Truckload https://arcb.com/ en October Market Update https://arcb.com/blog/october-market-update <span>October Market Update</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/3011" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Brian Beasley</span></span> <span>Mon, 11/08/2021 - 12:36</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><h2><span><span><span><span><span>Capacity issues may be on the road to improvement, but what about demand factors? </span></span></span></span></span></h2> <p><span><span><span><a href="https://arcb.com/blog/september-market-update">Last month</a>, we took a close look at the factors constraining the supply side of the truckload market. And while supply chains continue to experience stress from a shortage of trucks, trailers and shipping containers, orders for each of these equipment types are at all-time highs. Additional capacity is expected to be added throughout next year as orders are fulfilled, helping ease supply-side issues. For perspective, over <a href="https://www.freightwaves.com/news/off-pattern-september-class-8-truck-orders-align-to-supply-shortage">450,000 new trucks had been ordered on a rolling twelve-month basis</a><span><u> as of September 2021</u></span>. The replacement level is approximately 225,000 trucks per year.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>As capacity starts to become available, we’re paying close attention to factors that will impact demand.</span></span></span></p> <h2><span><span><span><span><span>The latest look at demand in the truckload market</span></span></span></span></span></h2> <p><span><span><span>One question that remains is whether the American consumer will continue bolstering the economy through unprecedented levels of personal consumption. Between January 2019 and August 2021, spending on durable and non-durable goods increased 26% and 21% respectively. During the same period, spending on services increased 7% (Chart 1).</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>At the outset of the pandemic, as Americans adhered to social distancing guidelines, the shift away from spending on experiences to spending on goods was expected. As the COVID-19 vaccine became available, many expected that spending on goods would stabilize and we would see a resurgence of the services sector. While spending on services has rebounded to pre-COVID levels, its growth pales in comparison to goods consumption.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>It is worth noting that spending on durable goods has slowed. Examples of durable goods include appliances, tools, computers, televisions, cars and home furnishings. As the name implies, durable goods do not require replacement as frequently as non-durable goods. This deceleration seems to indicate that spending within this segment has plateaued. As <strong>Chart 1</strong> highlights, spending on durable goods peaked following the issuance of the third economic impact payment in early 2021.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Another stimulus item that has impacted consumer spending is the federal student loan interest and payment moratorium. Most student loan payments have been paused since March 2020. <a href="https://www.nitrocollege.com/research/average-student-loan-debt">With approximately $1.73 trillion in student debt outstanding</a>, it takes $17.5 billion per month to service this debt. This equates to $400 per borrower. In February 2022, student loan repayments will resume. This action will have a direct impact on the discretionary spending of millions of Americans. It also has the potential to be a <a href="https://studentloanhero.com/featured/effects-of-student-loan-debt-us-economy/#suppresses">noteworthy storyline</a> in the economic landscape of 2022.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>As shown in Chart 2, Consumer spending has pushed the inventory-to-sales ratio to historic lows. <a href="https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/RETAILIRSA">These ratios</a> can be interpreted as the number of months of inventory that are on hand in relation to the sales for a month. For example, a ratio of 2.5 would indicate that retail stores have enough merchandise on hand to cover two and a half months of sales. As we enter the holiday months, total business inventories are up 7% YOY. But with sales up 15% YOY, it has been challenging for merchants to keep the shelves stocked.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The rush to replenish inventory has put tremendous pressure on the nation’s supply chain. On October 13<sup>th</sup><a href="https://www.npr.org/2021/10/13/1045501424/the-white-house-announces-steps-to-try-to-ease-backlogs-at-u-s-ports">President Biden announced</a> that the Port of Los Angeles agreed to operate around the clock to keep freight flowing. The Port of Long Beach reported a similar action a couple weeks prior. Together, these ports account for approximately 40% of the container traffic that enters the United States.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>Chart 3</strong> was provided by the Marine Exchange of Southern California. It highlights the magnitude of this issue. The yellow line shows that on October 21<sup>st</sup> there was a record number of container ships at the port of Los Angeles and Long Beach. It has been estimated that the total value of goods stuck in port on this date <a href="https://www.freightwaves.com/news/22b-worth-of-cargo-is-now-stuck-on-container-ships-off-california">exceeded $25 billion</a>.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>When will inventories recover and supply chain issues ease? This is the question currently being studied and debated across the United States. Last month, <a href="https://www.evercore.com/isi-research/">Evercore ISI Research</a> conducted a survey to address this question (<strong>Chart 4)</strong>. Over 45% of respondents indicated that it would be the second half of 2022 before inventories normalize.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The recovery will not happen overnight, it will be a gradual transition back to pre-pandemic levels. As moratoriums begin to lift, stimulus infusions begin to wane, and the American consumer satisfies their appetite for new furniture and appliances; we can expect the market to slowly return to normal. The water has not noticeably receded just yet. Take a breath, be patient, and trust that ArcBest will help you navigate through these volatile times.</span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Chart 1</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="Chart 1: Spending" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="ad302bdd-770d-401e-8e40-dd1f52a89ee4" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Chart-1-Spending.jpg" /></strong></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Chart 2</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="Inventories to sales ratio" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="52f2ff4e-2642-41bf-a3ae-b4f4f09649ca" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Chart-2-Inventories-to-Sales-Ratio.jpg" /></strong></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Chart 3</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="Total ships in LA and LB" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="6ad3ea38-e411-4f30-855f-ebe946152ad4" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Chart-3-Total-Ships-in-LA-and-LB.jpg" /></strong></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Chart 4</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="normalization" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="4d333b7f-5a57-43b0-89d3-19f0cb610521" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Chart-4-Normalization.jpg" /></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/tag/truckload" hreflang="en">Truckload</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/blog/tag/industry-insights" hreflang="en">Industry Insights</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-thumbnail field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/max_325x325/public/2021-11/Truckload-Market-Update-October-2021-Blog-Image.jpg?itok=zM7yWQq0" width="300" height="200" alt="Truckload Market Update October 2021" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> Mon, 08 Nov 2021 18:36:25 +0000 Brian Beasley 9006 at https://arcb.com August Market Update https://arcb.com/blog/august-market-update <span>August Market Update</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/3011" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Brian Beasley</span></span> <span>Thu, 09/02/2021 - 15:46</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><h2>Analyzing the fluctuations in truckload rates and capacity </h2> <p>If you have been close to the truckload market over the last several years, you know that it has been marked by extreme volatility. Natural disasters, government regulations, wavering consumer confidence, geopolitical forces and a global pandemic have all impacted the cost of transportation. Analyzing the fluctuation in truckload rates is one of the best ways to gain a historical perspective on market volatility. And one of the best ways to evaluate these rates is through the Producer Price Index (PPI) for general freight trucking.  </p> <p>The PPI, published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), is one of the most widely used measures of price changes for the transportation sector. These are the prices charged by producers of transportation services. The PPI for a mode of transportation measures the average change in the selling prices received by producers. For example, the rail producer price index is based on a survey of railroad prices charged to shippers. The PPI for trucking services measures the average change over time in the selling price for trucking services.  </p> <p>The line in the following chart illustrates the month-to-month fluctuation in the PPI for long-haul freight. For many, this line represents a roller-coaster of challenges and opportunities. The labeled callouts represent only a handful of critical events. No doubt, there are hundreds of other factors that impacted rates over the last several years.   </p> <p><img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="df93f462-72f9-4be0-bf73-074bdd1714bd" height="375" src="/sites/default/files/MicrosoftTeams-image%20%2810%29.png" width="699" /></p> <ul role="list"><li aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-level="1" data-aria-posinset="1" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext="" data-listid="2" role="listitem"> <p paraeid="{fffb618b-1f5e-4c77-89eb-e4eb98516d30}{24}" paraid="1386992659"><strong>Hurricane Harvey: </strong>On August 25, 2017, Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas and disrupted one of the largest freight markets in the United States: Houston, Texas. This event had a <a href="https://www.dat.com/blog/post/spot-market-freight-rates-soar-after-hurricane-harvey" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">significant impact on spot market rates</a>.  <br />  </p> </li> <li aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-level="1" data-aria-posinset="1" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext="" data-listid="2" role="listitem"> <p paraeid="{fffb618b-1f5e-4c77-89eb-e4eb98516d30}{46}" paraid="688494926"><strong>ELD Mandate: </strong>On December 17, 2017, all commercial vehicles were required to utilize Electronic Logging Devices (ELD). These devices are designed to prevent hours-of-service violations by commercial drivers. This mandate <a href="https://www.joc.com/trucking-logistics/ltl-shipping/eld-mandate-magnifying-us-truck-capacity-shortage_20180213.html" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">reduced the amount of available capacity and drove up prices</a>.    <br />  </p> </li> <li aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-level="1" data-aria-posinset="2" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext="" data-listid="2" role="listitem"> <p paraeid="{fffb618b-1f5e-4c77-89eb-e4eb98516d30}{76}" paraid="1402643066"><strong>Tariffs:</strong> As the Trump administration escalated its trade war with China, many importers <a href="https://axxessintl.com/en/port-of-los-angeles-reports-its-best-ever-september-container-volumes/" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">rushed to get their goods stateside</a> before the tariffs went into full effect. The result was an influx of freight that <a href="https://www.freightwaves.com/news/september-us-china-trade" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">strained capacity and sent rates soaring</a>.  <br />  </p> </li> <li aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-level="1" data-aria-posinset="1" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext="" data-listid="2" role="listitem"> <p paraeid="{fffb618b-1f5e-4c77-89eb-e4eb98516d30}{95}" paraid="929016332"><strong>Various:</strong> The peak in the fourth quarter of 2019 appears to be the result of multiple market events converging. <a href="https://www.marketwatch.com/story/consumers-confident-in-the-economy-at-the-end-of-2019-but-dont-expect-faster-growth-2019-12-31" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">Strong consumer confidence</a> fueled a robust peak season. This fact, coupled with capacity constraining events like further <a href="https://www.joc.com/regulation-policy/transportation-regulations/us-transportation-regulations/aobrd-transition-elds-trim-truck-capacity_20190806.html" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">enforcement actions tied to the ELD mandate</a>, drove rates skyward.  <br />  </p> </li> <li aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-level="1" data-aria-posinset="2" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext="" data-listid="2" role="listitem"> <p paraeid="{fffb618b-1f5e-4c77-89eb-e4eb98516d30}{130}" paraid="120078094"><strong>COVID-19:</strong> The <a href="https://www.freightwaves.com/news/panic-buying-and-restocking-creates-major-pricing-power-swing-to-carriers?p=254702" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">panic buying phase</a> of the pandemic was quickly followed by widespread shutdowns and shelter-in-place orders that <a href="https://www.freightwaves.com/news/panic-buying-and-restocking-creates-major-pricing-power-swing-to-carriers?p=254702" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">drove down freight volumes</a> and prices. <a href="https://www.freightwaves.com/news/stimulus-round-3-provides-huge-boost-to-consumer-economy-freight-volumes-are-next" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">Stimulus measures</a> by the Federal Government helped to bolster the economy. Significant increases in consumer spending increased both volumes and rates.  <br />  </p> </li> <li aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-level="1" data-aria-posinset="2" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext="" data-listid="2" role="listitem"> <p paraeid="{fffb618b-1f5e-4c77-89eb-e4eb98516d30}{130}" paraid="120078094"><strong>Polar Vortex: </strong>In February of this year, severe winter storms impacted a large percentage of the United States. These storms resulted in depleted inventory levels nationwide. As the nation thawed, <a href="https://www.freightwaves.com/news/stimulus-round-3-provides-huge-boost-to-consumer-economy-freight-volumes-are-next" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">demand for truckload services increased</a>.  <br />  </p> </li> <li aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-level="1" data-aria-posinset="1" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext="" data-listid="2" role="listitem"> <p paraeid="{fffb618b-1f5e-4c77-89eb-e4eb98516d30}{180}" paraid="630168612"><strong>Various:</strong> Over the past few months, the market has been defined by constrained capacity, low inventories, increased spending and a booming manufacturing industry. <a href="https://arcb.com/blog/july-market-update" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">Last month’s update</a> describes these factors in detail.  <br />  </p> </li> </ul><p paraeid="{fffb618b-1f5e-4c77-89eb-e4eb98516d30}{180}" paraid="630168612">At each twist and turn, shippers needed to understand the market dynamics and respond accordingly. For many, the last several years have been challenging to navigate. But it appears that there might be some relief in sight for shippers. The PPI showed two months of sequential decline in June and July. <a href="https://www.cassinfo.com/freight-audit-payment/cass-transportation-indexes/truckload-linehaul-index" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">The Cass Truckload Linehaul Index</a>®, another key measure of truckload pricing, also showed two months of sequential decline in June and July after eleven straight increases. As we enter peak season, it is too soon to say that the market has plateaued. We will explore more recent trends and factors in next month’s update.   </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/tag/truckload" hreflang="en">Truckload</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/blog/tag/industry-insights" hreflang="en">Industry Insights</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-thumbnail field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/max_325x325/public/2021-09/Truckload-Market-Update-August-2021-Blog-Image.png?itok=aTccNnxJ" width="300" height="200" alt="August truckload market update" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> Thu, 02 Sep 2021 20:46:15 +0000 Brian Beasley 8816 at https://arcb.com Flatbed Trailer Shipping https://arcb.com/blog/flatbed-trailer-shipping <span>Flatbed Trailer Shipping</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/3021" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">James Williams</span></span> <span>Tue, 07/27/2021 - 12:55</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><h2>Use flatbed shipping to move freight of all shapes and sizes </h2> <p>Sometimes you need an over-the-road solution for freight that’s taller, wider, or heavier than what fits in a standard dry van. In cases like these — where freight can also be difficult to load — flatbed shipping is the answer. A flatbed is a trailer with a flattened hauling platform, and most can be loaded from the top, sides and rear. They come in several different styles with various features to handle everything from building materials and industrial equipment to aircrafts parts and mobile homes.  </p> <h2>Common flatbed trailer types</h2> <p>There are a lot of options with flatbeds trailers. An experienced logistics provider can help you determine which trailer is the best fit for your shipment, but familiarity with the most common trailers and their capabilities can let you know what to expect from flatbed service. </p> <p><a href="https://arcb.com/sites/default/files/blog/2017/Shipping_Equipment_Types_and_Sizes_Description.pdf" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">See what all the types look like in this infographic</a>. </p> <h3>Standard flatbed </h3> <p>A standard flatbed is the most common, most basic and least expensive type of flatbed trailer. They’re generally 48’- 53’ long with a bed that sits at 42’’- 60’’ high. Since trailer and loading dock dimensions can both vary, a standard flatbed can often be adjusted to match dock height. They may also be equipped with a ramp to aid in loading from the ground and can typically haul freight that fits the following dimensions: </p> <ul><li paraeid="{83e40401-6c82-41bf-ad70-13d203951fcd}{204}" paraid="2083354290"><strong>Max weight:</strong> 48,000 pounds</li> <li paraeid="{83e40401-6c82-41bf-ad70-13d203951fcd}{204}" paraid="2083354290"><strong>Max length</strong>: 48’ or 53’ (depending on trailer length) </li> <li paraeid="{83e40401-6c82-41bf-ad70-13d203951fcd}{204}" paraid="2083354290"><strong>Max width:</strong> 8.5’ </li> <li paraeid="{83e40401-6c82-41bf-ad70-13d203951fcd}{204}" paraid="2083354290"><strong>Max height:</strong> 8.5’ <br />  </li> </ul><h3>Step deck (drop deck) </h3> <p>Like a standard trailer, a step (or drop) deck trailer is typically 48’ long. It gets its name from its dual hauling platforms of different heights, with the main bed being the longest and lowest of the two. This construction gives the trailer its signature “step” and makes it an ideal option for getting taller freight on the road without the need for extra permits. A step deck can accommodate freight with the following measurements: </p> <ul><li paraeid="{b4843ac5-7cc9-4996-9585-368f42f21a6c}{35}" paraid="238460374"><strong>Max weight (total):</strong> 48,000 pounds</li> <li paraeid="{b4843ac5-7cc9-4996-9585-368f42f21a6c}{35}" paraid="238460374"><strong>Max length (upper deck): </strong>11’ </li> <li paraeid="{b4843ac5-7cc9-4996-9585-368f42f21a6c}{35}" paraid="238460374"><strong>Max width (upper deck):</strong> 8.5’ </li> <li paraeid="{b4843ac5-7cc9-4996-9585-368f42f21a6c}{35}" paraid="238460374"><strong>Max height (upper deck): </strong>8.5’  </li> <li paraeid="{b4843ac5-7cc9-4996-9585-368f42f21a6c}{35}" paraid="238460374"><strong>Max length (lower deck):</strong> 37’ </li> <li paraeid="{b4843ac5-7cc9-4996-9585-368f42f21a6c}{35}" paraid="238460374"><strong>Max width (lower deck):</strong> 8.5’ </li> <li paraeid="{b4843ac5-7cc9-4996-9585-368f42f21a6c}{35}" paraid="238460374"><strong>Max height (lower deck):</strong> 10’ <br />  </li> </ul><h3>Double drop (lowboy) </h3> <p>The double drop trailer has a single hauling section — called the “well” — which sits 18” off the ground to accommodate taller freight like construction machinery, vehicles or aircraft parts. Because of its height and scooped design, it’s normally loaded by crane or from the sides rather than at a dock. It’s a fit for freight with the following measurements: </p> <ul><li paraeid="{b4843ac5-7cc9-4996-9585-368f42f21a6c}{200}" paraid="603956496"><strong>Max weight:</strong> 45,000 pounds </li> <li paraeid="{b4843ac5-7cc9-4996-9585-368f42f21a6c}{200}" paraid="603956496"><strong>Max length:</strong> 28’ </li> <li paraeid="{b4843ac5-7cc9-4996-9585-368f42f21a6c}{200}" paraid="603956496"><strong>Max width:</strong> 8.5’ </li> <li paraeid="{b4843ac5-7cc9-4996-9585-368f42f21a6c}{200}" paraid="603956496"><strong>Max height:</strong> 12’ <br />  </li> </ul><h3>Removable gooseneck (RGN) </h3> <p>The RGN is a specialty trailer that has a removable neck to convert the front of the trailer into a ramp. This allows for easy loading of motorized freight like construction or farm equipment. While this specialization increases the cost of these trailers, easy loading can save time and keep you on schedule. The dimensions for freight on a standard removable gooseneck are: </p> <ul><li paraeid="{8632294e-ae74-43f9-afb3-bf0d6a1d1110}{55}" paraid="199303023"><strong>Max weight:</strong> 44,000 pounds</li> <li paraeid="{8632294e-ae74-43f9-afb3-bf0d6a1d1110}{55}" paraid="199303023"><strong>Max length:</strong> 29’ </li> <li paraeid="{8632294e-ae74-43f9-afb3-bf0d6a1d1110}{55}" paraid="199303023"><strong>Max width:</strong> 8.5’ </li> <li paraeid="{8632294e-ae74-43f9-afb3-bf0d6a1d1110}{55}" paraid="199303023"><strong>Max height:</strong> 12’ <br />  </li> </ul><h4>Conestoga </h4> <p>A conestoga is a special flatbed trailer with an attached sliding tarp enclosure that protects freight in transit. A conestoga is mostly found on a standard flatbed or a step deck, but some RGNs also have conestoga coverings. A conestoga is often the trailer of choice for goods like steel, wiring or weather-sensitive machinery. Because the conestoga has a hard-shell tarping system, it also protects sensitive freight from the friction of a standard tarp. Dimensions can vary, but the most common conestoga freight measurements are: </p> <ul><li paraeid="{8632294e-ae74-43f9-afb3-bf0d6a1d1110}{195}" paraid="1762159703"><strong>Max weight: </strong>45,000 pounds </li> <li paraeid="{8632294e-ae74-43f9-afb3-bf0d6a1d1110}{195}" paraid="1762159703"><strong>Max length:</strong> 48’ or 53’ </li> <li paraeid="{8632294e-ae74-43f9-afb3-bf0d6a1d1110}{195}" paraid="1762159703"><strong>Max width:</strong> 8.2’  </li> <li paraeid="{8632294e-ae74-43f9-afb3-bf0d6a1d1110}{195}" paraid="1762159703"><strong>Max height:</strong> 8’ <br />  </li> </ul><h4>Curtainside </h4> <p>A curtainside  is a flatbed trailer with two sliding side curtains connected to a metal ceiling. This covers the length of the trailer which is commonly 48’-53’ long. Because of its protective metal roof, the curtainside can’t be loaded from above, but its sides and rear provide dock and forklift access. Like many other types of flatbeds, the curtainside can haul lumber and other building materials, and they’re sometimes used to carry produce. Freight can typically be up to: </p> <ul><li paraeid="{682b0584-f9dd-48ca-aec0-71fab9e7a677}{40}" paraid="504305791"><strong>Max weight:</strong> 45,000 pounds </li> <li paraeid="{682b0584-f9dd-48ca-aec0-71fab9e7a677}{40}" paraid="504305791"><strong>Max length:</strong> 48’ or 53’ </li> <li paraeid="{682b0584-f9dd-48ca-aec0-71fab9e7a677}{40}" paraid="504305791"><strong>Max width:</strong> 8.4’  </li> <li paraeid="{682b0584-f9dd-48ca-aec0-71fab9e7a677}{40}" paraid="504305791"><strong>Max height: </strong>8’ <br />  </li> </ul><h4>Extendable (stretch) </h4> <p>Extendable trailers are flatbeds that can be lengthened as needed. Stretch trailers come in standard flatbed, drop deck, double drop and RGN options. Depending on the length and weight of a shipment, they can be extended with up to 20 axles to increase weight capacity for longer and heavier freight. Exact measurements and weight capacity can vary since these trailers are adapted based on a shipment’s specific needs. </p> <p>Learn what <a href="https://arcb.com/blog/how-to-ship-freight-equipment-types-and-services" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">other kinds of transportation equipment</a> are available for your freight. </p> <h2>Flatbed shipping FAQ </h2> <h3>How much does it cost to ship on a flatbed? </h3> <p>The same truckload pricing conventions apply with flatbed shipping as with dry van shipping, so your rate is made up of several market and shipment variables. However, flatbed shipping tends to cost more than a dry van since the equipment isn’t as common, they require more skill and labor to operate, and there are more permits depending on the size and type of shipment. And, the more specialized the trailer, the higher the cost. </p> <h3>How will my freight be secured on a flatbed? </h3> <p>Drivers can use straps, chains, steel strapping, synthetic cords or any other Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)-approved tiedowns. In some cases, dunnage or cribbing (planks used to lift and level) may be required to ensure your freight travels safely and securely. </p> <h3 aria-level="3" paraeid="{682b0584-f9dd-48ca-aec0-71fab9e7a677}{211}" paraid="648824891" role="heading">Are there permits for flatbed shipping? </h3> <p paraeid="{682b0584-f9dd-48ca-aec0-71fab9e7a677}{219}" paraid="427439687">Permits for oversized freight are required if the total shipment (including the trailer) is larger than 53’ x 8.5’ x 8.5’ (lwh). When necessary, drivers secure permits and an approved route for all required states, and the cost is then totaled into the freight bill. </p> <h3 aria-level="3" paraeid="{682b0584-f9dd-48ca-aec0-71fab9e7a677}{251}" paraid="1809506988" role="heading">How far in advance should I book a flatbed? </h3> <p paraeid="{b1a7eadf-e128-4cac-9dad-06a0e6b5de81}{6}" paraid="1999451364">Because there are fewer flatbeds on the roads than there are dry vans, it’s always best to request one as soon as you know you need it. Booking in advance will help your logistics provider source the right trailer without added costs for a last-minute booking. </p> <h3 aria-level="3" paraeid="{b1a7eadf-e128-4cac-9dad-06a0e6b5de81}{24}" paraid="1483385037" role="heading">How long does flatbed shipping take? </h3> <p paraeid="{b1a7eadf-e128-4cac-9dad-06a0e6b5de81}{30}" paraid="1241885893">In addition to origin and destination, size and weight also play a major role in determining a flatbed’s transit time. For oversized or heavy haul shipments with travel escorts, most states limit driving hours to 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset. Depending on the state, these types of shipments may also be prohibited from weekend or holiday transit. </p> <h3 aria-level="3" paraeid="{b1a7eadf-e128-4cac-9dad-06a0e6b5de81}{48}" paraid="981266300" role="heading">How do I book a flatbed? </h3> <p paraeid="{b1a7eadf-e128-4cac-9dad-06a0e6b5de81}{60}" paraid="2112854610">To book a flatbed shipment, it’s crucial to know your freight’s exact dimensions. This will help you choose the right equipment with the right securements, loading equipment, certifications and insurance to keep your freight protected and road legal. You should determine the following for your cargo: </p> <ul><li paraeid="{b1a7eadf-e128-4cac-9dad-06a0e6b5de81}{88}" paraid="1811958119">Height </li> <li paraeid="{b1a7eadf-e128-4cac-9dad-06a0e6b5de81}{88}" paraid="1811958119">Weight </li> <li paraeid="{b1a7eadf-e128-4cac-9dad-06a0e6b5de81}{88}" paraid="1811958119">Width </li> <li paraeid="{b1a7eadf-e128-4cac-9dad-06a0e6b5de81}{88}" paraid="1811958119">Length </li> <li paraeid="{b1a7eadf-e128-4cac-9dad-06a0e6b5de81}{88}" paraid="1811958119">Freight type </li> <li paraeid="{b1a7eadf-e128-4cac-9dad-06a0e6b5de81}{88}" paraid="1811958119">Required securements/coverings <br />  </li> </ul><p>If your shipment will be damaged by chains or other potentially abrasive tiedown materials, you’ll need to inform your carrier in advance. Communicate your freight’s needs during booking to confirm your driver receives the right information.  </p> <h2 aria-level="2" paraeid="{b1a7eadf-e128-4cac-9dad-06a0e6b5de81}{136}" paraid="696822038" role="heading">Get the flatbed that fits your freight with ArcBest </h2> <p paraeid="{b1a7eadf-e128-4cac-9dad-06a0e6b5de81}{152}" paraid="1584212915">Whether you need a trailer with a loading ramp, weather protection or more, ArcBest truckload can help you find the flatbed capacity you need. Our team of truckload experts can help you determine which trailer is right for your freight before leveraging our network of nationwide truckload partners to get your goods on the road. Learn more about our <a href="https://arcb.com/solutions/truckload/flatbed" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">flatbed solution</a> today. </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/tag/truckload" hreflang="en">Truckload</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-thumbnail field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/max_325x325/public/2017-04/Flatbed_Trailer_Shipping_0.jpg?itok=2OwWKAmw" width="325" height="217" alt="semi-truck pulling a flatbed trailer " typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> Tue, 27 Jul 2021 17:55:05 +0000 James Williams 5451 at https://arcb.com Full Truckload Rates Explained https://arcb.com/blog/full-truckload-rates-explained <span>Full Truckload Rates Explained</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/3021" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">James Williams</span></span> <span>Tue, 07/20/2021 - 13:32</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><h2><span><span><span><span>What factors go into truckload shipping costs?</span></span></span></span></h2> <p><span><span>Controlling transportation costs is an important part of managing a profitable business. And if you rely on truckload shipping to get freight to its destination, you know how often those rates can change. Knowing what goes into full truckload (FTL) prices can help you manage costs more effectively and sets you up for better conversations with your transportation partner.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>The factors that impact full truckload rates fall into two broad categories: the market and your specific shipment details. And each category comes with its own mix of variables.</span></span></p> <h2><span><span><span><span>The market’s impact on FTL pricing </span></span></span></span></h2> <p><span><span>Supply and demand largely impact truckload rates. But because supply and demand are influenced by multiple complex factors — including consumer spending habits, manufacturing output, GDP growth and seasonal freight trends on the demand side and equipment levels and driver availability on the supply side — the cost to book a shipment can rise and fall just as fast as trailers fill and empty. That’s why spot rates can fluctuate daily (and sometimes even hourly). The more demand increases, the higher rates will go. <a href="https://arcb.com/blog/truckload-market-overview">Learn more about the truckload market</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Fuel is another fluctuating factor in truckload pricing. Since fuel prices change based on season, demand and location, carriers typically use a base rate and then apply a <a href="https://arcb.com/resources/fuel-surcharge-index">fuel surcharge</a> if the base rate doesn’t cover the actual cost. Talk with your carrier about when surcharges apply so you know what to expect.</span></span></p> <h2><span><span><span><span>How shipment details affect truckload rates</span></span></span></span></h2> <p><span><span>Because truckload shipments involve exclusive use of a trailer, factors like density and freight class aren’t what drive the price. Instead, the origin and destination markets, how far it’s going, when you need it picked up and delivered, the specific equipment required, and any special services are the details that matter when getting a quote.</span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span>Locations</span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span>The origin and destination of your shipment matter for two reasons: the total mileage and the lane the freight is traveling in. Total mileage impacts fuel consumption and the amount of time the driver spends on the road. The lane impacts capacity levels. So, while longer distances may cause higher rates to offset the fuel and driver time, it’s possible you’ll get a better price if your shipment is delivering to a location that needs more equipment. However, this also means rates may increase in areas where it’s more difficult to get return freight.</span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span>Timing</span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span>The amount of time between pickup and delivery can influence your quote. If a driver doesn’t have enough hours of service to meet a deadline, your shipment may need solutions like team drivers or time-critical service. The amount of lead time you provide can also affect the price — the more time a truckload broker has to shop and negotiate on your behalf, the more likely they’ll find capacity to move your freight.</span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span>Equipment type</span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span>Specialized equipment like refrigerated and flatbed trailers typically cost more than traditional dry vans due to the limited availability and added driver experience required to operate them. And, if it’s an oversized load (shipments taller or wider than 8.5 feet), there can be added costs like load permits and fuel for escort vehicles. Be sure to communicate the specific size and handling needs of your freight to ensure the correct equipment is booked and your quote is accurate.</span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span>Additional services </span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span>Shipping hazardous freight? Need the item delivered inside a residence? Go beyond your allotted free time during loading or unloading? All of these circumstances will result in <a href="https://arcb.com/blog/accessorial-charges-in-truckload-and-ltl-freight">accessorial charges</a> on your freight bill. And while these charges tend to be predictable and don’t apply to every load, understanding what they are and when they apply can ensure you’re prepared for how much you’ll pay.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Suggested Read: </strong><a href="https://arcb.com/blog/understanding-the-effects-of-driver-detention">The Impact of Driver Detention</a></span></span></p> <h2><span><span><span><span>Discussing truckload shipping costs with your carrier</span></span></span></span></h2> <p><span><span>When it comes to pricing, you have two options: play the market through spot rates or negotiate contract pricing. Both have their advantages (<a href="https://arcb.com/blog/contract-rates-vs-spot-rates-which-should-i-use">read about spot vs contract rates here</a> to learn more), but if your freight needs are consistent, contract rates can usually offer long-term cost savings. Not only do they help secure capacity and consistent pricing, but they also help you avoid downstream issues like stockouts and loss/damage — problems that may occur if you’re always prioritizing the lowest transportation cost. Download our <a href="https://arcb.com/insights/tips-for-reducing-your-transportation-spend">Shipping’s Hidden Costs whitepaper</a> for more information.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>To start negotiating rates, you’ll want to go through an <a href="https://arcb.com/blog/complete-guide-to-issuing-an-rfp">RFP process</a> with the carriers you’re considering. This will help you get accurate pricing and ensure you’re partnering with a carrier that can fit your current needs and flex with you as your business grows or changes. Once you’ve onboarded with a transportation provider, you can continue to work with them to find cost saving opportunities and create efficiencies in your supply chain.</span></span></p> <h2><span><span><span><span>Ready to discuss your freight needs?</span></span></span></span></h2> <p><span><span>ArcBest truckload experts are here to help you navigate the market, secure appropriate pricing and make adjustments as your needs change. Learn more about our <a href="https://arcb.com/solutions/truckload">truckload solution</a> or log in to your <a href="https://arcb.com/login">arcb.com account</a> to get an instant truckload quote.</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/tag/truckload" hreflang="en">Truckload</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-thumbnail field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/max_325x325/public/2021-07/Full-Truckload-Rates-Explained_Blog-image-300x200.jpg?itok=d52H92Kv" width="300" height="200" alt="truckload rates calculator" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> Tue, 20 Jul 2021 18:32:44 +0000 James Williams 8746 at https://arcb.com Complete Guide to Issuing an RFP https://arcb.com/blog/complete-guide-to-issuing-an-rfp <span>Complete Guide to Issuing an RFP</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/3171" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">John Joyce</span></span> <span>Wed, 07/14/2021 - 07:08</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><h2><span><span><span><span><span>Build strong logistics partnerships with a request for proposal (RFP)</span></span></span></span></span></h2> <p><span><span><span>When you run a complex business, you need shipping partners with the skills to handle the unique demands of your supply chain. But when it comes to comparing potential partners, how can you be sure you’re awarding business to a company with the demonstrated experience to meet your needs, fit your budget and understand the most critical aspects of your supply chain? </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>A request for proposal (RFP) — sometimes called a request for quotation (RFQ) — is the place to start. It’s a formal way to easily compare and negotiate rates and services from new and current carriers. An RFP isn’t a binding shipping agreement, but the details and research included in the process can help you set clear shipping expectations and preview the final contract so everyone is on the same page when pen meets paper.</span></span></span></p> <h2><span><span><span><span><span>When to submit an RFP</span></span></span></span></span></h2> <p><span><span><span>Knowing the strengths and capabilities of your carriers is always important, but whether you need an RFP depends on if you’re sourcing a long-term partnership or a short-term transaction. Since an RFP can be an intensive process, it’s best for long-term projects (1-3 years). This will make carriers more likely to respond to your RFP since they’ll be able to contract your business for a certain period, and it adds consistency to your supply chain since you’ll have rates and capacity secured in advance.</span></span></span></p> <h2><span><span><span><span><span>Understanding an RFP: the parts and process</span></span></span></span></span></h2> <p><span><span><span>Because every business has different needs, the structure and process of an RFP can vary. However, knowing the general procedure can make conducting an RFP easier for you and your potential partners:</span></span></span></p> <ul><li><span><span><span><strong>Planning </strong>— fact-finding, identifying and shortlisting candidates.</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><strong>Creation</strong> — composing the document.</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><strong>Invitation</strong> — sending the RFP out to your pool of potential bidders.</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><strong>Evaluation</strong> — analyzing submissions based on how well each one meets your goals and budget.</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><strong>Negotiation</strong> — reaching an agreement on rates and terms with your remaining bidders.</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><strong>Reevaluation/decision</strong> — considering the new rate agreements and deciding on a carrier.</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><strong>Notification </strong>— informing your chosen carrier or carriers of your decision. </span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><strong>Implementation</strong> — beginning your new partnership by signing contracts and onboarding.</span></span></span></li> </ul><h2><span><span><span><span><span>Planning an RFP</span></span></span></span></span></h2> <p><span><span><span>Creating an effective RFP depends on a comprehensive planning process that lets you ask the right questions, highlight the right information, and establish a solid team and metrics to help you evaluate your proposals. Here are some key steps to take during the planning stage:</span></span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span><span><span><span>Assemble your team</span></span></span></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span>A successful RFP is one that’s composed and executed by a group of experts with their own specific roles. Start by enlisting your business stakeholders and dividing the labor to ensure you’re giving a complete picture of your operations when you communicate your goals to potential shipping partners. The key players in a successful RFP are:</span></span></span></p> <ul><li><span><span><span><strong>The main team</strong> — this is the group that will be responsible for the main body and introduction of your RFP. It should be a cross-departmental group with deep knowledge of various aspects of your supply chain, including vendor expectations, specific departmental goals and stakeholder priorities.</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><strong>Point of contact</strong> — this is who your candidates will contact if they have questions on any aspect of the process. They should have good knowledge of your business goals and be able to respond quickly when questions or concerns come up. </span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><strong>Evaluators</strong> — this is the group that will read the RFP responses and determine who meets your targets and requirements.</span></span></span></li> </ul><h3><span><span><span><span><span><span>Research and discovery</span></span></span></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span>The research stage is where the knowledge of your main team comes into play. During this stage, you’ll collect, analyze and compile key information about your shipping lanes and freight facilities, identify specific needs and determine what targets your shipping partners should hit to help you meet your goals. Generally, you’ll want to collect shipment data for at least the past 3 months, but a full year of shipping information is preferred. Here are a few questions to consider during this stage of the process:</span></span></span></p> <ul><li><span><span><span>In what ways do you want to make your supply chain more efficient?</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>In what ways do you want your supply chain to better serve your customers?</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Are you shipping to facilities — like major retailers — with strict delivery demands?</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>What are your stakeholder goals, and how can your supply chain help you meet them?</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>What, if any, are your specific cost-saving goals?</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Do you have special requirements like after-hours or weekend pickups?</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>What technologies and capabilities do you require?</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Will your current shipping partners be given special consideration for bids?</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Will you only partner with carriers that have their own equipment?</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Are you shipping goods that require specific carrier certifications?</span></span></span></li> </ul><h3><span><span><span><span><span><span>Set mandatory requirements</span></span></span></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span>Once you’ve answered the essential questions in the research and fact-finding stage, you can use your findings to determine the minimum mandatory requirements for the project or business segment your RFP addresses. Defining these requirements helps focus your goals internally and creates a helpful checklist to evaluate bids as you receive them.</span></span></span></p> <h4><span><span><span><span>Consider creating a request for information</span></span></span></span></h4> <p><span><span><span>A request for information (RFI) is an optional but recommended step in the fact-finding process. It’s a query document that asks for specific information from carriers on their capabilities to determine if they’re a good fit for your freight and business goals. This ensures the RFP goes only to carriers who can meet your most basic requirements and provide the best business relationship.<br /><br /><strong>Suggested Read:</strong> <a href="https://arcb.com/blog/what-to-look-for-in-a-full-truckload-provider">Characteristics to look for in an FTL provider</a></span></span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span><span><span><span>Define the process</span></span></span></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span>Once you’re ready to move forward with an RFP, you’ll need to set expectations around the process. Since no two shippers have identical operations, an RFP can have several stages, different rounds of consideration and various timelines. Carriers will likely have several bids to submit to different companies, and you’ll have bids to evaluate from multiple carriers. This is why transparency about the process and timeline can be beneficial to bidders and your team. To keep everyone informed and on track, make sure you’ve lined out these key dates:</span></span></span></p> <ul><li><span><span><span><strong>Bid opening date</strong> — The date you’ll start accepting RFP submissions.</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><strong>Deadline for questions</strong> — An optional deadline that can help you manage how and when you receive questions about the RFP. You may also consider scheduling an informational call to serve this same purpose.</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><strong>Deadline for first rate submission </strong>— The date for proposals to be submitted. In a single-round RFP process, this is the only rate submission, and it’s immediately followed by final negotiations.</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><strong>Feedback deadline </strong>— In a multi-round RFP, this is a stage to let carriers know how they’re competing, and what lanes they might be projected to win. This step can also lead to more competitive rates in the second round.</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><strong>Deadline for final negotiations </strong>— The date that new rate submissions are due for the second round of considerations.</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><strong>Selection date </strong>— The date you will notify your selected carrier that they’ve received your business.</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><strong>Contract start date </strong>— The date your chosen carrier will start covering the loads.</span></span></span></li> </ul><h2><span><span><span><span><span>Composing the RFP</span></span></span></span></span></h2> <p><span><span><span>After you’ve completed the planning stages and have a full picture of what you need from your shipping partners, the next step is bringing it all together. The final format and organization are up to you, but you’ll want to give careful attention to the layout and content to make sure they’re both clear and purposeful.</span></span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span><span><span><span>Structure and format</span></span></span></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span>You can create your document in Excel, Microsoft Word, or as a PDF file, but you should keep two specific groups in mind when deciding which format to use: the carriers submitting bids and your team evaluating them. You want to make sure you create a simple, easy-to-follow structure that makes your goals clear and allows your company to easily reference and compare responses. Consider how you can use tables, bullets and headers to make information easy to reference. You can also set specific formatting requirements (file type, length, etc.) for your responses.</span></span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span><span><span><span>Introduction</span></span></span></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span>The RFP introduction is where you let carriers know the most important aspects of your business. This is where you’ll preview your specific needs and shipping issues so that carriers get a full overview of how they can serve you. You’ll want to include your company’s location, current shipping expenses and savings goals.</span></span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span><span><span><span>Core qualification questionnaire</span></span></span></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span>If you opted not to create an RFI, it’s a good idea to include a questionnaire near the start of the RFP so you can quickly identify your strongest candidates. Ask direct questions about how carriers can meet your specific needs to choose which carriers move on to the next round of bidding. </span></span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span><span><span><span>Body</span></span></span></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span>The body is your space to expand and emphasize what you previewed in your introduction, and it will do most of the work in your RFP. In addition to the types of goods you ship, it should include all the relevant details on your lanes — shipping patterns, volumes and frequency from the last 3-12 months. Including highly detailed, raw shipment-level data helps carriers understand the freight profile and mix. The more data you provide, the more accurate your pricing proposals will be. Essential historical shipping information would be:</span></span></span></p> <ul><li><span><span><span>Shipping dates</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Origin and destination zip codes</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Number of pieces in each shipment</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Commodity type/shipment class</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Special services associated with each shipment</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Shipment weight</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Shipper and consignee information</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Density or Cube information</span></span></span></li> </ul><p><span><span><span>Since the body will probably be the longest part of your document, consider adding sub-sections to focus on subjects like costs, equipment or specific certifications. If your freight has special packaging requirements, adding pictures can help carriers better grasp how it needs to be handled. And if your shipping facilities have special directions or policies, include a descriptive facility profile as well.</span></span></span></p> <h2><span><span><span><span><span>Evaluating and negotiating: get the right carrier at the right price</span></span></span></span></span></h2> <p><span><span><span>Evaluating your bids and negotiating costs with carriers are two essential parts of the process, and in a multi-round RFP, they can be repeated as needed to make sure you get the tailored service and costs you need.</span></span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span><span><span><span>Evaluation</span></span></span></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span>Whether you start with an RFI or a core qualification questionnaire, assessing your essential business requirements will be the first step in evaluating bids. Once you’ve determined which carriers meet your minimum requirements, you can assess the full submissions. One way to evaluate responses is to weight each section out of 100% and rate them from 0-10 on how closely the solution and proposed service are tailored to your needs. No matter how you evaluate proposals, creating a simple and reliable metric can help you make the evaluation process objective and efficient.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>During the evaluation process, you may find opportunities to strengthen your supply chain by relaxing some of your bid requirements. In these instances, your main team and your evaluators should discuss the risks and opportunities if you make changes to your evaluation and selection criteria.</span></span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span><span><span><span>Negotiation</span></span></span></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span>However you decide to negotiate — over the phone or through electronically submitted proposals — you’ll want to ensure you’re ready for the give and take of the process. Some carriers will only accept awards that meet a minimum volume amount, which can vary depending on the carrier and the market. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Keeping your cost-saving and business goals in mind, are you willing to award more lanes to a carrier with higher volume requirements? Will you pay more for a carrier that can offer additional services and conveniences? What is the highest amount you would pay while still meeting your savings goals? Answering these questions in advance can help you negotiate for the best overall value.</span></span></span></p> <h2><span><span><span><span><span>Implementation: beginning your new shipping partnership</span></span></span></span></span></h2> <p><span><span><span>The final stage of the RFP process involves onboarding with new carriers and signing contracts. Depending on your technology requirements, onboarding may include digital integrations within a carrier’s system to make sure your loads are covered just as described. Every carrier will have a different onboarding process, so be sure to get the details as you finalize your carrier choice.</span></span></span></p> <h2><span><span><span><span><span>RFP Writing Recap: The ultimate RFP checklist</span></span></span></span></span></h2> <p><span><span><span>Here’s a checklist to make sure you’re including all the information you need to create a comprehensive RFP:</span></span></span></p> <ul><li><span><span><span>3-12 months of detailed shipping data</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Rate format</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>RFI/Core qualification questionnaire</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Technology requirements</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Required certifications</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Key dates and deadlines</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Equipment requirements</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Facility profiles</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Contract term length</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Evaluation criteria</span></span></span></li> </ul><h2><span><span><span><span><span>Create the shipping partnership you need with ArcBest</span></span></span></span></span></h2> <p><span><span><span>Building lasting and trusted shipping relationships takes time and research, but it doesn’t have to be a hassle. With ArcBest, you’ll gain access to our owned assets and network of more than 40,000 carriers. And, with our managed transportation solution, our expert team can handle the RFP process from start to finish to make sure you’re getting the service you need. Learn more about how ArcBest can partner with you for your <a href="https://arcb.com/solutions">logistics needs</a>.</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="/blog/tags/supply-chain" hreflang="en">Supply Chain</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/blog/tag/truckload" hreflang="en">Truckload</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/blog/tag/managed-solutions" hreflang="en">Managed Solutions</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-thumbnail field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/max_325x325/public/2021-07/RFP-Requests-for-Proposal_Blog-image-300x200.jpg?itok=dQ0NlL4b" width="300" height="200" alt="Complete Guide to Issuing an RFP" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> Wed, 14 Jul 2021 12:08:33 +0000 John Joyce 8736 at https://arcb.com A shipper’s guide to the full truckload market https://arcb.com/blog/truckload-market-overview <span>A shipper’s guide to the full truckload market</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/3086" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Terry Freeze</span></span> <span>Mon, 04/26/2021 - 08:55</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><h2>Explore truckload to stay ahead of market trends</h2> <p>In today’s evolving and expanding shipping landscape, the most successful shipper is one who knows the ins and outs of the industry. From government regulations to the push and pull of supply and demand, there’s a lot that goes into a truckload transaction. Consider this your 101 guide to becoming a truckload expert who understands capacity, rates, and how to navigate the market.</p> <h2>The truckload full picture: what it is and how it works</h2> <p>Full truckload (FTL) is a solution that provides exclusive use for shipments weighing 5,000 to 48,000 pounds. While a 53-foot dry van might be the first thing to come to mind when thinking about truckload, oversized or difficult-to-load freight can also travel on a flatbed trailer. <a href="https://arcb.com/blog/how-to-ship-freight-equipment-types-and-services">Learn about different freight equipment options</a>.</p> <p>Exclusive use is one of <a href="https://arcb.com/blog/advantages-of-full-truckload-shipping">truckload’s biggest advantages</a> and makes it one of the faster ground shipping options because freight travels directly from origin to destination. Knowing what to expect from transit times is an essential part of effectively coordinating your supply chain and can make all the difference in deciding if a solution is the right fit for a shipment. See truckload’s<a href="https://arcb.com/blog/how-long-does-freight-delivery-take"> transit times compared to other modes</a>.</p> <h3>Who offers truckload services</h3> <p>The truckload market has three categories of businesses who help shippers move freight, and it’s helpful to know the who’s who of the market and what they do when you’re <a href="https://arcb.com/blog/what-to-look-for-in-a-full-truckload-provider">choosing a provider</a>.</p> <ul><li><strong>Owner-operators</strong> are independent drivers operating just one truck.</li> <li><strong>Fleet owners </strong>are truckload providers who have a full fleet of trucks and employ several drivers.</li> <li><strong>Freight brokers</strong> are outsourced providers who don’t usually own any equipment but instead help shippers find capacity. Since brokers shop rates on your behalf, you can save time and avoid calling multiple carriers to find trucks.</li> </ul><h2>The moving parts to shipping your freight: a market overview</h2> <p>In shipping, freight volume doesn’t always match available capacity, and this is especially true of truckload, where supply and demand are rarely balanced. This market imbalance can significantly affect rates and your ability to stay on schedule. But if you understand what factors most heavily affect your shipping experience, you can create strategies that meet your needs no matter how the market swings. Here are the major factors that affect truckload:</p> <h3>Seasonality and fluctuating capacity</h3> <p>The freight industry has four seasons based on predictable consumer spending habits, so time of year can play a big role in tightening capacity and fluctuating shipping prices. Understanding freight seasonality can tell you when and why capacity may be tighter or looser, and help you coordinate shipments to get the best price and avoid delays.</p> <h4>Quiet season: January – March</h4> <p>The year normally starts with a period of recovery after the busy holiday season, when demand and shipping rates drop, and Chinese imports and exports slow down for the Lunar New Year. During this time, a lot of shippers are using trucks for reverse logistics: receiving and processing holiday returns and exchanges. While the quiet season typically has a lot of available capacity, the increased chances of snowstorms — particularly in the Midwest — means it could be difficult to get freight on the road. Instead, the reduced demand can make it a great time to book shipments in advance, allowing you to secure capacity before more competitive seasons begin.</p> <h4>Produce season: April – July</h4> <p>Around March, the freight world starts to pick up again as fruits and vegetables ripen and are ready for distribution. This tightens capacity across the U.S., meaning that you may have to search or pay more for shipping space even if you’re moving nonperishable goods. The produce season may be easier to navigate for shippers who were able to book in advance.</p> <h4>Peak season: August – October</h4> <p>Freight’s peak season combines the high volume of produce with the back-to-school rush and early-bird holiday demand, meaning shippers of all kinds are competing for capacity.</p> <h4>Holiday season: November – January</h4> <p>Like the shipping peak, the holiday season is a tight-capacity market with lots of competition and an added rush to meet final holiday deadlines.</p> <p>If you’re struggling to secure trucks during tight seasons, consider exploring a <a href="https://arcb.com/blog/alternative-capacity-options">truckload alternative</a> to help you stay on schedule.</p> <h3>Balanced and unbalanced lanes</h3> <p>In shipping, a lane is the route between the pickup and delivery destinations (e.g., a shipment going from Dallas to Chicago, or vice versa, is traveling on the Dallas/Chicago lane).</p> <p>A driver’s goal when contracting a load is to avoid deadheading (carrying an empty trailer) by securing freight at both ends. Shipping on a balanced lane is a greater incentive for drivers because they don't waste time, money or fuel by hauling air. It also means better prices and less headaches booking capacity compared to unbalanced lanes.</p> <h3><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>Breaking down pricing factors</span></span><span> </span></h3> <p><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>The complicated mix of variables that affect the market also influence how much you’ll pay for a truckload shipment. And capacity is one of the biggest variables that can impact your bottom line. By<span> </span></span><span>planning ahead</span><span><span> </span>and working with a transportation provider that understands your freight needs, you can often find pricing solutions and contingency plans that allow you to stay competitive even in an unpredictable market.</span></span></p> <p><a href="https://arcb.com/blog/full-truckload-rates-explained"><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>Learn more about<span> </span></span><span>truckload pricing<span> </span></span><span>and how to talk to your carrier about rates.</span></span></a></p> <h2>The future of truckload: what to watch for</h2> <p>The freight industry is heavily regulated and quickly evolves to adopt new technology and meet consumer demands. From the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate to talk of new detention regulations, a lot has changed and will continue to do so. It’s difficult to predict the future of truckload, but industry data points us to several topics that could be crucial to understanding and preparing for potential changes.</p> <h3>Driver shortage and capacity crunches</h3> <p>Available capacity is one of the biggest factors in keeping trucks — and the world — running. One of the greatest factors in determining capacity is how many drivers are available to carry freight. The driver shortage is a crucial industry topic, and trends have <a href="https://onlinepubs.trb.org/onlinepubs/circulars/ec146.pdf">been documented as far back as 2010</a>, with research pointing to high turnover (or “churning”) and driver training as the main issues contributing to capacity constraints. More recently, respondents to the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI)’s annual <a href="https://truckingresearch.org/2020/10/27/driver-concerns-insurance-top-atris-annual-list-of-top-trucking-industry-issues/">top 10 transportation issues poll</a> selected the ongoing driver shortage as the number one shipping issue in 2020, making it their top concern for the 4<sup>th</sup> year in a row.</p> <p>Lawmakers and industry experts understand that driver churn is a multifaceted issue, and they’ve proposed and debated everything from increasing driver wages and benefits to lowering age requirements as possible remedies. Wherever the solution comes from, it may require adjustments to processes and technology in order to keep up.</p> <h3>Long-term pandemic effects</h3> <p>The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing market stressors, and according to Transport Topics, <a href="https://www.ttnews.com/articles/trucking-faces-transitional-year-2021">2021 has the power to shift the way we handle logistics</a>. Consumer stockpiling and greater demand for ecommerce goods in 2020 created historic supply chain disruptions and shifted consumer habits that will likely continue once the pandemic wanes. Supply chains will need to adapt to new expectations in order to stay productive and profitable.</p> <p>Transport Topics also notes that some consequences of the pandemic, like social distancing, encouraged positive changes as more people and businesses transitioned to remote work. For example, more shippers and carriers are adopting electronic solutions which are much more efficient and sustainable than their previous reliance on paper transactions and record-keeping.</p> <h3>New regulations</h3> <p>2021 has already brought changes to the U.S. shipping landscape in the form of a <a href="https://www.freightwaves.com/news/power-index%3A-top-10-biden-appointments-affecting-freight-markets"><span><span>new transportation cabinet</span></span></a>. On the campaign trail, President Joe Biden pitched an <a href="https://joebiden.com/infrastructure-plan/">infrastructure</a><span><u> plan</u></span> which will address roadways, public transit, and more. Pete Buttigieg, the newly appointed secretary of transportation, said in early January 2021 that raising the fuel tax is a viable option for funding the plan.</p> <p>In addition, the transportation segment of the proposal has a particular focus on sustainability, with an ambitious goal of reaching net zero emissions by 2050 — meaning shippers will need to keep their ears to the ground and be ready to rise to new emissions and efficiency standards as new regulations are implemented.</p> <p>Want to know more about truckload? Check out these <a href="https://arcb.com/blog/faqs-about-shipping-truckload-freight">frequently asked questions</a>.</p> <h2>Explore truckload with ArcBest</h2> <p>With nearly 100 years in the industry, ArcBest® has the knowledge to help you make the right decisions for your supply chain. And unlike traditional logistics companies, we have owned assets to help you secure truckload capacity when and where you need it. Learn more about our <a href="https://arcb.com/solutions/truckload">truckload solution</a>, including our network of nearly 40,000 carriers.</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/tag/truckload" hreflang="en">Truckload</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-thumbnail field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/max_325x325/public/2021-04/Shippers-Guide-to-Full-Truckload_Blog-image-300x200_0.png?itok=iNOx7Xph" width="301" height="250" alt="truck driving at sunset with text reading &quot;A shipper&#039;s guide to the full truckload market&quot;" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> Mon, 26 Apr 2021 13:55:27 +0000 Terry Freeze 8626 at https://arcb.com Understanding the Effects of Driver Detention https://arcb.com/blog/understanding-the-effects-of-driver-detention <span>Understanding the Effects of Driver Detention </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/3086" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Terry Freeze</span></span> <span>Tue, 03/02/2021 - 15:35</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><h2><span><span><span><span>How is detention impacting your supply chain?</span></span></span></span></h2> <p><span><span>Driver detention has been a big issue in the transportation industry for many years, but electronic logging devices (ELDs) have put a spotlight on the topic since the mandate took full effect in 2019. Though the <a href="https://arcb.com/blog/how-elds-affect-shippers">impact of ELDs is still being analyzed</a>, the way they record drivers’ hours of service (HOS) has made time more valuable than ever. No longer can drivers adjust paper logs to drive beyond the legal HOS to deliver a shipment on schedule. Instead, hours are tracked using data from the vehicle’s engine. And if a driver is detained for longer than the negotiated free time (2 hours in most cases), the shipper has to pay for that time. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>But what impact does detention really have on your supply chain? And what steps can you take to prevent detention and keep shipments moving?</span></span></p> <h2><span><span><span><span>The real cost of detention time</span></span></span></span></h2> <p><span><span>According to <a href="https://www.oig.dot.gov/sites/default/files/FMCSA%20Driver%20Detention%20Final%20Report.pdf">a report</a> from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) inspector general’s office, detention costs commercial motor vehicle drivers more than $1 billion per year. And when you factor in the fees shippers pay — which average <a href="https://truckingresearch.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/ATRI-Detention-Impacts-09-2019.pdf">$63.71</a> per hour of detention — the financial impact across the industry is undeniable. But beyond the immediate monetary losses, shippers and carriers also experience productivity losses that can create downstream effects, including:</span></span></p> <ul><li><span><span><strong>Less capacity. </strong>The longer trucks stay idle, the less freight each one can move. </span></span></li> <li><span><span><strong>Overtime pay. </strong>If your workers are consistently staying late to load shipments, overtime pay is likely impacting your bottom line. </span></span></li> <li><span><span><strong>Dissatisfied customers. </strong>Detention can lead to missed delivery appointments, which could impact your brand reputation.</span></span></li> </ul><p> </p> <h2><span><span><span><span>Tips for reducing detention </span></span></span></span></h2> <p><span><span>Though detention is an issue that affects the entire industry, and not all things are within your control, there are some steps you can take to limit delays and help get drivers back on the road. Following these tips will increase efficiencies so you can prevent detention charges and keep your shipments on schedule: </span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span>Have everything ready </span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span>Preparing for a driver’s arrival is the easiest way to prevent detention. Along with getting shipments ready for the scheduled pick up time, you’ll also need to have the proper paperwork, equipment and staff on hand. Nothing slows drivers down like having to wait for products to get manufactured, your staff to find the right tools or for people to return from breaks. And those occurrences are surprisingly common. In an American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) <a href="https://truckingresearch.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/ATRI-Detention-Impacts-09-2019.pdf">survey</a>, nearly 22% of respondents cited paperwork and product issues/readiness as the reason for driver delay. And issues involving dock employees made up another 31% of responses. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>Simple strategies like arranging breaks around pickup appointments and creating pre-shipment checklists can help everything run more smoothly. The more oversight you have into these processes, the less risk of unnecessarily holding up a driver — which ultimately saves you time and money. </span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span>Adjust your timing </span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span>Set yourself up for success with appropriate dock hours and optimal timing for pickup appointments and other time-sensitive events. Consider extending your dock hours to accommodate for delays from rush hour traffic and leaving more time between appointments so you have plenty of time to load/unload. These tactics can make a big difference in how quickly freight gets moving, and it’s a good idea to save time anywhere you can since not all delays can be anticipated or avoided.  </span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span>Add warehouse staff </span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span>Though it isn’t always cost-effective to add more staff, your warehouse can get a lot more productive if more people are available to help load and unload trucks. This will allow drivers to finish at your facility faster, which should result in more on-time deliveries and fewer detention fees. </span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span>Consider other modes or solutions </span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span>If detention is a common occurrence, you may need to switch transportation strategies. A drop trailer program can be a good way for shippers with consistent lanes to reduce detention. Because the driver leaves the trailer at the facility and picks it back up at a later day/time, it’s much easier for shipments to stay on schedule. Freight consolidation may be another solution for some companies. If it makes sense in your supply chain to consolidate multiple LTL shipments into a single truckload shipment, you’ll reduce the number of trailers you need to handle each day. Work with your transportation provider to find the solution that best fits your needs. </span></span></p> <h2><span><span><span><span>Limit delays by partnering with a trusted provider </span></span></span></span></h2> <p><span><span>Increasing the efficiency of your internal processes can make a drastic difference in how often you pay detention fees. But because detention is a two-way street, it’s also incredibly important to have a transparent and collaborative relationship with your transportation provider. Communicating with a trusted partner can help you find issues before they lead to delay. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>ArcBest offers a full suite of logistics services, and our team is ready to help you solve your supply chain challenges. Whether that means finding the right mode for an individual shipment, optimizing your distribution model, or helping you gain insight through a TMS, we’ve got the resources and knowledge needed to help you cut costs and gain efficiencies. Learn more about <a href="https://arcb.com/solutions">ArcBest solutions</a>.  </span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><em>Suggested article:</em></strong> <a href="https://arcb.com/blog/accessorial-charges-in-truckload-and-ltl-freight">Common accessorial charges in LTL and FTL shipping</a>. </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/tag/truckload" hreflang="en">Truckload</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/blog/tag/shipping-terms" hreflang="en">Shipping Terms</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-thumbnail field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/max_325x325/public/2021-03/Driver-Detention-Impact-on-Shippers.jpg?itok=40dDmbgV" width="300" height="200" alt="Driver waiting in truck" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> Tue, 02 Mar 2021 21:35:35 +0000 Terry Freeze 8511 at https://arcb.com Tips for Shipping Temperature-Sensitive Freight https://arcb.com/blog/tips-for-shipping-temperature-sensitive-freight <span>Tips for Shipping Temperature-Sensitive Freight</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/3071" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">James Steinheiser</span></span> <span>Thu, 01/21/2021 - 10:36</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><h2>7 ways to keep temperature-sensitive freight safe </h2> <p>If a shipment has specific temperature requirements, failure to meet them can cause items to lose their value — decreasing product acceptance rates (or increasing returns) and making it difficult for you to get paid for your orders. Use these 7 tips to safeguard your freight and ensure everything arrives as it should.     </p> <h2>1. Partner with the right logistics provider  </h2> <p paraeid="{df8ba3b3-2f23-42ef-b8d4-7c1ae226d727}{14}" paraid="315528572">The more oversight your shipments need, the more you’ll need to vet your logistics partner. Look for one that understands the demands of your supply chain and is willing to develop practices that work for your situation. Ask questions about their experience, security protocols, temperature monitoring capabilities, equipment testing procedures, and on-time delivery performance to help determine if their service works for your needs — especially if you’re in a highly regulated industry like <a href="https://arcb.com/industries/life-sciences" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">life sciences or healthcare</a>. Depending on the value of the freight and regulations around the product you’re moving, you may want to do a full audit to check for all quality and security certifications to ensure you’re getting a valuable service.  </p> <p paraeid="{df8ba3b3-2f23-42ef-b8d4-7c1ae226d727}{39}" paraid="1587520669">Even if you only need refrigerated transportation to protect items from freezing in the winter or getting too warm in the summer, knowing things like the age of the equipment can help you make the best carrier decision.  </p> <h2>2. Be clear about your requirements </h2> <p paraeid="{df8ba3b3-2f23-42ef-b8d4-7c1ae226d727}{58}" paraid="1490211240">Before scheduling a shipment, talk to your carrier in detail about your needs. Inform them of acceptable temperature ranges, special handling and equipment requirements, and the process for accepting or rejecting freight at delivery. Setting these expectations in advance will allow shipments to go more smoothly and help maintain the integrity of your freight.  </p> <p paraeid="{df8ba3b3-2f23-42ef-b8d4-7c1ae226d727}{76}" paraid="1850408181">If you have a recurring shipment, be sure to discuss frequency so you can secure capacity for future orders. Most companies have fewer refrigerated trucks in their fleets compared to other equipment types. Because of this, carriers won’t always have the capacity to take late-notice shipments. The earlier you book, the better chance you have of securing equipment.  </p> <h2>3. Package items correctly </h2> <p>Packaging is one of the best defenses against product damage, and that’s especially true for temperature-sensitive goods. Along with protecting against potential shifts during transport, proper packaging can also keep your freight at the right temperature. Materials like EPS foam can help regulate temperature by preventing heat transference, so items aren’t compromised. Gel packs and dry ice can also be used to keep items chilled.  </p> <h2>4. Provide the right documentation  </h2> <p>While it’s essential to communicate your needs with your carrier before scheduling a shipment, it’s equally important to make sure those needs are reflected in your provided documentation. Having the most accurate information on your quote request, Bill of Lading and other documents will ensure all appropriate steps are taken throughout the shipment and that you’re charged correctly.  </p> <h2>5. Prepare for loading and unloading </h2> <p paraeid="{df8ba3b3-2f23-42ef-b8d4-7c1ae226d727}{135}" paraid="807942204">While your carrier will be responsible for maintaining the product’s temperature while it’s in their possession, there are some things you’ll need to arrange on your end before pickup and after delivery. For example, if the dock isn’t refrigerated, you’ll want to prepare a temperature-regulated area to store freight before the carrier arrives. Since the transportation equipment is designed to maintain temperature, it can’t heat or chill items to their set degree range. You’ll also want to check the product’s temperature before loading and unloading to confirm it’s within the agreed upon range.  </p> <p paraeid="{df8ba3b3-2f23-42ef-b8d4-7c1ae226d727}{147}" paraid="1655859847">Taking these steps will ensure everything is handled correctly from beginning to end — keeping your products safe and ready for acceptance.  </p> <h2>6. Plan for the unexpected </h2> <p>One of the best ways to guarantee safe deliveries is to plan for emergencies. If rare events such as equipment failure or accidents happen to occur while the shipment is in transit, having a plan in place will make it easier to overcome the situation. Talk to your carrier about steps they can take in these events and work with them to develop a standard operating procedure so plans can be executed quickly if something goes wrong. It’s also important to understand liability coverage and work with your carrier to make sure your freight will be covered.  </p> <h2>7. Stay in the know </h2> <p>Many temperature-sensitive goods are subject to policies you’ll want to know and discuss with your carrier. Staying on top of specific requirements — whether from the federal government or your customer’s internal protocols — is essential for success and is an extremely important part of any temperature-sensitive shipment. Similarly, you’ll want to stay informed on any data your carrier offers, such as live temperature monitoring and transit updates. While your carrier should provide proactive notifications if anything goes wrong, knowing what’s happening during transit can make it faster and easier to decide if products are fit for acceptance or if your contingency plans need to be used.  </p> <h2>Ship your sensitive freight with confidence by choosing ArcBest  </h2> <p paraeid="{df8ba3b3-2f23-42ef-b8d4-7c1ae226d727}{207}" paraid="415951440">Worried about getting temperature-sensitive freight to its destination without compromising its value? ArcBest temperature-control solutions can provide the protection you need. Choose from a variety of services, including <a href="https://arcb.com/blog/temperature-control-vs-temperature-validation" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">temperature-controlled and temperature-validated</a> transportation and premium options like dual driver protection to keep your sensitive freight secure.  </p> <p paraeid="{df8ba3b3-2f23-42ef-b8d4-7c1ae226d727}{240}" paraid="489015211">Contact us using the form above to discuss your shipments, or learn more about our <a href="https://arcb.com/solutions/premium-logistics/temperature-control" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">solutions for shipping temperature-sensitive freight</a>.  </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/tag/truckload" hreflang="en">Truckload</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/blog/tag/premium-logistics" hreflang="en">Premium Logistics</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-thumbnail field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/max_325x325/public/2017-06/Tips-for-shipping-temperature-sensitive-freight.jpg?itok=MJxPwlah" width="325" height="217" alt="Thermometer reading negative 10 degrees Fahrenheit " typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> Thu, 21 Jan 2021 16:36:00 +0000 James Steinheiser 5691 at https://arcb.com Truckload Lane Highlight https://arcb.com/blog/truckload-lane-highlight <span>Truckload Lane Highlight</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/11" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Becky Harris</span></span> <span>Wed, 01/20/2021 - 13:28</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><h2>Get capacity and competitive rates in your key truckload lanes  </h2> <p>Peak season demand, fluctuating capacity levels and other market changes can cause delays and rate increases for truckload shippers. And when these issues happen in areas critical to your supply chain, your bottom line can take a significant hit. To help offset capacity issues and get your truckload shipments on the road, ArcBest is offering extra capacity in strategic locations. By balancing supply and demand in these key markets, we’re able to offer consistent, competitive pricing and keep your freight covered.   </p> <h2 aria-level="2" paraeid="{8d464276-b148-40de-b029-b464b31d28e9}{248}" paraid="1050615817" role="heading">What lanes are available? </h2> <p paraeid="{8d464276-b148-40de-b029-b464b31d28e9}{252}" paraid="2079925367">Currently, this is available for shipments moving to and from these locations: </p> <ul role="list"><li aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-level="1" data-aria-posinset="1" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext="" data-listid="1" role="listitem"> <p paraeid="{8a68a8d6-fc4a-4afb-b42c-c499a671364f}{7}" paraid="837664237">Allentown, PA to Chicago, IL</p> </li> <li aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-level="1" data-aria-posinset="1" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext="" data-listid="1" role="listitem"> <p paraeid="{8a68a8d6-fc4a-4afb-b42c-c499a671364f}{7}" paraid="837664237">Atlanta, GA to Chicago, IL</p> </li> <li aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-level="1" data-aria-posinset="1" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext="" data-listid="1" role="listitem"> <p paraeid="{8a68a8d6-fc4a-4afb-b42c-c499a671364f}{7}" paraid="837664237">Atlanta, GA to Dallas, TX</p> </li> <li aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-level="1" data-aria-posinset="1" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext="" data-listid="1" role="listitem"> <p paraeid="{8a68a8d6-fc4a-4afb-b42c-c499a671364f}{7}" paraid="837664237">Atlanta, GA to Elizabeth, NJ - Philadelphia, PA</p> </li> <li aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-level="1" data-aria-posinset="1" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext="" data-listid="1" role="listitem"> <p paraeid="{8a68a8d6-fc4a-4afb-b42c-c499a671364f}{7}" paraid="837664237">Atlanta, GA to Los Angeles, CA</p> </li> <li aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-level="1" data-aria-posinset="1" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext="" data-listid="1" role="listitem"> <p paraeid="{8a68a8d6-fc4a-4afb-b42c-c499a671364f}{7}" paraid="837664237">Boston, MA to Chicago, IL</p> </li> <li aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-level="1" data-aria-posinset="1" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext="" data-listid="1" role="listitem"> <p paraeid="{8a68a8d6-fc4a-4afb-b42c-c499a671364f}{7}" paraid="837664237">Chicago, IL to Atlanta, GA</p> </li> <li aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-level="1" data-aria-posinset="1" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext="" data-listid="1" role="listitem"> <p paraeid="{8a68a8d6-fc4a-4afb-b42c-c499a671364f}{7}" paraid="837664237">Chicago, IL to Dallas, TX </p> </li> <li aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-level="1" data-aria-posinset="1" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext="" data-listid="1" role="listitem"> <p paraeid="{8a68a8d6-fc4a-4afb-b42c-c499a671364f}{7}" paraid="837664237">Chicago, IL to Elizabeth, NJ - Philadelphia, PA</p> </li> <li aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-level="1" data-aria-posinset="1" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext="" data-listid="1" role="listitem"> <p paraeid="{8a68a8d6-fc4a-4afb-b42c-c499a671364f}{7}" paraid="837664237">Chicago, IL to Laredo, TX</p> </li> <li aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-level="1" data-aria-posinset="1" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext="" data-listid="1" role="listitem"> <p paraeid="{8a68a8d6-fc4a-4afb-b42c-c499a671364f}{7}" paraid="837664237">Chicago, IL to Los Angeles, CA</p> </li> <li aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-level="1" data-aria-posinset="1" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext="" data-listid="1" role="listitem"> <p paraeid="{8a68a8d6-fc4a-4afb-b42c-c499a671364f}{7}" paraid="837664237">Chicago, IL to Minneapolis, MN</p> </li> <li aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-level="1" data-aria-posinset="1" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext="" data-listid="1" role="listitem"> <p paraeid="{8a68a8d6-fc4a-4afb-b42c-c499a671364f}{7}" paraid="837664237">Cincinnati, OH to Chicago, IL </p> </li> <li aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-level="1" data-aria-posinset="1" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext="" data-listid="1" role="listitem"> <p paraeid="{8a68a8d6-fc4a-4afb-b42c-c499a671364f}{7}" paraid="837664237">Dallas, TX to Atlanta, GA </p> </li> <li aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-level="1" data-aria-posinset="1" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext="" data-listid="1" role="listitem"> <p paraeid="{8a68a8d6-fc4a-4afb-b42c-c499a671364f}{7}" paraid="837664237">Dallas, TX to Chicago, IL </p> </li> <li aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-level="1" data-aria-posinset="1" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext="" data-listid="1" role="listitem"> <p paraeid="{8a68a8d6-fc4a-4afb-b42c-c499a671364f}{7}" paraid="837664237">Dallas, TX to Houston, TX</p> </li> <li aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-level="1" data-aria-posinset="1" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext="" data-listid="1" role="listitem"> <p paraeid="{8a68a8d6-fc4a-4afb-b42c-c499a671364f}{7}" paraid="837664237">Dallas, TX to Laredo, TX</p> </li> <li aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-level="1" data-aria-posinset="1" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext="" data-listid="1" role="listitem"> <p paraeid="{8a68a8d6-fc4a-4afb-b42c-c499a671364f}{7}" paraid="837664237">Dallas, TX to Los Angeles, CA </p> </li> <li aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-level="1" data-aria-posinset="1" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext="" data-listid="1" role="listitem"> <p paraeid="{8a68a8d6-fc4a-4afb-b42c-c499a671364f}{7}" paraid="837664237">Dallas, TX to Memphis, TN</p> </li> <li aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-level="1" data-aria-posinset="1" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext="" data-listid="1" role="listitem"> <p paraeid="{8a68a8d6-fc4a-4afb-b42c-c499a671364f}{7}" paraid="837664237">Houston, TX to Charlotte, NC</p> </li> <li aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-level="1" data-aria-posinset="1" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext="" data-listid="1" role="listitem"> <p paraeid="{8a68a8d6-fc4a-4afb-b42c-c499a671364f}{7}" paraid="837664237">Houston, TX to Chicago, IL</p> </li> <li aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-level="1" data-aria-posinset="1" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext="" data-listid="1" role="listitem"> <p paraeid="{8a68a8d6-fc4a-4afb-b42c-c499a671364f}{7}" paraid="837664237">Houston, TX to Dallas, TX </p> </li> <li aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-level="1" data-aria-posinset="1" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext="" data-listid="1" role="listitem"> <p paraeid="{8a68a8d6-fc4a-4afb-b42c-c499a671364f}{7}" paraid="837664237">Houston, TX to Indianapolis, IN</p> </li> <li aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-level="1" data-aria-posinset="1" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext="" data-listid="1" role="listitem"> <p paraeid="{8a68a8d6-fc4a-4afb-b42c-c499a671364f}{7}" paraid="837664237">Houston, TX to Los Angeles, CA</p> </li> <li aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-level="1" data-aria-posinset="1" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext="" data-listid="1" role="listitem"> <p paraeid="{8a68a8d6-fc4a-4afb-b42c-c499a671364f}{7}" paraid="837664237">Houston, TX to Memphis, TN</p> </li> <li aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-level="1" data-aria-posinset="1" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext="" data-listid="1" role="listitem"> <p paraeid="{8a68a8d6-fc4a-4afb-b42c-c499a671364f}{7}" paraid="837664237">Lexington, KY to Chicago, IL</p> </li> <li aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-level="1" data-aria-posinset="1" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext="" data-listid="1" role="listitem"> <p paraeid="{8a68a8d6-fc4a-4afb-b42c-c499a671364f}{7}" paraid="837664237">Los Angeles, CA to Dallas, TX</p> </li> <li aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-level="1" data-aria-posinset="1" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext="" data-listid="1" role="listitem"> <p paraeid="{8a68a8d6-fc4a-4afb-b42c-c499a671364f}{7}" paraid="837664237">Philadelphia, PA to Atlanta, GA</p> </li> <li aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-level="1" data-aria-posinset="1" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext="" data-listid="1" role="listitem"> <p paraeid="{8a68a8d6-fc4a-4afb-b42c-c499a671364f}{7}" paraid="837664237">Philadelphia, PA to Charlotte, NC</p> </li> <li aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-level="1" data-aria-posinset="1" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext="" data-listid="1" role="listitem"> <p paraeid="{8a68a8d6-fc4a-4afb-b42c-c499a671364f}{7}" paraid="837664237">Philadelphia, PA to Chicago, IL</p> </li> <li aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-level="1" data-aria-posinset="1" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext="" data-listid="1" role="listitem"> <p paraeid="{8a68a8d6-fc4a-4afb-b42c-c499a671364f}{7}" paraid="837664237">Philadelphia, PA to Dallas, TX</p> </li> <li aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-level="1" data-aria-posinset="1" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext="" data-listid="1" role="listitem"> <p paraeid="{8a68a8d6-fc4a-4afb-b42c-c499a671364f}{7}" paraid="837664237">Portland, OR to Los Angeles, CA</p> </li> <li aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-level="1" data-aria-posinset="1" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext="" data-listid="1" role="listitem"> <p paraeid="{8a68a8d6-fc4a-4afb-b42c-c499a671364f}{7}" paraid="837664237">San Francisco, CA to Los Angeles, CA</p> </li> <li aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-level="1" data-aria-posinset="1" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext="" data-listid="1" role="listitem"> <p paraeid="{8a68a8d6-fc4a-4afb-b42c-c499a671364f}{7}" paraid="837664237">Seattle, WA to Los Angeles, CA</p> </li> <li aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-level="1" data-aria-posinset="1" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext="" data-listid="1" role="listitem"> <p paraeid="{8a68a8d6-fc4a-4afb-b42c-c499a671364f}{7}" paraid="837664237">Stockton, CA to Los Angeles, CA <br /><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" id="media-preview-main-content" media-preview-load-image-handler="" ng-class="::{'ts-media-preview-canvas-content-desktop' : !isWeb, 'ts-media-preview-canvas-content-zoom' : $ctrl.isZoomingEnabled}" ng-click="$ctrl.showInTab($event)" ng-if="!isLoading&amp;&amp;!isZoomed" ng-src="https://us-prod.asyncgw.teams.microsoft.com/v1/objects/0-cus-d2-5e81995e77ecf6362fc0562c66054076/views/imgpsh_mobile_save" src="https://us-prod.asyncgw.teams.microsoft.com/v1/objects/0-cus-d2-5e81995e77ecf6362fc0562c66054076/views/imgpsh_mobile_save" /></p> </li> </ul><p paraeid="{8a68a8d6-fc4a-4afb-b42c-c499a671364f}{33}" paraid="1034133938">Lanes will be added regularly to help you move freight fast and efficiently around the U.S. — keep checking this post for updates.  </p> <h2 aria-level="2" paraeid="{8a68a8d6-fc4a-4afb-b42c-c499a671364f}{83}" paraid="1448158964" role="heading">What type of freight can benefit from these lanes? </h2> <p paraeid="{8a68a8d6-fc4a-4afb-b42c-c499a671364f}{87}" paraid="216188632">53-foot dry van shipments that pick up and deliver within a 50-mile radius of qualifying origin and destination cities will have access to the increased capacity and improved rates. Shipments also must be live load and unload.  </p> <h2 aria-level="2" paraeid="{8a68a8d6-fc4a-4afb-b42c-c499a671364f}{107}" paraid="1148618762" role="heading">I have other truckload shipping needs. Can ArcBest help? </h2> <p paraeid="{8a68a8d6-fc4a-4afb-b42c-c499a671364f}{111}" paraid="1932556071">Absolutely! With more than 20,000 prequalified service providers across the nation, we can help with any truckload shipment you have. Let us know what you need, and we'll get it covered. Learn more about our full truckload solution.</p> <p paraeid="{8a68a8d6-fc4a-4afb-b42c-c499a671364f}{111}" paraid="1932556071">Download this <a href="/sites/default/files/Truckload%20Strategic%20Lanes_0.pdf">flier</a> to see all available lanes.</p> <p paraeid="{8a68a8d6-fc4a-4afb-b42c-c499a671364f}{111}" paraid="1932556071"><img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="8b42661f-80f1-43db-b953-6007cfe00449" height="628" src="/sites/default/files/720x628.jpg" width="720" /></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/tag/truckload" hreflang="en">Truckload</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-thumbnail field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/max_325x325/public/2020-08/Truckload_3.png?itok=7qgNLvcX" width="300" height="200" alt="Truckload shipment moving down the highway." typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> Wed, 20 Jan 2021 19:28:00 +0000 Becky Harris 7951 at https://arcb.com Is intermodal shipping right for your business? https://arcb.com/blog/is-intermodal-shipping-right-for-your-business <span>Is intermodal shipping right for your business?</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/266" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Neil Roberts</span></span> <span>Mon, 12/21/2020 - 08:04</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><h2 aria-level="2" paraeid="{66007196-b28d-4f57-a40f-4a4820829737}{231}" paraid="1418101337" role="heading">Intermodal overview: what to expect from this transportation mode  </h2> <p paraeid="{66007196-b28d-4f57-a40f-4a4820829737}{235}" paraid="21941689">If you’re looking for extra capacity in a tight freight market or exploring cost-saving options for your supply chain, intermodal shipping could be what you need. Anything from electronics to home décor can ship securely via intermodal, and if you have consistent shipments traveling 750 miles or more, it can offer a number of benefits along the way. </p> <h2 aria-level="2" paraeid="{ca82a6c4-6cca-4eac-8ba4-9e2d1e8c129a}{28}" paraid="1365919630" role="heading">How intermodal works </h2> <p paraeid="{ca82a6c4-6cca-4eac-8ba4-9e2d1e8c129a}{36}" paraid="79908674">The first step to understanding how intermodal shipping can benefit your business is understanding exactly how it works. Intermodal combines two other modes — truck and rail — to complete a single shipment. It uses a truck for pickup, rail for the long haul, and another truck for delivery.  </p> <p paraeid="{ca82a6c4-6cca-4eac-8ba4-9e2d1e8c129a}{86}" paraid="1239282443">While it can seem complicated to divide a shipment into three parts, intermodal is no more difficult than booking an over-the-road (OTR) shipment. From start to finish, your freight remains in a single container, and everything gets logged under a single bill of lading. Here’s an overview of the intermodal shipping process: </p> <h3 aria-level="3" paraeid="{ca82a6c4-6cca-4eac-8ba4-9e2d1e8c129a}{138}" paraid="954869967" role="heading">Pickup </h3> <p paraeid="{ca82a6c4-6cca-4eac-8ba4-9e2d1e8c129a}{144}" paraid="1783171972">Your freight is loaded into either a removable dry trailer or a 53-foot intermodal shipping container, where it stays for its whole journey. It’s then delivered to the rail yard.  </p> <h3 aria-level="3" paraeid="{ca82a6c4-6cca-4eac-8ba4-9e2d1e8c129a}{176}" paraid="1440670672" role="heading">Long haul </h3> <p paraeid="{ca82a6c4-6cca-4eac-8ba4-9e2d1e8c129a}{182}" paraid="1451377979">At the rail yard, freight is loaded onto a train by one of two methods: </p> <ul role="list"><li aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-level="1" data-aria-posinset="1" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext="" data-listid="2" role="listitem"> <p paraeid="{ca82a6c4-6cca-4eac-8ba4-9e2d1e8c129a}{196}" paraid="33990707">Trailer on a flatcar (TOFC), where the entire trailer, wheels and all, is loaded onto a train car </p> </li> <li aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-level="1" data-aria-posinset="2" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext="" data-listid="2" role="listitem"> <p paraeid="{ca82a6c4-6cca-4eac-8ba4-9e2d1e8c129a}{203}" paraid="762871907">Container on a flatcar (COFC) where the container is lifted from the truck’s flatbed and placed on the train car <br />  </p> </li> </ul><p paraeid="{ca82a6c4-6cca-4eac-8ba4-9e2d1e8c129a}{210}" paraid="1192358510">Once loaded, the shipment completes the long-haul portion of the route. Since there is no single rail system that can deliver to every destination, freight may sometimes need to be interlined between different rail systems. Your freight stays securely in its shipping container or trailer as it switches rail lines. </p> <h3 aria-level="3" paraeid="{ca82a6c4-6cca-4eac-8ba4-9e2d1e8c129a}{248}" paraid="1312961172" role="heading">Delivery </h3> <p paraeid="{ca82a6c4-6cca-4eac-8ba4-9e2d1e8c129a}{254}" paraid="1911188841">Once the freight completes the rail leg of the journey, it’s picked up by another truck and delivered to its final destination.  </p> <h2 aria-level="2" paraeid="{44682a10-2f5b-491d-a7d6-e72640e57e9e}{17}" paraid="1106743390" role="heading">How intermodal works for you </h2> <p paraeid="{44682a10-2f5b-491d-a7d6-e72640e57e9e}{23}" paraid="1179235210">Intermodal’s use of trains isn’t the only thing that makes it a unique shipping option — it can also make your supply chain cheaper, more predictable, and more energy efficient than shipping over-the-road. If you’re still unsure if intermodal is right for you, here are some of the major benefits to help you decide:  </p> <h3 aria-level="3" paraeid="{44682a10-2f5b-491d-a7d6-e72640e57e9e}{79}" paraid="1667951743" role="heading">Reduces handling </h3> <p paraeid="{44682a10-2f5b-491d-a7d6-e72640e57e9e}{89}" paraid="257810620">Once your freight is loaded into a trailer or shipping container, it stays there for the whole journey. Avoiding extra handling can help protect sensitive freight from potential damage. </p> <h3 aria-level="3" paraeid="{44682a10-2f5b-491d-a7d6-e72640e57e9e}{105}" paraid="1144352550" role="heading">Increases capacity options </h3> <p paraeid="{44682a10-2f5b-491d-a7d6-e72640e57e9e}{117}" paraid="710878424">In cases where LTL may not be most cost- or time-effective and truckload capacity may be too tight, intermodal can offer an alternative option to keep your freight on schedule.  </p> <h3 aria-level="3" paraeid="{44682a10-2f5b-491d-a7d6-e72640e57e9e}{139}" paraid="1981154407" role="heading">Provides consistent, economical rates </h3> <p paraeid="{44682a10-2f5b-491d-a7d6-e72640e57e9e}{149}" paraid="1203372167">Since a train carries the longest portion of an intermodal shipment, rail prices have the biggest impact on rates. Although this can change based on demand and season, rail usually has more predictable pricing and better value compared to OTR shipping. This is because there is typically plenty of rail capacity and freight trains are cheaper to fuel than other equipment options. This means quotes are likely to stay consistent from day to day and even from week to week, which makes it easier to budget your transportation costs. </p> <h3 aria-level="3" paraeid="{44682a10-2f5b-491d-a7d6-e72640e57e9e}{225}" paraid="726389830" role="heading">Ships with the environment in mind </h3> <p paraeid="{44682a10-2f5b-491d-a7d6-e72640e57e9e}{231}" paraid="414031428">A freight train can haul one ton of freight an average of 470 miles with just a single gallon of fuel — making it one of the most efficient modes of transportation. So, if you’re looking to create a greener supply chain, intermodal can help you do exactly that. Reducing your emissions can both shrink your carbon footprint and improve relationships with customers who are looking for environmentally conscious business partners. </p> <h3 aria-level="3" paraeid="{bd2bb9fd-2047-47c3-b2e3-8a96d01f33f8}{67}" paraid="1570771042" role="heading">Lessens risk of delay </h3> <p paraeid="{bd2bb9fd-2047-47c3-b2e3-8a96d01f33f8}{79}" paraid="833532294">Where OTR shipping is affected by traffic, construction and road hazards, intermodal is less vulnerable to these types of delays. Instead, intermodal stays on track and gives you more predictable delivery times. </p> <h2 aria-level="2" paraeid="{bd2bb9fd-2047-47c3-b2e3-8a96d01f33f8}{119}" paraid="2033723882" role="heading">Gain rail capacity and savings with ArcBest intermodal </h2> <p paraeid="{bd2bb9fd-2047-47c3-b2e3-8a96d01f33f8}{135}" paraid="35573096">With over 90 years of logistics experience and relationships with all seven Class I railroads, ArcBest can get your freight on the tracks with ease and efficiency. Learn more about how ArcBest’s <a href="https://arcb.com/solutions/intermodal" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">intermodal solution</a> can meet your needs.  </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/tag/intermodal" hreflang="en">Intermodal</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/blog/tag/truckload" hreflang="en">Truckload</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/styles/max_325x325/public/2017-11/Intermodal_shipping_post.jpg?itok=TnkRDxXm" width="325" height="217" alt="Aerial photo of an intermodal shipping yard" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> Mon, 21 Dec 2020 14:04:00 +0000 Neil Roberts 6226 at https://arcb.com