Open an Account

Even if you are only planning to ship freight once, it is worthwhile to open an account with your freight hauler. Most carriers offer discounted shipping and flexible payment terms to account holders.

Ask for Discounts

Many freight carriers give discounts when asked, especially for LTL freight. These discounts range for 10 to 60 percent, so don’t be shy.

If you are planning to ship freight frequently, you may want to join a professional organization that offers discounted freight services to their members. See if you are already qualified for freight discounts through these or other affiliations.

Don’t pay for services you do not need. For example, try to avoid overnight freight. There is a significant premium for expedited freight, so plan your shipments in advance.
Also, be prepared for your freight hauler. Most carriers will charge a return fee if your shipment is not ready at the agreed time of pickup or if you are not available for pickup. Avoid superfluous charges and fees by being ready ahead of time.

Combine Service Types

If you have several small packages going to the same region, each with different delivery points, consider combining freight shipping with standard parcel shipping. You can ship the packages as freight to a centrally located hub in your delivery region, then have a standard parcel shipping company pick up the packages and deliver them to their individual locations. Combining these services can offer significant savings over shipping individual parcels over a long distance. You can also combine TL and LTL shipping in a similar way to save.

Only Pay for What You Need

Don’t pay for services you do not need. For example, try to avoid overnight freight. There is a significant premium for expedited freight, so plan your shipments in advance. Also, be prepared for your freight hauler.

Most carriers will charge a return fee if your shipment is not ready at the agreed time of pickup or if you are not available for pickup. Avoid superfluous charges and fees by being ready ahead of time.

Combine Service Types

If you have several small packages going to the same region, each with different delivery points, consider combining freight shipping with standard parcel shipping. You can ship the packages as freight to a centrally located hub in your delivery region, then have a standard parcel shipping company pick up the packages and deliver them to their individual locations. Combining these services can offer significant savings over shipping individual parcels over a long distance. You can also combine TL and LTL shipping in a similar way to save.

 

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Jim Bramlett

General Manager, LTL Freight at uShip
Jim brings over 36 years of logistics and transportation leadership experience to uShip, where he is general manager of LTL freight. In his role, Jim leads uShip’s strategy development, deployment and sales initiatives to connect LTL carriers directly with shippers through the efficient uShip platform. Before joining uShip, Jim was COO of SmartFreightWare, a transportation management software (TMS) developer. At SmartFreightWare, Jim was responsible for implementing solutions that delivered efficiency for shippers to eliminate time and costs. Jim spent 12 years with Yellow Freight System where he was responsible for developing new services, leading the development of their international services and managing customer segmentation. Jim successfully helped transition Yellow from a pure LTL company to one offering expedited and guaranteed services. Jim has seven years of experience leading third-party logistics companies including Yellow Logistics Services and later founded freightPro.com, an early adopter of the Internet as a platform to engage customers and providers.

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