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5 Opportunities to Consolidate LTL into Truckload & Save Money

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Mar 30, 2017 2:31:49 PM


Depending on the type of shipment you’re scheduling, there could be an opportunity to save money by consolidating large partials into truckload.
The expansion of just-in-time (JIT) shipping is a big factor that propels truckload consolidation. It supports a leaner, more efficient supply chain. Shippers can see anywhere from 20-35% savings by consolidating LTL to TL. This saves shippers money because it is cheaper to send a large, consolidated shipment with multi-stop points instead of scheduling multiple LTL shipments to serve the same purpose.

Of course, it’s important to remember that this isn’t always the best route – there is a time and a place for LTL shipments. After all, LTL remains the most common form of shipping.

 Here are five times when it’s best to consolidate into truckload:

1. When you have a desirable truckload lane placing negotiation strength in your favor.

2. When you have large partials that are either en-route to each other or delivering to the same geographic locations.

3. When shipping high class freight (class 150/250/300) by which LTL carriers charge a premium. If you can combine your large LTLs into a regional truckload move with stop-offs, you will see savings versus running in the LTL network.

4. When you have a product that can’t be fully created and protected for transport, like high-end furniture. In this case, it’s best to build multi-stop truckloads. It reduces the risk for damages and presents potential long-run savings.

5. When time is of the essence and you can’t afford any delays. There is no set transit time when using an LTL carrier on a volume spot quote basis. Freight moves as capacity allows it, which ultimately leads to longer transit times.

If any of the above apply to your shipment, consider consolidated truckload. It will save you money and probably make the overall shipment process easier!

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Topics: Freight, Logistics