Small companies that do not have a fleet of trucks to move their freight often need a solution that allows the products to get where they need to be and get there on time. Working with a freight carrier or a transportation brokerage company may be the solution.
The amount of freight you need to move can dictate the way you move it. For very small companies that are only shipping partial loads of goods, find a freight company that can offer you some space on a truck that is going to the destination you need but is carrying other freight as well.
On the other hand, if you have several truckloads a week to go out, contracting with a height carrier to provide trailers and carry that freight can help streamline the shipping operations from your company. Finding a freight carrier that is flexible and can work with you is essential, so take some time and talk to several carriers before you lock into a contract with them. Make sure that you also have an option to change companies if you need more service than they can offer as your company grows.
Depending on your company's size and the amount of freight you are regularly shipping, working with a transportation brokerage might be a better fit for the company than entering into a contract for shipping. The broker can arrange trucks and shipments for you as you need them, and if you need a partial load to go out to a specific location, the broker can find a truck going there in the time frame you need.
Transportation brokerages often work with many companies and many truck drivers to coordinate and facilitate shipping solutions that are beneficial to both parties. Because these brokerages have so many resources to draw on, they can often find trucks and loads fast and facilitate extremely efficient shipments.
Logistics and Storage
Often your freight needs to get to an area that may take several moves. If the cargo needs to come off the truck partway to its destination to be moved to another carrier, a logistics warehouse can be an essential part of that transition. Your transportation brokerage firm will often have logistics resources in their network and trucks and other freight carriers.
The broker may use a warehouse along the route to offload and reload the freight occasionally, so it is a valuable resource to have. Talk to your broker about how that works, and if it can save you some cost because of the added flexibility it adds to the shipping process. Reach out to a freight carrier or transportation brokerage near you for more information.