At ArcBest, we are monitoring the evolving situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19) and its potential impact on our customers’ supply chains. Read More.

Throwback Thursday: 1977 — ABF Freight Trailers Reflect ‘Traffic Manager’ Ad Campaign

Posted by Jennifer Faldon on August 31, 2017 - 8:06 AM

In 1977, new ABF Freight trailers included graphics along the sides and rear doors that emphasized its long-running ad campaign, “Appreciate Your Traffic Manager.”

White Advertising Company of Shelby, Indiana, prepared the five-piece set adhesives to apply to 85 new ABF Freight trailers before they went on the road.

Read More >
Posted in: 

Throwback Thursday: 1970 — ABF Freight’s ‘Appreciate Your Traffic Manager’ Campaign A Hit

Posted by Jennifer Faldon on August 24, 2017 - 8:15 AM

In 1969, ABF Freight (then known as Arkansas-Best Freight System) introduced a new advertising campaign: “Appreciate Your Traffic Manager (ABF Does).”

The ads appeared in publications such as Fortune, Business Week, Traffic World and Traffic Management. They also appeared in employee publications and memos.

The campaign proved popular, as the advertisement pictured shows.

Read More >

Why Carrier Certifications Matter When Shipping to Canada

Posted by Joanne Laurendeau on August 23, 2017 - 8:03 AM

What certifications should a carrier have when shipping freight to Canada?

If you need to move goods into Canada, you know that a prolonged clearance process might result in missed deliveries and unhappy customers. To ensure your cargo clears customs quickly and efficiently, you’ll want to hire a carrier that has the proper certifications and licenses. Several programs are in place to expedite border clearance, but the biggest advantages come from the Free and Secure Trade (FAST) program.

Read More >

Throwback Thursday: 1970 — New Cargo Heaters Installed in ABF Freight Trucks

Posted by Jennifer Faldon on August 17, 2017 - 8:11 AM

In December 1970, ABF Freight® (then known as Arkansas-Best Freight System) announced to its employees the purchase of new cargo heaters for linehaul use. The Customer Service department added 140 new cargo heaters to the system.

In the photo, ABF Freight Regional Sales Director Walter Willard (standing), Customer Service Director Bruce Whittaker (kneeling left) and Operations Assistant Vice President Gordon Watson examine the new cargo heaters.

The propane-fired units replaced old charcoal salamander heaters that had been used for several years.

Read More >
Posted in: 

LTL Freight Shipping

Posted by Becca Soard on August 7, 2017 - 8:03 AM

Defining Less-than-truckload: What does it mean and who is it for?

You’ve had multiple out-of-state sales this week and customers are requesting home delivery — something you don’t normally do. Everything is wrapped, boxed and ready to go, but what’s the best way to get the products to your customers? Less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping is designed for freight that weighs between 150 and 20,000 pounds and isn’t large enough to require a full semi-trailer.

Read More >
Posted in: 

Throwback Thursday: 1963 — Danny Thomas Honors ABF Freight

Posted by Jennifer Faldon on August 3, 2017 - 8:02 AM

In October 1963, ABF Freight (then known as Arkansas-Best Freight System) was one of 22 trucking companies awarded for providing free transportation to Aiding Leukemia Stricken American Children (ALSAC).

Comedian and actor Danny Thomas hosted a “Breakfast with Danny Thomas” at the Morrison Hotel in Chicago to thank trucking executives for their efforts. Bill Farnsworth, ABF Freight service center manager in Chicago, received the award on behalf of ABF Freight.

In the photo, Farnsworth is on the front row, second from the left; Thomas is fourth from the right.

Read More >
Posted in: 

Packing freight for an LTL shipment

Posted by Becca Soard on August 2, 2017 - 8:02 AM

The importance of shipment packaging

From raw material headed to a production plant to a finished product on its way to a customer, every item your business ships is somehow tied to revenue. And because each shipment has the potential to impact profits, it’s important to find ways to manage transportation costs while still ensuring your freight arrives damage-free. Utilizing proper packaging can accomplish both goals — especially in the less-than-truckload (LTL) environment.

Read More >
Posted in: 

Throwback Thursday: 1961 — Company President Testifies Before House Committee

Posted by Jennifer Faldon on July 27, 2017 - 8:03 AM

In March 1961, Robert A. Young Jr. testified before the Ways and Means Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Young was president of ABF Freight (then known as Arkansas-Best Freight System), having bought the company in 1951. His testimony focused on a tax program proposed by President Kennedy.

Young and others in the trucking industry opposed the proposal, which increased federal taxes on diesel fuel, truck licenses, tires and retread rubber.

Read More >
Posted in: 

Measuring Cubic Feet for LTL Shipments

Posted by Becca Soard on July 24, 2017 - 8:03 AM

Why cubic feet matter for LTL freight

Due to changes in freight profile (like bulkier items) and other less-than-truckload (LTL) trends, it’s more important than ever for ArcBest® customers to provide accurate details about their shipments when getting a quote. While weight and freight class are still necessary pieces of information, cubic footage is now an additional pricing factor. Use the steps below to accurately measure your freight and calculate its cubic footage. 

Read More >
Posted in: