At Freightcom, we know that LTL shipping and parcel shipping is very important for small to medium sized businesses. We also recognize that, while most businesses primarily use LTL and parcel shipping services, there are so many circumstances where more is needed. Shipping is a vast, diverse industry, after all, and we are happy to provide our customers with exactly the shipping services they may need at a given point in time.
To that end, today on the blog we’ll be taking a look at some of the lesser-known shipping services that we offer through our carrier partners. Perhaps some you may not have heard of, or some you weren’t aware that Freightcom offers. When all is said and done, however, we’ll see that Freightcom has you covered beyond just pallets and parcels.
White Glove Services
Even if you’ve never heard the term “white glove services” before, there’s a very good chance that you’ve come across them in some form already.
Typically, white glove services refer to the shipment and delivery of large, high-ticket items, most commonly to a residential setting. Depending on the item, and the carrier, these services can range from simple delivery to a residential driveway to installation and cleanup.
Most often, white glove services are synonymous with residential furniture and appliance delivery, however these services can extend to the B2B sector, as well. In fact, it’s not uncommon for storefronts, office spaces, and other professional facilities to require white glove services for the delivery of furniture, fixtures, and industrial appliances.
Time sensitivity can oftentimes play a factor in the service required for a particular shipment. With traditional LTL shipping, it may be difficult for a carrier to guarantee delivery within a particularly tight time frame. In instances like this, a shipper may opt to enlist an expedited trucking service.
These services utilize several vehicle types ranging from full-sized freight trucks to medium-duty trucks pulling flatbed trailers. Expedited drivers can generally deliver smaller LTL loads directly from point A to point B, as opposed to traditional LTL shipping, wherein multiple shippers, and therefore multiple shipments, share one trailer.
Temperature Sensitive Shipping
Possibly the most common specialized service requested among pallet shippers is temperature control. Specifically, temperature sensitive shipments can largely be separated into two distinct services.
Reefer is the blanket term that refers to temperature-controlled trailers designed for shipping either refrigerated or frozen goods. In some instances, such as those that use an insulated partition, both types of goods can be transported in the same trailer.
Protect from Freeze
Protect from Freeze, as the name suggests, refers to temperature-controlled trailers designed to keep freight above freezing by staying above 32 degrees Fahrenheit, or zero degrees Celsius. This service is particularly important for the cross-border shipping of items such as temperature sensitive produce coming into Canada from more temperate climates to the south.
Freightcom is Your Solution, No Matter How Specialized
While these shipping services may be a little bit niche, knowing what they are and when to use them could mean the difference between a successful shipping strategy and lost revenue. Better still, these are only a fraction of the services Freightcom can offer your business!
Our all-in-one shipping platform gives shippers preferred rates on LTL and parcel shipping from North America’s leading carriers, as well as tools for eCommerce fulfillment, streamlined billing, and more, all for zero startup or monthly fees!
Contact one of our shipping experts today and see just how many ways Freightcom can help your business ship smarter.
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.