Riverside Logistics invested in “Logistically” in 2018, a Less Than Truckload (LTL) online portal for our customers. Logistically will speed your access to LTL information, therefore, improving your customer experience by saving you time and money by leveraging our buying power.
Why is that important to our customers? Because LTL shipments can be a great advantage when you need your product shipped at an affordable cost. Logistically gives you the ability to book your own loads and see the options available in real time on your computer. The information below provides some further insight into LTL options and benefits compared to full truckloads.
When should I ship a Full Truckload (FTL) vs. or Less than Truckload (LTL)?
There are many factors to consider when determining best way to ship freight. Fortunately, Riverside Logistics can guide you through your options. Product, size, speed and of course price all influence that decision. Here are a few points to help you determine which is the best route for your freight.
LTL – Less than Truckload
An LTL shipment is a palletized shipment that weighs anywhere from 100 – 10,000 lbs. and simply means that the shipment will not utilize the entire truck. This is an economical option since you are only paying for the space you are using. However, it may involve a slightly longer transit since the freight will need to be off loaded and reloaded several times prior to final delivery. Also, if your shipment is over 10 pallets or 20 linear feet, then you will need to explore full truckload options. There is a surcharge from LTL carriers for shipments over 20 linear feet and that will often negate any savings that LTL will offer.
FTL – Full Truckload
FTL or TL fill the entire truck or may be a heavier shipment (10K LBS+) that will require TL. There are other product variables that may benefit from FTL shipping. For example, if your product is more fragile or cannot be securely packaged, then FTL offers advantages. FTL shipments are not off loaded for consolidation like LTL so there is less risk of damage. Additionally, high value shipments will also benefit from reduced handling and less exposure. Lastly, FTL offers quicker transit because the truck is loaded for final destination at time of departure.