Working with shipping companies and getting products to market are a part of every business. When managing logistics for your small business it is important that you have a plan. Read some of our tips for small businesses dealing with logistics.
Before creating a logistics plan, make sure you understand your overall strategy. If the strategy is to offer fast deliveries, you may need to budget more for expedited shipping. If your strategy is to be a low-cost provider, you may need to optimize your shipping needs to reduce costs.
Once you understand your objective, you can determine what to look for in a shipping partner.
Getting quotes from various carriers may seem like a no-brainer. However, many logistics managers are pressed for time and won’t bother negotiating rates or getting better quotes. Always get at least two or three quotes for any freight shipment.
In addition to this, working with a certified freight broker can free up time and get you the best rates on your shipments.
Take time to create a shipping plan every month. Planning ahead can open up room to use full truckload shipping instead of less-than-truckload shipments. This will save you money on freight shipping and will keep you on track throughout the month.
If you have sensitive deliveries, ensuring a tracking method and backup plans is important.
Understanding how much money each aspect of your supply chain is spending is important. This can help you optimize costs and reduce unnecessary expenditures. You can’t control the cost of logistics if you don’t know where the money is being spent.
Working with a certified freight broker takes some of the burden of managing logistics off your back. Certified freight brokers like our team at All America Transportation specialize in price negotiation, route planning, carrier certification, and many more aspects of the shipping process.
We help small businesses across the United States manage logistics problems, stay on top of tracking, and find the best rates on shipping to save money and time. We help businesses find full truckloads, less than truckloads, and expedited shipping carriers who can get their products safely to their intended destination.
Our St. Louis-based team at All America Transportation regularly works with small businesses across the United States. We specialize in facilitating freight shipping relationships, getting the best shipping rates, and ensuring that your shipments arrive without damage. Contact our team if you have questions about using a freight broker for your logistics needs. You can reach our team by calling 314-835-9499 or fill out our online freight quote form to get started.