Different shipping modes and their pertinent uses
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Business operations generally consist of two primary aspects: persuading customers to purchase products and then delivering the purchased items to the customers. Shipping plays a key role in the delivery portion of business operations. No matter how good and effective its promotional activity is, a company can’t reach its full potential if it is not taking care of its shipping and cargo services in the best possible manner.
When considering shipments to intercity and interstate destinations, businesses have three common shipping options: LTL, TL, and Flatbed. Picking the shipping option that best fits your shipping needs will lead to happy customers and provide your business with cost savings.
Less Than Truckload (LTL) shipping, as the name suggests, doesn’t employ the whole trailer capacity for the shipment. For shipments ranging between 150 and 10,000 pounds, this shipping method is usually preferred. Many businesses believe that LTL shipping only entails the transportation of moderate-range product consignments. However, that’s not the case every time. LTL shipping is also beneficial to business operators when they have to deliver products to multiple locations.
LTL shipment services often entail rapid transportation of the product. Additionally, businesses can use the combination of LT and LTL shipping methods to fully meet their delivery needs.
Truckload (TL) shipping is different than LTL in that a whole trailer is dedicated to TL shipments. For large-size consignments delivering over a long distance, TL shipping is the best bet. For instance, shipping a bulk of products from the East Coast to the West Coast can only be managed by LT shipping.
Flatbed shipping is mostly employed for a specific types of transportation. The ‘flatbed’ available in the trailer is most often used to ship large-size equipment, building material, poles, and other large infrastructural extensions. Some operators also use flatbed shipping for packaged parcels. However, we recommend businesses use containerized shipment services for packaged products.
Expedited Freight Services
Whether there are delays from manufactures or one has to deal with a shortage of product at the retail end, shipments for businesses can be time-sensitive. To deliver shipments that are racing against time, a business can utilize expedited freight service. Expedited shipments often plan direct routes in order to avoid the delay associated with additional stops.
Gateway Distribution Inc provides all shipping services that are discussed above with its offices in New York, Virginia, and Ohio. The company also offers specialty cargo services all across the country.
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