Going from parcel shipping to freight shipping for the first time may seem intimidating. Although you might be familiar with the standard practices of parcel shipping, your business could benefit from moving to less-than-truckload or LTL shipping. In general, parcel shipping is best for freight that is 150 pounds or less, fits in a smaller package and can be lifted without assistance. LTL shipping is best for freight that is over 150 pounds, is bulky [...]
How do you know if you are shipping freight or parcel? It’s not uncommon for shippers to mistakenly believe they should ship one way when really, it would be more efficient to ship another.
Freight shipping, by definition, is the movement of bulk cargo from one location to another, whether it’s by truck, rail, air, or sea. The importance of the freight industry cannot be understated. In fact, The American Trucking Associations’ American Trucking Trends 2018 found that the trucking industry alone generated $700.1 billion in revenue, or 79.3% of the U.S.’s freight bill, cementing its place of importance in the U.S. economy.
The term parcel sometimes signifies residential, or small shipper, in the freight industry, but that kind of definition isn’t a box parcel fits neatly into. Actually, there’s more to parcel than meets the eye! We get that reevaluating your shipping habits sounds time-consuming—and time is money where freight’s concerned—but there’s a silver lining: shipping parcel alongside your less-than-truckload cargo (and vice versa!) could save you big.