It's time to rethink LTL.
July 7, 2017
Are you convinced that less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping is the old way of doing things? Maybe it’s time to take another look. As both the manufacturing and shipping industries have evolved and modernized, LTL has become less of a stopgap or ad hoc service and more of an integral part of many supply chains. Even if LTL trucking wasn’t right for you in the past, here are a few reasons why it might be right for you now.
Supply chains are growing shorter and more complex.
Companies are switching to leaner, more efficient and more cost-effective Just-In-Time (JIT) inventory management practices. With that transition in the marketplace, products are being warehoused closer to their end destinations. As a result, shipments are becoming smaller but more frequent and traveling shorter distances — scenarios ideal for LTL.
The LTL shipping experience has improved.
In the past, LTL has been less predictable and more cumbersome than full truckload (TL) shipping, but the industry has changed. More LTL carriers now offer guaranteed delivery windows. And with accessory services like liftgate, notifications and door-to-door service, LTL can often be a more convenient option that better integrates into your supply chain.
A freight service provider is essential to LTL.
Many shippers have avoided LTL because it can be a daunting challenge to navigate successfully. With dozens of moving parts — from determining freight classes to filling out bills of lading — it can be difficult to integrate into your operations. That’s where a freight service provider can help. They have both the technology and the expertise to make LTL shipping more accessible.
Read our LTL shipping white paper for a closer look at why LTL is poised to become an increasingly more useful option in the shipping industry and how it can play an important role in your logistics puzzle.