The online retail boom has raised the delivery expectations of consumers. Increased demand for products has squeezed traditional freight arrangements. Consumers want fast, reliable delivery, with reasonable shipping costs.
Package weight and dimensions are important. Consider making the most of the space within a box. Avoid large boxes with lots of empty space. You’ll also need to factor in where the package is going. Sometimes there are extra fees.
When what you’re sending is too large for the mail, but it’s too small to fill a whole truck, it’s called a ‘less than truckload’ shipment, or LTL. These loads leave a lot of wasted space in trucks. Carriers don’t like shipping small loads ‘empty miles’.