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Understanding the Differences Between Shipping and Logistics

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Understanding the differences between shipping and logistics

C&D Logistics specializes in logistics and shipping services throughout North America and around the world. With over 17 years of industry experience, we know that understanding the differences between shipping and logistics is important for good business. Nevertheless, many of us choose to use the terms interchangeably despite the significant differences between them. In order to gain a better understanding of the differences between the two, C&D Logistics helps clarify each term below.

What is shipping?

Before understanding the differences between shipping and logistics, it is first important to understand the definition of shipping. Simply put, shipping is the transferal or movement of goods from one place to another. There are many different types of shipping including: hazmat shipping for the movement of dangerous goods as well as same day shipping for the expedited movement of goods. Although both of these shipping types require different documentation, handling, arrival times and means of transportation, they both involve the movement of goods from the point of origin to the point of destination. C&D Logistics carries a large selection of shipping equipment that includes: flat deck trucks, step deck trucks, double drop trailers, dry vans, and more.

What is logistics?

Defining logistics is also key in understanding the differences between shipping and logistics. First, it is important to understand that logistics consists of several smaller areas of specialization, one of which is shipping itself. Other areas of logistics include material handling, warehousing, packaging and much more. Logistics involves both the integration and management of these smaller areas in order to minimize costs and improve overall operations for businesses.

What is the difference between shipping and logistics?

The primary differences between shipping and logistics are scope and scale. Logistics operates on a significantly larger scale than shipping. In fact, logistics is an important part of supply chain management which is an integral aspect of business strategy. Despite the differences between shipping and logistics, successful businesses rely on both of these areas working together in order to operate efficiently.

To learn more about the differences between shipping and logistics, please contact C&D Logistics at 604-881-4440. If you are interested in receiving a free shipping quote, please fill out a form on our website. C&D Logistics specializes in the movement of all types of freight throughout North America, and around the world. We offer a variety of specialized freight and logistics services. Keep up-to-date with the latest shipping and logistics news by subscribing to the C&D Logistics newsletters and following us on Facebook.