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What is the difference between a logistics provider and a common carrier?

There are two predominant differences. Logistics providers are much more flexible as they are not limited by equipment owned which means that the access to carriers is unlimited. Logistics providers provide customers with transportation rates that are based on the space used on trailers versus common carriers who sell their service based on commodity based tariffs.

Where can a logistics provider save your company money over a common carrier?

A logistics providers offers competitive rates on loads 1000 lbs to truckload, faster transit times and less handling. These factors result in overall greater value to the customer.

What makes logistics providers more flexible over common carriers?

Logistics providers have a wide variety of carriers available which gives them much more flexibility. Their ability to draw from an unlimited number of carriers increases overall service performance.


How can logistics providers reduce damage claims on your shipments?

Common carriers have depots, service corridors and hubs to consolidate and deconsolidate your shipments. On average a shipment may be handled 3-6 times with a common carrier. A logistics provider reduces damage by minimizing the amount of handling. In many instances a load broker will arrange for the same truck to pick up and deliver your shipment to destination.

How can logistics providers reduce transit time over mid to large size common carriers?

In most instances shipments move direct from your company to the final destination avoiding transportation hubs, freight terminals and cross docking. As well,logistics providers reduce transit time by servicing all points direct thus avoiding 3-line hauls.

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