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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California Shipping Regulations

Posted by Justin Bates on December 13, 2017 - 8:02 AM

Shipping freight to California

California shipping regulations differ from most other states. Factors like emissions, operating hours, shipment size and freight inspections come into play and can present challenges for shippers who aren’t aware and prepared. If you’re operating a commercial truck within the state or shipping oversized freight, international cargo, plants, produce or household goods, certain guidelines, licenses and permits may apply. Understanding and following the guidelines helps ensure compliance.

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Is intermodal shipping right for your business?

Posted by Neil Roberts on December 6, 2017 - 8:04 AM

What is intermodal shipping?

Supply chain managers are always looking for ways to save their company time and money and improve transportation strategies. While moving freight over the road (OTR) offers plenty of benefits, some shippers may choose intermodal as an alternative to traditional trucking options. It combines multiple modes of transportation (usually OTR and rail) for the easy, efficient movement of freight from origin to destination.

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Trade shows happening in January and February 2018

Posted by Justin Bates on November 29, 2017 - 8:05 AM

January and February trade shows taking place in the U.S.

Face-to-face interactions are integral in helping to grow and sustain business relationships. In fact, marketing experts report that in-person events remain one of the top ways to generate sales leads and build business opportunities. For businesses, this means there’s a lot of optimism surrounding the trade show industry.

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Service Center Spotlight: Grand Island, Nebraska

Posted by Paige Stewart on November 15, 2017 - 8:01 AM

Recognizing our Grand Island Service Center

What happens when you mix one account manager, five ABF Freight® drivers and a lot of collaboration? In this case, amazing success. At least, that’s true for the service center in Grand Island, Nebraska. Since 1987, this service center has been a valuable location for handling goods and fulfilling freight shipping needs. It may be one of our smallest locations — with only 2,816 square feet of space and 12 dock doors — but it’s significantly impacting the region’s shipping capabilities.

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Accessorial Charges in Truckload and LTL Freight

Posted by Justin Bates on November 8, 2017 - 8:03 AM

What are accessorial charges?

Accessorial charges are any additional expenses a customer incurs that go beyond the normal procedures when shipping truckload or less-than-truckload (LTL) goods. For example, let’s say you’re moving some restaurant equipment into a strip mall. Because of the complexity of the shipment, which would require the driver to unload the shipment and deliver it inside the building, the carrier will apply an additional fee.

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Retail Logistics: Preparing for the Holidays

Posted by Justin Bates on November 3, 2017 - 8:01 AM

How holiday shopping affects retail supply chain

With a combined consumer spend of over $650 billion in November and December 2016 alone, it’s no surprise that many companies focus on plans to meet the demands of holiday shoppers year-round. The ten busiest shopping days of the year fall in the fourth quarter, which means the work to ensure shelves are stocked has to happen well in advance of the holiday shopping season.

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