An emergency shipping request requires a quick solution.

Sometimes air freight is the best way to go.

But that’s not always the case.

There are several factors that play into the mode-of-transport decision, including how quickly the delivery is needed and the budget parameters.

One of the options is truckload freight.

Here’s what you need to know if truckload shipping is right for you.

One truck, one destination

The term “truckload freight” refers to large shipments that will take up more than half up to an entire 48-foot to 53-foot trailer.

Truckload is the preferred method when the shipper has enough freight or when the customer wants their materials to be the only thing on the truck.

It’s also good for time-sensitive shipments and is often a more cost-effective solution because the truck doesn’t make any stops from where the shipment originates until it gets to the destination.

Advantages of truckload

There are three big selling points of truckload shipping.

1. Quicker transit time

Supplies and parts that are via truckload are usually delivered more quickly than when they’re shipped by other ground expedite methods.

The truck goes directly to the destination and doesn’t have to stop at any hubs in-between, which adds on time.

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2. Decreased risk of damage

Truckload shipments aren’t typically handled from the time they’re loaded until they reach their destination and are unloaded.

That means there’s less opportunity for damage to occur.

3. Competitive rates

Shipments that are substantial enough to fill up an entire trailer’s space are usually less expensive to ship by truckload, as opposed to having to break the materials up into separate shipments.

Best practices for truckload shipping

Logistics experts should follow these best practices to make sure they’re meeting their customers’ expectations.

  • Stay informed. Make sure you have a handle on supply and demand, and how it affects rates in the trucking industry.
  • Be efficient. When shipments are packaged so they can be loaded and unloaded easily, productivity goes up and time is used more efficiently.  

What’s the difference between truckload and LTL shipping?

You’ve probably heard of LTL (Less Than Truckload) shipping and may have wondered how it compares to truckload.

LTL refers to shipping an item via truck that doesn’t take up the entire space on the trailer.

It’s not economically sound for most smaller businesses to pay truckload rates when their shipment isn’t that large.

The downside is – because they’re sharing space on a truck with the supplies of other businesses – the transit time is much slower.

Bottom line: Truckload is a valuable option

It’s important to offer a variety of options to meet a wide range of emergency shipping needs.

Along with air freight, truckload and other ground expedite options will help you provide your customers with the most comprehensive solutions.

The most important piece of the puzzle is getting your clients’ shipments from Point A to Point B as quickly as possible so their production doesn’t lag and they don’t lose money.

What is your go-to for emergency transportation?

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