The Challenges of Local LTL Shipping
The Challenges of Local LTL Shipping
Challenges in Local LTL shipping
When it comes to moving freight, Less Than Truckload (LTL) shipping is a great option for long hauls and often the only option for local shipments. For long hauls, shippers can often save money by only paying for the truck space they use while truckers and carriers can maximize earning potential by filling the entire truck with shipments from many shippers, but this often comes with the cost of time. For local LTL shipping, the challenges are many. Following is a list of some of the more common issues you’ll find in local LTL shipping:
Rates can vary quite a bit when you’re looking for local LTL shipping, but it’s important to remember that you often get what you pay for. Choosing the cheaper option to save some money may end up costing you more in time, money and headache later on. Do your research to find someone reliable and trustworthy that can haul your freight at a competitive rate.
Just because you have freight to ship doesn’t mean you’ll always have access to a truck that can move it whenever and wherever you need it. Space is a recurring issue as many traditional LTL carriers strive to always operate at full capacity. Additionally, not all carriers provide local LTL shipping, so you have to find someone who offers the service or you may have to utilize a third-party provider to help connect you with the right carrier.
Not all carriers are created equal. As a shipper, you want a carrier who will be professional and can ensure on-time delivery. It can be a challenge to find quality carriers and vetting carriers and drivers properly takes time, money and persistence. Always be sure the carriers you work with have the proper authority, licenses and insurance as well as a solid history of safe operations.
It can often take LTL shipments longer than you’d like to arrive at their destinations because the carriers work to fill the trucks to capacity by aggregating freight from many shippers. This often leads to manual monitoring of your shipment via emails and phone calls so you can track where your shipments are in the process.
Even when you’re shipping a smaller amount of freight with LTL shipping, insurance should be a priority. Trucking companies carry a variety of insurance policies, and some may not fully cover your freight in all situations. Always be sure your shipment is covered.
How to Address Local LTL Shipping Challenges
We discussed several challenges associated with local LTL shipping. Some of these include rates, capacity, quality and time. While it’s good to identify issues, it’s even more important to know how to address them.
Many times, shippers will work with brokers or use load boards to combat these LTL challenges. These are good options, but shippers may find quicker and more comprehensive support (and very competitive rates) from Transloop. We understand the challenges of local trucking and LTL shipping because that is what we do. We have created an entire platform to help you ship your local freight as easily, efficiently and cost effectively as possible. We are your local freight connection.
Rates can vary across the board in this industry, but our pricing is both fair and transparent. At Transloop, we’ve already done the job to find and vet trustworthy drivers for you. You can trust that when you choose a driver through our marketplace, you’ll be working with a professional, quality trucker to deliver your shipment. This reliability, paired with our competitive pricing, will help you get the most out of our local LTL shipping services.
Aside from the rates and quality of service, two other challenges we discussed in our last post are time and capacity. It can often take LTL shipments longer to arrive at their destinations as “traditional” LTL carriers strive to fill their trucks. Transloop’s large network of truckers helps you cast a wider net when searching for a reliable truck driver to haul your shipment. This helps you find the untapped capacity in your area and also helps those local truckers make the most of their available capacity – a rare win/win for both sides of the equation. Each of your shipments includes our just-in-time delivery, GPS tracking and real-time status updates. You’ll never be left wondering where your shipment is in the delivery chain, and you won’t be stuck tracking down your shipment yourself via phone or email.
At Transloop, we also handle all the billing, settlements and ”back office stuff” to make shipping as easy as possible for everyone involved. Instead of going through different billing systems every time you go through a different carrier, you’ll be able to streamline your billing process by letting us handle it for you. You can trust that our paperless billing process will take care of your needs accurately and in real-time.