What is LTL Freight Shipping?

LTL Freight shipping is affordable for small businesses. The reason is, relatively small businesses or start-ups share the transportation costs with other companies, and use a 3PL (third-party logistics) service. Each company occupies a portion of the truck for their goods and only according to the amount of product shipped and the length of travel.

LTL shipping is a cost-effective freight transportation system and ideal for small businesses.

Relaxed Logistics works hard to save their consumers’ money by matching any new shipments with regularly scheduled shipments heading in the same direction.

Do I Need a 3PL to Ship LTL Freight?

3PL also known as Third-Party-Logistics. Organizations use this service to outsource elements of their distribution, warehousing, and fulfillment services.

3PL has various advantages. Here are few of them-

  • 3PLs handled administrative works. It facilitates document creation with the customers, collects online information, and very quickly provides electronic documents.
  • This manages the pricing matter. Customers only need to provide pickup zip, destination zip, the weight of the parcel, and piece count once. After that, the 3PL will take care of the whole thing.
  • 3PLs need to leverage technology to provide the best service to customers and carriers both. This process simplifies the shipping process for companies who need to ship, then allows LTL carriers access to technology which can locate their ideal customer.

Special shipping arrangements are easily handled by 3PLs.

In logistics industry competition is increasing continuously and now shippers and carriers both can be benefited from working with a 3PL.

What Are LTL Specialized Services?

Expedited Shipping Services are offered for time-sensitive freight. These can involve deliveries that occur anywhere from the same day to as long as three days.

Lift Gate Services need when a facility cannot safely offload the freight or lift it to the trailer’s height. These services are often needed at pick up or delivery when the forklift is not available on site.

Notification Services arranged to make tracking systems more easily. This should be activated before the shipment pick-up or delivery, so customers could be able to know when to expect the delivery.

White Glove Services are available for any residential shipments or commercial locations. This service provides the utmost care for delivering items and it sets special delivery service apart from the rest. White glove service is best for items that need an extra care set of hands or packaging experience.

First and Final Mile Services is the effort that moves items from the manufacturing system to the beginning of the distribution system. This service can include inside pickup, packaging, and dismantling stair carriers, and many more.

Limited Access Pick Ups/Deliveries are provided where locations or destinations restrict trucks or heavy vehicles from entering, such as some residential areas. If the shipment is not picked up within five business days, this will be returned to the sender.

Hazardous Materials Transportation also provides here. It is not limited to, transport of fuels, bio-chemicals, and pharmaceuticals.

Guaranteed Services may include both date and time-specific requirements for the whole delivery process and also guaranteed within a predetermined schedule.

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