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Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) Shipping: A Practical Guide

By July 24, 2023January 22nd, 2024No Comments

The diversity of freight shipped in the United States means companies can’t rely on a one-size-fits-all shipping option. The variety of needs has given rise to a wide array of customized solutions. Less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping is one alternative that helps solve the logistics challenges of many businesses across the country. LTL shipping is often better suited to the shipping needs of the company — especially for small to midsize businesses. Let’s take a closer look at LTL shipping.

Why Ship LTL?

LTL allows for you to control your freight costs by utilizing space versus the entire truck. Freight is judged on stow ability, class and weight versus its origin or destination. This allows a single shipment of multiple pieces destined for several locales to be shipped at one time and the logistics company to control the movement to the destination while paying a fraction of a full truckload cost. Once at its destination, these shipments can once again be consolidated to further the cost reduction for a customer by optimizing single shipments destined for the same locale.

The Benefits of LTL Shipping 

If your order has unique requirements, you can effortlessly request pricing customized to meet your needs. LTL shipping offers various service options like liftgate, inside pickup or delivery, expedited service, additional insurance, volume pricing, and more. Tracking and tracing and high visibility is yet another reason that LTL shipping has its advantages over other modes of transportation. With LTL providers you can provide final mile service to your end destination with the ability for time sensitive products to be delivered residentially to consumers. With the emergence of White Glove Delivery services you can create a supply chain from cradle to grave with full control. 

The UCW Difference

Our full time LTL Analysts utilize our TMS and can analyze your data in house. Allowing us to make recommendations for:

  • Optimization
  • Consolidation
  • Pool Distribution
  • E-Commerce
  • Expedited Shipments
  • PO Management
  • Cost Reduction
  • Invoicing/Billing Resolution
  • Claims Mitigation

We secure reliable, high-quality carriers for every LTL load that needs to be delivered. We also combine shipments for optimal, strategic shipping. There’s no need to post your loads to multiple job boards and wait for a trucker to accept the load. We’ve spent decades building an extensive network of qualified carriers, so you don’t have to spend time researching the best options. All you have to do is focus on running your business. 

Logistics is our expertise, and we’re ready to streamline shipping logistics for you and your business!

Interested in learning more about what UCW can do for you? Request a quote today.