How to Improve your LTL rates

How to improve your LTL carrier rates when booking with The Shipping Emporium.

Provide an accurate and complete bill of lading or if we provide the Bill of Lading (BOL) provide us all of the information needed for your Bill of Lading, full addresses, all services needed, and very accurate description of what is shipping including weight per pallet or crate, and dimensions in length x width x height per each.


Carriers will continue to increase the number of bills that are audited and corrected. That’s because many are not done correctly the first time.

It sounds simple, but accurate freight billing is hard to do, but is worth the extra time.

Carriers audit your freight compared to your Bill of Lading (BOL) and weigh and measure also.

Giving carriers as much information as possible about one’s freight will get a shipper his best price. If a shipper has all this data, he says, it will also help shop the business around and get the best rate in each lane.

Here is a List of suggestions to improve your LTL shipping process including your rates.

1. Weigh your shipment accurately the first time
Carriers re-weigh about 80 percent of shipments today because there are so many inaccuracies. Correcting the customer’s mistake increases expenses and makes load planning less accurate and efficient for the LTL carriers. The LTL industry still relies on the honor system—resulting in changes to your bill when your pallets’ weight and/ or dimensions are different than what you enter when quoting.

Keep in mind, in this era where everything is automated and measured, that all LTL Carriers weigh, measure and inspect your freight. For the pickup and delivery locations, they are search in Maps to see if the Locations Are Residential or Limited Access location, that incur extra time for pick-up and Delivery. Please include Limited Access on your Bill of Lading request for any pick-ups that are- Storage Units, Schools/ Universities, Military or Government locations, Police Departments, or Prisons.

Some shippers give you a right weight for every shipment. Then there are those who give you incorrect shipment for every shipment. And the mistakes are not usually intentional. You need to give your best estimate every time for not only each pallet’s weights but each pallet’s dimensions. There are no “standard pallet sizes” they do vary a lot.

2.  Package and secure your freight properly
When carriers have to re-shrink-wrap a pallet or take extra steps to handle improperly packaged freight, it increases the expense of handling that account. This is mainly an issue for customers with shipments that aren’t traditional pallets.

Please do not ship any items loose unless it’s a Full Truckload (dedicated van) and with prior approval.

Today, palletized freight can make up as much as 70 percent of all LTL shipments, and they tend to be boxes on a pallet, which often moves at the best rate. Shippers should take advantage of these bargain rates by shipping more freight on secured pallets, experts say, to avoid the chance of having to file a cargo claim.

It’s an issue for carriers because they don’t want to damage this freight or other freight they’re hauling. Nobody wants a cargo claim, and taking the time to secure your freight can help.

3.  Accessorial charges
Through sophisticated technology, LTL carriers are exponentially improving their understanding of customers and products. Through increasing use of these analytics, carriers will adjust the minimum prices that they will accept based on the costs of handling that customer’s goods.

The LTL industry has been late in coming to the accessorial game, but they are trying to catch up to the parcel giants in these regard. UPS’s small package unit has some 45 accessorial charges for everything from home delivery to Saturday service. The LTL industry has perhaps as many as 15 such charges for thing such as residential service, liftgates, appointments, and inside delivery.

Experts say that the LTL industry needs more incentives for shippers to avoid these charges. And they need to put some teeth in the accessorials they do have.

Know your ABCs

The basic lesson for shippers: Make your freight as carrier-friendly and cost-efficient to handle and process as possible. Those who do will get the best rates and will be slotted first in line for capacity as it tightens.

Cargo Insurance and Concealed Damage

CARGO INSURANCE

What is Cargo Insurance?

To Understand why you need to buy cargo insurance to protect your shipment while in transit, first understand what Carrier Liability Limits are.

A carriers’ liability (often determined by their tariff rules) will vary and also the shipments value is part of that determination. Also, it may not always be possible for a Consignee to thoroughly inspect your freight at delivery until your freight is un-packed. Please remember to note any “damage or loss” or even tears or signs of damage to the outside of your freight when signing at the delivery or as soon as possible. Any damage to your Freight by the Carriers Must be reported to the Carrier responsible within 7 calendar days or 5 business days in a normal week.

For an LTL quote or to find out how to obtain LTL rates for your business online at shippingemp.com, please email or call us. You can also complete our online forms.

https://shippingemp.com/get-a-freight-quote/or give us a call today at (434) 990-4144.

The Shipping Emporium offers you very reasonable priced Cargo insurance for peace of mind when your Freight is in transit with our Carriers.

How much does cargo Insurance cost? Approximately $.28 per $100 in value with a $25 minimum. For example, for many goods if $50,000 in value your cargo insurance is $140 and if your shipments value is $5000 you would pay $25. Over $100,000 cargo insurance may need underwriting approval, best to contact us at least 24-48 hours before picking up. Under $100,000 Cargo insurance contact us the day before or any time before your shipment is picked up. Please contact The Shipping Emporium for a quote and to purchase your Cargo Insurance before your shipment picks up on the day before pick-up or at the latest the Morning of Pick up. Contact us at 703-304-8170 or 434-990-4144 or customerservice@shippingemp.com.

Although it is not very often that your goods will be damaged while in transit with our Carriers, you will have peace of mind that your shipment is covered with cargo insurance, regardless of a Carrier’s liability limits.

Here are some of the most common causes for damage that could occur while your Freight is in transit:

Accidents during Transportation

All risk of Physical loss or damage

Theft

Weather-Related damage

What is Concealed Damage? When your freight arrives to you or your Consignee, inspect and note any damage on the Signature page. However, if there is hidden damage i.e. it cannot be seen at the outside of your Freight package, that is’ concealed damage’. All your freight Deliveries should be opened in a timely matter, and if the is ‘concealed damage’ take as many pictures as you can and report this immediately. You have only 4-5 days to report any hidden damage after your delivery.

Thank you for your time and your potential business. Any questions please call us.

Jane Barnett the Shipping Emporium

703 304 8170

MC # 852417

Ruckersville, VA 22968

DBE CERTITFIED cert 701061

Coming soon: Online Rates Calculator

September 25, 2020

Hello & Happy Friday from- The Shipping Emporium.

At the Shipping Emporium- we can help you to transform your Company’s current shipping process from complex to a simple, faster, and cost-effective solution you need.

We offer your company– a full range of – LTL and TL carriers for your heavy Domestic- ALL USA –for coast to coast or even shorter routes in-state we can cover for you. Customers who ship Internationally can ship with us to and from CANADA for your shipments that can go by truck (LTL- Less Than Truckload) to or from Canada.

Coming soon in October 2020 TSE (The Shipping Emporium)  is launching our Online LTL Rates and Booking LTL shipments online. We will be able to give you a user ID and password so that if you have an LTL shipment to quote, you can either login to quote this LTL yourself, or you can still call or email us to assist you as usual.

Customer Access will be through our website

or go to our main website at www.shippingemp.com

 LTL Freight

with many Carriers Including:

Southeastern Freight

Holland

New Penn

Reddaway

Ward

YRC

SAIA

Clear Lane

Front Line

Central Freight Lines

and More! After receiving your shipments information, please let us run a quote for you.

COMING SOON- Our online TMS for YOU to possibly Login and compare ALL our Carrier rates. TSE (The Shipping Emporium) will notify current customers when our online Rate-Shopping is available and provide you first with a User ID and password.

LTL Services are shipments heavier than small parcels at 100 pounds

or more, yet smaller than a Full Load. You can reduce your costs, by finding (with our Help) the Carriers that are the lowest for your pickup and destination routes, and for the Items shipping, and by auditing and verifying any Invoice Changes with you.

TL Freight (Truckloads)

Through our Network of 1000’s of Vetted and Available

Dry Van and Flat Bed Carriers.

Cargo Insurance

Some International Small Packages

Please provide the commodity or description, Number of pallets, weight and dimensions and pick up and destination. We have years of experience already setting up deliveries to: All Commercial Locations, Public Universities, US Military Bases, and VA Dept of Corrections and other Agencies, and to Commercial Locations.

Check out our webpage at www.shippingemp.com


It is a pleasure working with you.


Thanks, and Regards from,

Jane Barnett the Shipping Emporium

703 304 8170

MC # 852417

Ruckersville, VA 22968

DBE CERTITFIED cert 701061

eVA Vendor 91829 and SWAM cert 701061

We are also micro-business Certified

What is LTL Shipping?

September 9, 2020

What is LTL (Less than Truckload) shipping?

For Shippers, if you’re quoting with a small parcels carrier your pricing will be very high when your weight reaches 100-150 pounds or more and that is when you need to check with the Shipping Emporium, www.shippingemp.com to see if we can save you money. And, for Shipments that are not quite big enough for a FTL (Full Truck Load) then you can also save money with LTL for 6 pallets or less and 5000 pounds or less.

For most carriers, between 100 to 10,000 pounds is LTL and rates need to be done manually (not in an online quoting system) if more than 8 feet, more than 5000 pounds and or more than 6 pallets. Please email or call us at The Shipping Emporium for your best possible LTL rates for these.

How do you handle pricing for – Haz Mat, Over-length at over 8 feet, Protect from Freeze, Needs Cargo Insurance, and other specialized Accessorials?

We will be able to handle all of these questions for you. Every shipment is different, please be as specific as possible when providing us your – Shipment’s Description, number of Pallets or Crates, and size (length x width x height ) for each one.

If your shipment is 96 inches or more (over-length) , or has any of these special requirements we will need to offer you a Spot-Quote which also allows The Shipping Emporium to find out more about your special requirements, and the best option for you. Please email or call us at customerservice@shippingemp.com or 434-990-4144 or 703- 304 8170

Our Services include:

LTL (Less Than Truckload) Freight in the USA and Canada

Truckloads and Partial Truckloads

Cargo Insurance

Limited Small International Packages

Transit Times. If you expect that you need and LTL (Less than Truckload) shipment guaranteed by a certain date, you could save money by going with Standard LTL vs “Time Critical”. The latter will put the guaranteed delivery date and time while the Standard LTL (Less Than Truckload) service is an estimated transit time. Time Critical shipping is given higher priority. There are times when you can save more time and aggravation by upgrading to time- critical on your LTL. Just ask us if there are options for time critical for you!

For more information Call the Shipping Emporium to find out which TL (Truck-load) or LTL (Less Than Truckload) shipping will work best for you. (703) 304-8170 or (434) 990-4144.

Thank you for your business! We look forward to helping you.

Jane Barnett- JSB Enterprises LLC d/b/a The Shipping Emporium

(703) 304 8170

(434) 990-4144

Ruckersville/ Barboursville, VA 22968

(703) 304 8170

(434) 990-4144

Member: BBB Certified Member of Central Virginia Better Business

Bureau.

CALL US at 703-304-8170 or 434 990 4144

www.shippingemp.com

MC 852417     Duns 078483342    CAGE Code 78HM5

eVA Vendor 91829 and SWAM cert 701061

Small Women Owned Business

© Copyright 2013-2020

Government Sub-Contracting with us

As Many have requested, we are giving you our NAICS codes

OUR NAICS CODES AND GOVT CONTRACTING OR SUBCONTRACTING OPPORTUNITY

JSB Enterprises, LLC The Shipping Emporium is a woman owned and certified in Virginia and in The Federal Government’s Systems.

Our Best NAICS codes for our Transportation (LTL and Truckloads Freight Transportation Arrangement are

488510 – Freight Transportation Arrangement

488510- Shipping Agents (Freight Forwarding)

483113- Shipping Freight to and from Domestic Ports

We are a SWAM and Micro-Certified Business here in the Commonwealth of Virginia since 2012. eVA Vendor 91829 and SWAM cert 701061. (Our Current certification is from October 2018 to October 2023). Our DBE (Disadvantaged Business Enterprise) certification is a Federal program that is for Department of Transportation. Our application for Virginia’s Department of Transportation (DBE) is currently under review. This certification is for Women and/ or Minority Firms who are disadvantaged. Our CAGE Code  # is 78HM5.

And we are an EDWOSB (Economically Disadvantaged Woman Owned Small Business ) in SAM.gov since 2015.

With our Company’s outstanding 9-year Experience with “Freight Transportation Arrangement” Allow us to help your business or Government Agency to receive your most important goods, delivered on time – and at the most Competitive Pricing Needed.

In today’s market with some Truck shortages the need for a Freight Firm such as our Company, The Shipping Emporium, to assist you is growing. With sub-contracting, if your firm is required to transport heavy goods, from 100 pounds to at least 44,000 pounds, our company, The Shipping Emporium is a THE BEST CHOICE for your sub-contracting needs in both eVA and also in your Federal Contracting. Please let us know if you’d like to have a “Capabilities Statement” to learn more about our qualifications.

Feel free to call us today at (703) 304-8170 or (434) 990 4144 to see how we can assist you with your important LTL (Less Than Truckload) and FTL (Full Truckload) services, or at least have us help you with a Freight Quote!

TL and LTL differences?

August 28, 2020

Hi From- The Shipping Emporium, your Best Qualified provider for LTLs and TLs both. Here are some tips that could be helpful for your company. Please let us know if you need a quote anytime, email, phone or by website online form are all great. Our Services include: LTL Freight in the USA and Canada Truckloads and Partial Truckloads Cargo Insurance Limited Small International Packages 1.Truckload. You may have more than 8-10 pallets and differing on the weight and dimensions that will also play a role in how much truck space is needed. Your shipment COULD be either a PARTIAL Truck load or a Truckload for this size. Simply ask us at The Shipping Emporium to run some quotes for you and remember that sometimes a Truck quote is good only for 1-2 days for heavier shipping. (If you are planning ahead we can give you an estimate). 2. Your quotes may not be valid if your shipment takes 8 linear feet or more. Make sure you receive a ‘spot quote’ from a shipping partner like The Shipping Emporium rather than an online based automated quote. (Or if we have an online rate for you please have us double check that it is valid based on the number of pallets, their size (l x w x ht) and weight each pallet. 3.Pallet or Skid? Often, they are inter-changeable except that a Skid may be only part of a pallet. A Pallet is a flat structure with both a top and a bottom deck, of three or four deck boards. A skid has only a top deck. You may be needing a Pallet, except in a few cases only a skid for shipping LTL. 4. Packaging. If you are the buyer and picking up at a vendor’s dock, require pictures of your wrapped and bound and palatalized freight. Ask them for the correct dimensions (l x w x ht) number of pallets, and if the skids are stack-able or non. 5. Pictures. It is a good idea for your shipper to take pictures and to show a tape measure, if possible, for your shipments size (length x width x height). There can be billing issues later and if you can provide this information then you can be ensured that you can win a billing dispute. Also, in the event of a claim you will fare better through a Carrier claim with pictures taken right before loading. 6. Transit Times. If you expect that you need and LTL shipment guaranteed by a certain date, you could save money by going with Standard LTL vs “Time Critical”. The latter will put the guaranteed delivery date and time while the Standard LTL service is an estimated transit time. Time Critical shipping is given higher priority. There are times when you can save more time and aggravation by upgrading to time- critical on your LTL. Just ask us if there are options for time critical for you! For more information Call the Shipping Emporium to find out which TL or LTL shipping will work best for you. (703) 304-8170 or (434) 990-4144. Thank you for your business! Ruckersville/ Barboursville, VA 22968 (703) 304 8170 (434) 990-4144 Member: BBB Certified Member of Central Virginia Better Business Bureau. CALL US at 703-304-8170 or 434 990 4144 www.shippingemp.com MC 852417 Duns 078483342 CAGE Code 78HM5 eVA Vendor 91829 and SWAM cert 701061 Small Women Owned Business © Copyright 2013-2020

LTL Freight

August 17, 2020

Hi From- The Shipping Emporium, your Best Qualified provider for LTLs and TLs both.

Here are some tips that could be helpful for your company. Please let us know if you need a quote anytime, email, phone or by website online form are all great.

  1. Your quotes may not be valid if your shipment takes 8 linear feet or more. Make sure you receive a ‘spot quote’ from a shipping partner like The Shipping Emporium rather than an online based automated quote. (Or if we have an online rate for you please have us double check that it is valid based on the number of pallets, their size (l x w x ht) and weight each pallet.
  1. Pallet or Skid? Often, they are inter-changeable except that a Skid may be only part of a pallet. A Pallet is a flat structure with both a top and a bottom deck, of three or four deck boards. A skid has only a top deck. You may be needing a Pallet, except in a few cases only a skid for shipping LTL.
  • Packaging.  If you are the buyer and picking up at a vendor’s dock, require pictures of your wrapped and bound and palatalized freight. Ask them for the correct dimensions (l x w x ht) number of pallets, and if the skids are stack-able or non.
  • Pictures. It is a good idea for your shipper to take pictures and to show a tape measure, if possible, for your shipments size (length x width x height). There can be billing issues later and if you can provide this information then you can be ensured that you can win a billing dispute. Also, in the event of a claim you will fare better through a Carrier claim with pictures taken right before loading.
  • Transit Times. If you expect that you need and LTL shipment guaranteed by a certain date, you could save money by going with Standard LTL vs “Time Critical”. The latter will put the guaranteed delivery date and time while the Standard LTL service is an estimated transit time. Time Critical shipping is given higher priority. There are times when you can save more time and aggravation by upgrading to time- critical on your LTL. Just ask us if there are options for time critical for you!

For more information Call the Shipping Emporium to find out which TL or LTL shipping will work best for you. (703) 304-8170 or (434) 990-4144/

Thank you for your business!

Jane Barnett- JSB Enterprises LLC d/b/a The Shipping Emporium

(703) 304 8170

(434) 990-4144

Ruckersville/ Barboursville, VA 22968

(703) 304 8170

(434) 990-4144

Member: TIA – Transportation Intermediaries Association

CALL US at 703-304-8170 or 434 990 4144

www.shippingemp.com

MC 852417      Duns 078483342     CAGE Code 78HM5

eVA Vendor 91829 and SWAM cert 701061

Your TL and LTL shipping

August 10, 2020

Hello and Regards from The Shipping Emporium.

When your Company need to ship heavy goods in Virginia to Agencies, DOC or even the public Universities. Your Firm may be needing the services of our Company, The Shipping Emporium. For either your very recent PO’s in eVA, or any other heavy goods that you are expecting to ship for the rest of August, you can reach out today to see if we may be able to assist you? If you need a Freight Quote right now, please fill out our contact form on www.shippingemp.com, OR email us at, customerservice@shippingemp.com

WE ARE A SWAM CERTIFIED TRUCKLOAD AND LTL (LESS THAN TRUCKLOADS) SERVICE provider.

eVA Freight Provider (for LTLs and TLs both).

. We offer Great Rate and Customer Service too!

. We can make sure that your Truckloads or LTL service is Reliable and that every detail

Is handled for you (From the BOLs, any Changes, calls to you and to the Pickup or Delivery agent at the Carriers, to ensure that you’re always receiving the BEST and Most Reliable Customer service and Delivery.

. You may be able to increase your firms’ chances for winning is you select our company as your sub-contracting partner.

You can count on us to handle every detail for you, from the BOLs, tracking and other important details. Transforming your shipping process to help your business grow, while making sure your clients are happy.

We are just checking in regarding any shipments (over 100 pounds Domestic LTL) moving that you would like a quote for and how The Shipping Emporium may assist you. Our Attention to detail, strong customer service orientation and most importantly many years of experience – handling heavy Shipping for Agencies, vendors large and small.

You are needing to ship pallets or Crates of- Heavy Equipment, Books, New Furniture and More. We will help you every step of the way to set up and arrange transportation for your heavy goods, AT THE BEST PRICING to all of your customers.

Please provide the commodity or description, Number of pallets, weight and dimensions and pick up and destination. We have years of experience already setting up deliveries to: Public Universities, US Military Bases, and VA Dept of Corrections and other Agencies, and to Commercial Locations.

The Shipping Emporium Is Here for You. We can support your company with the very best- LTL and TL rates, through the best carriers. Finding a truck on the day that you need it is a chore, or you just require more Customer Service.

Please give us a call or drop us a line to see how we may be able to meet or exceed your expectations! We can also sub-contract with your company if that benefits your company on your contract with the Commonwealth, especially in competitive situations or when you are asked for your “Sub-contracting Plan”.

Thank you and We look forward to speaking to you soon!!

Please let us know if you have any questions at all about our Services and how we may be able to Assist YOU!

THANK YOU!

www.shippingemp.com

Jane Barnett- JSB Enterprises LLC d/b/a The Shipping Emporium

Member: BBB- Of Central Virginia Accredited member A +

CALL US at 703-304-8170 or 434 990 4144

 www.shippingemp.com

MC 852417     Duns 078483342    CAGE Code 78HM5

eVA Vendor 91829 and SWAM cert 701061

List of Services (LTL and TL)

July 29, 2020

Hello from Jane Barnett, The Shipping Emporium.

Please contact us any time if you need a Freight Quote.

A short- list of the services that we are offering you:

LTL Freight

LTL Freight (Expedited or Guaranteed – for an extra fee with

Some Carriers).

Please make sure to secure your Freight on a pallet or in a Crate. This is the most secure way to ship your goods and is another key difference between LTL and TL services, whereby the LTL Carriers all require secured freight.

We offer MANY LTL Carriers Including:

Southeastern Freight

ABF

Ward

YRC

SAIA

Clear Lane

Front Line

Central Freight Lines

and More! After receiving your shipments information, please let us run a quote for you. COMING SOON- Our online TMS for YOU to possibly Login and compare ALL our Carrier rates. TSE (The Shipping Emporium will notify current customers when our online Rate-Shopping is available and provide you first with a User ID and password.

LTL Services are shipments heavier than small parcels at 100 pounds. Distance, Class, Weight, Services Needed (for example- Limited Access Delivery, Lift-Gate, and More).

or more, yet smaller than a Full Load. You can reduce your costs, by finding (with our Help) the Carriers that are the lowest for your pickup and destination routes, and for the Items shipping, and by auditing and verifying any Invoice Changes with you.

TL Freight (Truckloads)

Through our Network of 1000’s of Vetted and Available

Dry Van and Flat Bed Carriers.

Cargo Insurance

Some International Small Packages

Let us (at The Shipping Emporium) Lift your burden and Hassles over everything from- Finding A Carrier at the BEST Rates, BOLs if you need help with those, Dispatching and Changing or Updating Services Needed, Tracking and POD deliveries sent to you and MORE!

We’ll find the best Truck for you and the Carriers best suited to your needs. Please provide the commodity or description, Value, Number of pallets, weight and dimensions and pick up and destination. We have years of experience already setting up deliveries to: All Commercial Locations, Public Universities, US Military Bases, and VA Dept of Corrections and other Agencies, and to Commercial Locations.

Check out our webpage at www.shippingemp.com

Thank you and We look forward to speaking to you soon.

Jane Barnett- JSB Enterprises LLC d/b/a The Shipping Emporium

CALL US at 703-304-8170 or 434 990 4144

BBB of Central Virginia Certified Business

www.shippingemp.com

MC 852417     Duns 078483342    CAGE Code 78HM5

eVA Vendor 91829 and SWAM cert 701061

Freight Shipping Terms

July 29, 2020

Freight Shipping Terms:

Bill of Lading (BOL)

LTL (Less than Truckload)

And TL (Truckload)

And the differences between these 2 Transportation Modes will vary,

the Most Common Difference is with LTL your shipment is only using part

of a 53 Van space, while a FTL (Full Truckload) can take up to that 53 foot van space and weigh up the estimated 43,000 pound limit.

In LTL, if you are shipping certain goods frequently, you may have a Freight Class and NMFC code that applies for you shipment. In addition, and with some Freight Classes being Density-Based please always provide in FULL, your Shipments details- weight for every pallet, dimensions (length x width x height in inches) and weight per pallet, so that we can help you to determine the correct class.

The Freight Class System Created by NMFTA (National Motor Freight Trucking Association) is commonly used by some carriers.

Delivery Services (especially for LTL) include many of the following:

Lift-Gate

Residential

Limited Access

Delivery Appointment Required

Pro-Active Notification

Cargo Insurance (Please always provide your shipments’ Value and if the goods are new or used for this quote).

Cargo Insurance is for the portion of your Shipment’s Value above the Carrier’s Liability and will vary in cost.

Please contact the Shipping Emporium at 434-990-4144 or 703-304-8170

Please contact us any time if you need a Freight Quote.

If you need help with a Shipment or if you have any questions about the Above.

Thank you!