Since it first became a common shipping mode in the 1980s, LTL (Less Than Truckload) shipping has become a staple of the trucking industry. These smaller shipments have made the freight business, and in fact the manufacturing and distribution industries as a whole more competitive, and have changed the way companies move their goods to market.
Previous to the advent of LTL trucking, businesses were restricted to the cost of a full truck to deliver goods, making smaller shipments impractical and giving an advantage to customers who shipped at higher volumes. The LTL model levelled the playing field, giving smaller companies better access to transportation so they could compete more effectively.
Life on the road is different for companies and individuals moving goods that don’t fill the truck. There are more pickups and deliveries, and goods need to be handled more on their way to their destination. For over-the-road haulage, LTL carriers prefer tandem or “pup” trailers, which allows them the ability to drop off half of their load to a terminal, and then continue to a second destination with the other half.
For local delivery, goods are generally moved to a day cab truck, which is shorter because there’s no sleeper compartment. Trailers often utilize roll up doors rather than traditional swing doors, as it makes it easier to load and unload. The truck will be equipped with a pallet jack, as the load will need to be manipulated between shipments.
LTL shipping means more business for smaller companies, and more opportunities for aspiring transportation professionals. We’re forecasting a significant shortage of truck drivers in the short term, which means that carriers that accept LTL shipments will be looking for drivers. If you’re pursuing in a career in trucking, come and see us at Winnipeg’s premiere driving school, First Class Training Centre. Our instructors are freight professionals who know the ins and outs of the complicated trucking business, and can help you make informed decisions about he best way to enter the industry for you.
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