Today’s market is volatile and trucking and logistics companies like Titan Transline have to stay ahead of consumer and supplier demands to remain profitable and competitive. Less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping is offered so that small volume loads and eCommerce shipments can be transported at unprecedented speeds while maintaining high product quality.
However, shippers in the United States are experiencing supply chain problems from the LTL sector. Most of their complaints include extended transit times, missed pickups and deliveries, and lack of capacity. All these problems are caused by the shippers themselves or by other shippers that work with the same carriers that combine in stealing time from supply chains. This has resulted in long delays in the arrival of goods and penalties that are imposed for missed deliveries.
There is an ongoing surge in US imports which when combined with the worsening coronavirus pandemic has created shortages in all types of freight capacity. The supply chain disruption resulting from the coronavirus pandemic has not gone away and it is expected to increase as the number of deaths climbs and lockdowns re-emerge.
One of the major challenges faced by carriers is the availability of equipment. Cross-dock terminals are severely delayed in the processing of loads so that they have to push loads from one day to the next. Businesses try to ship goods more than they have originally planned and LTL carriers agree to accept more than they can handle. As a result, deliveries are missed and pickup dates are postponed.
According to shippers, many of the problems that they experienced during the early days of the pandemic are resurfacing recently. Shippers have reported LTL times that have been extended for 1, 2, or 3 days. Another issue is the unavailability of equipment and trailers including the increased shipment loss and damages. Labor shortages were particularly noticeable in the ports, a factor that is contributing to delays.
The shortage of drivers is a problem being experienced throughout the supply chain. The LTL industry needs at least 20,000 more drivers to handle the current freight volumes. People will continue to shop online for daily household goods and this won’t slow down in 2021.