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How Consolidated Shipping Helps Improve Supply Chains

Posted by Scott Tharnish on February 21, 2018 - 8:04 AM

Why shippers should consider consolidating freight

Consumer buying behavior has changed. As the convenience of ordering products online continues to increase, expectations for faster deliveries increase, too. Customers are no longer willing to wait weeks to receive deliveries or pay high shipping fees. Instead, the growth of e-commerce has led to customers asking for same-day and next-day delivery at the lowest possible rate. So, how can shippers keep up with this frenzy of ordering and ever-increasing demand, all while keeping customers happy? By consolidating shipments. 

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The Importance of Geo-fencing Technology in the Trucking Industry

Posted by Paige Stewart on February 14, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Use geo-fencing technology to protect your freight

Imagine this: You’re shipping two trailers full of electronics with a combined value of $8 million. The carrier you hired loads the freight on a Monday and has strict rules to go directly to the destination for delivery on Tuesday evening. Except the trailers never show. Six months later, they’re still nowhere to be found, and you’re out millions of dollars.

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Do I need time-critical or expedited shipping services?

Posted by Becca Soard on February 6, 2018 - 8:10 AM

Choosing the right shipping solution: time critical vs. expedite

Standard delivery times and processes aren’t always the best choice for a business. Many industries need fast transport for all freight, and some companies have shipments with precise delivery requirements. Whether you’re looking for quick transportation for regular shipments or one-time service for emergency freight, ArcBest® offers solutions to meet your needs. Learn what our time-critical and expedite services entail to find the right option for your business.   

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How does air freight work?

Posted by Brian Young on January 31, 2018 - 8:00 AM

When you need to move freight fast

In this “need-it-yesterday” world, air freight shipping capabilities are a critical part of the supply chain for many companies. Air freight is designed for shipments that need to move across the country, or world, quickly and safely. It’s the solution manufacturers turn to when an assembly line breaks down and a critical replacement part is needed to get it up and running fast. Pharmaceutical companies use air freight shipping to get temperature-sensitive immunizations across the world safely and quickly.

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ABF Freight Driver Impresses Customer

Posted by Kaitlyn Turner on January 29, 2018 - 9:15 AM

The Skill is maneuvering a truck up a long residential driveway.

The Will is impressing a customer.  

Based on past experiences with other companies, a customer was doubtful that a driver for ArcBest® less-than-truckload carrier ABF Freight® would be willing to deliver a shipment up his 1,000-foot driveway.

But that’s exactly what ABF Freight driver Tim Clark did.

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Service Center Spotlight: Waco, Texas

Posted by Paige Stewart on January 24, 2018 - 8:01 AM

The story behind our Waco Service Center’s success

Thirty-six years ago, the Waco, Texas, service center opened and began operations in the ABF Freight® network. Since then, its employees have been working diligently to implement efficient transportation solutions and provide customers with everything they want and need. With only 12 dock doors and 4,200 square feet of dock space, the amount of freight going in and out of this service center is significant in Waco’s growing market.

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Trade shows happening in March and April 2018

Posted by Justin Bates on January 17, 2018 - 8:03 AM

March and April trade shows taking place in the U.S.

Trade shows and professional conferences often attract thousands of guests, which means they’re ripe with opportunity for businesses that exhibit at them. Trade shows give vendors a chance to unveil new products, discover new trends, network with colleagues and more.

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ABF Freight Drivers, Customers Work Together for Smooth Delivery

Posted by Jennifer Faldon on January 16, 2018 - 1:44 PM

The Skill is unloading a heavy shipment to a business location without a dock.

The Will is making a potentially complicated delivery uncomplicated.

At our Dayton, Ohio, service center, teamwork and communication are key to meeting customers’ needs.

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How shipment tracking works with ArcBest

Posted by Justin Bates on January 10, 2018 - 8:01 AM

The importance of freight tracking

Customers’ needs change and adapt with time, and so should their freight carriers. As technology becomes more sophisticated, it’s not enough anymore for a carrier to make the promise to deliver freight safely and on time. Today, carriers need to be able to communicate shipment status reliably, and make sure that information is available around the clock so that customers can plan and know where their freight is at all times. That’s why it’s important to partner with a carrier that offers real-time online tracking capabilities.

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Final-Mile Solutions: Competing in the Retail Race

Posted by Brent Dorrough on January 3, 2018 - 8:01 AM

How consumer demands are reshaping final-mile deliveries

Traditionally, consumers completed the final mile by purchasing a product in a brick-and-mortar location and either taking it home via their own transportation or hiring a local delivery service. But, with the rise of e-commerce, consumers can now purchase virtually anything online and get it delivered right to their door. This even includes heavy and bulky items like appliances, furniture, exercise equipment, safes and basketball goals.

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