• What is Guaranteed LTL Shipping and When Should I Use It?

    03/02/2017 — Jerry Spelic

    What is guaranteed LTL service? It is a guarantee that your freight arrives by a pre-determined time of your choice on a standard-service delivery day.

    It is very important to understand that LTL freight shipments are typically quoted with an estimated transit time. LTL freight carriers all have their own standard transit times, which take into consideration distance, the shipping lane in which the freight is moving and availability of trucks moving between the freight’s origin and destination. As an example, a carrier may estimate that freight moving between Atlanta and Chicago is two standard delivery days. Transit times are generally reliable, but again, are just an estimate so your shipment may be delayed.

    The standard LTL freight guaranteed delivery is a 5:00pm guarantee, which means that your shipment will be delivered by 5:00pm on your specified date of delivery. Another commonly used guarantee is a noon guarantee, where your freight must be delivered by noon on your specified date of delivery.

    There is also a LTL guaranteed delivery window service, where you specify a time period in which a shipment must arrive (between 1:00pm and 3:00pm, for example).

    When should you use guaranteed LTL service?

    • When you are shipping to a retailer that has strict delivery window requirements, or a MABD (Must Arrive By Date). Missing these delivery dates and / or times may result in chargebacks of around 3% of the value of the purchase order. So if an order valued at $50,000 was early or late, you’d pay a $1500 fine. Paying extra for guaranteed LTL shipping is a small investment.
    • When your customer requires just-in-time (JIT) delivery. If you are shipping components to a manufacturer that utilizes JIT methodologies, a delay in your component arriving may delay their production run, or shut it down completely. This may result in a per-minute fine if your late delivery causes a shutdown in production, or you may lose their business entirely.
    • Similarly, if the delivery is required for an installation in new construction or as a repair or replacement. For example, if you are shipping a stainless steel fermentation tank to a new brewery, it needs to arrive when the construction team needs it so that it can be installed and not cause delays to their build-out schedule.
    • When other shipping activity relies on your shipment arriving at a specified time. For instance, you are shipping squishy stress relief balls to a national non-profit association as part of an event sponsorship. These stress balls, along with other sponsors’ promotional items, will be put into “goodie bags” for event participants and shipped to local chapters across the county for distribution. If your item doesn’t arrive in time, it may be left out, and you may lose the brand impact that your sponsorship was supposed to provide.

    We have a couple of caveats to pass along regarding guaranteed LTL freight shipping. First, your shipment must happen during “business hours” on “business days.” This excludes holidays, so you should never assume that a guaranteed delivery can take place on a holiday.  Second, it is important to find out if a guarantee is even available for your LTL freight shipment before you assume that one is. Some examples that may exclude a guarantee:

    » Collect-on-Delivery (COD) shipments

    » Oversized shipments

    » Hazardous materials shipments

    » Service to some remote areas

    If you have questions about when to use guaranteed LTL freight service, or how to find freight carriers that offer guaranteed freight delivery, contact PartnerShip. We can help you stay competitive by matching your LTL freight shipping needs with the correct service option. Contact us at 800-599-2902 or get a quote now!

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  • PartnerShip Continues to Expand Guaranteed Delivery Options

    06/12/2014 — Matt Nagel

    PalletsGetting your freight shipment where it needs to go is obviously important; but for time-sensitive shipments, it's even more critical that your shipment arrives when it's expected. That's why PartnerShip continues to expand and develop guaranteed services for our customers. "By 5:00 PM" and/or "by noon" guaranteed delivery options are available with many of our less-than-truckload (LTL) freight carriers, including UPS Freight, YRC Freight, and Con-way Freight. In addition, we  recently expanded our services to include guaranteed delivery options with R+L Carriers, Old Dominion, AAA Cooper and Southeastern Freight Lines.

    As we blogged about last fall, PartnerShip customers have the ability to get instant guaranteed rate quotes online through PartnerShip.com. Registered users of PartnerShip.com can simply perform a Rate Quote Inquiry and select the guaranteed carrier option that best suites their shipping needs. That's It! PartnerShip does the rest, including automatically populating your bill of lading with the correct information to ensure the driver is aware that your shipment requires guaranteed service and priority handling.

    Guaranteed shipping through PartnerShip provides:


    • Customer-defined freight delivery times
    • 100 percent money-back guarantee
    • Comprehensive LTL network with coverage throughout North America
    • Cross-border expertise


    • Peace of mind assurance
    • Greater control over the delivery time to meet your or your customer's requirements
    • Reliability from the most reputable LTL freight carriers
    • Shipment scheduling that's fast, simple and convenient 


    • Dock operation scheduling and congestion avoidance
    • Just-in-time inventory replenishment
    • Heightened visibility
    • Communications to support interactions with your customers

    Of course, if you need service that is faster than our standard or guaranteed LTL freight options, you can always request expedited service by clicking the EXPEDITED SERVICE button at the bottom of every rate quote. Tell us what you need and we'll go to work finding the best solution.

    All PartnerShip guaranteed LTL services are backed with a no-hassle, automatic zero-invoice guarantee. That means PartnerShip will proactively track your shipment, and if it doesn't deliver on-time, we'll automatically cancel your freight charges on the shipment - there is no need to call us or file a claim.

    Ready to save time and money while enjoying peace-of-mind assurance that your important LTL freight shipments will deliver on-time? If your new to PartnerShip, to get started, just create an account and log in to PartnerShip.com by clicking the button below. There you will find the carriers, services, and pricing for all of your freight shipping needs.

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  • New PartnerShip Alliance with Southeastern Freight Lines

    05/30/2014 — Matt Nagel

    Southeastern Freight LinesPartnerShip has created and alliance with Southeastern Freight Lines to offer their freight services to customers located in the southeastern United States. Southeastern Freight Lines, headquartered in Lexington, SC, has provided quality freight services to shippers for over 60 years and has garnered more than 300 quality awards from some of the most respected companies in America. Additionally, they boast 99.4% on-time delivery in next-day service lanes (which is mostly what they do).

    Here is a video that takes a look back at the carrier's history from past to present day.

    PartnerShip customers will now have access to competitive rates on LTL, truckload, expedited, and guaranteed freight shipping using Southeastern Freight Lines. A map of the Southeastern Freight Lines service coverage area is shown below.

    Southeastern Freight Lines Service Map:


    If you have any questions about shipping with Southeastern Freight Lines through PartnerShip, contact us today at 800-599-2902 or email select@PartnerShip.com. If you're ready to ship now, click the button below for a FREE rate quote on an upcoming LTL, truckload, expedited, or tradeshow shipment.

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  • New Freight Carrier Partner - AAA Cooper Transportation

    05/15/2014 — Matt Nagel

    AACT LogoAs your shipping connection, PartnerShip is always looking for ways to improve our service and offer you options for your shipping needs. We continue to bring on new and reputable carrier partners like AAA Cooper Transportation to accomplish that goal.

    With its headquarters located in Dothan, Alabama, AAA Cooper Transportation has a rich history of providing quality shipping solutions to customers in the southeast United States. Today, AAA Cooper Transportation is a multi-regional transportation solutions provider offering less-than-truckload, truckload, and international services. With directly operated facilities in the Southeast, Southwest, Midwest, and Puerto Rico along with partner carriers with coverage into Canada, Mexico, and across the globe.

    PartnerShip customers located in the southeast now have access to competitive rates with AAA Cooper Transportation. Along with these rates, AAA Cooper Transportation offers guaranteed freight services, specialized equipment, and port/cross-boarder International services through PartnerShip to fully support your shipping needs.

    If you have any questions about shipping with AAA Cooper Transportation through PartnerShip, contact us today at 800-599-2902 or email select@PartnerShip.com. Or simply click the button below for a FREE rate quote on an upcoming LTL, truckload, expedited, or tradeshow shipment.

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  • Top 10 Additions and Improvements in 2013

    02/03/2014 — Matt Nagel

    PartnerShip.comAt PartnerShip, we understand that in addition to significant savings on shipping, it's important to offer customers straight-forward, easy-to-use, and useful tools to help with day-to-day tasks. This is why we take great pride in our web tools and services, and we're constantly working to improve and roll out new money-saving options!

    Below is a quick review of some of the highlights from 2013:

    1. Website Launch — PartnerShip did a complete overhaul of our website this year and every upgrade in functionality or new service on this list is a direct result of this overarching improvement.
    2. Guaranteed Carrier Options — Customers of PartnerShip now have the ability to quote guaranteed carrier options on PartnerShip.com.
    3. Shipping Supplies — Offering low prices and the ability to order low quantities of shipping supplies you use every day.
    4. PartnerShip Referral Program — If you enjoy working with PartnerShip, we provide the opportunity to refer another business and earn money for that referral!
    5. Inbound Shipping Analysis — Saving on your inbound shipping is one of the easiest and most effective ways to positively impact your bottom line. Let our experts analize your current shipping habits and save you money on any shipments you may receive from suppliers.
    6. Live Chat — Being available to help our customers at a moments notice is of the upmost importance to us. Our new Live Chat feature better connects us to you.
    7. Find a Freight Class — Freight class can be one of the more tricky nuances of freight shipping. That's why we instituted this useful tool to help alleviate any confusion.
    8. Employee Directory — Meet the team working for you and put a face to the name.
    9. Regional Team Map — Like the employee directory, the regional map allows you to put a face to the name/voice you've been working with. But it also allows you to see the entire team dedicated specifically to the part of the country you operate out of.
    10. Social Media Additions — PartnerShip has been utilizing social media for some time, but recently we've delved into new platforms to showcase our company and interact with you. New channels include: Instagram, Flickr, Pinterest, Tumblr, Vimeo, and even Yelp!

    If you haven't yet used or taken a look at any of the above items, be sure to check them out. We can't wait to dive into 2014 with a whole new list of enhancements, services, and tools to make your life easier and save your business money!

    Check back tomorrow for our Top Association Blogs of 2013

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  • Guaranteed LTL Freight Services

    10/30/2013 — Scott Frederick

    GuaranteedPartnerShip has made it easier for customers to get online rate quotes for shipments requiring guaranteed delivery. Now when a registered user of PartnerShip.com performs a Rate Quote inquiry, additional guaranteed service options will be displayed on the results screen.

    If you see a carrier, service and price combination that meets your needs, simply click the SHIP button as you have in the past and - if you selected a guaranteed delivery service option - we'll automatically populate the correct verbiage on your bill of lading. This will ensure that when the carrier's driver picks up your shipment, they will immediately see that it requires priority handling.

    Rate Quote ResultsFor now, customers will notice guaranteed delivery by 5:00 pm and guaranteed delivery by noon options on PartnerShip.com for our largest, national carriers in the "Service" column on the page (additional options may be added in the future). All guaranteed services will be backed with a no-hassle, automatic zero-invoice guarantee. That means PartnerShip will proactively track your shipment, and if it doesn't deliver on-time, we'll automatically cancel your freight charges on the shipment - there is no need to call us or file a claim.

    Of course, if you need service that is faster than our carriers' standard or guaranteed options, you can always request expedited service options by clicking the EXPEDITED SERVICE button at the bottom of every rate quote. Tell us what you need and we'll go to work finding the best solution.

    Give yourself some peace-of-mind on your most important shipments by trying out our guaranteed delivery services. Our carriers almost never fail on these shipments - and in the rare case they do, rest easy knowing that PartnerShip has your back!

    Click the button below if you haven't yet registered for access to PartnerShip.com and are interested in getting started.

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