ArcBest Blog https://arcb.com/blog-rss.xml en The Impact of DOT Week on Shippers https://arcb.com/blog/the-impact-of-dot-week-on-shippers <span>The Impact of DOT Week on Shippers</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/261" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Paige Stewart</span></span> <span>Mon, 05/20/2019 - 14:58</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><h2>What shippers need to know about DOT Week</h2> <p>Each June, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) hosts the <a href="https://cvsa.org/news-entry/2019-roadcheck-dates-focus/">International Roadcheck</a> — commonly known among shippers as DOT Week. Since its beginning in 1988, more than 1.6 million roadside inspections have taken place to promote commercial motor vehicle and driver safety. The 2019 dates are June 4-6.</p> <p>During the blitz, CVSA-certified inspectors will examine an average of 17 trucks and buses per minute in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Some carriers (including for-hire or private fleet owners) may opt to sit out these three days, and the DOT may place other carriers out of service until they correct any issues.</p> <p>For shippers, this could mean tighter capacity and delayed deliveries. As a shipper, what can you do to prepare for DOT week and make sure your shipments deliver on time? Find answers to these questions, and learn how ArcBest<sup>®</sup> can help.</p> <h2>About the 2019 International Roadcheck</h2> <p>Most inspectors will perform the North American Standard Level I Inspection. This procedure involves a 37-step examination of the vehicle and driver operating requirements. Every year, the CVSA emphasizes certain components, and in 2019, they’re focusing on steering and suspensions. If the vehicle and driver pass inspection, the CVSA will apply a decal to the truck, indicating that it passed. But, if they find critical violations, the truck and/or driver may be taken out of service.</p> <h3>How shippers can prepare</h3> <p>Being proactive about DOT week is a simple way to ensure the inspections don’t disrupt your supply chain. You may want to consider sending your shipments out early so that they reach their destinations before road checks begin. If that’s not an option and you need to move freight during these 72 hours, it’s critical to use a reputable carrier that routinely maintains its equipment and can provide the solutions you need.  </p> <h3>How ArcBest stays prepared for DOT week</h3> <p>ArcBest is dedicated to operating safe and reliable equipment all year long — not just during DOT week. From headlight to taillight, we work to ensure our ABF Freight<sup>®</sup> trucks, the Panther Premium Logistics<sup>®</sup> fleet, and vehicles from our growing network of 20,000 pre-qualified service providers receive regular maintenance. Each day ABF and Panther drivers perform pre- and post-trip inspections. We also conduct full preventive maintenance inspections on our power units and trailers each year to assure all parts work properly. And, all of our vehicles go through one annual DOT inspection, following the same 37-step procedure as the North American Standard Level I Inspection.</p> <h2>Get ready for DOT Week 2019!</h2> <p>If you’re concerned about finding available capacity during DOT week, ArcBest is ready to help. From <a href="https://arcb.com/solutions/ltl">LTL</a> and <a href="https://arcb.com/solutions/truckload">Truckload shipments</a> to <a href="https://arcb.com/solutions/expedited-shipping">Expedite</a> and <a href="https://arcb.com/solutions/time-critical">Time-Critical</a> — we have solutions for all scenarios. And because of our commitment to maintaining safe and reliable equipment, you don’t have to worry about your freight being delayed due to an out-of-service vehicle.</p> <p>Call <strong>800-610-5544</strong> to discuss options or book a shipment.  </p> <p> </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/blog/tags/shipping-information" hreflang="en">Shipping Information</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/blog/tag/safety-and-security" hreflang="en">Safety and Security</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-thumbnail field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/abt/clear_pixel.gif" width="325" height="203" alt="2019 DOT Week - ABF driver inspecting truck" class="lazyload img-responsive" data-src="https://arcb.com/sites/default/files/styles/max_325x325/public/2019-05/DOT%20Week%202019.png?itok=GAp5WBNh" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> Mon, 20 May 2019 19:58:35 +0000 Paige Stewart 7006 at https://arcb.com Do I need time-critical or expedited shipping services? https://arcb.com/blog/do-i-need-time-critical-or-expedited-shipping-services <span>Do I need time-critical or expedited shipping services?</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/151" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Becca Soard</span></span> <span>Thu, 04/18/2019 - 16:00</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><h2>Compare ArcBest time-critical and expedite solutions</h2> <p>When standard delivery times and options don’t fit your needs, ArcBest<sup>®</sup> offers two solutions: time critical and expedite. These fast shipping services provide unique benefits for shippers — from speed and precision to enhanced safety and security. While both options can provide faster-than-average transportation times, there are a few differences to consider. Take a look at what these solutions entail, and learn when each one is right for your business.</p> <h2>When would I need time critical?</h2> <p><a href="https://arcb.com/solutions/time-critical">ArcBest time critical</a> is best for freight that needs to be delivered quickly, on a specific day or at a specific time. Essentially, any shipment that requires something other than standard delivery times could need time-critical service. This includes trade show supplies, freight that needs overnight air transportation, and items that must be delivered or picked up within a certain timeframe.    <br /><br /> Look at these hypothetical scenarios for more info:</p> <h4>When there’s no choice but to meet a day- or time-specific appointment</h4> <p>Say a business in Seattle, Washington, only accepts deliveries from 1-3 p.m. If a company in Portland, Oregon, needs to get products there within that delivery window in two days, the company would need to use time critical. While this distance is short enough for standard transportation times to work, a day-specific or time-specific appointment requires this service.</p> <h4>When you need to get a critical part across the country yesterday</h4> <p>If an aircraft is on ground in Austin, Texas, and the manufacturer with the part needed to fix it is 545 miles away in Wichita, Kansas, ground transportation may not be fast enough. The time-critical group can arrange an air shipping solution to get the part there faster — saving valuable time and money. Count on our team to coordinate custom <a href="https://arcb.com/solutions/time-critical/air-freight">air transport services</a> including same-day flights, air charters and deferred air shipments.</p> <h4>When a precise delivery time is required to meet an installation schedule</h4> <p>If a shipment of office doors needs to be installed in a new building, use time critical to get them there exactly when they’re needed. We can arrange a precise delivery time that fits your installation schedule, preventing freight from staying in an empty building and keeping the crew on track.  </p> <p><a data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" data-wa-category="TC-Expedite Blog Post" data-wa-event="56" data-wa-value="TC/Expedite Blog Banner Image Clicked" href="https://arcb.com/r/pdf/Time_Sensitive_Flier.pdf"><img alt="720X90_Blog_Time-Sensitive.png" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="90" src="/sites/default/files/solutions/tc/720X90_Blog_Time-Sensitive.png" width="720" /></a></p> <h2>When would I need expedite shipping?</h2> <p><a href="https://arcb.com/solutions/expedited-shipping">Expedite service</a> provides swift pick-ups, fast transit times and exclusive-use equipment. High-value items, shipments that need the fastest ground transportation possible, and temperature-sensitive freight that must be delivered quickly could all benefit from expedite. We utilize our Panther Premium Logistics<sup>®</sup> service to provide best-in-class ground expedite solutions across the U.S., Canada and Mexico.</p> <p>Check out these examples to learn more:</p> <h4>When you need high-value, temperature-sensitive equipment delivered fast</h4> <p>Say a hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, needs a medical imaging device delivered from a company in Pittsburgh by the end of the day. Because the machine is delicate and valuable, it should travel in temperature-controlled equipment with no other freight.</p> <p>In this scenario, expedite would be the right choice. While other transportation options may be able to accommodate a 300-mile shipment in one day, the request for temperature-controlled equipment makes this suited for expedite service. </p> <h4>When you’re shipping high-value freight that requires close monitoring and quick delivery</h4> <p>If a shipment of high-value electronics needs to be delivered to a distribution center 700 miles away, expedite is the way to go. With the ability to monitor trucks through geo-fencing technology, and team drivers available to overnight shipments with speed and agility, expedite service provides everything you need to transport valuable freight.</p> <h4>When a shipment needs to move fast, but it won’t be ready for pickup during normal business hours</h4> <p>If an order needs to get on the road quickly but won’t finish production in time for normal pick-up hours, call the expedite team. We can pick up freight 24/7, helping you keep deliveries on schedule.</p> <h2>Rely on ArcBest for time-sensitive shipping</h2> <p>When time is of the essence or prompt delivery is crucial for success, look to ArcBest to take care of your freight. Still not sure which service you need? Just call one of our logistics specialists at 800-874-2061. You give us the requirements, and we’ll offer solutions.</p> <p>Ready to start shipping? You can get a <a href="https://arcb.com/tools/expedited-quote.html#/new">time critical quote</a> or <a href="https://arcb.com/tools/panther-quote.html#/new">expedite quote</a> online or over the phone!</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/blog/tags/time-critical-shipping" hreflang="en">Time-Critical Shipping</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/blog/tags/ltl" hreflang="en">LTL</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-thumbnail field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/abt/clear_pixel.gif" width="325" height="217" alt="Learn more about expedited and time-critical shipping solutions" class="lazyload img-responsive" data-src="https://arcb.com/sites/default/files/styles/max_325x325/public/2017-01/expedited_shipping.jpg?itok=hgzRpmaS" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> Thu, 18 Apr 2019 21:00:57 +0000 Becca Soard 1396 at https://arcb.com ArcBest's Martino Running Boston Marathon For St. Jude https://arcb.com/blog/arcbests-martino-running-boston-marathon-for-st-jude <span>ArcBest&#039;s Martino Running Boston Marathon For St. Jude</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/71" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Jennifer Faldon</span></span> <span>Wed, 04/03/2019 - 14:46</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>This month, Phillip Martino, director of Enterprise Sales for ArcBest, will run the 2019 Boston Marathon.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>A member of the 2018 class of the ArcBest Leadership Academy, Martino is taking the opportunity to run the marathon in honor of his mother and raise funds for <a href="https://www.stjude.org/">St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital</a>.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“I lost my mom to cancer, and St Jude’s mission of supporting cancer research hits home,” Martino said. “I mustered up the courage to bring the idea of running Boston in support of ArcBest and St. Jude, and the Leadership Academy group was very supportive.”</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Martino is taking donations via a <span><u><a href="https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/team-arcbest-boston-20191/eringattis">Crowdrise website</a></u></span>, with a goal of raising $15,000 for St. Jude.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“With the use of <span><u><a href="https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/team-arcbest-boston-20191/eringattis">Crowdrise</a></u></span>, we can share our mission and goals to an audience and provide an easy-to-use website that will allow anyone to give their support,” he said. “And 100 percent of the donations will go directly to St. Jude in support of their mission of research and treatment. That is a win.”</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Martino has participated in the Boston Marathon before and has completed 13 marathons.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“I’ve been running since I was 13,” he said. “I took time off in my 20s to raise my kids and start my career at ABF. My fire to begin running again took place when I was around 30 and was beaten by my father-in-law on a run. I would not say I like to lose, and it motived me to get better. Three-mile runs turned into six-mile runs and goals, and I started adjusting my goals.”</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Martino joined the company in 2004 as an account manager and served as a service center manager and district sales manager before being promoted to his current role in February.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The <a href="https://www.baa.org/races/boston-marathon">Boston Marathon</a> will take place Monday, April 15. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“I am proud to represent Team ArcBest in this endeavor,” Martino said.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>___________________________ </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><em>Want to donate to Martino’s effort? <span><u><a href="https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/team-arcbest-boston-20191/eringattis">Visit his Crowdrise page</a></u></span>.</em></strong></span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-thumbnail field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/abt/clear_pixel.gif" width="325" height="221" alt="Phillip Martino" class="lazyload img-responsive" data-src="https://arcb.com/sites/default/files/styles/max_325x325/public/2019-04/MartinoBMarathon%202016.JPG?itok=GUjmaQ4a" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> Wed, 03 Apr 2019 19:46:45 +0000 Jennifer Faldon 6946 at https://arcb.com Cargo Security: Protecting Your LTL Freight https://arcb.com/blog/cargo-security-protecting-your-ltl-freight <span>Cargo Security: Protecting Your LTL Freight </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/421" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Jeff Ferber</span></span> <span>Fri, 02/01/2019 - 09:54</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><h2>Cargo theft in North America</h2> <p>Cargo theft isn’t just a big issue for shippers and carriers. It also has a significant impact on the economy. When freight is stolen, supply chains are disrupted, freight isn’t delivered as planned, customer satisfaction is impacted, and downstream costs are incurred (including higher insurance rates). The costs for all of this ultimately gets passed on to the consumer.</p> <p>When considering the effect of cargo theft on businesses and consumers, it becomes more important than ever for shippers to partner with a carrier that has a low claims rate and consistently delivers goods intact, on time and damage free. Learn how ArcBest<sup>®</sup>  <a href="https://arcb.com/solutions/ltl">less-than-truckload carrier ABF Freight</a><sup>®</sup> has taken proactive steps to reduce cargo theft and protect freight. </p> <h2>When and where cargo theft is most likely to occur</h2> <p>According to an <a href="https://www.ajot.com/news/cargonet-2017-cargo-theft-trend-analysis">American Journal of Transportation article</a>, CargoNet, a national theft prevention network, reported an estimated $145 million of freight was stolen in the U.S. and Canada in 2017. The same report showed that weekends, when cargo is at rest and unattended, are a prime time for theft. Friday was the highest theft day at 19 percent, with Saturday at 17 percent and Sunday at 16 percent. In 37 percent of the cases, cargo was left unattended for multiple days with no electronic tracking, witnesses or surveillance to determine the exact day of loss. When this was the case, the theft was assumed to have happened on the first possible day — which was highest on Sunday at 17 percent and Monday at 16 percent.  </p> <p>Cargo theft happened most commonly at warehouse locations and fenced yards. The report noted that this doesn’t necessarily indicate that fenced yards are targets — it’s common for theft “hot spots” like industrial and metropolitan areas to be fenced.</p> <h2>Our commitment to freight security</h2> <p>For 95 years, ABF has been one of the nation’s most trusted carriers — every shipment is important to us. From the manufacturer’s dock to the consumer’s hands, we work to ensure the safety of your freight.</p> <p>Awards from the American Trucking Associations’ Transportation Security Council acknowledge our industry-leading security and cargo care record. ABF is:</p> <ul><li>An eight-time winner of the Excellence in Security Award</li> <li>A seven-time winner of the ATA President’s Trophy for Safety</li> <li>A seven-time winner of the Excellence in Claims &amp; Loss Prevention award</li> <li>A four-time Quest for Quality National LTL Carrier recipient</li> <li>A Mastio &amp; Company Exceed the Industry Benchmark award recipient</li> </ul><h3> <br /> Our Safety and Security Team</h3> <p>ABF employs a nationally recognized Safety and Security Department made up of professionals with backgrounds in local, state and federal law enforcement. Across our network, we employ regional safety and security managers who monitor our equipment, cargo and drivers, and full-time investigators, who are 100 percent dedicated to proactive theft prevention and investigating all allegations of theft. With extensive training and experience in criminal investigations and transportation-specific events, our team knows the best methods for protecting your freight.</p> <h2>How ABF prevents cargo theft</h2> <p>ABF Freight strives to stay ahead of the industry in cargo theft prevention. The technology and procedures in place allow us to provide enhanced security measures for every shipment. Our first layer of security involves procedure: ABF trucks stop at secure service centers where safety measures are in place to protect freight 24/7. From pickup to delivery, freight moves seamlessly through our network. Here’s how the process works:</p> <p>Once freight is loaded, the trailer is sealed. During transit, the equipment isn’t left alone for more than a few minutes (for fueling and driver breaks) to ensure we maintain physical control. It remains locked unless it’s being loaded or unloaded at one of our secure service centers. Freight travels through our system in a “hub and spoke” fashion until it reaches the destination (i.e. the shipment goes from one service center to the next until it reaches the destination facility where the freight is unloaded and deconsolidated for delivery).</p> <p>A second layer of security involves technology. All ABF Freight tractors are GPS trackable via electronic logging devices (ELDs). With this technology, we can track shipments in real time, to see where the tractor is currently located and where it has been. Customers also have access to 24/7 online tracking.</p> <p>Additionally, through electronic mobile dispatch, service centers are notified of when each shipment should arrive. If it doesn’t arrive within the expected window, service center personnel will contact dispatch and the driver to investigate its location.</p> <h3>Service center protection</h3> <p>When freight sits overnight at our service centers, we have security measures in place to help assure its protection. These security measures include:</p> <ul><li><strong>Fencing/Gating</strong> — A secure gate surrounds each service center (some locations have electric fencing). Employees inspect the perimeter daily for breaches and keep it clean of debris.</li> <li><strong>Alarm systems</strong> — Alarm systems and motion sensors help detect security breaches of the yard and station.</li> <li><strong>Lighting</strong> — Proper visibility is in place at the main gate and around the service center and yard area. Perimeter lighting is also used as an extra precaution.</li> <li><strong>Locks</strong> — All exterior doors have bolted locks, and all ABF trailers have permanently mounted padlocks.</li> <li><strong>Dock securit</strong>y — Dock doors remain closed when not in use. Security guards are also on duty to monitor the dock and facility during non-business hours, weekends and holidays.</li> <li><strong>Trailer restrictions</strong> — Trailers waiting for dispatch or unloading stay locked or are parked in a manner that prevents entry. Trailers also are equipped with kingpin locks to prevent the trailer from moving.  </li> <li><strong>Storage</strong> — When storage is necessary for high-value or theft-prone cargo, security cages or locked trailers are used.<br />  </li> </ul><h2>Trust us to deliver your LTL shipments</h2> <p>Our commitment to cargo security gives customers a significant supply chain advantage. Regardless of what you’re shipping, you can rely on us for <a href="https://arcb.com/solutions">secure transportation solutions</a>. If you need additional security, ArcBest also offers <a href="https://arcb.com/solutions/premium-logistics/high-value-freight">premium logistics solutions</a> for highly sensitive freight.</p> <p>If you have more questions about how freight is protected in transit, or if you’re ready to book your shipment, call <strong>800-610-5544</strong>.</p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/blog/tags/shipping-information" hreflang="en">Shipping Information</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/blog/tags/ltl" hreflang="en">LTL</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/blog/tags/abf-freight" hreflang="en">ABF Freight</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/blog/tag/safety-and-security" hreflang="en">Safety and Security</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-thumbnail field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/abt/clear_pixel.gif" width="300" height="217" alt="Padlock depicting ArcBest cargo security" class="lazyload img-responsive" data-src="https://arcb.com/sites/default/files/styles/max_325x325/public/2019-02/CargoSecurity.png?itok=43sHfX4g" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> Fri, 01 Feb 2019 15:54:33 +0000 Jeff Ferber 6516 at https://arcb.com The Benefits of Shipping LTL Compared to Parcel https://arcb.com/blog/the-benefits-of-shipping-ltl-compared-to-parcel <span>The Benefits of Shipping LTL Compared to Parcel</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/346" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Marc Weidner</span></span> <span>Thu, 01/31/2019 - 13:34</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><h2>LTL vs. parcel: How to choose the right solution for your business</h2> <p>Choosing between parcel and less-than-truckload used to be pretty straightforward: lightweight shipments went parcel, heavy ones went LTL. But as carriers broadened their services, the line between the two became more blurred. Now, freight that used to be more economical to ship parcel is sometimes better suited for LTL — and vice versa. So how do companies decide which method is best to use when their products can move either way? And how do shippers used to parcel service go about navigating the unfamiliar LTL environment?</p> <p>Take a look at how each process works, learn how to choose the best solution, and see how to get started with LTL shipping.</p> <h2>Key differences between LTL and parcel</h2> <p>The first step in deciding which option is best for your freight is diving into what makes them unique. While there certainly are some instances where either could be a viable solution, the two methods have some big differentiators, including weight and size limits, transportation and handling procedures, packaging requirements and delivery options.</p> <h3>Weight and size restrictions</h3> <p>Though there’s now more overlap in what’s allowed, weight and size restrictions still play a big role in choosing which method to use. LTL is usually a good fit unless you’re only shipping a few small items, but parcel has a few more limitations. Take a look at the size and weight restrictions for three major parcel carriers:</p> <p><img alt="parcel carrier weight restrictions " data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="46e929cf-a4b8-47ef-b9f0-8f882e1bfe50" height="400" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/parcel_weight_and_size_limits.png" width="640" /></p> <h4>USPS<sup>®</sup></h4> <p>Since January 1999, the United States Postal Service has had a weight and size limit of 70 pounds and 130 inches (length and girth combined) for parcel shipments mailed within the United States. This is the tightest restriction you’ll find among parcel carriers, especially when you consider that there may be additional charges even within those limits — an oversized price will be applied to pieces that measure between 108-130 inches, and large, lightweight packages (less than 20 pounds but larger than 84 inches) will be charged at a higher rate.</p> <h4>UPS<sup>®</sup></h4> <p>Individual items shipped with UPS can weigh up to 150 pounds and be 108 inches long (with a maximum length and girth combination of 165 inches). However, if the shipment is large or heavy, you may have to pay some additional fees:</p> <ul><li><strong>Over Maximum Limits.</strong> A charge for every package that exceeds the weight and size limits.</li> <li><strong>Large Package.</strong> A charge for packages that are longer than 96 inches or have a combined length and girth between 130-165 inches. An additional fee is applied to large U.S. domestic shipments delivered to a residential address.</li> <li><strong>Additional Handling.</strong> A charge for each package that weighs more than 70 pounds.  </li> </ul><h4>FedEx<sup>®</sup></h4> <p>FedEx has a few different parcel shipping options with varying weight and size limits:</p> <ul><li><strong>FedEx Express<sup>®</sup></strong> allows up to 150 pounds, up to 119 inches in length and 165 inches in length and girth.</li> <li><strong>FedEx Ground<sup>®</sup></strong> allows packages up to 150 pounds, up to 108 inches in length and 165 inches in length plus girth.</li> <li><strong>FedEx Home Delivery<sup>®</sup></strong> allows up to 70 pounds, up to 108 inches in length and 165 inches in length plus girth.</li> </ul><p>They also have a few extra charges for packages that require additional handling or exceed the maximum weight and dimensions. Currently, the fee for oversized shipments is $675 per package.  </p> <h3><strong>Handling and transportation</strong></h3> <p>The limitations placed on parcel packages are primarily due to the way they’re handled. Parcels are typically auto sorted on a conveyor belt and loaded into a truck by individuals — making it important for packages to be small enough to fit in the sorting machines and light enough to be safely maneuvered by one person. Once the packages are loaded, they’re either directly delivered to a regional location or are transferred multiple times up to the point of delivery.</p> <p>LTL freight is generally handled less frequently than parcel packages, reducing the overall risk of damage. With LTL, items are commonly moved using a forklift. Once loaded, the freight travels in the trailer until it reaches a distribution center, delivery service center or fulfillment center.</p> <p>LTL also provides the ability to reduce shipping costs, transit times and handling with a transportation solution called zone skipping. It works like this: the shipper consolidates individual orders to fill an entire trailer heading to the same destination. The shipment travels from one major shipping zone to another, without stopping to unload or reload along the way. Once the driver reaches the destination region, the packages are deconsolidated and made ready for distribution.</p> <h3>Packaging requirements</h3> <p>Another difference between parcel and LTL shipments is how they’re packaged. Parcels are usually boxed items with varying amounts of internal protective material (Bubblewrap<sup>®</sup>, Styrofoam, etc.). LTL freight is placed on pallets or in crates and is usually shrink-wrapped for extra protection. This packaging method is necessary to keep freight safe and secure during transit, and helps keep shipments together.</p> <h3>Delivery capabilities</h3> <p>It’s a common misconception that LTL carriers only deliver to facilities with loading docks — many offer both business and residential options. And though parcel delivery typically ends at the entrance, LTL carriers offer additional services such as dunnage removal, placement and assembly. These extra options allow shippers to offer a premium level of service to their customers, which can make LTL a better solution for some companies.</p> <h2>Making a choice</h2> <p>While you may never exclusively use one service over the other, understanding when each one is most beneficial can help you make decisions that improve your bottom line. Since everything from the size of the item to how it needs to be delivered can affect the cost, it’s a good idea to examine your freight profile and determine what method works best for different situations. Check out the chart below for a quick comparison:</p> <p><img alt="LTL vs. parcel shipping" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="42b4be3a-5cb9-48d4-9642-024b5870d682" height="619" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/LTL_Parcel_Comparison_Chart.png" width="640" /></p> <h3>When is LTL the best option?</h3> <p>LTL is typically the best option if you’re shipping:</p> <ul><li><strong>Large quantities or heavy items. </strong>Once a shipment exceeds a certain number of packages or weight, LTL is generally more affordable.</li> <li><strong>Similar items to the same location.</strong> Combining like items into one shipment can be more cost-efficient and environmentally friendly than shipping packages individually. Even if the pieces are small and light, putting them together reduces the cost per package and lowers carbon emissions.</li> <li><strong>Irregularly shaped items.</strong> Because parcel carriers will charge extra for oversize pieces, LTL may be a cheaper option for some freight. For example, a beach umbrella is lightweight, but its length can make it an expensive parcel shipment.   </li> </ul><h3>When to use parcel shipping</h3> <p>Parcel is ideal if you:</p> <ul><li><strong>Are shipping small individual boxes. </strong>If you have a few small, lightweight items, parcel will usually be the more cost-efficient option.</li> <li><strong>Don’t want to schedule pickups.</strong> If you don’t want trucks coming to your location, you may want to ship parcel. Many carriers have drop-off locations where you can take packages during business hours.</li> <li><strong>Need faster delivery for a small shipment.</strong> Since LTL shipments are routed through a specific network, situations like overnighting a single package to a customer are better suited for parcel.</li> </ul><h2>Getting started with LTL</h2> <p>If you’ve never shipped LTL before, it may seem a little overwhelming. But while there are a few different things to be aware of, your carrier will be able to walk you through the process and help you be successful.</p> <p>ArcBest carrier <a href="https://arcb.com/abf-freight">ABF Freight</a><sup>® </sup>is an industry-leading LTL carrier with more than 95 years of transportation experience. If you’re interested in discussing how LTL can benefit your business, our customer solutions team will be happy to help — just call <strong>800-610-5544</strong>!</p> <p>Or check out these helpful resources to learn more:</p> <ul><li><a href="https://arcb.com/blog/ltl-freight-shipping">Quick guide to how LTL shipping works</a></li> <li><a href="https://arcb.com/blog/accessorial-charges-in-truckload-and-ltl-freight">LTL accessorial charges explained</a></li> <li><a href="https://arcb.com/blog/10-most-commonly-asked-freight-shipping-questions">Freight Shipping FAQs</a></li> <li><a href="https://arcb.com/blog/shipping-definitions-and-freight-terms">Shipping Definitions and Freight Terms</a></li> </ul></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/blog/tags/ltl" hreflang="en">LTL</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/blog/tags/shipping-information" hreflang="en">Shipping Information</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-thumbnail field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/abt/clear_pixel.gif" width="325" height="203" alt="LTL and parcel shipments" class="lazyload img-responsive" data-src="https://arcb.com/sites/default/files/styles/max_325x325/public/2019-01/Parcel_Or_LTL.png?itok=MlGfOeHz" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> Thu, 31 Jan 2019 19:34:24 +0000 Marc Weidner 6496 at https://arcb.com Scheurer Goes ‘Over the Edge’ For Charity https://arcb.com/blog/scheurer-goes-over-the-edge-for-charity <span>Scheurer Goes ‘Over the Edge’ For Charity</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/71" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Jennifer Faldon</span></span> <span>Wed, 11/14/2018 - 08:32</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>Overcoming anxiety about the unknown, Mallory Scheurer spent an October morning rappelling down the tallest building in Fort Smith, Arkansas — while raising more than $3,000 to help cancer patients. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Scheurer, senior manager – Process Development &amp; Compliance for ABF Freight, had never rappelled before taking part in Over the Edge, a fundraising event benefiting the <a href="reynoldscancersupporthouse.org">Donald W. Reynolds Cancer Support House</a> in Fort Smith.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Participants rappelled 130 feet down the Arvest Bank Tower in Fort Smith.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“I’m not afraid of heights, but this was my first time ever rappelling and I had no clue what to expect,” Scheurer said. “It was a little nerve-wracking and I was so concentrated on what I was doing while I was coming down. But I am so glad I did it.”</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Leading up to the event, Scheurer set a $3,000 fundraising goal. She posted links and updates on Facebook and emailed friends asking if they could contribute. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“The fundraising was a big thing for me because when I set a goal for myself, I like to meet and exceed it,” Scheurer said. “I think what the Reynolds Cancer Support House does for cancer patients and their families around here is very, very helpful. I wanted to do what I could to help.”</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>She raised $3,070.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“I am very proud of the work Mallory put into this ever-so-important event to support the Reynolds Cancer Support House,” said Mark McMinn, senior vice president – Operations &amp; Safety for ABF Freight. “Not only did she meet the challenge, she exceeded the challenge. Mallory has a great heart and cares deeply about people.”</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The Over the Edge event was part of the Survivors’ Challenge Weekend. This year marked the 27<sup>th</sup> annual Survivors’ Challenge 10K and 5K and the third annual Over the Edge event.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“We ran, walked and rappelled for cancer survivors in our community,” states the Reynolds Cancer Support House website.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The Reynolds Cancer Support House provides free goods and non-medical support programs and services to cancer patients and caregivers. It is the largest free-standing cancer support facility in the country.</span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/insights/tags/company-culture" hreflang="en">Company Culture</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-thumbnail field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/abt/clear_pixel.gif" width="325" height="217" alt="ABF Freight employee Mallory Scheurer rappells down a Fort Smith building" class="lazyload img-responsive" data-src="https://arcb.com/sites/default/files/styles/max_325x325/public/2018-11/Scheurer%20Over%20the%20Edge.JPG?itok=pazorGEl" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> Wed, 14 Nov 2018 14:32:40 +0000 Jennifer Faldon 6826 at https://arcb.com Message regarding possible UPS Freight service disruption https://arcb.com/blog/message-regarding-possible-ups-freight-service-disruption <span>Message regarding possible UPS Freight service disruption</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/11" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Becky Harris</span></span> <span>Thu, 11/08/2018 - 08:07</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span>ArcBest has received many questions from customers about the notification issued by UPS Freight on November 1 regarding its less-than-truckload operations. In a transportation marketplace already constrained by available capacity, know that we’re actively monitoring the situation and possible service disruption at UPS Freight. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>We currently have resources available through ABF Freight, Panther Premium Logistics and other alternative transportation options — including truckload, air and intermodal — depending on shippers’ specific needs and the capacity available in each location. For details on how ArcBest can serve you best, please reach out to your account manager or call 800-610-5544.</span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/blog/tags/shipping-information" hreflang="en">Shipping Information</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/blog/tags/ltl" hreflang="en">LTL</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/blog/tags/abf-freight" hreflang="en">ABF Freight</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/blog/tags/retail-shipping" hreflang="en">Retail Shipping</a></div> </div> Thu, 08 Nov 2018 14:07:21 +0000 Becky Harris 6816 at https://arcb.com Developing a Growth Mindset https://arcb.com/blog/developing-a-growth-mindset <span>Developing a Growth Mindset</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1271" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Lori Brooks</span></span> <span>Wed, 10/10/2018 - 08:00</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><h2>Natural <s>Born</s> Grown Leader</h2> <p>You hear a lot today about having a fixed mindset versus having a growth mindset. I was fortunate enough early in my career to have worked for a company with a leader (or rather, leaders) who lived out the growth mindset. They believed that instead of leadership being a trait you were either born with or not, it was a skill that could be grown. As a result, they invested heavily in training and developing more leaders. By writing this, I am not trying to establish myself as a leadership expert. But rather, to share a few things I’ve learned over the years from personal experience and from the investments my employers have made in me.</p> <h3>Never stop learning</h3> <p>This applies to every area of your life. Have a voracious appetite for learning! Learning how to be a better you. Learning how to be a better leader, employee, wife, mom, husband, dad, brother, friend and the list goes on. </p> <p>In your industry of choice, be a student of the business. Ask questions to learn. Set up informational interviews with people leaders across the business — not for the purpose of getting a job on their team, but rather to learn from them. You’d be surprised at what you can learn just by sitting with people who have years of knowledge and asking about their area of the business, what challenges they’re facing, what big projects they’re working on, etc.</p> <p>Read industry articles and blogs.  If you understand the challenges, opportunities and key levers of your business, you will be a better steward of your time and efforts.  It will also help you to develop skills and champion initiatives that will be the most impactful.</p> <h3>Admit when you’re wrong — especially to yourself</h3> <p>Ouch. This one is hard.  But the only way to learn from your mistakes is to recognize when you’ve made one. Spend time thinking about why it happened and how you could do things differently if faced with a similar situation again. Rather than beating yourself up for making a mistake, give yourself a break and make a conscious effort to acknowledge that you can experience significant growth by learning from your mistakes.</p> <p>The same goes for your team. Create a safe environment where they can tell you when they’ve made a mistake without fear of losing their job or causing you to blow up.  If they’re given the chance to learn from their mistakes, it’s likely they won’t make them again.</p> <h3>Listen to your customers</h3> <p>This means both internal and external customers. You need to know what matters to the people you’re serving. This could be your team, your peers, your boss — or it could be the customers who keep you in business.</p> <p>And when I say listen, I mean <em><strong>really</strong></em> listen. Not just to the words they’re saying – but listen for what they mean. What’s the root cause? Don’t just think about the one example they’re giving you, but also what caused it to happen in the first place. What could be done to ease dissatisfaction? If you really listen to feedback and are open to what you’re hearing, not only will your customers end up more satisfied, but likely you will, too.</p> <h3>Serve your team and invest in them</h3> <p>All of these lessons are important, but on the topic of leadership, I think this is the most important. We spend a lot of time with the people at work. And as employers or leaders, we often ask a lot of our team:  sometimes long hours, sometimes to work on a mundane task or sometimes to work with personalities that are challenging. You can probably think of many more things that either you’ve been challenged with or someone on your team has faced.</p> <p>But you know what’s a great way to motivate your team? Let them know you really care about them and their future. <u><strong>And this cannot (and should not) be faked.</strong></u> People can see right through it and you’ll do more harm than good.</p> <p>Get to know your team. Spend time understanding what’s important to them, what their career goals are and what makes them feel valued and motivated. Then, you’ll be much better equipped to be their champion. This could mean developing them for the next level in their career or helping them learn a new skill that improves performance in their current role. Each person — and therefore each need — is different.   </p> <h3>Learning and growing never ends</h3> <p>I’m so grateful for the many amazing leaders I’ve worked with and for throughout my career. My hope is that I’m always able to learn what to do and what <em>not</em> to do from their actions as well as the things I’ve experienced on my own.  I’m certain that I will continue to make mistakes, but by intentionally learning from them, I will be a better “me” every day. How about you?</p> <p> </p> <p><em>Lori is Vice President, Customer Experience at ArcBest. She leads a team dedicated to meeting and exceeding customer expectations through consistent growth and innovation.</em></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/insights/tags/company-culture" hreflang="en">Company Culture</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/blog/tag/leadership" hreflang="en">Leadership</a></div> </div> Wed, 10 Oct 2018 13:00:00 +0000 Lori Brooks 6756 at https://arcb.com Hurricane Michael Service Update https://arcb.com/blog/hurricane-michael-service-update <span>Hurricane Michael Service Update</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Lindsey Kennedy</span></span> <span>Tue, 10/09/2018 - 16:56</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><h2>ArcBest service operations affected by Hurricane Michael</h2> <p>Our hurricane preparedness process is in effect as of 10/9/18. Due to mandatory evacuations and anticipated heavy winds and flooding, operations at some ABF Freight service centers in the region may be affected.</p> <p>For the most recent updates, view service center and lane interruptions <a href="https://arcb.com/resources/service-advisories">here</a>.</p> <p>Our top priorities are protecting our people, facilities and equipment along with your freight. If you have any questions, please contact your account manager or our <a href="mailto:customersolutions@arcb.com">Customer Care team</a> at <strong>800-610-5544</strong>.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/blog/tags/shipping-information" hreflang="en">Shipping Information</a></div> </div> Tue, 09 Oct 2018 21:56:52 +0000 Lindsey Kennedy 6751 at https://arcb.com What You Need to Know About Dry Van Shipping https://arcb.com/blog/what-you-need-to-know-about-dry-van-shipping <span>What You Need to Know About Dry Van Shipping</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/61" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Justin Bates</span></span> <span>Wed, 09/12/2018 - 08:00</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><h2>What is a dry van?</h2> <p>A dry van is a type of semi-trailer that’s fully enclosed to protect shipments from outside elements. Designed to carry palletized, boxed or loose freight, dry vans aren’t temperature-controlled (unlike refrigerated “reefer” units) and can’t carry oversized shipments (unlike flatbed trailers).</p> <p>Also called a “dry van trailer” or “box trailer,” dry vans can be used for a variety of less-than-truckload (LTL) or truckload shipment types. If you’ve ever shipped or received freight, it’s likely your goods traveled on a dry van.</p> <h2>Dry van dimensions</h2> <p>Dry vans come in a variety of sizes:</p> <h3>53-foot trailers</h3> <p>The most common types of dry vans on the road, typical dimensions for these trailers are 53’ x 8’ 6” x 8’ 6” (lwh). They can accommodate up 45,000 pounds of freight and up to 26 standard pallet positions across their floor space.</p> <h3>28-foot trailers</h3> <p>“Pup” trailers are commonly used for moving LTL shipments. Measuring 28’ x 8’ x 9’ (lwh), they can accommodate up to 22,500 pounds of freight and 14 standard pallet positions across their floor space.</p> <h3>Straight trucks</h3> <p>Straight trucks, also referred to as box trucks, are typically used for city deliveries and often feature a liftgate. Straight trucks come in a variety of sizes, commonly measuring 24’ x 8’ x 8’ 6” (lwh).</p> <h2>Benefits of dry van shipping</h2> <h3>Versatility</h3> <p>Because they work well for transporting consumer packaged goods, dry vans are the most frequently used equipment type. Products such as clothing, furniture and electronics are commonly shipped via dry van trailers, though they also can be used to move machinery and parts, nonperishable foods and even household goods.</p> <h3>Protection</h3> <p>One of the biggest advantages of using a dry van truck to move your freight is the protection it provides — because the equipment is enclosed on all sides, shipments are shielded from weather hazards like high winds, rain or direct heat. The enclosure and ability of the trailers to be locked also provides a layer of protection against cargo theft.</p> <h3>Affordability</h3> <p>Dry vans are readily available from a variety of carriers and don’t require service extras or special operation, making them one of the most affordable shipping options.</p> <h2>Dry van options from ArcBest</h2> <p>Whether you’re shipping an entire trailer or just a few pallets, ArcBest<sup>®</sup> offers the dry van equipment — and capacity — you need. <a href="https://arcb.com/tools/rate-quote.html#/new">Get a quote online</a>, or give us a call at <strong>800-610-5544</strong> to book a shipment.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/blog/tags/shipping-information" hreflang="en">Shipping Information</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-thumbnail field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/abt/clear_pixel.gif" width="325" height="217" alt="Dry Van Shipping" class="lazyload img-responsive" data-src="https://arcb.com/sites/default/files/styles/max_325x325/public/2018-09/Dry_Van.png?itok=95XRAusZ" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> Wed, 12 Sep 2018 13:00:00 +0000 Justin Bates 6711 at https://arcb.com