How Box Trucks are a Logical Match for LTL Shipments
- Damage to goods: Extreme temperatures, exposure to the elements, and rough handling can damage the shipment while it is in transit, creating expensive refunds and returns to customers.
- Delays: Transit times can take longer, and customer deliveries may encounter delays when dock workers transfer LTL inventory from one carrier to another. If a company’s shipment is the last to be delivered, there will be a longer wait time than usual.
- Theft: If loads are left unattended and unprotected, the goods are at risk of theft.
- Misrouting: Misrouting may result in costly delays and customer service issues if the shipments are sent to the wrong location.
- Poor packaging: Goods may be damaged, lost or stolen if the packaging isn’t up to proper standards.
- Using damages and losses may be lessened by using box trucks. The secure section in the trucks protects the goods from being stolen.
- Box trucks can be locked to protect the inventory, making them a safer option than trailers while fighting against theft and tampering.
- Having the shipment safely secured in a box truck also protects the items against the elements.
- Shippers incur fewer expenses related to purchasing and maintaining box trucks, which range in size from 10 to 26 feet, than larger trucks.
- As mentioned above, shippers can save money by reducing damages and theft.
- Fuel costs will be less with the smaller box trucks compared to larger trucks. Box trucks are also more eco-friendly than their bigger counterparts.
- Shippers can use box trucks for both local and long-distance deliveries.
- Insurance costs may be lower with the added security that comes with using box trucks.
- The trucks can have multiple purposes, even when not transporting goods, such as hauling services, storage space, or even mobile offices.
- The ramp makes moving items from the interior of the truck to the ground, and vice versa, much easier than using a larger truck.
- The trucks may be quickly loaded and unloaded, which speeds up the delivery process.
- The sizeable, open interiors allow for moving and positioning larger items easily without the issues of tight corners or small openings coming into play.
- The different sizes and weight capacities allow for plenty of flexibility in terms of how much can be shipped at once.
- Shippers can use box trucks for small cargo, which makes them a perfect fit for LTL shipments.
- A box truck’s design allows for loading or unloading multiple items simultaneously.
- Box trucks are a better fit and safer for city streets than bigger trucks. They are easier to maneuver and park and can navigate urban roads that larger trucks can’t.
About the Author
Pamela is the Senior Marketing Manager at Edge Logistics. She has a Bachelors of Arts from DePaul University in Public Relations and Advertising with a minor in Photography. Pamela is responsible for overseeing advertising, marketing, press, and social media related to Edge.