LTL or less than truckload shipping is an alternative to parcel or full truckload freight shipping, which is often used by retailers and small business owners who are shipping batches of products. LTL shipping allows businesses that may not have a full freight load to take advantage of the batch shipping discount.
What are the Benefits of LTL Shipping?
Save Money with Smart LTL Shipping
Aside from the ability to ship a large number of parcels at one time, LTL shipping can be significantly more affordable than parcel shipping for small businesses. Instead of paying the full retail price for each parcel you’re shipping, you’ll be able to get a discounted price for LTL freight shipping, which could lower your per-parcel shipping price.
Small and large businesses looking to save money could make use of advantageously placed warehouses by using LTL shipping to send their parcels to a location which may make it more affordable to get packages where they need to go.
For example, a company in Baltimore, MD, may want to get a bundle of parcels to several locations in California. Instead of shipping each individual from Baltimore to Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego, the company could utilize a warehouse or shipping company in Irvine, CA.
By paying one bundled price for the packages from Baltimore to Irvine, then separate local pricing to get each parcel from Irvine to the right California city, the company can save significantly on the per-parcel shipping rate.
Transportation management software platforms (like Amrate) ease the burden of obtaining multiple quotes for shipping rates. Amrate allows LTL clients to input order information once, then receive quotes from multiple carriers for that shipment, ensuring you’re receiving the best rate available. Additionally, clients with current carrier rate agreements in place can import those rates into Amrate, offering the best of both worlds.
Simplify Tracking with LTL Shipping
Another major benefit of LTL shipping is that it makes tracking much simpler than parcel shipping. You’re tracking one major load instead of a dozen smaller parcels with LTL shipping. This can make it easier for your shipping manager to provide up-to-date tracking information to customers and business partners.
In addition, LTL shipping is available with TMS software, which can streamline the process even further. Instead of calling shipping carriers for an update on your LTL shipment, the software can provide you with real-time tracking information that you can provide to your customers in seconds.
Save with LTL for Mid-size Loads
If your company is used to shipping full freight loads but is in need of an affordable alternative, LTL could be the solution. Using LTL shipping can help your business save money. If a freight shipment needs to be split up into 2 separate shipments, LTL can make it easier for your product to get where it needs to go fast.
Start Shipping LTL Now
If you’re looking for an affordable alternative to parcel shipping or need a less-than-load freight shipment option that won’t break the bank, LTL shipping is an excellent option. Contact the team at Amware now to find out more about LTL shipping, or sign up for a 30-day FREE trial of Amrate below.