Don’t let carrier capacity issues get you down.
June 1, 2012
One of the greatest challenges shippers in America face is staying on top of the ever-changing truckload shipping market. Whether it’s industry-wide issues like driver shortages and market regulations, or seasonal shipping increases like Christmas trees in the Northwest and produce in the Southeast, changes in the market can directly affect shippers across the country.
When carrier capacity gets tough in your area and buyers are in desperate need of your freight, what can you do to get wheels under your shipment?
Ditch the equipment type status quo.
In 2012, a produce boom in Southern Georgia left shippers scrambling to find trucks. For each refrigerated trailer in the Valdosta area, there were more than 20 shippers in need of their service. Many shippers had to wait days to find a carrier for their load, some even longer.
While Southern Georgia’s produce boom left shippers in need of refrigerated trailers in a bind, flatbed shippers didn’t face the same capacity battle.
Tip: If your freight can go on multiple trailer types, test the waters on all trailers that will work for you. Although flatbed rates are usually higher than van rates, capacity issues can minimize the price difference in a hurry.
When it comes to finding a truck to haul your freight, there are a number of factors to consider, and a number of potential deal breakers. Take for example a small pickup window. A narrow pickup window can limit the carriers that are able to meet that requirement. If possible, broaden your dock hours.
Accommodating carrier needs just might be the difference between locking a carrier down for pickup or spending extra time looking for another.
Tip: Flexibility is key. Find areas where you can work with the carrier.
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