How Ecommerce Impacted LTL Shipping Options
The 5,500-mile common border between the US and Canada has witnessed a countless number of goods moving from one country to the other. The phenomenal rise of ecommerce has ushered in an increase in products that enter Canada from various US-based online retailers.
The ramifications of the growth of ecommerce to shipping particularly less-than-truckload (LTL) freight has been tremendous. The shipping industry as a whole is now struggling to keep up with the demand. Ecommerce has not only resulted into constraints to shipping capacity, it has fundamentally changed the movement of products through distribution channels.
LTL providers in particular are challenged by the reduction in size of shipments and their increasing frequencies. Instead of large static shipments in pallets, shipments are now smaller in sizes and are not enough for the full truckload (FTL). Retailers have to rely on LTL providers to get their goods to their destinations.
Ecommerce is shaping the shipping industry as a whole with increasing demands for faster shipping speeds. Customers expect their orders to be delivered within a couple days. While online retailers are experiencing significant growth because of free shipping orders, shippers have to reorganize to deliver goods according to the customer’s expectations. To address the challenges, shippers have started to operate distribution channels that are close to each other and closer to major urban centres to expedite delivery.
In the past, most shipments would go directly to the retailer’s warehouse for unloading and storage. This is no longer the case because shipments are more frequent and smaller and have to be delivered to a wide range of destinations. However, there are destinations that lack the necessary infrastructure like loading docks. Carriers have to adapt to different situations by changing the type of trucks used to deliver shipments, particularly in major urban centres where final delivery can affect shipping costs.
Consumer and supplier demands can make a big difference that is why Titan Transline offers LTL shipping at unprecedented speeds for small sized shipments so that ecommerce retailers will stay more agile than their competitors. LTL options are backed by top of the industry real-time tracking and specially-engineered equipment including a team of industry experts.