5 Advantages 3PLs Offer Both Shippers and Carriers

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So far 2014 has seen the highest tonnage shipped in over 7 years. Many carriers face the problem of too much freight, and trying to maintain performance efficiencies. Often this results in GRIs (general rate increases). These GRIs create unwanted challenges for carriers – increased price management, and their customers – the need to pay more.

Third Party Logistics firms (3PLs) offer a solution for both carriers and customers. Here are the top 5 advantages of a 3PL that everyone can benefit from.

1 – Multiple Carriers

On the surface, this might seem only a benefit for the customer. After all, the customer gets to choose from a variety of carriers to find the best price and delivery time. Carriers do benefit as well.

A 3PL eliminates the back-and-forth of negotiations which can occur between a customer trying to ship for a low price and the carrier trying to get it on the right truck. For carriers, it also allows for the best allocation of freight, maximizing space, and makes the most of every run. The apparent ‘competition’ of a 3PL actually gets the best possible freight for the carrier, and the best possible price for a customer.

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5 Reasons Many Carriers Choose to Offer Volume LTL


To reduce price pressures and more importantly stay profitable, you need to keep those trailers full.  That’s why so many carriers – both LTL and asset based – have begun offering volume LTL.  For asset based carriers particularly, it makes a lot of sense.  And these five reasons will show you why…

1. Get Paid to Move Assets

If you’ve got a lot trailers in Houston and need some in a different hub, why return empty?  Or worse, why wait for a partial TL or full TL?  Every minute your trailers wait in dock, well that’s money lost.

Offer volume LTL and leverage the demand for freight going to where you need trucks.  A lot of businesses have less than a full TL, and may not want the hassle of getting a partial TL (it’s true, LTL is easy to book).  So offer the volume LTL and you’ll have businesses paying you to move your trailers to the cities you need them in anyway.  It’s a win-win.

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5 Reasons Customers Choose Volume LTL Shipping

Volume LTL has become a popular way for many businesses to ship.  It fits a growing market of businesses looking to ship more at a given time to the same destination.  It’s sometimes referred to as partial TL, although there are differences, such as the need for freight set on pallets or in crates.

For a business with 6 pallets or more, a load greater than 5,000 pounds, or freight requiring 12-32 linear feet of trailer space, volume LTL may be the way to go.  And if you’ve never used it before, you may want to consider it for future shipments after seeing the 5 benefits customers who choose volume LTL enjoy.

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What is Volume LTL Shipping?

How we help LTL shippers avoid GRIs

Businesses who ship product and carriers looking to maximize business revenue have come to embrace Volume LTL shipping.  The simplest explanation is that it provides many of the benefits of truck load (TL) or partial TL with the cost savings associated with less than truckload (LTL).  It’s a win-win for everyone.

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