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 San Francisco, CA 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 San Francisco, CA, 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 San Francisco, CA, 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 San Francisco, CA, 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 San Francisco, CA that prioritizes customer service, strong communication, and proactive thinking, we're here to help you avoid delayed shipments and missed expectations.(843) 885-3082
The Golden State Warriors have had some time to reflect after they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference semifinals. After the exit, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr told reporters the group was "...
The Golden State Warriors have had some time to reflect after they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference semifinals. After the exit, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr told reporters the group was "not a championship team." He elaborated in his exit interview Tuesday, citing chemistry as a key roadblock.
"There's no hiding from it — the incident with Draymond [Green] and Jordan [Poole] at the beginning of the year played a role in that," Kerr said. "It's hard for that not to impact a team."
A Warriors veteran, Green punched Poole during training camp. The incident was captured on video and leaked to the public. Green spent a week away from the team in what was said to be a mutual decision with the organization. He was back on the court for Golden State's season opener.
Poole, 23, signed a four-year, $128 million extension with the team shortly after the altercation. While he averaged 20.4 points and 4.5 assists this season, both career highs, he also saw a drop in his efficiency rating.
Amid Poole's intermittent struggles, the Warriors dealt with an 11-30 road record and ranked second-to-last in transition efficiency. To Kerr, lack of trust among the team changed the trajectory.
"Anytime some trust is lost, then it makes the process much more difficult, and there was some trust lost," he said. "That's as blunt as I can be. We have to get back to what has made us really successful, which is a really trusting environment and a group that relies on one another and makes each other better."
Green spoke with ESPN's Stephen A. Smith during Game 1 of the Western Conference finals Tuesday and echoed Kerr's sentiments. The Warriors "would still be playing" had he not punched Poole, he said. Green claimed the altercation compromised his ability to lead in the locker room as he normally would. He also said it prevented him from helping Poole, as their relationship predictably took a hit.
Draymond speaks on how his altercation with Jordan Poole affected Warriors' season.@Money23Green | @stephenasmith pic.twitter.com/ZSSE3yhyE2
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 17, 2023
When asked Saturday about how the situation impacted the season, Poole definitely had less words to say than Green.
"I mean, we made it to the second round of the playoffs," Poole said. "We had a good season, guys stepped up and had a lot of exciting moments. I don't think there was anything that was changing any of that."
JP on if the preseason incident with Draymond affected the Dubs' season pic.twitter.com/4AE8SisoVT
— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) May 13, 2023
He was also asked about his relationship with Green in an interview with The Ringer. “I don’t have no answer for you,” Poole said. "Other than that, we was just on the court and teammates, and we was out there trying to win games."
Poole and Green are both facets of a group of key members the Warriors dynasty could lose this offseason.
Green has a $27.6 million player option for the 2023-24 season. If he declines, he will become an unrestricted free agent. Warriors president of basketball operations Bob Myers, Jonathan Kuminga, Klay Thompson and even Kerr's futures are reportedly up in the air.
Chinese cuisine in the Bay Area tells an obvious story of migration across the Pacific Ocean. But if you know where to look, you can find another story: the one of Teochew cuisine.Known for its seafood dishes, delicate flavoring and distinct style of rice porridge, Teochew cuisine originated in a region of Guangdong province, in southern China, and traveled all over Southeast Asia before landing in the United States...
Chinese cuisine in the Bay Area tells an obvious story of migration across the Pacific Ocean. But if you know where to look, you can find another story: the one of Teochew cuisine.
Known for its seafood dishes, delicate flavoring and distinct style of rice porridge, Teochew cuisine originated in a region of Guangdong province, in southern China, and traveled all over Southeast Asia before landing in the United States.
In countries like Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand, you can find Teochew influence everywhere, from a piping hot bowl of white hủ tiếu noodles to a plate of khao kha mu — braised pork that’s tinted deep brown with caramelized palm sugar and black soy sauce. In Singapore and Malaysia, Teochew immigrants turned the same noodles into the stir-fried dish char kway teow, and simmered pork in a broth of herbs and spices for bak kut teh.
As Teochew people traveled through the Port of Swatow, they brought pungent Southeast Asian ingredients and techniques back to their motherland, too. Indonesian peanut satay sauce, for example, made its way back to Teochew (or Chaozhou, in romanized Mandarin) to be served with beef in hot pot and in stir-fries. Fish sauce, commonly associated with Southeast Asian cuisines, is used frequently in Teochew cooking.
“It was a two-way street over a long stretch of time,” said Diana Zheng, author of the cookbook “Jia! The Food of Swatow and the Teochew Diaspora.”
But Teochew people love the ingredients of their homeland, too. The coastal cuisine leans on fish and mollusks, and plants like taro, sugarcane, sand ginger and basil make local dishes stand out. Dishes are often lightly cooked and lightly seasoned in order to highlight the natural flavor of the ingredients, as Singaporean chef Eric Low wrote in his cookbook “Teochew Heritage Cooking.”
In the Bay Area, Teochew cuisine ranges from noodle soups at hole-in-the-wall shops to banquet-worthy dishes like braised whole goose. Most Teochew restaurants are noodle shops; many were opened by Teochew refugees leaving war and political crisis in Southeast Asia in the 1970s and ’80s. You might recognize one by the number of languages on the menu, or by the staff switching effortlessly among English, Vietnamese, Cantonese and Teochew, which has its own dialect. But you’ll also find restaurants run by more recent immigrants who came directly from China, as well as Southeast Asian restaurants where one or two dishes come from Teochew. This guide will help you find 10 dishes of Teochew origin or influence, where you can experience the history of migration in every bite.
Two sections of Highway 1 along the Big Sur coast will take months to reopen after fierce winter storms forced partial closures. Travelers coming from the Bay Area can drive to Monterey through to Big Vista Point, but not to Los Angeles and Southern California using Highway 1.Highway 1’s southern closure is schedule...
Two sections of Highway 1 along the Big Sur coast will take months to reopen after fierce winter storms forced partial closures. Travelers coming from the Bay Area can drive to Monterey through to Big Vista Point, but not to Los Angeles and Southern California using Highway 1.
Highway 1’s southern closure is scheduled to move 21 miles north of Ragged Point, about half a mile south of Paul’s Slide on Friday, May 26, at 4 p.m., Caltrans District 5 said in a statement. Drivers will not be able to park in the turnaround area, and Limekiln State Park will remain closed, the agency said.
Crews working on Paul’s Slide, an active landslide area in Monterey County, will have a more exact reopening date July 1, Caltrans said. The agency said the closure will continue for “several months.”
Officials are considering opening the Big Sur Coast for one-way traffic, but that won’t be determined until July 1, Kevin Drabinski, spokesperson for the Caltrans district, told SFGATE.
The repairs at Paul’s Slide, which is causing many of the road closures, are “really at another level,” Drabinski said.
Most landslides required about 30,000 cubic yards of debris removal following the winter storms, Drabinski said, but Paul’s Slide has about 50,000 cubic yards of debris to be removed.
He added that the slide reactivated, which means debris began falling again, around the second week of February.
Dani Creek Slide, which is north of Paul’s Slide, is expected to reopen by mid-July as crews complete repairs there, Caltrans said.
After the highway’s southern closure moves north, people traveling north of Ragged Point may experience various traffic control measures as repairs continue, the agency said. People traveling about a mile north of the San Luis Obispo and Monterey county line will also experience traffic control due to road work, Caltrans said.
Officials said Highway 1 will remain open though Morro Bay, Cambria and San Simeon. The Ragged Point Inn and all businesses on the San Luis Obispo coast will be open, Caltrans said.
Additional businesses will remain open with full access using the highway along a 50-mile stretch from south of Monterey to the Big Creek Vista area.
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y Phil SheridanBBaseball teams on losing streaks beg for an ace starting pitcher to get them out of it. Take the mound, restore order, and let the offense do its thing without pressure.Whatever his salary says, Taijuan Walker was not an ace for the Phillies Wednesday -- more of a joker. The $72-million right-hander got exactly two outs in his start against the San Francisco Giants. Walker gave up four runs on four hits and two walks before being mercy-yanked by manager Rob Thomson.Walker had already thro...
y Phil SheridanB
Baseball teams on losing streaks beg for an ace starting pitcher to get them out of it. Take the mound, restore order, and let the offense do its thing without pressure.
Whatever his salary says, Taijuan Walker was not an ace for the Phillies Wednesday -- more of a joker. The $72-million right-hander got exactly two outs in his start against the San Francisco Giants. Walker gave up four runs on four hits and two walks before being mercy-yanked by manager Rob Thomson.
Walker had already thrown 40 pitches and had given up base hits to the last three batters he faced when the manager left the dugout. It was quite a display.
“He was a little erratic,” Thomson said. “It all started with a runner on and two out, so it was a little strange. I didn’t take him out because he was pitching poorly, necessarily. It was just pitch count. He was at 40 pitches, and really, 35 is sort of my max for an inning. I just want to keep him healthy.”
After Bailey Falter’s similar implosion Monday, the left-hander was sent down to Triple-A. That is not really an alternative for a man with Walker’s contract. Besides, Walker had pitched better in his previous couple of outings, showing signs he was over his early-season struggles.
Walker’s contribution left the Phillies in a 4-0 hole and needing 25 outs to get through the game. Maybe the craziest thing is they almost pulled it off.
Left-hander Matt Strahm, who had the lowest earned run average among Phillies starters and was rewarded with a ticket back to the bullpen, did what Walker could not. He pounded the strike zone, getting a grounder back to the mound to end the first inning and striking out four to get the Phillies through three innings.
Strahm was the first of five Phillies relief pitchers to close down the Giants. Unfortunately, they needed a sixth. But that return to order provided by the bullpen enabled the Phillies’ tepid offense to chip away at the early lead and tie the game.
Bryce Harper got the Phils moving in the fourth inning, stroking a one-out single to right field. Nick Castellanos followed with a base hit to left, then Kyle Schwarber drew a walk to load the bases for catcher J.T. Realmuto.
Runners in scoring position! What to do?!?! Realmuto knew, and he hit a two-run single down the left field line. After Giants starter Ross Stripling, from Blue Bell, Pa., left the game with a sore lower back, Alec Bohm scored Schwarber with a sacrifice fly to deep right to cap the rally.
Bryston Stott crushed a solo home run to right field off Giants left-hander Sean Manaea. That tied the game and gave the Phillies four innings to find a way to escape with a victory.
Gregory Soto, the Phillies’ seventh pitcher of the game, came on to pitch the bottom of the eighth. Giants manager Gabe Kapler sent pinch-hitter J.D. Davis to the plate. Davis lined Soto’s first pitch into right field. Pinch-hitter Mitch Haniger singled to center. Catcher Joey Bart dropped a bunt and then beat it out for a base hit that loaded the bases with nobody out.
Thairo Estrada singled to center to give the Giants a 5-4 lead. With one out, Wilmer Flores hit the first pitch he saw from Soto into left field for a two-run single.
And that was that. The Phillies had the bases loaded in the top of the ninth, but Trea Turner struck out to end the threat, the game, the series and the road trip.
When Tom Hanks took the stage at the Sydney Goldstein Theater, he wasted no time declaring his local roots.“I’m a Bay Area boy and miss Herb Caen,” he said to a roar of applause. “You all know Herb Caen, right?”Given the literary theme of the evening, which was centered around the release of Hanks' first novel, most of the audience likely appreciated the...
When Tom Hanks took the stage at the Sydney Goldstein Theater, he wasted no time declaring his local roots.
“I’m a Bay Area boy and miss Herb Caen,” he said to a roar of applause. “You all know Herb Caen, right?”
Given the literary theme of the evening, which was centered around the release of Hanks' first novel, most of the audience likely appreciated the nod to Caen, whose column in the San Francisco Chronicle earned him a Pulitzer Prize in 1966 and helped define the image of the city until it concluded in the late 1990s.
Hanks was back on his home turf for an interview conducted by Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Steve Jobs who founded the philanthropic organization Emerson Collection. The event was organized by City Arts & Lectures, a nonprofit live lecture series that has been produced locally since 1980 and broadcasts on more than 130 public radio stations across the country. Although Hanks spoke broadly about his film career, the occasion for the interview was his debut novel, “The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece.”
His first remarks, aside from the Caen shoutout, were about the theater itself.
“I was told backstage that we are in a building that is two things. Number one, it’s registered as a historic place. And it’s also condemned. So if the roof falls down, we’re going to go out in a blaze of glory,” he said.
As the title of Hanks’ novel suggests, the book gives a behind-the-scenes look at the film industry, inspired by Hanks’ own experiences on sets. Throughout the evening, Hanks stressed how important each member of a film crew is, down to the prop masters and greenskeepers, who are full of incredible stories for those who take the time to ask.
“I’ve made enough movies that I’ve collected so many stories that literally begin with ‘How did you get started? What was your first job?’ — and out of that comes all of humanity,” Hanks said.
Although he didn’t have much to say about the current state of San Francisco, Hanks did share some anecdotes about growing up in Hayward and working as a dishwasher in Oakland before an acting class at Chabot College inspired his eventual film career.
“I was on my own. My parents were divorced; my dad was not married for the better part of two and a half years. Me and my older brother and older sister, we were latchkey feral kids,” he said. “We didn’t get in trouble. We were not delinquents or anything like that. But essentially Dad would say, ‘There’s some frozen steaks and a can of tomato soup, and that’s your dinner.’ Then we wouldn’t see him because he was working at the Castaway restaurant in Jack London Square.”
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The most exciting moment of the night came when Jobs asked Hanks about his experience doing voice work on the “Toy Story” films, produced by Emeryville-based Pixar.
“The hardest work I’ve ever done as an actor, or a human being, has been recording Woody,” Hanks said. He explained the concept of “repetitions,” in which a voice actor is required to repeat a line over and over in different cadences and tones so that the filmmakers have multiple options to choose from. Hanks stated that he'd often do up to 80 repetitions for each line of dialogue. He then launched into the voice of Woody and rattled off 10 different versions of the phrase, “Ah, for crying out loud, Buzz. Get back in the box.”
To hear the full interview, tune in to the City Arts & Lectures radio broadcast July 2 on KQED and on the CA&L podcast.
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