If you own a smaller business or are building a business and do not have largescale production yet, you may not have full truckloads of items so ship. As a result, hiring a trucking company to deliver items by the load really isn't an option for you. You could instead choose to ship your items one-by-one through a delivery service or the postal service, but there's also a better option -- less-than-truckload, or LTD shipping.
This type of shipping is often offered by trucking companies for businesses just like yours. Your items will be combined with the items from another company to make a full truckload, making it worthwhile for the trucking company to drive the load from point A to point B. So, what makes LTD shipping such a good choice?
1. Lower Costs
Shipping items this way is vastly less expensive than paying to ship each individual item through the postal service. It's also less costly than paying to ship a whole truckload, but only filling the truck halfway. The trucking company will usually split the cost of the entire load between you and anyone else who has items on board. So if the truck can carry 1,000 pounds of cargo and both you and another business each ship 500 pounds, you'd both only pay for half the cost of that shipment.
2. Less Work on Your End
Shipping items individually also require you to wrap, weigh, and pay for each one. Who has time for that? With LTD shipping, you just let the shippers load it all into the truck and carry it away. The trucking company should have the necessary equipment and supplies to protect your items from damage; you don't have to do any of this yourself.
3. Greater Security
All of your items are in one place, on one truck when you choose LTD shipping. There is less chance of losing something, and if something happens to your items along the way, you know exactly who was responsible. Your shipping company will choose a truck that is ideal for the type of items you are shipping, which helps protect them. You can usually track your items along the way, ensuring they will arrive at their destination as intended.
To learn more about LTD shipping and why it works well for smaller businesses, reach out to a shipping company like Armel Logistics in your area. They should be able to give you a quote based on the size of your load and where you need it delivered.