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Transporting Less Than A Truck Load

by dannyadmin on September 12, 2014

Less than truck load shipping is an ideal way to transport goods when you have a small amount of freight. For many businesses a full trailer is simply not required but other forms of transportation will prove costly.

Generally companies dealing with Less than truck load manage their customers carefully in order to keep costs down. In order to do this they will fill a truck with a number of different customers orders to help reduce transit costs.  Shipping can also take many forms, whether by land sea or air, depending on the nature of the freight and the destinations involved.
For specialist transport, such as items that are required to be kept at certain temperatures, refrigerated trucks are available and this should be clearly stated at the time of placing an order to ensure the required temperature is maintained at all times.

Due to the smaller nature of this shipping the trucks used often have roll up doors instead of swing back doors. This may need to be taken into account when considering sending your freight, particularly if the load is particularly wide, as it does mean the opening is slightly smaller than a conventional truck. For most customers though this is not a problem.

In most cases Less than truck load shipping follows a specific format. The initial point of loading runs along main routes to a smaller hub centre, or distribution point. From here the load may be reassigned to another truck, along with other orders being moved in the same general direction. This process continues until the fright reaches an end point as far as distribution centres go. Up to this point the drivers tend to regularly work the same routes and are therefore very familiar with that route but they are also able to forge relationships with staff at the distribution centres which makes for an organized and reliable service.

Once at the nearest distribution centre to the point of delivery local drivers will tend to take over for the final journey. Up to this point deliveries are usually very quick and reliable as the routes have been tried and tested. The final stage of the journey, often referred to as, ‘the last mile’, can be the hardest part of the process. This is only because you are reliant on the infrastructure of a particular town or city and in some cases ensuring the freight reaches rather remote locations.

Throughout the whole process the freight may only be checked on one occasion or on many depending on how many smaller distribution centres it has to pass through. But throughout its journey freight is constantly monitored so they company is aware of its location at all times.

Generally, when trying to move stock around but when you don’t have enough for a full truck load then the alternative arrangements of the Less than truck load companies is a sensible option.

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