If you currently find yourself in the position of scoping out ways to optimize your supply chain, one type of logistics service that can be highly beneficial is transloading.
Transloading is especially utilized for intermodal. It’s the act of unloading and loading cargo from one mode of transport to another. This includes ship, rail, and truck.
Of course, a lot more goes into transloading than just moving the cargo from one place to another. Transloading is flexible, and can help make the supply chain more efficient. In this blog post, we share 3 of the biggest benefits of transloading services.
Sure, intermodal can help save time and money, but the more you have to move cargo, the higher the risk of damages. Transloading helps decrease this risk, because the workers who undertake the lifting and loading are professionals.
They know how to properly package items according to their unique needs, while also planning the organization of loading and storing. Whether it’s pallets or packages, they can make sure space is properly distributed so goods don’t get jostled around too much while in transit.
Professional transloaders know how to keep the supply chain pumping, especially when cargo is in transit between modes. This is vital, since it’s a prime time for delays to occur.
Transloaders utilize equipment such as forklifts or cranes to get the job done swiftly, and of course safety is always kept in mind when stacking and loading.
Flexibility is also provided through transloading services, opening you up to faster modes of transportation. For example, if you have a large shipment that needs to travel long distances, you can utilize rail to speed things up, instead of organizing multiple trips via trucks.
Finally, since transloading opens you up to new modes of transportation for shipping, this in turn gives you the opportunity to branch out into new markets for business.
For example, with the option of air or sea travel, you can look at overseas markets that might not have been possible if you only relied on trucking.
One of the biggest hurdles is figuring out how to finagle the transportation of goods internationally, but transloading simplifies operations.
True Carriers Group is a non-asset based group of carriers that has been helping drive America’s supply chain for over 40 years. We offer a full range of logistics services, including Intermodal, Reefer, Van, Flatbed, Brokerage, LTL and Heavy Haul.