The Role of Trucking in Logistics Business

Logistics encompasses a combination of production and the delivery of a product or service to ensure efficient and effective management of various warehouse and distribution companies. Logistics management matters because it controls the flow of supplies to match the needs of the manufacturer with the schedule of sales to customers. It also coordinates the flow of information in terms of delivering feedback about sales, financing, and the delivery of product from various suppliers.

Trucking, on the other hand, involves the research and planning of trucking operations and considers all the factors involved in the transportation of goods by trucking companies with the goal of maximizing productivity and efficiency. In trucking logistics, distribution companies analyze trucking routes to improve efficiency through the reduction of delivery times including putting into consideration the type of load being transported to determine the best shipping method of goods.

Depending on what you want to transport and where you have the following services to choose from:

Just-in-Time Truckload (JIT)

This freight forwarding service specializes in the transportation of oversized goods on flatbeds, multi-axle trailers, or step decks. The Just in time truckload services includes same day land delivery in a local area or air freight services that can either be same day or next day. JIT transportation services are location-specific to ensure that a client’s shipment arrives at its destination on time, hence reducing storage and inventory cost while allowing customers to track their products in transit.  3pls prefer the Just in time truckload method because there are minimal inventory levels, which makes it cost effective as it minimizes the number of consignments a client can hold at a time. The turnaround of stock is equally fast, which also minimizes the risks of damaged or stolen goods.

Full Truckload Shipping (FTL)

Full truckload shipping is a cost-effective and practical solution for any large domestic shipment especially for time-sensitive, delicate or high-risk freight because the goods stay in the same truck during the entire journey. Full truckload shipping is a faster and safer method of transportation where companies dedicate an entire truck to a single client, regardless of the weight or size of the shipment. There are no stopovers, and the goods are not handled en route until they reach their destination. This minimizes the chances of mishandling or damaging the consignment.

Less Than Truckload shipping (LTL)

This shipping solution has several advantages as well as disadvantage. Less than truckload is cost-effective because clients only pay for the space they use rather than paying for the entire trailer as they would with FTL. The downsides are, shipments are handled several times through the duration of transit and often change trailers several times before reaching the destination. As a result, shipping companies must spend additional resources on the packaging of a product to minimize the potential for damages. Consignments in the Less than truckload method also does not come with guaranteed delivery unless requested, which increases shipment costs.

Learn more about Matrix Transportation and the transportation services they offer including: dedicated truckloads, JIT truckloads, less than truckload (LTL), same day expedited FTL and LTL, full truckload, warehousing, cross-docking, and trailer rentals at  To contact one of our trucking experts call toll free 888.896.2405 today.


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