There are plenty of different ways to ship your products from one location to another. This makes deciding which is right for you a difficult decision. In order to help alleviate the stress of choosing we are going to explain exactly what LTL, or less than load shipping is and how it can benefit your business.
LTL shipments are becoming increasingly popular due to the rise of e-commerce business. According to data provided by the Department of Commerce sales from this industry have risen nearly 15 percent in 2016, totalling in around $350 billion in the United States alone. In an article published by Transportation Topics, the news source examined this growth specifically. LTLs use to largely ignore residential deliveries as they did not like the idea. Recently they began to realize that this area is quickly growing due to the trend of expedited shipping options that many companies such as Amazon and Walmart offer customers.
Less than truckload shipping can be very cost effective than traditional freight shipping. By only utilizing a portion of a truck’s trailer, shippers are only required to pay a fraction of the cost to ship their products. Often times you are able to piggyback on shipments that do not use up the full truck. Since carriers often prefer to maximize the most out of their trailer they are generally willing to offer competitive rates for their services. Proper utilization of this kind of supply chain management can lead to lower costs of shipping thus lowering the cost of business and increase the rate of growth for your company. On our website we define a Less than load shipment as anything that does not require an entire trailer to be filled with products or goods. Here at SmartWay we help arrange this kind of shipment throughout North America and the Caribbean. Using our relationships with carriers we offer discounts that can offer significant savings on shipments between one and eight pallets and anything under 18,000 pounds.
To receive a quote for any of your shipping needs, we encourage you to visit our website and fill out one of our quick quote forms.