Know More About LTL Or Less Than Truckload Conway Freight Shipping

What Is Meant By LTL Conway Freight?

The typical weight range of LTL Conway freight shipments is from 100 to 10000 pounds. The LTL freight forwarding companies will collect the Conway freight from different shippers and subsequently consolidate this Conway freight into trailers enclosed. This is to facilitate linehaul to either hub or delivering terminal where the Conway freight is consolidated as well as sorted for future linehauls. The day starts with drivers loading up the Conway freight and then heading out to ensure deliveries are met. After this, the drivers make pickups as soon as the trailers are emptied to return back to terminal for delivery and sorting. Hence, pickups usually happen during afternoons and deliveries in mornings.

How Does It Work?

With defined routes established for drivers there is plenty of scope for striking rapport with customers. Once Conway freight is loaded to trailer and gets filled, the driver goes to the terminal to unload the cargo. Individual shipments are weighed as well as inspected during unloading procedure to conform to description in the paperwork. While all LTL type of Conway freight needs to be inspected as per regulations, not all of it is actually inspected. After this, the Conway freight gets loaded to outbound trailer and subsequently forwarded to delivering terminal, break bulk or connection. Such LTL Conway freight shipments are handled just once during transit or these could be handled many times prior to final delivery.

The LTL transit times are longer compared to FTL. The time of transit for such Conway freight does not directly pertain to distance between source and destination but depends on the terminal network structure as well as carrier-operated break bulks, interline partners as well as agents of the carrier. If shipments get delivered and picked up at the same terminal of Conway freight, or if the freight is supposed to be routed or sorted just once during transit, the Conway freight gets delivered the subsequent day post pickup. If there is need for routing or sorting of Conway freight several times or several linehauls are needed for transportation, overall transit times are lengthier. In addition, if the delivery is to be performed to remote locations or beyond points it will stretch transit times as well.

Primary advantage about Conway freight for LTL is the cost savings incurred compared to exclusive shipments. Several accessorial services can be availed via LTL freight forwarding companies, which is not easily availed by the FTL carriers. These services include residential services for delivery or pickup, liftgate services, notifications before delivery, inside delivery, freeze protection etc. These tertiary services can be obtained from the LTL Conway freight company via a flat fee or based on surcharge depending on the weight of the Conway freight.

Preparation Of Shipments

Since the handling of Conway freight through LTL carriers is performed multiple times, proper packaging is essential to protect the shipment from crushing, scuffing or dropping and damages. Hence, such Conway freight is typically loaded to pallets and the packaged Conway freight is loaded to crates. One can also do well with stable cardboard boxes.

This manner of packaging Conway freight helps in the following ways:

  • Protection from damage
  • Protection of other Conway freight from damage by the existing freight
  • Preventing loss during transit

Given the multiple routes and longer transit times associated with LTL Conway freight, tracking numbers are allocated on every piece of the cargo to prevent misleading or misrouting instances. If zipcode as well as state of destination are mentioned on each side of the Conway freight, there are lesser chances of misleading happening. Large labels comprising carrier codes are usually included replete with destination station, tracking number, destination zipcode etc. and this is an excellent practice to follow. The more precise is the label the easier for dockworkers to identify shipments.

Profit Margin Influences

Since LTL Conway freight shipments operate with thin margins of profits, associated costs must be kept to a minimum. Two biggest factors for LTL shipments are labor as well as fuel expenses. Labor expenses are fixed because the LTL carriers use unionized labor. Thus, the aim is to cut down fuel expenses. Thus, each trailer is utilized to its maximum capacity for each mile of travel. Thus, every trailer is loaded with maximum volume and weight of goods. Such characteristics of volume and weight of Conway freight are called 'freight mix'.

Density Freight Mix

To avail the best Conway freight mix, transportation networks using two-tiers are employed, leveraging large Conway freight stations known as break bulks and smaller terminals that fan out of each break bulk establishment.

By consolidation of Conway freight from sporadic locations, one can choose from a diverse and large pool of the Conway freight. This achieves higher freight mix for longer distances. Some Conway freight can be bulky while others are light and yet others different in their shape. Consolidation of the Conway freight arriving from various terminals helps one choose from wide range of Conway freight. It facilitates more efficient packing of every trailer.

In the typical break bulk and terminal network, shipments would be picked from customer location and dispatched to local terminals after, which this Conway freight is transported to the nearest break bulk facility. Then, it is shipped off to the break bulk of the destination establishment and subsequently shipped to the local destination terminal and then the destination customer. Ultimate objectives of such networks are to minimize Conway freight transfers, aiming at no or maximum one break bulk during transit.