Shipments for big retailers require extensive logistical planning, particularly for time- or temperature-sensitive products. Traditional truckload (TL) shipments contain cargo that’s all from a single supplier. Rather than waiting until you have enough goods to fill a full truck yourself, these programs utilize smaller, less-than-truckload (LTL) shipments. Multiple shippers rent and share space within a single truck for various tightly scheduled stops at different vendors, warehouses, and service centers.

Companies like Walmart rely on a multi-vendor consolidation program, which helps keep shipping costs low, maintain product integrity to prevent spoilage, and enable on-time deliveries. It also cuts down on labor, equipment, and fuel expenses while reducing a business’ carbon footprint.

Such programs require careful consideration and strict management to achieve optimal efficiency, scheduled deliveries, and safe, consistent temperature control across multiple stops. Partnering with Mulder Brothers Brokerage for reliable retail consolidation services, cold chain trucking and storage solutions, and all related logistics will allow you to focus on your core business and let our experts handle the rest.