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Brian Baklenko — Manager and Business Development of Freight Consolidation, Los Angeles

Brian’s career in the logistics industry kicked off as a transportation representative at C.H. Robinson’s Sacramento, CA, office. He played a significant role in starting the organization’s consolidation office in Los Angeles in 2008. Today, as manager and business development of freight consolidation, Brian enjoys helping his employees reach their full potential and bringing value to customers through customized solutions. He’s an APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) and a graduate of the University of California, Davis, with a B.A. in Economics.

What is Consolidated Shipping & How Will Your Business Benefit?

Freight Consolidation: Bridging the Gap between LTL and Full Truckload | Transportfolio

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What is Consolidated Shipping?

Consolidated shipping is a method of shipping where a consolidator combines individual LCL shipments from various shippers into one full container shipment. Participating in consolidated shipping earns the shipper preferred rates. When the full container shipment reaches its destination, the shipments are then deconsolidated into their original LCL shipments.

LCL vs. FCL

  • Less than container load (LCL, also referred to as less than truckload or LTL), as defined above, is when a shipment is too small in mass to require a full container to ship. These types of shipments are priced based on volume and are consolidated to fit into full containers. LCL shipments are commonplace in supply chains.
  • The alternative is full container load (FCL), which is when a shipment does have enough mass to require an entire container to ship. This type of shipment usually has a flat rate per container. Unlike with LCL shipments, FCL shipments are loaded and sealed at the origin by the supplier or manufacturer.

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Freight Consolidation: Bridging the Gap between LTL and Full Truckload

Freight Consolidation: Bridging the Gap between LTL and Full Truckload

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Partial truckload shipments—shipments that don’t fill a full truck—are commonplace in supply chains, and they’re often moved by less than truckload (LTL) common carriers or full truckload carriers. While both are effective, there is a third option that can provide more opportunity for bottom line savings and increased efficiency: freight consolidation.
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