Logistics 101: Learn How to Ship Freight

Become a supply chain pro — below is everything you need to master the fundamentals of freight shipping.

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  • Multimodal Basics: Ways to Ship Freight

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  • Know Your Modes: The 7 Ways to Ship Freight (Take the Quiz)

    Know Your Modes: The 7 Ways to Ship Freight (Take the Quiz)

    Learn when to use full truckload, LTL, shared truckload, intermodal, box truck or sprinter van. Use the free mode calculator to determine which shipping method is right for your freight.

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  • LTL vs. Full Truckload: 7 Key Differences that Every Shipper Should Know

    LTL vs. Full Truckload: 7 Key Differences that Every Shipper Should Know

    Full truckload and LTL are similar modes of freight shipping, but all shippers should understand these 7 key differences between them.

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  • Intermodal vs. Full Truckload: 4 Things Every Shipper Should Know

    Intermodal vs. Full Truckload: 4 Things Every Shipper Should Know

    Intermodal shipping is a full truckload conversion product that reduces cost and adds capacity. From transit planning to accessorials, Coyote Logistics explains the key differences between modes.

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  • What Is Intermodal Shipping? A Beginner’s Guide to Moving Freight on the Rail

    What Is Intermodal Shipping? A Beginner’s Guide to Moving Freight on the Rail

    Intermodal is a key component of every supply chain. Coyote Logistics covers the basics for shippers to get started.

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  • Getting Freight Quotes: Pricing Basics

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  • How to Get the Perfect Truckload Spot Rate: 8 Rules of TL Freight Quoting

    How to Get the Perfect Truckload Spot Rate: 8 Rules of TL Freight Quoting

    Every shipper has to get spot quotes for their truckload freight — these do's and don'ts will help you get the best rate every time.

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  • Contract vs. Spot Rates: What's the Difference in Truckload Freight Shipping?

    Contract vs. Spot Rates: What's the Difference in Truckload Freight Shipping?

    Everything you need to know about committed freight pricing to run a more cost-effective supply chain.

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  • Get the Perfect LTL Quote: 6 Steps to Getting Better Rates for Your Shipments

    Get the Perfect LTL Quote: 6 Steps to Getting Better Rates for Your Shipments

    Learn 6 rules for getting an accurate and affordable LTL freight quote. Find out how you can save time and money by quoting LTL freight through a 3PL.

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  • The ABCs of LTL Accessorials: When, What & How to Avoid

    The ABCs of LTL Accessorials: When, What & How to Avoid

    Learn why accessorial fees are more common in LTL shipping, what some of the most frequent accessorials are and how to avoid them.

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  • LTL Freight Class vs. NMFC Codes: What's the Difference?

    LTL Freight Class vs. NMFC Codes: What's the Difference?

    Find out how to determine freight density, LTL freight class, and NMFC codes when shipping LTL freight.

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  • 3 Types of Intermodal Pricing Every Shipper Should Know

    3 Types of Intermodal Pricing Every Shipper Should Know

    Discover the different types of intermodal pricing, find out what goes into each rate and learn how an IMC can help your intermodal business strategy.

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  • "What Is?": Other Freight Shipping Essentials

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  • What is Volume LTL? When & How to Use This Mode in Your Supply Chain

    What is Volume LTL? When & How to Use This Mode in Your Supply Chain

    Volume LTL (less-than-truckload) is a unique capacity solution that is perfect for larger sized LTL shipments. Coyote Logistics, a leading LTL logistics broker, explains key supply chain benefits.

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  • What is Power Only Trucking? (& How 3PLs Combine It with Leased Trailers)

    What is Power Only Trucking? (& How 3PLs Combine It with Leased Trailers)

    By separating the power unit (driver & truck) from the trailer, 3PLs can create flexible shipping solutions using large networks and digital freight matching.

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  • What is a TMS? A Beginner's Guide to Transportation Management Systems

    What is a TMS? A Beginner's Guide to Transportation Management Systems

    Learn the key functions of a Transportation Management Systems, how it's different than a WMS, how to choose the right TMS for your business.

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  • What is Outsourced Logistics? Everything You Need to Know About Using 3PLs

    What is Outsourced Logistics? Everything You Need to Know About Using 3PLs

    Running a supply chain is difficult and complex, and shippers big and small outsource some of their logistics to 3PLs. Find out everything you need to know from an industry expert.

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  • Customs Broker Basics: What Cross-Border Shippers Need to Know

    Customs Broker Basics: What Cross-Border Shippers Need to Know

    If you're importing or exporting freight between the U.S. and Canada or Mexico, knowing the basics of customs brokerage is essential.

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  • What Is Private Fleet Trucking? How Shippers Use Private & Dedicated Fleets

    What Is Private Fleet Trucking? How Shippers Use Private & Dedicated Fleets

    Learn the difference between private fleet and dedicated fleets, why shippers use each, and how 3PLs can help.

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  • Truckload Market Fundamentals

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  • Supply & Demand 101, Truckload Style: Learn the Basic Economics of the Freight Market

    Supply & Demand 101, Truckload Style: Learn the Basic Economics of the Freight Market

    Learn the basics of U.S. truckload market economics and get a crash course in supply and demand in this comprehensive guide for supply chain professionals.

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  • What is a Truckload Market Cycle? Learn the 7 Stages (with 3 Infographics)

    What is a Truckload Market Cycle? Learn the 7 Stages (with 3 Infographics)

    The U.S. truckload market moves in a repeating pattern, called a market cycle. Learn how carrier supply and shipper demand drive the cycle with these infographics.

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  • Understanding the U.S. Truckload Market: the Complete Guide for Logistics Professionals

    Understanding the U.S. Truckload Market: the Complete Guide for Logistics Professionals

    How seasonal demand, annual bids and fluctuating supply and demand affect truckload market capacity.

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