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Explaining Multi-Stop Truckload Transportation Management

What is multi-stop truckload shipping?

In truckload shipping, there are two points on the route: A and B. Your freight is picked up and then delivered to the final destination without any in-between locations. However, sometimes shippers need a few additional stops on the way, for various reasons. This is called multi-stop truckload shipping. The trouble with this type of shipping is that carriers often reject it, and it is usually more expensive. Although this method is slightly more complicated than regular truckload, if you require multiple stops, you can arrange it in a planned and cost-effective manner.

If you want to make your multi-stop loads attractive to carriers, you should plan ahead and properly communicate your needs. Here are a few tips on how to succeed in booking a multi-stop truckload shipment.

Tips for successful multi-stop transportation management

Plan ahead

Carriers appear to be more friendly to multi-stop truckload shipments when you communicate all the requirements ahead and plan in advance. This way, you have more time, the possibility to negotiate rates, and can secure better carrier capacity. Ultimately, proper planning can save shippers a substantial amount of money per load.

Consolidate stops

If you cluster the majority of your stops within a 30-mile area, it is more likely that a carrier will accept your load. Since it is faster and more convenient to make a stop within a limited territory,  it will eliminate the overall time and resources spent by the carrier to deliver your load.

Be consistent

Try to do your best to reduce the extra mileage and HOS hours for the drivers. Typically, this is the main reason why multi-stop truckload transportation is more expensive and less profitable for the carriers. Longer transit times and chaotic pick-ups drive the need to change the regular route.

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Differences Between LTL and FTL Shipping

Deciding the best mode for shipping your freight can be complicated. To determine the primary way to move freight, shippers should identify the size of the shipment, the budget, the delivery schedule, and the freight’s fragility. To know which mode fits you best, you have to know the difference between LTL and FTL shipping.

Low transportation rates and fuel surcharges are affecting truckload carriers more than LTL companies. As a solution, many truckload carriers are removing old trucks from their fleets to close the overcapacity gap until freight demand picks up. LTL carriers, however, are not experiencing overcapacity and have maintained, and even raised rates due to the deficit of LTL trucks. In July 2016, both truckload and LTL carriers added jobs.

What is full truckload (FTL) shipping?

  • Freight shipments that need the entire space or weight limit of a truck’s trailer is a full truckload (TL) shipment. TL shipping is the best option when the freight weighs more than 15,000 pounds, or the shipper has more than 10 pallets of freight.
  • Full TL shipments travel on one truck to its destination, creating a more reliable timeframe for shippers. Truckload shipments are generally more expensive and require less handling than LTL shipments.

What is less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping?

Less-than-truckload or LTL shipping is a transportation mode where freight shipments do not require the entire space in a truck’s trailer and are often combined with other shipments. LTL shipping is the best option for shipments that weigh less than 15,000 pounds.

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LTL shipping allows multiple shippers to share space on the same truck. Since you’re sharing the truck’s space with multiple shippers, there is a higher risk of damaged goods. With LTL trucks, your freight is usually loaded and unloaded multiple times before arriving at its destination.

Due to the concept of space sharing, LTL often lets shippers save costs on transportation and be more flexible with their shipping.

What is the difference between LTL and FTL shipping?

The main difference between LTL and FTL shipping is the freight volume you are going to ship. Full truckload better suits shippers who have a large amount of cargo to fill out the entire trailer. If you send a few pallets, LTL shipping will be a better option for you.

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