Less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping is one of the most efficient ways to move your freight when you cannot justify the cost of a full truckload. Benefits include quicker delivery times and ideally lower costs. Although, for many businesses, shipping via LTL across the country, or even locally, can be stressful and time consuming without proper knowledge and assistance. Learning to recognize and prevent these common LTL shipping mistakes is critical to keeping shipping costs down and fostering productivity.
Let’s take a look at the most common LTL shipping mistakes you could be making that hinder productivity and negatively impact the bottom line:
Comparing carriers on your own
LTL shippers tend to develop strong relationships with their preferred carrier. However, carriers are always raising prices, and changing methods for determining rates and standards leaving you high and dry when you need to get your freight moving at an economic rate. Rarely does a preferred carrier provide preferred pricing or solutions to individual companies.
There are so many ways we save our customers money, and it all starts with negotiating the right pricing with the right carrier for the exact services that your company needs.PLP only partners with top-tier carriers. We only do business with the best, we stick with the best, we recommend the best, because we are the best.
Relying on published transit times for deliveries
Everyone looks at on time delivery as a key metric for their business and customer service, whether they measure by objective facts (looking at the numbers and mining the data) or by subjective perception of said facts, it’s definitely a top metric either way. On time delivery is measured by the transit times the LTL carriers give you. If you or your customers absolutely need a shipment to deliver by a certain time, DO NOT go by the published transit time.
PLP does everything possible to ensure the best service for our customers, and we try to be proactively ahead of these issues. We can offer guaranteed service with all of our carriers, and we’re experts at holding them accountable for said service.
Utilizing volume-based pricing
Just about every LTL carrier and 3PL tries to set black and white pricing rules. 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. Shopping each carriers rules and then weighing the costs and benefits of each is incredibly time-consuming and not the most cost-effective way to do business.
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.
Shipping mistakes are unavoidable. It’s how they are handled that will make or break your supply chain. PLP constantly strategizes ways to go above and beyond our competitors when it comes to serving our customers – for many of the problems that arise our customers “don’t even have to ask”.
We proactively engage with solutions to resolve their issues and we’re ready to do the same for you. Give us a call and we’ll make sure your LTL freight gets to its destination on time and on budget.