Booking Truckload (TL) Freight Services

Some manufacturers and wholesalers own their own fleets, tractor-trailers emblazoned with the corporate logo traveling the country via interstate.

Others, despite regular large-scale shipping, choose not to take on the expense and responsibility of hiring drivers and maintaining the trucks. And yet others need full trailers to ship items on only limited occasions.

Companies with shipments between 10,000 pounds and 45,000 pounds have found the process of booking truckload (TL) freight services much easier since the advent of the web-based transportation management offered by Freightquote.com. With Freightquote.com’s  experience in the industry, shippers are assured that quality carriers are contracted to haul each truckload.

Freightquote’s TL division can choose the right TL trucking companies for each load based on their longstanding knowledge and relationships with 3,000 of the top national and regional TL carriers in the freight hauling industry.  Shipping to Canada or Mexico? Not a problem, as Freightquote has relationships with all the right carriers for comprehensive North American delivery.

Consumers won’t have to worry about finding available trucks with the necessary custom equipment such as 48′ or 53′ vans, refrigerated trailers, or flatbed step beds or double drops because Freightquote’s TL reps will do it for them. If a shipment needs air-ride, blanket wrap or other special handling, Freightquote’s TL system can easily fill the bill. Even hazardous materials TL shipments are handled without problem.

In addition to knowing where the best truck for any given load is, Freightquote.com’s TL experts know how to find the best rate for any given shipping scenario. And the customer’s contact throughout the entire truckload shipping process is Freightquote. One customer service point from quote to dispatch to tracking to delivery.

Taking Freightquote.com’s expertise and experience in the realm of truckload shipping not only saves companies money upfront by finding the best available rate, when used appropriately, the system saves money in employee time. Companies no longer have to waste man hours booking TL shipments, negotiating and comparing rates, tracking and confirming deliveries. Freightquote takes care of that, freeing the shipper’s employees to complete other work.

In today’s economy, saving time and money in any increment is important to a business. Using Freightquote is an easy way to do just that.

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Freightquote.com Gives Easy LTL (Less-than-Truckload) Shipping for Frequent Shippers

In the not-so-distant past, companies had employees – freight managers, dock supervisors, shipping clerks and others – whose job it was to sit at a desk and call several different freight carriers for quotes for less-than-truckload (LTL) shipments.

The employee would spend hours providing information about the shipment’s size, weight, volume, material, origin and destination to each carrier. Then a comparison would be made between the resulting quotes before the employee then called back to book the shipment with the carrier that best fit the bill. Bills of lading and other necessary shipping documents were most likely typed out manually or on a dot matrix printer-form.

About ten years ago, the internet and Freightquote.com changed all of that. Starting with standard LTL services, Freightquote introduced manufacturers, wholesalers and other shippers to an instantaneous quote system with streamlined scheduling and shipping procedures available at the click of a mouse.

Other companies have jumped on the internet quote bandwagon since those days but Freightquote has secured its foothold as the industry leader. The company has partnered with over 50 top national and regional carriers, making it ever more likely that its customers will receive the most competitive quotes for shipments headed anywhere in the U.S., Mexico or Canada.

Although the company has expanded its services substantially since those early days, LTL services are still Freightquote’s bread and butter. LTL is exactly what it sounds like – shipments that take up less than entire trailer. A shipper needs a few pallets moved from Kansas City to Albany but doesn’t own its own fleet or need a dedicated trailer. Instead, the shipper seeks out an LTL carrier to make the trip.

Although the company has expanded its services substantially since those early days, LTL services are still Freightquote’s bread and butter. LTL is exactly what it sounds like – shipments that take up less than entire trailer. A shipper needs a few pallets moved from Kansas City to Albany but doesn’t own its own fleet or need a dedicated trailer. Instead, the shipper seeks out an LTL carrier to make the trip.

Freightquote books LTL shipments between 100 pounds and 15,000 pounds with normal service times between two and seven business days, depending on the distance. That being said, next-day and expedited LTL delivery is available in many circumstances too.

If a company or even an individual has an odd-shaped item to ship or needs to get an item delivered to a location that’s somewhat off-the-beaten-path, chances are good that one of the large number of carriers with which Freightquote works can make it happen.

Freightquote, like other freight brokers, is a third-party logistics manager. It doesn’t own the trucks or set the basic tariffs but it helps both the carriers and the shippers manage their transportation activities. Hours on the phone requesting quotes for shippers, hours on the road signing up customers for carriers and hours in rate negotiations for been narrowed down to a matter of minutes via web-based tools like those pioneered by Freightquote.

The efficiencies of Freightquote.com’s system, when used well, can free up substantial time and money for its customers. It’s certainly no wonder that millions of loads have been handled through Freightquote over the past 10 years.

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