Consolidate LTLs For Truck Load Efficiencies

Shippers with LTL loads are choosing multi-vendor consolidation programs to reap the value of full truckload shipments.


The Dallas facility serves Texas and Oklahoma. “If we were shipping out of Chicago to Texas, the chances that we would be able to consolidate would be next to zero, because it would be rare that there would be other grocery products in Chicago destined for the Texas market,” Slinkard explains. “Shippers Warehouse is the leader for grocery products in the Texas region where they have a huge opportunity to consolidate. This is especially important to us because there are a limited number of major grocery retailers in the Texas market.”

When evaluating a consolidation provider, choose one who is a major player in the region you wish to serve so there is the increased likelihood for consolidation to occur, advises Slinkard. “It’s the last leg of the journey that has the least amount of weight and that is the most expensive. So it helps to be close to the retailers you are serving so you can keep down the costs of that last leg.”

There is no reason for anyone to be concerned about sharing transportation with competitors. “Go for it,” encourages Slinkard. “If you don’t participate, your competitors will and you will only hurt yourself by not taking advantage of the benefits.”

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