What is LTL shipping? LTL shipping may be the answer you’re looking for if your business frequently finds itself in situations where they only need a small portion of a truckload. 

LTL stands for Less-Than-Truckload (also referred to as Less-Than-Load), an ideal shipping method for any business that needs to transport small freight shipments that do not require a full truckload. With LTL shipping, multiple shipments from your business and other businesses are consolidated into one truckload, allowing you to share the cost of transportation.

When choosing a partner for your business freight needs, it’s helpful to understand the ins and outs of LTL shipping. With that knowledge in hand, you’ll be better able to select a shipping logistics company with the right experience with LTL shipping and that knows how to maximize the service while minimizing costs. 

LTL shouldn’t be complicated when the right shipping logistics provider does the work for you. Let’s take a closer look at why businesses choose LTL for their delivery needs and what kinds of benefits it offers.   

Why Do Businesses Choose LTL?

Many businesses use LTL when they need to ship products that are too large for small parcel carriers but not big enough to require a full truckload. This type of shipping is commonly used in industries such as retail, manufacturing, and healthcare. 

LTL has numerous benefits that help your business thrive and expand to new heights. Some of these benefits include: 

  • Cost savings 
  • Flexibility
  • Security 
  • Tracking
  • Reduce emissions
  • Reduce damages

LTL can help your business improve its overall business model and customer experience. So let’s explore how the above benefits can transform your business. 

Cost Savings

One of the primary benefits of LTL shipping is cost savings. Since multiple shipments are consolidated into one truckload, you can save money on transportation costs. When you use LTL shipping, you pay only for the space your shipments occupy in the truck.

When shopping for a freight carrier, find one that uses a pricing structure based on freight classification, trucking lanes, and special services. You can click here to learn more about how BLS calculates shipment costs. 


Another benefit of LTL shipping is flexibility. During an LTL run, we make multiple stops during transportation. That way, a carrier can easily accommodate changes in shipping schedules or destinations. LTL shipping is a great option if your business suddenly changes shipping needs.

Since multiple orders are on one truckload, any adjustments, changes, or additions can be easily managed. The best shipping companies ensure that any changes made along the way won’t cause major disturbances and the orders will continue to arrive on time. 

Security and Tracking

LTL shipping also offers better security and tracking than other shipping methods. We use advanced technology to track shipments, providing your business with real-time updates on the status of your shipments. 

When you choose a shipping logistics partner, look for one that uses a tracking system to handle and track shipments at every step of the shipping process, ensuring that shipments are delivered safely and on time.

Reduce Emissions

Less-Than-Truckload can also help lower emissions. Since LTL involves consolidating multiple shipments onto one truck, there are fewer trucks on the road by default. By having fewer trucks on the road, we can lower fuel consumption and reduce the number of empty miles. 

LTL can also reduce traffic congestion since fewer vehicles are on the road. Best of all, LTL helps drivers optimize their routes to reduce travel distance.

Reduce Damages

Lastly, LTL shipping can reduce the damages that happen to shipments. LTL freight uses pallets when loading the packages onto the truck, and pallet handling protects the packages from wear and tear.

So, you have confidence that your shipment will arrive safely, on time, and in one piece. 

LTL at Beitler Logistics

At BLS, we believe that LTL should not be complicated or overwhelming. So when you sign on with us, you sign over all the work and let us do it for you. With our services, we will get the LTL quotes, manage the freight transportation process, and keep you updated on the tracking information. 

Through the Beitler Advantage, your company’s logistics needs to gain the following: 


At BLS, we are a non-asset provider. What does this mean? We can move quickly and efficiently when working with any freight. If things change quickly, we can change quickly. 

Vast Coverage 

The BLS team has access to and extensive experience working in the LTL field. Our experts can find the best LTL rates across our entire carrier network. Click here to learn more about our service areas. 

Industry Experience

We have been in business for over 100 years. We understand the nuts and bolts of LTL shipping. Our crew of professionals have comprehensive expertise in many different industries, equipping us to help you no matter what your industry may be. 

Beitler Logistics Service has experience in the following industries:

  • Retail
  • High value
  • Food and beverage
  • Medical
  • Consumer packaged goods (CPG)
  • Packaging materials
  • Industrial products
  • Automotive

What Is LTL Shipping? Contact BLS Today to Learn More

LTL shipping is a cost-effective, flexible, and reliable shipping method ideal for your business if you need to transport small freight shipments. 

The Beitler Advantage can help you improve your business, reduce emissions, and keep your orders intact. We can help you grow to new heights in your field. 

If you have any questions about LTL shipping or want to learn more about our shipping services, please contact us today.