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Leverage Tactical Differences When Building LTL Networks to Reduce Cost and Improve Performance

Published: 18 December 2015

ID: G00292267

Analyst(s): Courtney Rogerson


Less-than-truckload carriers and non-asset-based third-party logistics providers yield varying advantages for palletized freight. Understanding the differences in these services will allow logistics leaders to optimize their provider portfolio, increase service, and reduce cost.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Assess the Tactical Strengths and Weaknesses of Each Type of Carrier/Provider When Building Portfolios
    • LTL Carriers
    • Non-Asset-Based 3PL Providers (Transportation Broker/Freight Forwarder Ground Networks)
  • Build a Carrier Portfolio That Includes Both LTL Carriers and Non-Asset-Based 3PL Providers
  • Allocate Shipments to Carriers/Providers Based on the Classification or Content, Service Requirements and Distribution Lane

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