For small businesses, retailers, and companies dealing in a variety of products, navigating the logistics of shipping, warehousing, tracking, and distribution can be a challenge. Between finding the budget and finding the time, the process itself can be exhausting, especially for companies without dedicated shipping and logistics departments. Before settling for the commonly used full truckload (FTL) freight shipping that may be beyond what your company needs, consider using Less than Truckload (LTL) freight shipping. Keep reading to learn about the benefits of shipping via less than truckload freight.
What Does Less Than Truckload Mean?
If you’re not familiar with the jargon common to the shipping industry, the idea of less than truckload, or LTL can be a little confusing. The terminology here, however, is actually literal. LTL freight is a shipment that doesn’t quite fill up a full freight (48 to 53-foot) trailer.
Less than Truckload Advantages
LTL shipping is ideal for smaller companies, those dealing in a variety of products, or those who want the cost savings associated with bundled shipping but don’t have enough product for a full truckload. In addition to the convenience, there are several unique benefits of shipping via less than truckload freight (LTL).
LTL is a cost-effective solution
One of the difficulties of scaling a small/medium-sized business is keeping overhead costs low. Full truckload shipping is expensive, especially if there’s not enough product for a full truck. One popular alternative is to go straight to parcel shipping, but that can be expensive since you’ll pay for each package to ship from Point A to Point B. LTL offers a bundle discount, and it’s a more environmentally-friendly shipping option.
Distribution & warehousing is easy with LTL
One of the greatest benefits of LTL shipping over parcel and FTL shipping is it makes warehousing and distribution incredibly simple. Retailers shipping large quantities of product from a manufacturer to several storefronts are able to track pallets of product rather than individual parcels.
LTL offers flexibility in shipping
LTL makes it easy to bundle together many individual packages to save on shipping for the long haul. Shipping from the manufacturer to distribution center in this way can save your business a ton in parcel shipping costs. And when you have to add to the product shipment, it’s not a huge deal. Simply add on another LTL shipment or upgrade the whole thing to a FTL to meet demand for that big sale.
Less than Truckload Freight Company Right Here in Cleveland
Headquartered in Cleveland, OH, Amware is centrally located within 500 miles of 80% of the American population. Our convenient location is one of the most viable domestic and foreign export markets in the country, which makes it optimal for all of your shipping needs.
From arranging LTL freight shipping and warehousing, to estimating and arranging parcel shipping agreements, Amware makes logistics a breeze. Contact our team today and let us help you design a complete distribution system for your business, or sign up for a free 30-day trial of our cutting edge LTL software, Amrate, below.