Whether you are a seasoned freight forwarder or a novice in the freight industry, there is always a hesitance when it comes to determining what is the ideal packaging or forwarding option. To add to the complications the shipping industry has shaped and re-shaped a numerous options over the past years. Truckload, LTL Shipping, and parcel shipment are a few in the ever-growing list. This brief note aims to serve as a guidance for understanding the difference and dynamics between two of the popular shipping options; Less Than Truckload (LTL) and Parcel shipment. LTL shipping entails a number of benefits such as convenient handling of large, overweighed and unwieldy packages.

LTL shipping has been very prominent amidst frequent shippers of medium sized freightover the past years. Anyone who has a large amount of freight to be shipped but not large enough to fill a truckload would opt for the benefit of sharing a truckload with other shippers facing the same situation under LTL shipping. LTL shipping entails a number of benefits such as convenient handling of large, overweighed and unwieldy packages. LTL carriers also have their trucks arranged in order to safely receive LTL shipping. Unlike parcel shipping LTL shipping isaimed to be shipped to loading docks. Finally, though it was the parcel carriers that pioneered shipment tracking, contemporary LTL service providers have also now incorporated tracking.

Having said all the above benefits of LTL shipping, the limitations should be stated too, in order make a well-informed decision. LTL like any other mode of shipping has its own limitations such as, the maneuvering process of LTL is mostly handled through forklifts and machinery. It is not automated with conveyor belts unlike the loading and unloading process of parcel carriers. Another consideration with regard to LTL shipping is the unavailability of door to door delivery and the additional chargers for physical and operational expenses if such deliveries are required (for larger shipments outside of Parcel dimensions this is covered with what is called White-Glove service). It should also be stated that in comparison to parcel carriers, the reliability of LTL shipping with regard to delivery on a specific date and time has always been inferior. Another consideration with regard to LTL shipping is the unavailability of door to door delivery and the additional chargers for physical and operational expenses if such deliveries are required

On the other hand, parcel shipments are a popular form of shipping for shipping smaller loads. A popular definition of parcel shipment is a load which could be handled by an average individual without any assistance and usually is less than 150 pounds. However, the fact that a parcel is less than 150 pounds is insufficient to make it eligible for parcel shipment; it should also be less than 165 inches when the length and girth of the package is combined.

Due to the relatively small size of the loads carried through parcel shipments, these entail some inherent benefits; they stand as the ideal option for light and standard individual packages, the loading and unloading process of parcel shipment are automated and parcel shipments are the best and cost effective when you are in need of your shipment to be delivered door to door. Another instance where this mode of shipping comes handy is when your shipment is time sensitive; it is very reliable and consistent when shipping important documents such as proposals and contracts.

Some limitation that you may experience when opting for parcel shipment could be, the handling of parcel shipments duringtransit could be rough and might end up with greater chances of being damaged. Despite the fact of insurance coverage this is an inconvenience of unnecessary delay. Parcel shipments can also consume a greater operational cost as every time a shipment needs to be sent the entire process of operation needs to be repeated and the requirement for this would be more frequent.

As a final note, it could be stated that determining the ideal mode of shipment can be a time-consuming task but it could have the greatest impact on the cost and profitability specially if the process is repetitive. In order to streamline this entire process and to make it cutting edge we at Freight Club offer an all in one intelligent freight platform through which more than 1000s of businesses currently benefit in making the right shipping decisions. Our world class team will ensure your products will ship via the most efficient mode possible. We serve to keep shipments safe and easy.

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