Have you ever had a shipment that you just aren’t sure how to move? Maybe a new destination that you aren’t sure how to deliver to? Some loads aren’t your typical dock-to-dock service. Your customer may need the product for a special event and the freight may require specialized care– some shipments just need a little extra love. These seemingly tricky projects are perfect for Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) specialized services. In LTL, there are carriers with different skill sets when providing a delivery.
So how can you take advantage of the services that are offered in the LTL industry? Below are a handful of situations to help you better utilize LTL shipping with your special projects. Here are a few of the most common specialized services available that may fit into your shipping profile.
This service is great when it’s time to impress your customer and get those bulky or heavy objects delivered for your special client. This traditionally includes a small set-up and waste disposal contract. They are usually moved over the road (OTR) by an established carrier, and sub-contracted out to a ‘final-mile’ carrier. These groups want your end-user to have a clean and efficient experience with the product you are shipping to them. Consider requesting a white glove service any time you need extra care in handling, inside delivery or a specially equipped vehicle.
Time Critical/LTL Urgent Shipping
Sometimes you have urgent freight for several reasons. Your customer may have forgotten to place an order, the item needs to arrive for a grand opening or you ran out of product and production has stopped. Whatever the circumstance, there is always a solution for shipping. When using time-critical services, you can experience a guaranteed delivery point. This includes same-day and overnight delivery of expedited freight. With this premium service, your freight charges can be guaranteed for an on-time delivery.
When you are preparing for a trade-show, you need to stay focused on representing your brand and entertaining customers. Trade shows are your opportunity to make a face-to-face impression on your customers. Established LTL carriers will provide you with trade-show expertise when moving your booth from show to show, offering you peace of mind to focus on bigger things. They know how to move through the lines of delivery, operate within service networks to keep costs low and service levels high, and offer weekend and after-hours services to keep your freight delivery on-time. This service can eliminate the stress that many experience with trade shows.
LTL shipping is ideal for your retail delivery partnership. LTL carriers understand the dynamics and restraints of your local businesses, mall delivery, franchise locations, and independent retailers. If you need product or displays delivered to a retail location, LTL special services can help make that happen without the extra headache.
Cross Border Services
This service can help when managing freight crossing borders with Canada and Mexico. These can still be considered international shipments, but they are transported directly across the border and can be handled in a simplified manner if you have the right support system. LTL carriers can help connect you with cross-border freight brokers, verify completed paperwork, organize with border agents for seamless transportation or help facilitate the return of rejected product. When things go wrong across the border, it can get expensive and take more time than planned.
These are just a few of the options that can be moved through the LTL network. Next time you are faced with an unusual shipment, don’t hesitate to look into LTL.
The England Logistics Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) division can provide nationwide service for shipments of almost any shape or size. To bring simplicity to shipping processes, LTL offers a one-stop solution with the information needed to get shipments on the road. Dedicated team members are available 24/7 to ensure timely and cost-efficient delivery.