10 Tips on Making Freight More Attractive To Ease Your Capacity Crunch Woes

There are different approaches shippers or logistics providers can makes with their freight to help to make it more attractive. Some of these tactics are simple whereas some are a lot more complex. Making these changes can change how carries, providers and drivers view and price your freight.

1. Flexible pick up times: If shippers are flexible with pick up times, it makes things a lot easier on drivers because this means there can be an earlier dispatch for the driver and an early delivery for the shipper.

2. Weekend pick up and delivery: Allowing weekend services may prove beneficial. If pick-up and delivery times are available daily (including weekends) shippers and logistics providers will be far more likely to have their load moved more efficiently.

3. Eliminate time wasters: Make sure that your operations are efficient and require the minimum amount of time from the driver.

4. Fast Communication of volumes: Shippers and logistics providers on behalf of shippers who communicate earlier secure freight faster. With 24 hours or more advance notice of a pick-up time most carriers will be more likely to move a shipper’s freight.

5. Drop and hook freight: Many drivers find this as driver-friendly freight. Converting to drop and hook freight may result in more efficient pick-up and drop-off scenarios.

6. Relax operating rules and parameters: Be flexible, some rules can be bent. Allow existing carriers to utilize other carriers in their stead by extending their hours if needed.

7. Examine other transport modes: Using other modes of transport can help to mitigate capacity issues. See if other modes can supplement your needs during peak or constrained periods.

8. Be real and be fair: Shippers need to frame capacity in terms of what will work best for both parties instead of what suits them best.

9. be consistent: Shippers should try to spread their load over a month instead of trying to compress them into a one-week period at the end of the month. Carries favour consistency in their customers when capacity is tight.

10. Employ automation: There is no substitute for transportation management systems (TMS) when it comes to monitoring a transportation and logistics operation. These systems provide unbiased information on everything a shipper needs to know. A TMS allows shippers to benchmark real costs with historical and planned costs. This clearly shows why a plan succeeded or failed to meet the end of year budget.