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Consolidated Freight

Consolidated Freight

Consolidated freight services are included in every freight quote you get online with FreightCenter. Book online or by phone today and save up to 85%.

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What Is Consolidated Freight?

Outside of using highly specialized carriers, there is another option that can provide more opportunity for bottom-line savings and increased efficiency: consolidated shipping. Consolidating freight, or ‘partial shipments‘ services, involves combining multiple LTL (less-than-truckload) freight or LCL (less-than-container load) shipments into a partial or full truckload or cargo container shipment.

Partial shipments are average in supply chains. Consolidating freight helps optimize supply chain logistics, saves time, and lowers overall unit costs. This happens when you fill one container or truck with loads from multiple shippers. Consolidated freight can be shipped via road, rail, air, or ocean. You can avoid higher costs by combining your internationally-bound freight with other shipments.

 

Why Choose FreightCenter For Your Shipping Needs?

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Why Choose FreightCenter For Less-Than-Truckload Services (LTL)?

We are an award-winning logistics company and an American veteran-owned business. We bring a lot to the table when it comes to less-than-truckload services. Our history, competitive pricing, and level of service are unmatched in the industry. Over the years and many miles, we have formed a dedicated and respected network of partners in the industry to help customers meet deadlines.

Our mission is to meet and exceed customer expectations in all that we do. We take care of less-than-truckload freight shipping from pickup to delivery. Excellent customer service is our hallmark, and it goes a long way in building a relationship of trust. When customers select FreightCenter to handle their less-than-truckload freight shipment, they trust us to do the job.

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Benefits of Consolidating Freight

  • Save Money: Shippers often only use a fraction of the space on a trailer. But they have to pay for the whole thing. Consolidation services combine shipments going to similar locations into one truck. You only have to pay for the space your freight takes up.
  • Reduce Risk of Damage: Consolidation is a way to quickly deliver your freight without being unloaded and loaded multiple times. This is done by transporting the freight from the shipper to the consolidation center to the receiver/consignee. This reduces the chances of your freight being damaged.
  • Direct: Consolidation is a way to deliver your freight quickly and directly. You will need a shipping company with a lot of freight. They can develop a plan that sends your freight on one truck, so it can use the truck space more efficiently and reach its destination faster.

Challenges of Consolidated Shipping

  • Finding Carriers: Not all carriers participate in consolidated shipping because of the added complexity. Therefore, you’ll probably need a 3rd party logistics provider (3PL) to work on it.
  • Planning: Shipping is a complicated endeavor that requires you to be aware of pricing methods, dimensions (check out our density calculator), timing, and other variables to execute a successful delivery. Consolidated shipments require more organization and planning than FCL or FTL shipments.
  • More Time: Consolidated shipments can take longer than FCL shipments because more steps are involved in the process. As a shipper, you must be aware of this and plan accordingly.
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