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SPONSORED CONTENT: Leveraging the Right Transportation Modes for Fresh


For fresh foods, a streamlined supply chain is critical to reducing transportation costs and maintaining product quality. At Lineage BB #:294667, we recommend choosing the right transportation mode – or mix of modes – to control costs, deliver on time and reduce waste.

Here are four essential points to keep in mind when choosing the right transportation mode(s) for your fresh food needs:

1. Reduce Costs with Consolidated Shipments and a Multimodal Approach

By consolidating shipments when and where it’s appropriate, you can maximize your output and cut transportation costs. LTL (Less than Truckload) ridesharing is a reliable way to help ensure your fresh product arrives on time while avoiding LTL premium pricing. Consolidating shipments and utilizing a multimodal transportation strategy is an excellent way to significantly reduce costs on LTL shipments.

2. Boost Efficiency with Load Matching

Load matching is another great way to improve efficiency across your transportation network while helping reducing costs. It involves pairing your outbound loads from a warehouse to trucks that are already inbound to the location. This method can reduce costs and improve sustainability by avoiding those wasteful empty miles. Load matching helps optimize your resources while minimizing transportation costs.

3. Diversify Your Network with Intermodal Transloading

Intermodal transloading is an efficient way to reduce costs for long-haul freight. It works by combining multiple modes of transportation to maximize efficiency. For instance, domestic moves may combine temperature-controlled rail and truck to move fresh product from coast to coast. Optimizing your network by strategically transferring your goods or containers between truck and train allows you to boost your overall efficiency and reduce costs, all while ensuring products arrive on time and in good condition.

4. Ocean Freight for International Moves

For international moves, ocean freight is added to the mix. Efficiently navigating the logistics of coordinating and facilitating these international moves may require help with import/export, customs brokerage and drayage. A logistics provider with an in-house customs brokerage team and strategic locations at many ports can help move fresh products around the world swiftly and headache-free.

Transform Complexity into Efficiency

There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to choosing the right transportation mode. Choosing the right transportation mode or mix of modes is essential to reducing transportation costs and ensuring on-time delivery of your products. At Lineage, we combine our cold chain expertise with the leading cold chain network to create a custom solution that fits your unique needs. This helps your products arrive where they need to be—on time, on temp and within budget.