Choosing a Trucking Company
As a distributor, wholesaler or manufacturer, one of your biggest challenges is bringing your products to market. With more than 80% of consumer goods moved by truck, it’s very possible that you will have to research, find and use a trucking company sooner than later.
However, It’s also possible that you already have your own network of reliable companies that you transact business with. But what if things change, either with the trucking company or your needs?
You’ll need to search for a new freight transportation partner, and the longer you do, the more you can lose. To fast-track your search, here are three basic considerations you should make:
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Yes, there are several trucking companies quite capable of distributing your goods. But if you have to lessen your risk of having problems that only experience can handle, pick a company that’s been there for least five years at least. Don’t hesitate to look up their customers and contact them for feedback.
It’s a mistake to select a trucking company just because they promise to deliver your cargo at a certain time. It’s the overall quality of services they provide that makes a tremendous difference when you need to choose one. You have to ask questions such as, do they offer staging, storage or any options that can minimize my costs? Can I track my shipment while it’s in transit? If I call, will I be talking to a live company representative?
When looking for a new supplier, you’ll probably need to make many phone calls, go to many meetings and maybe visit a lot of different facilities. And each time, you’ll ask a number of questions. Pay attention to both the answers and how they were provided. You can tell so much about how a trucking company will treat your business just by looking at how their representatives treat you as a person. Surely, there are far more basic criteria that you can use to pick the best trucking company for your business. For instance, do they operate in your markets? What costs are in the picture? Is the company equipped to meet any special requirements you may have?
The more attention you pay to all the above, the more you’ll find a company you’ll be happy to do business with. Of course, there are many options out there nowadays. But you can start by getting two or three main prospects and comparing them. Comparison works because it lets you see who’s really right for you. Remembering all the above tips, you will surely have a much easier time making a choice.