Customer: ABF Freight Driver ‘Extremely Polite, Professional’

Posted by Jennifer Faldon on June 9, 2017 - 10:11 AM

A customer who ordered a boat learned that its delivery would be curbside. The boat company tells its customers to make arrangements for unloading boats when they’re delivered.

ArcBest carrier ABF Freight® was delivering the boat, scheduled for a Monday. The customer’s husband arranged to take the day off work and to have his son there to help unload it. When the delivery date arrived, the customer called the local ABF Freight service center to confirm the delivery and to get an idea of when it would be delivered.

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Throwback Thursday: 1955 — Employees Rescue Families From Fire

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

Shortly after 1 a.m. on a January night in 1955, two Arkansas Motor Freight Lines employees rescued people from a burning building.

While standing on the dock at the Pine Bluff, Arkansas, service center, dock worker Jimmie L. Barbre (pictured) and road driver C.F. Waters saw flames “shooting skyward” from a row of buildings a block away. They called the local fire department and then ran to the scene of the fire.

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Understanding HAZMAT Placards

Posted by Sam Cates on June 7, 2017 - 8:03 AM

What HAZMAT placards can tell you about a shipment

Have you ever noticed diamond-shaped signs on the back or sides of a semi-truck trailer and wondered what they were or why they were there? These colorful labels are known as hazardous material placards, or HAZMAT placards, and they provide details about what kind of cargo the truck is carrying. The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) requires these HAZMAT signs when moving more than 1,000 pounds of hazardous cargo within the U.S. and on some hazardous commodities regardless of weight.

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Throwback Thursday: ArcBest Technologies Formed In 1962

Posted by Jennifer Faldon on June 1, 2017 - 8:11 AM

In 1962, ArcBest Technologies (then known as Data-Tronics) was organized. It employed 10 people who worked using an IBM 4K 1401 Card System Computer.

“The Data-Tronics division of the parent company was organized to effect savings for the company and to render customer service,” the employee magazine reported in 1962. “It will handle such important and time-consuming operations as accounting systems, sales analyses, payrolls, computing and printing checks, labor and cost analyses, inventory control and market analyses.”

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9 Tips for a Successful Corporate Move

Posted by Kay Lynn Clay on May 31, 2017 - 8:03 AM

How to make corporate moving easier for transferees

Knowledge is power, and good communication almost always makes things go more smoothly. That’s the case with a corporate move, too. Whether it’s an employee’s first move or fifth, they can do some simple things that will help streamline the process. The ArcBest corporate moving team has compiled nine quick tips designed to help transferees have a good experience. A move that goes well can make your job easier.

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FleetNet America Rep Saves Customer $33,000

Posted by Kaitlyn Turner on May 26, 2017 - 10:10 AM

When a FleetNet America® customer’s truck began having issues with the oil pressure, they called Senior TMcare® Account Representative Stephen Inman for assistance.

The truck was making an unusual ticking noise and the oil pressure dropped whenever the truck came to a stop. A tow truck took the truck to a dealer for repairs.

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Throwback Thursday: 1959 — ArcBest Installs ‘The Newest Of Teletype Equipment’

Posted by Jennifer Faldon on May 25, 2017 - 8:07 AM

A new system aimed to improve “the company’s efforts toward efficiency and expediency” was announced in 1959. ArcBest, then known as Arkansas-Best Freight System, told employees about the installation of the 83-B1 Automatic Teletypewriter System.

The American Telephone and Telegraph Company installed the equipment in 14 major service centers in June 1959.

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July 2017 Trade Shows

Posted by Justin Bates on May 24, 2017 - 8:05 AM

July 2017 trade shows taking place in the U.S.

If you’re a supplier, trade shows can be great venues to market your products. They can also serve as a space to generate leads and learn about new trends in the marketplace. Trade shows can be beneficial for attendees as well, as they offer education and training opportunities. Plan your summer trade show schedule by reviewing this curated list.

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Throwback Thursday: 1963 — Export-Import Seminars Conducted

Posted by Jennifer Faldon on May 18, 2017 - 8:02 AM

In 1963, ArcBest (then known as Arkansas-Best Freight) held export-import seminars in Columbus, Ohio; Chicago, Illinois; Kansas City, Missouri; and Fort Smith, Arkansas.

The sessions were “designed to present to the shippers, company personnel and all others interested in foreign trade a step-by-step ‘how to’ explanation of the mechanics of finding foreign markets, banking connections, preparing export shipments, marine insurance and many other aspects of foreign trade.”

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How ArcBest Speeds up LCL Transit Times

Posted by Justin Bates on May 17, 2017 - 8:01 AM

Need faster LCL shipping?

If you need fast delivery for your international freight, you might be considering full-container load (FCL) shipping. FCL is often seen as a fast shipping option because the freight isn’t sorted at the port and travels directly to its destination. But what if you don’t have enough freight to fill a 20-foot container? Less-than-container load (LCL) shipping is normally the most cost-effective option for small shipments, but it isn’t known for being fast. So, what’s the solution?

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