This is one of my favorite topics because it is a great compliment to PLP’s strong pricing model, and it is one thing for sure that keeps our customers coming back to us. The reason I say that is because just about every LTL carrier and 3PL tries to set black and white rules in place. For instance, they tell their salespeople to tell their customers “for any shipment that is more than 6 standard pallets or 7,000 lb” you must get a volume quote. While this is true for some commodities, it’s not true for everyone. The PLP rating, pricing & quoting team has this down to a science. There is no need for black and white rules, we’re fine living in the shades of gray.
In the LTL world, we’ve found that we can quote a lot of shipments very competitively in the shades of gray, and that’s using LTL pricing by the way. As a rule of thumb, with most LTL carriers, anything that is Class 100 and under (8 lb/ft³ or higher) can move up to 12 standard pallets or 24 linear feet of a truck provided that an additional piece or pallet identical in size to the largest piece or pallet can be loaded onto a pup trailer (28’) and the door can be safely closed. Again, this is with LTL pricing being applied.
This gets a little complicated when you’re working with large pallets or freight of varying sizes, weights and dimensions. However, no matter what the freight, no matter how complex, PLP has a competitive solution for you. We are willing to break through the obstacles that carriers and 3PLs put in place that slow down your business operations. With us, you don’t need to do volume quotes, we monitor the pickups as they come through the website and we can quickly determine applicability of the LTL pricing.