For a 3PL, booking a truckload delivery is checklist simple. The resources and expertise of a 3PL create big benefits for both SMBs and larger enterprises. They know how to plan, coordinate, and schedule the shipment, so it gets out the door and delivered on-time and on-budget.
But a 3PLs services don’t end there. Beyond shipment tracking, they can consolidate and analyze data to create strategies to make future shipments even more cost-effective. Here’s how a 3PL can simplify truckload booking for you.
The 3PL Checklist
All a 3PL firm does is book and manage freight. This gives you a knowledgeable partner who knows the questions to ask to avoid unexpected surprises.
To arrange the paperwork and process the form efficiently, they need some basic information. This includes:
- Company and Contact Name
- Phone number
- Pickup location (City and State)
- Drop off location (City and State)
- A description of the load
- Total estimated miles traveled
- Total number of pallets
- Shipment weight estimate
With this information, they move to the next step on their checklist. That’s a few questions they’ll need to ask to identify special requirements. These might include extra equipment you need, special classifications such as a hazmat load, and important delivery deadlines.
They might also ask if it’s a one-time shipment or will be multiple deliveries.
A 3PLs benefits really start with this next step. They will plan the shipment and arrange the paperwork to make sure all the details are captured. They coordinate and dispatch the appropriate personnel. And they oversee the entire process.
The success of a truckload booking depends on the accurate and timely processing of forms. A 3PL firm’s expertise allows them to do that for you. And their expertise translates into big savings for businesses of every size.
Truckload Savings #1
3PLs save time. For a company that doesn’t ship truckload often, they know the information needed and eliminate the back-and-forth with a carrier during the information gathering process.
They also have an extensive list of carriers that ensures they can find the service a business needs. This eliminates the need to call around to find a carrier. One call and you have the answer.
Plus, as subject experts they know the common problems that can occur and how to avoid them. By avoiding common truckload booking pitfalls, they eliminate headaches and staff time spent on unnecessary problems.
All of this translates into faster revenue turn around. Your product gets out your door and delivered faster.
Truckload Savings #2
You could call this headache savings. Or you can look at it as saving your customer service time for your customers instead of avoidable problems.
Look at it this way, when your truckload shipment delivers on time and without problems, you have happier customers. And your staff can focus more on customer communication and solving customer problems rather than freight and delivery issues. Happy customers always translate into repeat business and bigger revenues.
Truckload Savings #3
A 3PL has access to dozens or more truckload carriers. This means when you work with a 3PL you have access to all the services you might need. It also means you can find the carrier with the lowest rate.
Beyond rates, a 3PL may also offer strategies to lower the cost of freight. For example, a pallet based shipment may find big savings shipping partial truckload instead. Partial truckload ships dock-to-dock like truckload. Unlike truckload, it ships same day and requires a lot less planning.
And partial truckload may also offer substantial cost-savings.
To learn more about how a 3PL like Longshot Logistics can help you, or to learn more about partial truckload, click here.