There is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to freight delivery. At least there shouldn’t be. If you feel boxed in by a current service provider, it is time to begin looking at other options. Here at RJS Logistics, we offer several freight delivery options. While our service department is here to address any possible concerns and questions you might have regarding these shipment methods, the more you know regarding the best freight delivery for you ahead of time, the better you’ll be.
To help, here are the basics of freight delivery and the different methods you should consider.
First, you need to know about the different shipment sizes available to you. This is broken down into LTL and a full load.
LTL stands for less than full. This means you are shipping less than a full container’s worth of goods. There might be several reasons why you do this. Perhaps you need to send items out quickly, and you don’t have enough time to wait for production to complete an entire truckload of products. Or maybe you simply don’t need to ship out that kind of bulk. You’re a smaller company, and filling an entire cargo container just isn’t in the cards for you. So instead of filling up an entire container, you fill up a part of the container. With an LTL, your shipment will likely be combined with other companies’ shipments and products to fill the truck. While there may be some exceptions to this, in general, you can expect your products to be packaged (yet kept separate) from what other companies are shipping.
The second option is, as the name suggests, a full truckload. When you fill the entire truck, you are not combining your product with other companies. Everything on board is yours. This is for large bulk movers who need this kind of size and space for their products.
Some products can’t sit inside a cargo container for days at a time. It gets extremely warm inside a cargo container as these are large metal boxes that absorb sunlight. For non-perishable materials, this is not an issue, but when shipping food, medications, and other items that can break down or deteriorate in heat, refrigeration trucks are available. Both full truckloads and LTL shipments are available on refrigeration trucks.
Sometimes you simply will not be able to fill a cargo container. For many companies, filling an entire cargo container is not a realistic option. With LTL, it ensures you’re able to ship out your product when necessary. It also means you don’t need to overpay for a full container when you might only need a quarter of a container.
Yes, your products will be combined with those from other companies, which means the delivery of your product might take longer (depending on the delivery route and which product is scheduled to arrive first). In terms of cost savings, LTL is your shipment option to go for as you will share the truck’s cost with other companies.
When you ship your product using an entire cargo container, there are several benefits you’ll receive where an LTL shipment does not. First, you are not combining your product with other companies. This isn’t usually an issue, but it may give you peace of mind knowing everything on the truck is yours.
The biggest advantage to using a full load shipment is the improvement in delivery time. The truck doesn’t need to stop at other facilities to pick up or deliver goods. This can cut out not only hours but possibly days from the shipment. If you are on a tight schedule and need your products to arrive as quickly as possible, a full load shipment is a way to go.
Now, you can purchase a full load even if you have a partial load. It just means you’ll be paying for the entire truck while a portion of the truck will remain empty. It is an option, should you need to take advantage of it.
You’re not backed into a corner when it comes to freight delivery options. You don’t have to select just one or the other. There will be times when an LFL shipment is the way to go, and there will be times when you need the entire cargo container for your shipment. With both options available, you can select what works best for you, depending on your shipment needs. At RJS Logistics, all of this is possible. Plus, regardless of the shipment method you select, thanks to GPS tracking, you will be able to monitor the movements of your shipments and know the estimated ETA of your delivery down to the minute. This is extremely important as you don’t want the truck to arrive at the delivery location and be forced to sit and wait for hours to unload. This gives you the logistical information to avoid this kind of issue.
It doesn’t matter the size of your business or the amount of freight you need to ship. If moving products to another area of the country is an essential part of your business, you need a reliable freight delivery service at your disposal. That is exactly what you receive when working with the team at RJS Logistics. From moving full truckloads of non-perishable materials to partial, LFL shipments of produce, just about anything and everything can be moved, all while keeping you fully in the loop regarding where your shipment is and the expected delivery time. If you have questions or you are ready to begin scheduling freight delivery, give the customer service staff at RJS Logistics a call at your earliest convenience.