What is LTL Shipping?

LTL shipping

Less than truckload or LTL shipping is the transportation of small freight that doesn’t require an entire trailer. This shipping method is an option when freight weighs between 150 and 15,000 pounds.

Less than truckload allows you to pay only for the portion of a truck trailer that your freight occupies while other customers’ freight fills the remaining space in the trailer.

LTL shipping offers many benefits including:

  • Cost savings: you only pay for the portion of the trailer your freight occupies instead of an entire truckload.
  • More secure: LTL shipments are transported on carefully packed pallets keeping them more secure than many smaller units. This reduces the risk of loss or damage.
  • Greater service options: LTL shipping offers additional special service options such as inside pickup and delivery, and liftgates.
  • Easy tracking: The ability to track and trace your shipment as it’s transported allows you to provide customers with up-to-date status information and proactively troubleshoot shipment issues if they occur.

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As beneficial as LTL shipping can be, the complexities of this shipping method can be confusing leading to increased costs and causing you to fall short of customer expectations.

By using an LTL shipping market leader with deep expertise, like BlueGrace, you can reduce costs, minimize claims, and boost service delivery times. This gives you a competitive advantage by providing you access to our BlueShip technology combined with our expert shipping guidance.

With BlueGrace as your LTL shipping partner, you receive:

  • Access to premium LTL capacity with blanket rates through our extensive network of carriers.
  • Greater freight visibility with our award-winning transportation management system (TMS), BlueShip.
  • A powerful LTL shipping network for scale and stability along with an array of LTL lanes and options to more easily navigate supply chain challenges like service outages and seasonal price spikes.
  • Greater productivity with less complexity with our BlueShip platform that integrates with your systems to provide a complete picture of your supply chain to optimize your LTL shipping.

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The BlueShip® Platform

LTL Rating

Simplify your LTL with the proprietary BlueShip Rating Engine built for speed, accuracy, and performance. This LTL rating engine delivers thousands of rates in seconds through a single instance platform - so you can quote with confidence. As an open platform, it allows for an easy and accessible API with a software development kit available.

Multi-Modal Support

Built on a modern tech-stack with software products designed to support an increasing amount of transportation and modes. Full truckload, less-than-truckload, refrigerated, temperature controlled, flatbed, intermodal and more. BlueShip TMS is designed with flexibility and customization to support multiple modes and multiple integrations that provide the highest level of visibility across your supply chain.

Freight Tracking and Visibility

Having complete visibility to your freight is a necessity. With the BlueShip platform, you'll have access to built-in tracking, making it effortless to see where your freight is, every step of the way.

Predictive Analytics, Actionable Data & Meaningful Insights

BlueShip drives value through understanding, comprehending, and visualizing your logistics network data. Based on highly clean and accurate data, this gives you deep visibility across your supply chain. It allows for AI and machine learning, as well as predictive and prescriptive decision support analytics to build resilience, prepare for disruption and increase operations efficiency.