There are many considerations involving logistics and supply chain management when moving freight. In today’s fast-paced world, people enjoy the convenience of receiving products straight to their doorstep. Products are shipped from a warehouse to a customer’s home or business in a matter of days, sometimes hours. Transporting freight efficiently and safely ensures deadlines are met and customers are happy. Advances in technology and increased competition have created unique customer demands in logistics. To keep up with delivery demands, freight must be moved quickly, across town or across the country, at an affordable price. It’s important to work with a 3PL (third party logistics company) that understands supply chain planning and the benefit of full truckloads. East Coast Transport, a 3PL, can assess your supply chain and make recommendations in all aspects of freight management including transportation, tracking, technology, safety, warehousing, and communications.
When moving freight, the type of cargo dictates the type of truck that is required. Cargo is generally shipped via full truckload (FTL) or less than truckload (LTL). With LTL shipping, carriers ship small amounts of freight from multiple customers. Although the truck gets filled, each customer occupies only a portion of the truck, and they pay for the space they occupy on the truck. A full truckload of freight takes up the entire truck and is usually compiled of large or oversized freight. Refrigerated, flatbed, and dry van trucks all transport full truckloads, carrying up to 44,000 pounds and 48 pallets. Full truckloads are commonly used to transport non-perishable, refrigerated, or hazardous freight. Freight that is moved with a full truckload remains on that truck through the entire supply chain process, resulting in quicker shipment due to minimal stops and handling. Moving freight with a full truckload is more economical than less than truckload.
What are some benefits of Full truckloads?
- Freight is moved more quickly than LTL as it remains on the same truck for the entire trip. It is not loaded and unloaded multiple times.
- Because the freight is only handled during loading and unloading, the chance of damage is lower. Fragile cargo requires more space (full truckload).
- A full truckload is best for large shipments, generally over 20,000 pounds. A customer has peace of mind knowing that they have dedicated shipping.
- A 3PL company, East Coast Transport, understands full truckload shipping and supply chain management and provides the technology and skilled resources required to meet business objectives.
Supply Chain Planning
Transporting freight at a competitive rate with a quick turnaround time is crucial. Evaluating your supply chain process using state-of-the-art technology, East Coast Transport will make supply chain and full truckload recommendations that help clients improve their bottom line and meet business objectives. We have relationships with carriers that specialize in transporting all types of cargo. Our knowledgeable team is experienced at finding the best FTL carrier at the best price for your cargo. East Coast Transport understands the logistics industry and regulations, and has an extensive network of transportation providers.
At East Coast Transport, we continue to invest in our technology and people, tailoring services for our clients at competitive rates. If you require a dedicated full truckload carrier to ship your products, give us a call at 1-800-257-7877 to discuss your needs or contact us via our website.