One of the most identifiable differences between Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) and Full Truckload (FTL) Carriers is the amount of freight you can move at one time. Far too often shippers will throw 7-8 pallets onto an LTL trailer and think nothing of it; it’s not a full truckload, right? Big... mistake!
If we were given a dime for every time we hear the frustration, "but it's supposed to be 2 day transit!" As frequently as we hear it, and as poor as LTL carriers' timeliness of delivery numbers look, suggested transit times are not changing and shippers need to plan accordingly.
"The carrier missed the pickup yet they still count it delivered on time?"
Can you rely on carrier stats? What are your real and most meaningful LTL carrier performance stats?
It’s 2018, what seems to be the year of LTL Carrier Strength. That being the case, carriers are not missing the opportunity to increase revenue every chance they get.
Tags: transportation management, Rules Tariff, LTL, Density, Freight Class, Freight Terms, LTL Pricing, Accessorials, Overlength, Freight Tariffs, Ship Smarter, LTL Carrier, Bill of Lading, Reweigh, Reclass
Recent conversations with Account Representatives from Regional and National LTL Carriers are indicating unprecedented service failures and not recently seen actions to counter their overload of business.
Recalling the question from last week... How often are we seeing "Big Data" referenced in every day business?
See the pallet in the picture below? If it is not clear to you what's wrong with it, you should consider exploring the details of LTL Carrier Packaging Rules as described in Item 680 of most Carrier Rules Tariffs.
As the pendulum has shifted, dramatically favoring the LTL carriers, shippers are realizing that if they don't consider changing their processes, they might very well be looking at increases well over 5% in 2018.