, and you know what that means…holiday shipping madness is already well underway. What does that mean for freight shipping times and rates? Freight shipping, including both Less-than-Truckload (LTL) and Full Truckload (FTL) carriers, goes through a predictable calendar each year that is dependent on seasonal variations in supply and demand. These variations in the availability of freight carriers vs. the total volume of freight being shipped cause fluctuations in LTL and FTL shipping rates.

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  • Nov 15, 2018 3:20:24 PM

Incoterms: What Every Shipper Needs to Know

If you're shipping freight—especially internationally—you may have run across something called "Incoterms™." But what are Incoterms, and how do they apply to you as a shipper? Here's what you need to know.

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  • Nov 9, 2018 8:39:26 AM

Pantero: Building a Bold New Brand in the Packaging Industry

Here at Pantero, we're bringing some wild new ideas to packaging and facility supplies. We've put a ton of thought into the new image and the values our brand represents. So you may be wondering…  who or what is Pantero? And why did we choose this as the name of our brand?

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  • Nov 2, 2018 10:15:56 AM

How Long Does Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) Shipping Take?

Less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping is an excellent option for shippers whose loads are less than a full truckload but too big for parcel post. But how long will it take for your shipment to arrive?

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  • Oct 26, 2018 3:01:45 PM

PACK EXPO 2018: Tracking the Trends in the Packaging Industry

We just got back from PACK EXPO 2018 in Chicago, and we're so excited we can hardly keep ourselves contained! This year's conference drew more than 50,000 attendees and 2,500 exhibitors representing 40+ vertical markets, from warehousing to consumer goods packaging. Prowling the aisles, we were overwhelmed by the volume and diversity of available packaging solutions—cartons, stretch wrap, strapping and a dizzying array of void fill and product protection solutions. We walked away with some wild new ideas and new connections that we look forward to pursuing in the coming months. Here are a few of our takeaways from this year's PACK EXPO conference for the packaging industry.

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  • Oct 19, 2018 4:11:01 PM

Understanding Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) Pricing

How are Less-than-Truckload (LTL) costs calculated? When you understand how LTL shipments are priced, you can take steps to lower your LTL shipping costs.

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  • Oct 17, 2018 7:30:00 AM

Selecting a Less-than-Truckload (LTL) Carrier

When it comes to choosing a Less-than-Truckload (LTL) carrier, cost matters—but it's not the only criteria you should consider. Here are the factors you should look at when deciding whether or not an LTL carrier is right for you.

  • 3 min read
  • Oct 10, 2018 7:15:54 AM

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