Roadrunner Freight Blog

Earn Extra Funds with the Safety Incentive Program!

As detailed within the Contract for Roadrunner Freight Independent Contractors, the Safety Incentive Program allows you to earn additional funds based on how many clean DOT inspections you receive and what type they are. In order to participate in this program, you need to complete safety video modules.

Truck Driver with a Mission

From driving dump trucks to tow trucks, heavy duty equipment and even a jeep in the Army, it was only natural Robert Palm began driving a big rig. As a Roadrunner Freight Independent Contractor and the Founder of Trucker’s Final Mile, Robert Palm successfully leads in both roles.

Important Message for Independent Contractors

It has been brought to our attention by local authorities that there have been multiple trailer break-ins on the I-94 corridor between Chicago and Detroit that have resulted in stolen freight. These break-ins happened at truck stops, rest areas and other locations where trucks were stationary. Please take extra caution in these areas.

Understanding NMFC Numbers

There are a (quite literally) a lot of moving parts in the transportation industry, and NMFC updates are no exception! Keep reading to learn more about NMFC numbers and the importance of understanding the updates.

4 Best Practices for Winter LTL Shipping

Shipping LTL in the winter can be tricky due to weather delays. Keep reading to learn some best practices for LTL shipping in the winter!

Trucker Tribune December 2019

As we close out 2019, we're excited for new technology, new announcements and a new, exciting mantra for 2020: SHIP IT LIKE YOU OWN IT! Read the December 2019 Trucker Tribune for more.

4 Ways to Save On LTL Shipping in 2020

With the new year beginning, LTL shippers around the nation are crunching numbers and examining partnerships to figure out how they're going to meet their new transportation budget.

3 Ways to Save By Knowing Your NMFC Numbers

NMFC updates happen every quarter and are crucial for all shippers to be aware of, as it directly impacts your freight spend.

6 Ways To Ship Smarter With RapidShip

How many times have you sent a shipment out for delivery just to find out that destination was unable to fit a 53' foot trailer? Or the driver wasn't prepared for a residential delivery because you weren't aware? A TMS is a powerful tool when LTL shippers use it correctly, and the Roadrunner Freight team has a few tips and tricks to help you make the most of your new tool.

Trucker Tribune November 2019

Welcome to the November 2019 Trucker Tribune! Meet the 24/7 Support Team, learn about our new maintenance mailbox, purchase new chains and more!

Colorado Winter Weather Advisory

Please note that our partners in Colorado are experiencing extreme weather and are currently closed for pickups and delivery. For tracking updates, please visit or reach out to customer service.

4 Things to Consider When Shopping for a TMS

Finding the right transportation management system is not always easy. Your choice in software can make a drastic change in your shipping operations, especially if you choose the wrong one! The Roadrunner Freight team has compiled four factors to consider when searching for the right transportation management system.


The National Motor Freight Classification has made changes impacting LTL shippers. The NMFC codes are scheduled to be issued on December 5, 2019, with an effective date of January 4, 2020.

5 Benefits of Using a TMS

Imagine being able to improve your productivity, cost savings and shipment visibility with one piece of technology. With a Transportation Management System (or TMS), shippers can take complete control over their transportation spend and make the best decision for each individual shipment.

Holiday Schedule 2019

Please note Roadrunner Freight's holiday schedule for 2018! We will be closed to allow our team members and drivers to spend time with their families during the holiday season.

Maintenance Safety Inspections Reminder

As a reminder, in-bound inspection lanes are opening on Monday, November 4. Ensure your brakes, lights and tires are 100% DOT compliant. Email to report maintenance or safety problems with equipment.

California Wildfires Impacting Pickup & Delivery

Roadrunner Freight's California service centers are experiencing pickup & delivery delays due to the wild fires.

Trucker Tribune October 2019

Read all about Roadrunner Freight's new Fleet Coordinators, new security check processes, safety updates and more in this month's Trucker Tribune.

Maintenance Safety Inspections

Roadrunner Freight is initiating "walk around" inspections when checking in with security at facilities in ATL, COM, DLS and CHI.

4 LTL Budgeting Tips for 2020

With 2020 fast approaching, managing cost control in a company’s transportation spend is high on everyone's mind. Budgeting software can be pricey, but rest assured that your existing partnerships in the transportation industry can actually save you money in 2020!

What is a TMS?

Do you wish you had a detailed insight into your annual freight spend and carrier rates? Or often find yourself wondering if there is an easier way for you to keep track of your documents for shipment tracking, invoices and potential shipment claim information?

7 Reasons Why You Need a TMS

Do you find yourself spending too much time shopping around for LTL rates? Or calling multiple carriers for tracking updates? Making the best business decision for each shipment often means using multiple carriers, but how do you keep track of the different documents, rates and information?

API Volume Spot Quote Restored

Our Customer Tools Website is available with limited functionality. You can now use our transit time calculator, create a label and access transit maps. Tracking, quoting and pick up requests remain unavailable.

Freight Talk Septemer 2019

Roadrunner Freight's External Newsletter is back! Learn about Freight Talk other exciting company announcements by reading here!

Driver Appreciation Week 2019

Roadrunner Freight celebrated Driver Appreciation Week at 20+ locations across the country.

Customer Portal Restored

We are happy to announce that the tools on our Customer Portal are now restored, with the exception of API Spot Quote. EDI capability for pick ups and tracking has also been restored. Please visit for all of your LTL shipping needs.

Weather Update: Hurricane Dorian

Roadrunner Freight's Orlando terminal is running limited operations today (9/4) and is only servicing the areas west of Orlando.

Owner Operator Opportunities

Roadrunner Freight encourages Owner Operators to partner with us and reap the benefits of having a dedicated linehaul team, mobile app for visibility and more!

NMFC Updates Effective 8/24/2019

The National Motor Freight Classification has made changes impacting LTL shippers. The NMFC codes are classified under Supplement 2 and will be effective August 24, 2019.

Origin Consolidation vs. Hub and Spoke

When shipping LTL freight, it is crucial to understand the distribution model of each carrier and how it impacts various factors of LTL shipping.

What is the difference between EDI and API?

When coordinating the movement of freight, shippers need a reliable way of exchanging data and carriers must comply with consumers' demands for increased visibility and transparency. Two of the most common solutions to this requirement is by utilizing EDI or API Integrations.

Roadrunner Freight Supports Women in Trucking

At Roadrunner Freight, we proudly support and work with a diversity of Independent Contractors. The trucking industry is always changing and evolving, and that includes recruiting. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only six percent of truck drivers are women.

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Packaging LTL Freight

Improper packaging can result in costly damages, fees and delays for LTL shippers. The five tips below will help LTL shippers avoid unnecessary damage and protect their freight.

LTL Best Practices

When used properly, shipping Less-than-Truckload (LTL) freight can be both efficient and cost effective for shippers. The below best practices will help shippers optimize their LTL shipping with Roadrunner Freight's online tools.

Freight Talk May 2019

Roadrunner Freight's External Newsletter is back! Learn about Freight Talk other exciting company announcements by reading here!

Rate Quote vs Spot Quote

Have you ever wondered if you should be getting a spot quote or a rate quote for your shipment? Read our blog to learn which is best!

NMFC Updates Effective 4/27/2019

The National Motor Freight Classification has released an update that will go live on April 27th, 2019. Familiarize yourself with all of the NMFC updates for machinery groups, automobile parts and more!

Why Drive with Roadrunner Freight?

Wondering what it would be like to partner with Roadrunner Freight as an Independent Contractor? Learn more about our fuel surcharge and discounts, fleet maintenance program, mobile application and more by clicking here!

About Roadrunner Freight

Learn about Roadrunner Freight and how it can benefit you as an LTL shipper!

Roadrunner Freight Team Culture

Wondering what the team culture is like at Roadrunner Freight? Check out why our team loves working at Roadrunner Freight!

Download Roadrunner Freight’s Mobile App – Haul NOW!

Roadrunner Freight is using the power of technology to help Independent Contractors maximize their time on the road! Our mobile application, Haul NOW, provides drivers with increased visibility of available loads within the network, allows for proactive booking and improves communication between dispatch and drivers.

What is the difference between LTL and TL shipping?

There are many options shippers can take to move their freight across the United States. When deciding between using a Truckload (TL) carrier or a Less-than-Truckload (LTL) carrier, you should consider your budget, the number of pallets being shipped and any time constraints.

Spring into Savings with Roadrunner Freight!

Attention Chicagoland LTL Shippers! Spring into savings with our Rapid Pricing Program and benefit from cost-effective LTL shipping!

Roadrunner Freight Weather Update 2/12/2019

Roadrunner Freight's terminal in Milwaukee, Wisconsin is running limited operations due to snow accumulation and the Winter Storm Warning issued to Southeast Wisconsin. An additional 7-10 inches of snow is expected within the next 24 hours. Shipments, pick ups and deliveries may be delayed as a result of the snowfall.

Roadrunner Freight Weather Update 2/11/2019

The Roadrunner Freight terminal in Seattle, WA is running limited operations today (Monday, February 11th) as a result of the significant amount of snow received in the Pacific Northwest. Pickups are being restricted to the local metro only and deliveries will occur once the weather improves.

Roadrunner Freight Weather Update 1/30/2019

Roadrunner Freight terminals in Chicago, St. Paul and Milwaukee will be closed today (Wednesday, January 30th) and tomorrow (Thursday, January 31st) as a result of the dangerously cold conditions in the Midwestern states. Delayed shipments, pick ups and deliveries may occur. For any questions regarding shipment status, please visit our tools website here or reach out to Customer Service (855.776.3567).

What is LTL Shipping?

What is Less-than-Truckload Shipping? Various industry shippers utilize this common type of shipment to fulfill their needs for smaller, less than a full truckload, pallets to move through their network. Find out here exactly what LTL entails and if it is right for your company!

Roadrunner Freight Weather Update 1/28/2019

Roadrunner Freight terminals in Chicago, St. Paul and Milwaukee currently have limited operations due to the severe winter weather and heavy snowfall experienced across the Midwest. Any shipments in transit across the Midwest may experience delays due to the icy driving conditions. Please note that the heavy snow and freezing temperatures are expected to continue through Wednesday evening.

Most Common LTL Freight Terms

Entering a new industry that has it's own lingo can be a little daunting! Regardless of being a seasoned employee or new addition into the logistics industry, we think that everyone could benefit from a refresher on the most common LTL Terms!

Now Offering Next Day Delivery in Your Local Metro!

Start moving your local freight faster! Introducing Roadrunner Freight's Next Day Delivery service in your local metro area! Click here to Log In and use your existing pricing to access these new lanes!

NMFC Updates Effective 12/29/2018

The National Motor Freight Classification has released an update on November 29th, 2018 that will go live on December 29th, 2018. Familiarize yourself with all of the NMFC changes for shipping machinery, boots and other commodities by reading our blog!

What is an NMFC Number?

If you're new to LTL shipping, you may be wondering what a National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC) number is and why it is so important. The National Motor Freight Traffic Association has created the NMFC to help shippers establish accurate pricing and ensure quality packaging for your freight throughout its journey.!

Refreshed Menu Bar on Freight Website!

We have modernized the menu bar on! All of our tools have remained the same - the order of the tools have simply changed. Please view the updated changes here

Roadrunner Freight Enhanced Weekend Lanes

Don't waste valuable time waiting all the way until next week to request your Pick Up! Our Enhanced Weekend Lanes can get your shipment on the road sooner. Roadrunner Freight's unique business model allows us to provide some of the most competitive pricing in the LTL industry!

Roadrunner Freight Weather Update 11/26/2018

Roadrunner Freight terminals are experiencing disruptive snowfall and dangerous travel conditions throughout the Midwestern United States. All terminals remain open and running, but shipping lanes may experience significant delays due to the snow/ice experienced on the road.

How to Stay Productive During Your Holiday Food Coma - LTL Exclusive!

Use your couch time to get familiar with Roadrunner Freight's online tools! Request an LTL shipping quote, create a Bill of Lading and view Transit Times all without picking up the phone or getting out of your comfy spot on the couch!

Holiday Schedule 2018

Please note Roadrunner Freight's holiday schedule for 2018! We will be closed to allow our team members and drivers to spend time with their families during the holiday season.

Freight Talk November 2018 Edition

Roadrunner Freight is now launching quarterly newsletters that will highlight "What's New" in our company, recent blog posts, infographics and any upcoming news that we think is important for you to know!

Winter Truck Maintenance Tips

Take care of your truck AND your wallet by utilizing these helpful hints for Winter Truck Maintenance!

Rapid Pricing Program: Six Reasons to Use Our Six Simple Steps

Roadrunner Freight's Rapid Pricing Program simplified into 6 easy steps.

Roadrunner Freight Weather Update 10/11/2018

We currently have limited operations in NC, SC, and VA due to Hurricane Florence. We will continue to monitor the storm and resume normal operations in these areas once the conditions are safe.

Roadrunner Freight Weather Update 9/14/2018

We currently have limited operations in NC, SC, and VA due to Hurricane Florence. We will continue to monitor the storm and resume normal operations in these areas once the conditions are safe.