Freightquote.com Gives Easy LTL (Less-than-Truckload) Shipping for Frequent Shippers

In the not-so-distant past, companies had employees – freight managers, dock supervisors, shipping clerks and others – whose job it was to sit at a desk and call several different freight carriers for quotes for less-than-truckload (LTL) shipments.

The employee would spend hours providing information about the shipment’s size, weight, volume, material, origin and destination to each carrier. Then a comparison would be made between the resulting quotes before the employee then called back to book the shipment with the carrier that best fit the bill. Bills of lading and other necessary shipping documents were most likely typed out manually or on a dot matrix printer-form.

About ten years ago, the internet and Freightquote.com changed all of that. Starting with standard LTL services, Freightquote introduced manufacturers, wholesalers and other shippers to an instantaneous quote system with streamlined scheduling and shipping procedures available at the click of a mouse.

Other companies have jumped on the internet quote bandwagon since those days but Freightquote has secured its foothold as the industry leader. The company has partnered with over 50 top national and regional carriers, making it ever more likely that its customers will receive the most competitive quotes for shipments headed anywhere in the U.S., Mexico or Canada.

Although the company has expanded its services substantially since those early days, LTL services are still Freightquote’s bread and butter. LTL is exactly what it sounds like – shipments that take up less than entire trailer. A shipper needs a few pallets moved from Kansas City to Albany but doesn’t own its own fleet or need a dedicated trailer. Instead, the shipper seeks out an LTL carrier to make the trip.

Although the company has expanded its services substantially since those early days, LTL services are still Freightquote’s bread and butter. LTL is exactly what it sounds like – shipments that take up less than entire trailer. A shipper needs a few pallets moved from Kansas City to Albany but doesn’t own its own fleet or need a dedicated trailer. Instead, the shipper seeks out an LTL carrier to make the trip.

Freightquote books LTL shipments between 100 pounds and 15,000 pounds with normal service times between two and seven business days, depending on the distance. That being said, next-day and expedited LTL delivery is available in many circumstances too.

If a company or even an individual has an odd-shaped item to ship or needs to get an item delivered to a location that’s somewhat off-the-beaten-path, chances are good that one of the large number of carriers with which Freightquote works can make it happen.

Freightquote, like other freight brokers, is a third-party logistics manager. It doesn’t own the trucks or set the basic tariffs but it helps both the carriers and the shippers manage their transportation activities. Hours on the phone requesting quotes for shippers, hours on the road signing up customers for carriers and hours in rate negotiations for been narrowed down to a matter of minutes via web-based tools like those pioneered by Freightquote.

The efficiencies of Freightquote.com’s system, when used well, can free up substantial time and money for its customers. It’s certainly no wonder that millions of loads have been handled through Freightquote over the past 10 years.

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