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E-commerce freight: Keeping up with demand

E-commerce freight: Keeping up with demand

More people than ever are choosing to pass on department store shopping and opting to buy their goods online.

Now, carriers aren’t taking bulk items from a production center to a department store, and instead, take loads of assorted goods to distribution centers, regional facilities, and finally to residential zones.

Shipwell knows that a shifting demand in the economy requires a flexible supply chain to meet consumer needs as quickly as possible. We provide a product and service that helps shippers, brokers, and carriers all connect the dots and boost revenue.

Did you know Shipwell integrates directly with Shopify?

E-commerce merchants who leverage freight can plug into the Shipwell freight network to offer real-time rates to their customers right in their online store.

To delve deeper into the supply and demand of e-commerce, we wanted to explain some freight areas that see the effects of online shopping.

Global purchasing and small loads

The e-commerce boom has boosted and sustained the tonnage in OTR trucking. Both FTL and LTL companies have experienced a massive increase in freight moving across the country and even the world. Maersk is moving even more ships, and when they arrive at ports, there is a considerable need for drayage carriers to pick up and deliver containers to staging terminals.

Shipwell works with over 800,000 truckers in both full truckload and LTL modes to provide a range of options for each shipper.

Choose LTL for only a few crates or pallets, or vLTL for a larger shipment depending on the regional needs. If you need to ship a large amount of product to a distribution center, we have full truckload service available. Both of these modes come with 24/7 customer service from Shipwell.

Stretching the supply chain

The growing amount of parcel shipments has made shippers change the strategy of their shipping lanes and processes.

LTL carriers have grown more involved in the last-mile delivery phase of the supply chain. As more products like furniture and other household appliances are ordered online, trucking companies have expanded their efforts to reach residential zones.

Adding that last-mile delivery service can also add pressure to be as accurate as possible on hitting the delivery time. Shipwell works with several LTL carriers who provide the accessorial equipment to drop a shipment just about anywhere. From liftgate service to white glove handling, there are solutions to getting shipments delivered safe and on time.

Changing warehouse storage systems

Companies that make most of their sales online have a massive amount of smaller packages going out all the time. Distribution centers have had to rearrange how they store packages and determine what exactly goes into each truck to maximize truckload volume and minimize costs.

Carriers will continue to benefit from the massive growth of e-commerce sales. As the growth drives innovation in the freight space, Shipwell is at the front of the pack. We provide an easy-to-use platform and an unmatched Managed Services team.