What is Guaranteed LTL Shipping and When Should I Use It?
03/02/2017 — Jerry Spelic
What is guaranteed LTL service? It is a guarantee that
your freight arrives by a pre-determined time of your choice on a
standard-service delivery day.
It is very important to understand that LTL freight shipments
are typically quoted with an estimated
transit time. LTL freight carriers all have their own standard transit times,
which take into consideration distance, the shipping lane in which the freight
is moving and availability of trucks moving between the freight’s origin and
destination. As an example, a carrier may estimate that freight moving between
Atlanta and Chicago is two standard delivery days. Transit times are generally
reliable, but again, are just an estimate so your shipment may be delayed.
The standard LTL freight guaranteed delivery is a 5:00pm
guarantee, which means that your shipment will be delivered by 5:00pm on your
specified date of delivery. Another commonly used guarantee is a noon
guarantee, where your freight must be delivered by noon on your specified date
There is also a LTL guaranteed delivery window service,
where you specify a time period in which a shipment must arrive (between 1:00pm
and 3:00pm, for example).
When should you use guaranteed LTL service?
When you are shipping to a retailer that has strict
delivery window requirements, or a MABD (Must Arrive By Date). Missing these delivery
dates and / or times may result in chargebacks of around 3% of the value of the
purchase order. So if an order valued at $50,000 was early or late, you’d pay a
$1500 fine. Paying extra for guaranteed LTL shipping is a small investment.
When your customer requires just-in-time (JIT) delivery. If you
are shipping components to a manufacturer that utilizes JIT methodologies, a
delay in your component arriving may delay their production run, or shut it
down completely. This may result in a per-minute fine if your late delivery causes
a shutdown in production, or you may lose their business entirely.
Similarly, if the delivery is required for an
installation in new construction or as a repair or replacement. For example, if
you are shipping a stainless steel fermentation tank to a new brewery, it needs
to arrive when the construction team needs it so that it can be installed and
not cause delays to their build-out schedule.
When other shipping activity relies on your shipment
arriving at a specified time. For instance, you are shipping squishy stress
relief balls to a national non-profit association as part of an event
sponsorship. These stress balls, along with other sponsors’ promotional items,
will be put into “goodie bags” for event participants and shipped to local
chapters across the county for distribution. If your item doesn’t arrive in
time, it may be left out, and you may lose the brand impact that your
sponsorship was supposed to provide.
We have a couple of caveats to pass along regarding guaranteed
LTL freight shipping. First, your shipment must happen during “business hours”
on “business days.” This excludes holidays, so you should never assume that a
guaranteed delivery can take place on a holiday. Second, it is important to find out if a
guarantee is even available for your LTL freight shipment before you assume
that one is. Some examples that may exclude a guarantee:
» Collect-on-Delivery (COD)
» Oversized shipments
» Hazardous materials shipments
» Service to some
If you have questions about when to use guaranteed LTL
freight service, or how to find freight carriers that offer guaranteed freight
delivery, contact PartnerShip. We can help you stay competitive by matching
your LTL freight shipping needs with the correct service option. Contact us at
800-599-2902 or get a quote now!
New Freight Carrier Partner - AAA Cooper Transportation
05/15/2014 — Matt Nagel
As your shipping connection, PartnerShip is always looking for ways to improve our service and offer you options for your shipping needs. We continue to bring on new and reputable carrier partners like AAA Cooper Transportation to accomplish that goal.
With its headquarters located in Dothan, Alabama, AAA Cooper Transportation has a rich history of providing quality shipping solutions to customers in the southeast United States. Today, AAA Cooper Transportation is a multi-regional transportation solutions provider offering less-than-truckload, truckload, and international services. With directly operated facilities in the Southeast, Southwest, Midwest, and Puerto Rico along with partner carriers with coverage into Canada, Mexico, and across the globe.
PartnerShip customers located in the southeast now have access to competitive rates with AAA Cooper Transportation. Along with these rates, AAA Cooper Transportation offers guaranteed freight services, specialized equipment, and port/cross-boarder International services through PartnerShip to fully support your shipping needs.
If you have any questions about shipping with AAA Cooper Transportation through PartnerShip, contact us today at 800-599-2902 or email select@PartnerShip.com. Or simply click the button below for a FREE rate quote on an upcoming LTL, truckload, expedited, or tradeshow shipment.
At PartnerShip, we understand that in addition to significant savings on shipping, it's important to offer customers straight-forward, easy-to-use, and useful tools to help with day-to-day tasks. This is why we take great pride in our web tools and services, and we're constantly working to improve and roll out new money-saving options!
Below is a quick review of some of the highlights from 2013:
Website Launch — PartnerShip did a complete overhaul of our website this year and every upgrade in functionality or new service on this list is a direct result of this overarching improvement.
Guaranteed Carrier Options — Customers of PartnerShip now have the ability to quote guaranteed carrier options on PartnerShip.com.
PartnerShip Referral Program — If you enjoy working with PartnerShip, we provide the opportunity to refer another business and earn money for that referral!
Inbound Shipping Analysis — Saving on your inbound shipping is one of the easiest and most effective ways to positively impact your bottom line. Let our experts analize your current shipping habits and save you money on any shipments you may receive from suppliers.
Live Chat — Being available to help our customers at a moments notice is of the upmost importance to us. Our new Live Chat feature better connects us to you.
Find a Freight Class — Freight class can be one of the more tricky nuances of freight shipping. That's why we instituted this useful tool to help alleviate any confusion.
Regional Team Map — Like the employee directory, the regional map allows you to put a face to the name/voice you've been working with. But it also allows you to see the entire team dedicated specifically to the part of the country you operate out of.
If you haven't yet used or taken a look at any of the above items, be sure to check them out. We can't wait to dive into 2014 with a whole new list of enhancements, services, and tools to make your life easier and save your business money!
Check back tomorrow for our Top Association Blogs of 2013