In the complex world of logistics, finding the best freight quotes can make a substantial difference in your business's bottom line.
Whether you're a seasoned shipper or just starting, you might feel overwhelmed trying to navigate all of the services and rates. To help, we’ve put together some effective strategies to make the best decision and score awesome rates.
Don't settle for the first quote that comes your way, no matter how convincing the company may be! Instead, reach out to multiple carriers and freight brokers to compare rates and services. This can help you identify competitive pricing and negotiate better terms!
Accuracy is key when requesting quotes. Ensure you provide precise information about the type of shipment, dimensions, weight, origin, and destination. Any discrepancies can lead to inaccurate quotes!
While cost is important, so is transit time. Remember, you get what you pay for- and you also want efficiency!
Evaluate carriers based on their estimated delivery times, especially if you're dealing with time-sensitive shipments. It doesn’t hurt to do research on their customer trackrecord, the type of shipping software they use to optimize the supply chain, and any company reviews, if available.
Many logistics companies have a savvy online presence nowadays, with websites where you can get an instant, free quote online. Save time and headaches by calling a ton of 3PLs, and just do the research from the comfort of home!
If you're a regular shipper with consistent volumes, consider negotiating long-term contracts with carriers. This can lead to more favorable rates and improved service.
Plus, you won’t have to deal with constantly seeking out new carriers- you already have a trustworthy partner.
Freight quotes might not include all additional charges, such as fuel surcharges, insurance, or delivery fees. Make sure you understand the full scope of costs associated with the shipment.
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.