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Key Freight Shipping Services Explained

Posted on Mar 13, 2024 10:54:51 AM by Brandon Draga



For many businesses both in Canada and abroad, freight shipping is a crucial cornerstone of their business strategy.

The ability to ship large quantities of goods quickly and effectively is simply vital for success.

That said, freight shipping is also a vast industry, with a wide array of specific services to cater to many specific needs.

Understanding these various freight shipping services can empower businesses to make informed decisions that optimize their logistics operations.

This article will explain four of these key freight services – LTL, Spot Quote, White Glove Service, and Limited Access Delivery – and explore how they can specifically benefit your business.


1. LTL (Less Than Truckload) Shipping

LTL shipping is the most common freight service for small-to-medium-sized businesses.

A cost-effective solution for businesses that don't require a full truck for their shipments, LTL services most often consist of shipments between 1-6 pallets.

With this service, multiple shipments from different companies are consolidated onto a single truck, significantly reducing transportation costs.

This proves particularly beneficial for small to midsized businesses looking to maximize efficiency and minimize expenses.


Benefits for Canadian Businesses

  • Cost Efficiency: LTL allows businesses to pay only for the space they use, making it an economical choice for smaller shipments.
  • Flexibility: With LTL, businesses can adapt to changing shipment volumes without the burden of paying for an entire truck.
  • Environmental Impact: By sharing space with other shipments, LTL helps reduce the carbon footprint associated with transportation.

2. Spot Quote

Spot Quote is a service that provides quotes for shipments that fall outside their regularly contracted rates.

Spot quotes are most often used for specialized shipments, such as oversized or overweight loads, refrigeration, full truckloads (FTL) or partial truckloads (PTL), or deliveries that have strict appointment windows.


Benefits for Canadian Businesses

  • Cost Transparency: Spot Quote provides clarity on current market rates, helping businesses make informed decisions based on negotiated pricing.
  • Flexibility: Ideal for businesses with fluctuating shipping needs, Spot Quote offers the freedom to select rates based on market conditions.



3. White Glove Service

White Glove Service goes beyond traditional shipping, providing additional services such as inside delivery, unpacking, and assembly.

This service is ideal for businesses dealing with delicate, high-value, or specialized items.

While most often used for B2C shipments, such as residential delivery of furniture, large appliances, and power equipment, white glove services also extend to B2B shipments, such as delivery of similar high-value items to office buildings, storefronts, and other places of business.


Benefits for Canadian Businesses

  • Product Integrity: White Glove Service ensures that fragile or high-value goods are handled with utmost care, reducing the risk of damage during transit.
  • Customer Satisfaction: Offering a premium delivery experience can enhance customer satisfaction, leading to positive reviews and repeat business.
  • Time-Saving: Businesses can focus on their core operations, leaving the logistics of specialized deliveries to the experts.


4. Limited Access Delivery

Limited access locations, such as remote areas like farms, high security areas like airports, and difficult-to navigate areas like hospitals, can prove especially costly to deliver to, and in many cases these deliveries will be denied without booking the correct services.

Limited Access Delivery is one of many specialized freight services, and is designed for shipments that require special accommodations due to difficult access points like those listed above.


Benefits for Canadian Businesses

  • Accessibility: Limited Access Delivery facilitates shipments to locations that are typically challenging to reach, expanding business reach to remote areas.
  • Reduced Risks: By relying on carriers experienced in navigating challenging terrains or restricted zones, businesses minimize the risk of delays or damage.
  • Customer Satisfaction: Fulfilling deliveries to locations that are typically harder to reach can enhance customer satisfaction and loyalty.

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Topics: LTL, Shipping

Brandon Draga

Written by Brandon Draga

Brandon Draga is a full-time content writer at Freightcom, the leading shipping solution for businesses in Canada. When Brandon is not writing content to help businesses with their shipping needs, he can be found at local skate parks or writing fantasy novels.