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What is Consolidated Shipping & How Will Your Business Benefit?

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

Retail-Consolidation

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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Guest Post: 4 Lessons Learned on the Path to Supply Chain Efficiency

4 Lessons Learned on the Path to Supply Chain Efficiency | Transportfolio

Supply Chain Efficiency

Starting a business while in college isn’t for everyone. I can honestly say I’ve never worked harder at anything in my life, but it’s also been the most rewarding challenge I could imagine. As an online retailer, Blue Ridge Product Solutions has evolved a lot in the eight years we’ve been in business. One of the reasons for the evolution is because we learned so much in that time. None of the lessons compare to the importance of being able to scale up as your business grows—especially when it comes to retail logistics.
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4 Factors to Help Negotiate Better Ocean Shipping Contracts This Year

4 Factors to Help Negotiate Better Ocean Shipping Contracts This Year| Transportfolio

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The 2017-18 ocean shipping contract season is underway. As you evaluate your budget and ponder the best way to approach negotiations, you will want to keep costs down, consider options, and mitigate risks. But this year, there are four other key points you will want to keep in mind as you talk to ocean service providers.
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Three Questions: Your Key to Saving in Global Forwarding

Three Questions: Your Key to Saving in Global Forwarding | Transportfolio

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Want a quick “win” in global forwarding costs? Look at ocean cargo consolidation (less than container load, or LCL). It enables you to take the best advantage of space. But you’ll need to work with a forwarder that has specific LCL capabilities to get the greatest possible savings.
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Meeting the Needs of Shippers’ Global Supply Chains

Meeting the Needs of Shippers’ Global Supply Chains | Transportfolio

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I’ve worked in the logistics industry for over 20 years. Lately I’ve been thinking about how C.H. Robinson has had a front row seat to more changes and challenges in international trade than most people can comprehend. We’ve seen the emergence of new markets, the impact of an increasingly connected globe, and the progress brought by a barrage of technological advances.
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