FTL shipping does not have to be complicated. Understanding the tricks of the trade will help you save money and get your shipments delivered on time. Here are some of our top FTL tips to help you.
Full truckload shipping is more efficient when it comes to moving freight because the entire truck is dedicated to your shipment. FTL is the preferred way to ship when you have large or sensitive freight loads. And, if you have a full truckload being shipped, it can be more cost-effective. Having only one pickup can make FTL less expensive and fewer pickups mean a faster delivery time than less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping. Freight handling is also reduced, which is a better option for fragile or perishable freight.
The most important strategy is to work with an experienced carrier, no matter the shipping mode. Working with a reputable carrier will save you headaches in the future.
FLT carriers appreciate consistent business and typically will reward repeat customers with discounted or reduced shipping rates. When looking to work with a carrier inquiry about any discounts for consistent customers.
Planning ahead can give you more time to pack and stage freight so it ensures a more efficient load time, which guarantees a quick loading process.
For regular freight shipments, planning ahead will give you some flexibility in your FTL shipments. This flexibility can offer tremendous savings. While you may not be able to set up every shipment ahead of time, a window for delivery on your shipments will allow you to consolidate shipments. This will allow you to get more products to your customers faster and will lower overall costs.
Use a technological platform to stay ahead of the game. A Transportation Management System (TMS) is a logistics program that is cloud-based and helps businesses plan, execute, and optimize the movement of both incoming and outgoing shipments. TMS provides answers for moving freight in all modes.
A TMS platform can help you compare rates and find the best value when choosing a carrier to schedule with. The software documents each shipment, giving valuable insights into the transportation process, costs, and success rate. You will be able to achieve data-driven decisions to improve productivity and your bottom line.
These strategies will help improve your FTL shipping experience. In addition, you will be able to save time, reduce staff expenses and better coordinate your shipping. PPLUS Global is a leader in logistics and understands how to get our clients the best results from origin to destination. With over 75 years in combined experience, our team handles freight whether it is by land, sea, or air.
At PPLUS Global we give you ‘Best in Class’ service with a system that is efficient and cost-effective. Give us a call today so we can help you with your shipping needs.