Statistics from the US Department of Transportation show more than 700,000 registered motor carriers are traversing our highways and roads. These trucks, which can be packed with everything from bricks and stone to dog food and grocery items, keep thousands of American businesses afloat. For business owners shipping these products across the country, precise planning and high-level tracking are required. But with increasing rates and a wide range of delays to overcome, overseeing a shipment of LTL freight is easier said than done.
For overworked business owners, managing multiple shipments can seem impossible in today's freight landscape. But the reality is that many businesses rely on less-than-truckload shipments to keep their doors open. When these shipments are compromised, their business is too. But there's a viable solution: LTL freight brokers in Indianapolis, IN like RelyEx provide reliable solutions to common LTL shipment problems, eliminating the stress and worry of LTL shipping.
With more than 30 combined years of LTL experience and a solutions-oriented team, RelyEx is your go-to choice for streamlined, efficient LTL shipping services. To understand the true value of RelyEx's less-than-truckload shipping options, it helps to understand first what LTL shipping is and why it's used.
In the freight industry, LTL stands for "less-than-truckload." It is a widely-used method of transportation for smaller shipments that don't require the space of a full truckload. In an LTL shipment, several customers' loads are placed onto one truck, which helps reduce how much it costs to ship those products.
In fact, if your freight doesn't fill an entire trailer but weighs 150-15,000 lbs., LTL freight shipping in Indianapolis, IN, may be the most efficient, cost-conscious way to transport your products. That's because, in an LTL setup, you're only paying for the space your freight takes up. LTL shipping companies like RelyEx optimize LTL loads by choosing the most efficient routes at the best rates so your cargo gets to where it needs to go without any issues.
Business owners often choose LTL freight services in the following circumstances:
When it comes to LTL delivery options, there are a lot to choose from. But not every LTL broker is created equally. Some LTL companies do not have the tools or technology to track your shipments and optimize your routes. In worst-case scenarios, they may not be insured or reliable. If you're looking for an experienced LTL carrier that exceeds expectations with time-tested strategies and innovative technologies, look no further than RelyEx.
With more than two decades of experience in LTL operations, our team utilizes the power of GlobalTranz to compare rates across hundreds of approved carriers in the blink of an eye, while also providing the most cost-effective options for moving your freight. When you choose RelyEx for LTL shipping, you can leverage our expert team to handle your shipments. You can also manage the process yourself via GTZShip, which is Globaltranz's user-friendly management system. With GTZShip, you can access and compare LTL shipping rates, track your shipments, and manage your financials, all from one intuitive platform.
When it comes to LTL freight in Indianapolis, IN, clients trust their products with RelyEx for many reasons, including the following:
Because GTZShip keeps outsized freight available, it can negotiate the best LTL rates on your behalf. Our clients can access these extra-low rates in one of two ways:
Regardless of the option you choose, RelyEx's knowledgeable customer care reps will cover all of your LTL shipping options, so you can make an informed shipping and purchasing decision for your freight.
Yes, you read that right - in addition to giving you access to industry-leading rates, RelyEx's partnership with GTZShip gives you full management of your freight. We're talking about access to reporting, tracking, and much more. This extensive visibility is essentially a one-stop shop for everything related to the status of your freight.
Unlike some LTL shipping software, this system requires no contracts or signup fees, making it simple to provide quotes and book immediately when you're ready. Whether you use GTZShip directly or rely on our team to book your freight, your company will always have access to this free technology.
While it's true that RelyEx provides customers with the best rates and technology in the LTL industry, we go above and beyond the normal call of duty. Why? Because we strive to treat your shipment as if it's our most important one. Put simply, we put a lot of time and effort into making sure we do things right the first time around. Our fierce commitment to the customer and to quality protects not only your reputation, but your bottom line by preventing lost customers and sales.
RelyEx excels at LTL shipping because we are:
From dedicated LTL solutions to transactional relationships, RelyEx is here to help. Unlike other LTL companies, we get the job done right with customer-focused service, industry expertise, and Globaltranz's industry-leading Transportation Management System.
Our dedicated team of LTL specialists provides you with the best freight visibility available, whether you need a few shipments a week or you need hundreds. In order to do so, we communicate with carriers throughout the entire shipping process, so you know your items are delivered on time. Though rare, if we spot an issue, we'll provide you with an alternative solution immediately.
Plus, if you have large quantities that need to be shipped, our team is happy to provide you with customized reporting for free. That way, you can access at-the-moment updates and important shipment documentation with a few clicks or taps.
When your freight is too light for full truckloads but too heavy for basic parcel carriers like UPS, LTL shipping is a great option to consider. When you use an LTL shipping company like RelyEx, you get even more value. We've been over some of the basics associated with LTL freight shipping - now let's touch on some of the biggest benefits of using a company to handle logistics from start to finish.
One of the most common reasons clients use LTL services is because they're able to save money. LTL shipping is much less expensive than the alternative, which is to hire a private driver and truck. When you go in on LTL services with other shippers, you can have your products delivered at a fraction of the cost of going private. In this setup, you pay for space you use, not the space you don't use, which is common in full truckload freight shipping.
As an added benefit, relying on an LTL freight company like RelyEx can lower your warehouse costs since more shipments can be sent at a time. That means you don't have to wait weeks or even months for a trailer to fill up.
When you use a parcel carrier like FedEx, you can only ship up to 150 pounds at a time. That means you'd have to break down your shipment into separate boxes in order to ship. With LTL freight shipping, your packages can be palletized and shrink-wrapped so they're shipped in a single load.
At RelyEx, our team knows how important your shipment is, whether you're sending thousands of pounds of products or a single pallet. That's why we ensure your products are packaged correctly and have security protocols baked into every service we offer. Plus, by keeping your freight together, we decrease the chance of damaging your cargo, which pleases your clients and boosts your customers' satisfaction.
The magic of LTL shipping lies in the fact that we fill fewer trailers with more freight. Doing so reduces global emissions and makes the process much quicker. Imagine using a semi-truck to haul products that only fill a quarter of the trailer. It would waste money, time, and space that could be used for other products. With LTL shipping, you're protecting the environment and reducing the number of partially-filled trucks on the road. This, in turn, saves you money and makes you an eco-friendly company - something you can use as a selling point for your business.
LTL providers like RelyEx use advanced logistics technology to ensure your cargo arrives on time and without damage. By investing in technology like GlobalTranz, we save our clients from doing so themselves. With GlobalTranz, our clients gain access to robust tracking options like real-time freight locations, so you can monitor your shipment's progress. With GlobalTranz, you get more than just a way to book your LTL cargo â you benefit from our qualified network of carriers, expert logistics support, and leading technology features.
It's impossible to say exactly how much your LTL shipping may cost because the NMFC, or National Motor Freight Classification, determines those prices. Using this standard, pricing is dictated for commodities moving in intrastate, interstate, and foreign commerce. Items are grouped into 18 different classes, based on four characteristics:
If you're shipping a product that is more likely to be damaged, stolen, or cause damage to other items, it may affect LTL shipment pricing.
Does your product require specific care or handling instructions? If so, you can probably expect higher prices.
This factor accounts for how much space your item occupies in relation to its weight or the weight per cubic foot for each piece of freight you are shipping.
How easy is it to load and transport your commodity? Can it be loaded and transported with other items?
When combined, these characteristics are used to establish an NMFC code for your LTL cargo. These codes are crucial, as they help your LTL carrier understand the challenges of shipping your products. If the item you need to ship has a high NMFC code, it's because it's more difficult to transport, which usually means it's more expensive to ship.
Depending on where and how often you ship LTL freight, your broker may choose a regional or national LTL carrier. Regional carriers often service a group of states within a region. National carriers have a larger footprint and can often eliminate the need to use several carriers for your shipments. RelyEx has the infrastructure and strategies for all of your LTL shipping - contact our office today to learn more about your options.
Though regional and national carriers are different, they often use similar models for shipping. Two of the most popular types of shipping methods include hub and spoke distribution and LTL consolidation.
In this traditional model, your shipments go through a network of warehouses, terminals, and hub facilities where your products are grouped with other shipments. Your freight then travels to local "spokes" (or terminals), where they are delivered. If you need to ship freight over short distances, this model may be a good choice to consider.
Some common benefits of the hub and spoke model include:
LTL consolidated shipping is a model where LTL carriers bring several shipments from different shippers to a final destination. Instead of using hubs and spokes along the shipping route to bundle freight and move cargo, LTL consolidation works by taking multiple shipments and turning them into a single truckload. This truck then makes multiple stops, where your products are delivered.
Some of the most common benefits of LTL consolidation include:
At RelyEx, our goal is to expertly manage the movement of your freight so you can focus on your core business. With more than 20 years of combined experience with LTL freight shipping in Indianapolis, IN, our team can select the most efficient and cost-effective model for your needs. That way, you can accomplish your day-to-day tasks while we handle the heavy lifting and any logistical challenges.
At RelyEx, we believe that trustworthy, comprehensive, and streamlined LTL shipping options are better for your business. And for us, what's better for your business is better for ours. That's why, when it comes to LTL shipping, we work tirelessly to ensure every aspect of your freight experience is embedded excellence. We take this unique approach because our management were once customers like you. They were people who, for one reason or another, had to deal with frustrating and often unsolved shipping and logistics challenges. Today, we take pride in solving those challenges and only partner with carriers who match our high standards.
If you're looking for an LTL company in Indianapolis, IN that prioritizes customer service, strong communication, and proactive thinking, we're here to help you avoid delayed shipments and missed expectations.(843) 885-3082
Copy This Embed Code: Ad INDIANAPOLIS — A new women’s soccer league kicking off in August of 2024 will have ties to Indianapolis.The USL Super League will enter the fold at an equal ranking to the already existing National Women’s Soccer League."Our aim is to significantly expand opportunities in women’s soccer through strategic growth, build a pathway that connects talent with opportunity, and engage communities by celebrating a universal passion for the game expressed through local c...
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INDIANAPOLIS — A new women’s soccer league kicking off in August of 2024 will have ties to Indianapolis.
The USL Super League will enter the fold at an equal ranking to the already existing National Women’s Soccer League.
"Our aim is to significantly expand opportunities in women’s soccer through strategic growth, build a pathway that connects talent with opportunity, and engage communities by celebrating a universal passion for the game expressed through local culture," Super League President Amanda Vandervort said in a statement.
The league has eight planned franchise ownership groups in Charlotte, Dallas, Lexington, Phoenix, Spokane, Tampa Bay, Tuscon and Washington D.C.
Indianapolis is one of five franchises this will join pending stadium agreements.
"Right now there is only one that would be called Division 1 Top Tier League in the United States, it's the NWSL - The National Women's Soccer League," Indy Eleven CEO Greg Stremlaw tells WRTV. "This will be another league at that same level launching across 10-12 communities in 2024 and 2025."
Most of the cities will start their season next year, but Indianapolis and four other markets will start in 2025, after construction of the new stadium is finished.
"It's all about opportunity an this is going to be a creator of jobs for coaches, for technical administrators, for medical personnel and of course, for professional female athletes," Stremlaw said.
Molly Kruger-Sanford knows first hand how hard those opportunities for professional female athletes can be, especially in soccer. She's played soccer since she was five years old and went on to play in college and then professionally in Los Angeles.
"When I went out there the women's league had actually folded and so it was the highest level you could play but we weren't getting paid," Kruger-Sanford said. "It was incredible to continue my dream of playing soccer post college so I thought it was a great opportunity to continue playing."
The women who will be playing in the new league will be getting paid, which is something Kruger-Sanford says is a big step in the right direction for women's sports.
"It shows young girls growing up playing soccer that it doesn't end here and we can continue chasing our dreams and playing in front of thousands of people and it's not just a mans world," she said.
Indy Eleven announced their commitment to the new league on Wednesday.
“I could not be more excited to bring the USL Super League to Indiana,” Indy Eleven Founder and Chairman Ersal Ozdemir said. “Our focus and commitment to women’s soccer was part of our vision and mission from day one. To create opportunities for girls and women in soccer is so important and we have been driven to, not only, provide those opportunities but to do so at the highest level. The USL Super League launching as a First Division, Top Tier, Elite major league puts it on par with the top levels of soccer across the globe. Our national team consistently dominates on the world stage, and we are invested in solidifying the foundation of soccer in the United States and in Indiana to make sure we continue to develop next level talent. I’m thrilled to have Indy Eleven play such an important part of this growth.”
The new league said it hopes to close the “opportunity gap” between men’s and women’s professional soccer in the United States.
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The founding cities have a goal to be sanctioned by the U.S. Federation as Tier 1, meaning they would be on the same level professionally as the National Women's Soccer League.
The Indy Eleven stadium is still on schedule to be built by 2025.
UIndy, Indiana Humanities host Eighth Annual Richard M. Fairbanks SymposiumINDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis and Indiana Humanities this week hosted the Eighth Annual Richard M. Fairbanks Symposium, titled, “Environmental Justice in the Circle City: Past, Present, and Future.”The symposium brought environmental equity and justice advoc...
UIndy, Indiana Humanities host Eighth Annual Richard M. Fairbanks Symposium
INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis and Indiana Humanities this week hosted the Eighth Annual Richard M. Fairbanks Symposium, titled, “Environmental Justice in the Circle City: Past, Present, and Future.”
The symposium brought environmental equity and justice advocates from across the state of Indiana together to discuss how civic leaders in Indianapolis should be addressing issues of equity and the environment.
“Each iteration of this symposium has been borne by the past, but engaged with the present,” said Dr. Edward Frantz, event organizer and Chair of the UIndy Department of History and Political Science. “The environmental justice movement has been going on for more than 50 years and, as we heard from our panelists and keynote speakers today, there is still plenty of work to be done. We’re thankful for the support of our partners, Indiana Humanities, and Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation, whose generosity has allowed UIndy to bring together communities and stakeholders to find solutions to one of our city’s most pressing social issues.”
“Convening local leaders, activists, students and the public around issues of environmental justice and equity perfectly aligns with our current thematic initiative, Unearthed.” said Megan Telligman, Director of Programs at Indiana Humanities. “We are grateful to have been part of this project and hope that the events’ discussions inspire people to continue to come together to think critically about the past, present and future of our built and natural environment and take equitable action to secure a sustainable future.”
Panelists Kaila Austin (Norwood-Lovetown Community Archives), Morgan Mickelson (City of Indianapolis), Michael O’Connor (Inotiv) and Britt Redd (City of Indianapolis) opened the symposium by exploring past city and state environmental policy that shaped today’s city of Indianapolis. The discussion spanned from the Indiana Redevelopment Act, passed in the 1940s, to the numerous highway expansions in and through the city, to the fundamental changes made to the geography of neighborhoods like Norwood within the past ten years.
During the symposium’s keynote INconversation, Denise Abdul-Rahman (Chisholm Legacy Project, Indiana NAACP) and Brian Payne (Central Indiana Community Foundation) used their experiences within their respective organizations to explain what civic leaders are called to do about environmental justice and equity. Both speakers agreed that it starts with ensuring that resources, especially funding, are directed to the right organizations and communities.
“My role in Indiana, Indianapolis and beyond is to continue to share the stories, share the light to share the different data points, such as the fact that African Americans pay $41 billion to the energy sector, but only hold one-percent of energy jobs, and 2-percent of Black Business Enterprise contracts,” said Abdul-Rahman. “In Indiana, we’re working on having racial justice/equity in all policy and in the fair distribution and appropriation of dollars in all policies that the city, state and federal pass. It’s crucial that we ensure that these dollars make their way to Black and Brown communities. We missed the first New Deal, and this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to ensure that these resources make it into our communities in order to change the trajectory of our very lives.’”
The symposium concluded with a discussion on building a more just future for Indianapolis with panelists Paula Brooks (Hoosier Environmental Council), Chioh Mwaafrika (Kheprw Institute), and Carly Weidman (Keep Indianapolis Beautiful).
“I always tell people that the goal is justice,” said Brooks. “Not equity, not diversity, not inclusion. Justice. And that’s really hard for people to accept because power does not cede power. In order to have justice, the people who hold power have to share some of that power and learn to collaborate with their communities.”
UIndy and Indiana Humanities expect to hold the Ninth Annual Richard M. Fairbanks Symposium in March 2024.
Way to throw a monkey wrench into spring break plans, Megabus.After less than a month of operation in Indianapolis, the low-cost bus service told customers it was halting the vast majority of service here and in other Midwest cities starting Thursday, Feb, 23.Megabus emailed customers Wednesday to cancel service on some trips.The company says it's unable to sell tickets because of partner ...
Way to throw a monkey wrench into spring break plans, Megabus.
After less than a month of operation in Indianapolis, the low-cost bus service told customers it was halting the vast majority of service here and in other Midwest cities starting Thursday, Feb, 23.
Megabus emailed customers Wednesday to cancel service on some trips.
The company says it's unable to sell tickets because of partner Miller Transportation.
“Due to a recent business decision made (by) our operating partner, Miller Transportation, Megabus will no longer be able to sell tickets in select Midwest cities and will need to cancel trips operated by Miller Transportation,” Megabus told customers. “We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and hope to find opportunities to resume service in the future.”
The company provided automatic refunds to impacted customers.
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After pulling out of the market in mid-2020, the low-price bus service — rides are as cheap as $1 plus the $3.99 booking fee — returned to Indy on Jan. 25 with service to dozens of cities, providing connections to Chicago, Nashville, Detroit, Gary and South Bend.
Now, in Indianapolis specifically, service will be reduced but will still be offered to Kokomo, Peru, Rochester, Plymouth, South Bend and Elkhart, the company told IndyStar on Thursday afternoon.
Megabus, which has its U.S. operations based in New Jersey, added several new markets through partnerships with regional transportation companies. In the Midwest, that was Miller Transportation. The 85-year-old company and its subsidiary Hoosier Ride, have shuttled riders throughout Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.
Miller would sell its excess seating through the Megabus website.
Neither company has issued a release or website posting about the change. Megabus said it would alert more impacted customers in coming days.
IndyStar has reached out to Miller Transportation for comment.
Contact IndyStar reporter Cheryl V. Jackson at email@example.com or 317-444-6264. Follow her on Twitter:@cherylvjackson.
INDIANAPOLIS — The Made Man Improv Show debuts season 5 and celebrates 10 years of sold out shows in Indianapolis and around Central Indiana Saturday. Made Man Improv is a variety show that features sketch comedy, interactive games, skits, and more that is selling out Indiana venues that seat hundreds of people in as little as six minutes.The already sold out event will be held at the Indiana Historical Society at 7 p.m. Saturday ...
INDIANAPOLIS — The Made Man Improv Show debuts season 5 and celebrates 10 years of sold out shows in Indianapolis and around Central Indiana Saturday. Made Man Improv is a variety show that features sketch comedy, interactive games, skits, and more that is selling out Indiana venues that seat hundreds of people in as little as six minutes.
The already sold out event will be held at the Indiana Historical Society at 7 p.m. Saturday evening. For the new season, fans can expect new games, new feature acts, and an enhanced lobby experience with 360 booths, photographers, DJs, interviews and more.
“I love the fact that I’m doing something in the city that has a positive impact,” said Justin Bland, the creator of The Made Man Improv Show. “It’s a safe haven. It’s more than just laughs for a lot of people, it’s therapeutic,” said Bland.
The new season will also feature an opening act, with the first performer being comedian, Asia Chardonay. “The whole reason for this platform is to remove myself from the spotlight and give other people the opportunity to shine,” said Bland. “I’m in a position now where it’s a blessing to be a blessing. If I can bless somebody then I’m blessed.”
The show, which was originally the J Bland Made Man show, started at Vincennes University. His mentor, Charles Bamm Surett, encouraged him to leave his mark on the campus. Known for being a host to several events at Vincennes at the time, Bland decided that his strength was improv and decided to do a variety show that has steadily grown over the past decade.
The future of Made Man Improv Show is soon headed to Butler University where it will be open to students on campus. Made Man Improv is also planning to take their show on the road in a statewide college tour. Beyond his improv show, Bland aspires to build his own theatre in Indianapolis, and in the next two years plans to showcase a play written by himself.
Bland described himself as the funny kid who was inspired by shows such as In Living Color, Kenan & Kel, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, and All That. “This is just me, I’m not trying to be funny but I know people gravitate towards me because of my personality,” said Bland. “It was sacrifices that had to be made, it was a whole lot of sleepless, restless nights trying to figure out how can I crack the code. We’ve manifested these moments.”
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A comet that hasn't been visible from Earth since early humans and Neanderthals were using crude stone tools to hunt is passing through our solar system. Experts say the best time to catch this once-in-a-civilization event will happen beginning this week.The comet, designated C/2022 E3 (ZTF), was first sighted in March 2022 inside the orbit of Jupiter, according to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which indic...
A comet that hasn't been visible from Earth since early humans and Neanderthals were using crude stone tools to hunt is passing through our solar system. Experts say the best time to catch this once-in-a-civilization event will happen beginning this week.
The comet, designated C/2022 E3 (ZTF), was first sighted in March 2022 inside the orbit of Jupiter, according to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which indicated the comet's last arrival near Earth was roughly 50,000 years ago. Scientists at NASA say the comet will make its closest approach to the sun Thursday, and will pass its closest to Earth on Feb. 2.
"Comets are notoriously unpredictable, but if this one continues its current trend in brightness, it'll be easy to spot with binoculars, and it's just possible it could become visible to the unaided eye under dark skies," according to NASA.
The comet will travel to within about 100 million miles of the sun, according to space.com, before making its closest approach to Earth's Southern Hemisphere on Feb. 2, whipping by at a distance of 26 million miles.
On Thursday, the Virtual Telescope Project will host a free livestream of the comet beginning at 11 p.m. EST. You can watch from the project's website or on its official YouTube channel.
In the Northern Hemisphere, stargazers should look for the comet in the morning sky as it travels northwest. The comet should be easier to spot — weather permitting — when the moon is less illuminated during its new moon phase.
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To find the path of the comet over Indianapolis, you can download a finder chart for C/2022 E3 (ZTF) courtesy of in-the-sky.org, who state the comet's moment of perihelion — the point the comet is closest to the sun — will be visible in the dawn sky, rising at 00:14 (EST) and reaching an altitude of 64° above the eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 06:54.
John Tufts covers evening breaking and trending news for the Indianapolis Star. Send him a news tip at JTufts@Gannett.com