What You Need to Know About Dry Van Shipping

Posted by Justin Bates on September 12, 2018 - 8:00 AM

What is a dry van?

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).

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.

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Hurricane Florence Service Update

Posted by Becky Harris on September 11, 2018 - 1:58 PM

ArcBest service operations affected by Hurricane Florence

Our hurricane preparedness process is in effect as of Tuesday, September 11th. Due to mandatory evacuations of the coast and anticipated heavy winds and flooding, operations at some ABF Freight service centers in the region may affected.

For the most recent updates, view service center and lane interruptions here.

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Service Center Spotlight: Carlisle, Pennsylvania

Posted by Paige Brooks on September 5, 2018 - 8:01 AM

Why Carlisle is critical to the ArcBest® network

The Carlisle ABF Freight Distribution Center (DC) operates 24/7, closing only on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Its location in central Pennsylvania makes it the ideal spot for East Coast distribution and allows the facility to directly service 85 locations, from Montreal, Canada, to Miami, Florida. More than 700 linehaul and city drivers, office personnel and dock employees collaborate around the clock to ensure customers are satisfied and that freight is handled with care and shipped out on time.

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Hurricane Lane Service Update

Posted by Becky Harris on August 23, 2018 - 4:40 PM

Due to extreme weather conditions, our hurricane preparedness process is in effect as of Wednesday, August 22nd. Here’s what you need to know about ArcBest service operations in the wake of Hurricane Lane:

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Rail Freight Shipping: Class I Railroads in America

Posted by Paige Brooks on August 15, 2018 - 8:15 AM

America’s railroad system

From the West Coast to the East Coast, America runs one of the safest, most extensive and reliable railroad systems in the world. The 140,000-mile network is owned and operated by 600 freight rail lines, including seven Class I railroad companies. Together, these rail lines earned nearly $74 billion in revenue in 2017 — Class I railroads earned $70 billion of that total.

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Shipping High-Value Freight with ArcBest

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

Transporting high-value freight

Shippers always place high importance on a carrier’s ability to deliver freight without incident, but when the shipment is high-value or sensitive, it’s even more essential. With this type of freight, it’s necessary to work with an experienced carrier that understands things like packaging best practices, the best modes of transportation for a specific type of shipment, and in-transit protection.

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September & October 2018 Trade Shows

Posted by Justin Bates on July 25, 2018 - 8:04 AM

September and October 2018 trade shows in the U.S.

Trade shows and professional business conferences focus on industry-specific markets that attract thousands of potential customers. These events are a great venue to build your company’s brand, connect with prospective customers and colleagues, and learn about new products, trends and other industry-related topics.

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Benefits of an Efficient Reverse Logistics Process

Posted by Dwight Hayes on July 18, 2018 - 8:03 AM

Optimizing your company’s reverse logistics system

What happens to your products after the point of sale? Are they easily returned if they’re faulty, recyclable if they’ve reached end-of-life, or able to be repaired? If the answer to these questions isn’t known, or the process to make those events happen isn’t well-defined, your reverse logistics system may not be operating at peak efficiency. Take a look at the benefits of an optimized approach, and get tips for improving your processes.  

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Service Center Spotlight: Cincinnati, Ohio

Posted by Paige Brooks on July 11, 2018 - 8:01 AM

Cincinnati’s success starts with its employees

Family, quality and wellness are three words that embody the team at our service center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Approximately 60 dock workers, city drivers, office employees and regional personnel operate this facility day and night to ensure customers receive on-time pickups and deliveries. Through extensive training and development, each employee has the skill to solve supply chain disruptions and the will to do what’s best for the customer.

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Service Center Spotlight: Tulsa, Oklahoma

Posted by Paige Brooks on June 20, 2018 - 8:03 AM

Recognizing the dedication of our Tulsa Service Center employees

At 3 a.m. every weekday, the lights at our Tulsa service center come on. As many of its employees start their day, most of Tulsa is still sleeping. But in a world where freight is continuously moving, those few extra hours are critical. Fortunately, Tulsa’s employees have the will and determination to put in the hard work necessary to serve our customers well — and they’ve experienced growth as a result.

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