In the world of logistics, LTL means “less than a truckload.”
Less than a truckload.
LTL shipments are most often transported via “common” carriers (Estes, R&L, SAIA, etc.) who handle freight above what would normally ship via FedEx Ground, UPS, or U.S. Mail parcel services (which maxes out at about 150 pounds per load) to just under what would usually be considered a Full Truck Load – or FTL (loads weighing 20,000 pounds, or more than 14 pallets).
The main advantage of using an LTL carrier is that a shipment can be transported for a fraction of the cost of hiring an entire truck and trailer for an exclusive shipment. Also, a number of accessory services are available from LTL carriers, which are not typically offered by FTL carriers. Some of these optional services include: liftgate service at pickup or delivery, residential (also known as "non-commercial") service at pickup or delivery, inside delivery, notification prior to delivery, and freeze protection.
The "Minimum Order Quantity" notice you see listed on most of our website's products pages (for example: 4 cases undecorated; 10 cases decorated) is related to minimum weight requirements for moving the products to you. Tote Glass passes freight charges at our cost and we are happy to provide a quote for shipment to your location. Of course, you can always arrange your own transportation if that is preferable.
Important: If a lift-gate and/or inside delivery is not requested at time of placing order but is used at time of delivery you will be charged additional fees.