Less than truckload (LTL) shipping can be a very financially efficient method for shipping freight when you don’t have a full truckload’s worth of materials or goods that you’re dealing with. However, there are a number of common mistakes associated with this manner of shipping that companies make if they’re unfamiliar with LTL shipping or don’t have much experience with shipping in general.
With this in mind, here are a few of the most common mistakes associated with less than truckload shipping in Houston, TX and some steps you can take to avoid making them:
- Not using pallets: A failure to use pallets with your shipping could result in your packages moving around the truck and ultimately sustaining a fair amount of damage. Palletizing adds some time to the shipping process, but if you want to do as much as you can to ensure the safety of your items in transit, it’s worth it.
- Not getting freight insurance: Unfortunately, you can never guarantee that everything will go completely smoothly when shipping your freight. Even if the freight is loaded perfectly and the driver is completely safe, all it takes is one negligent person on the road to cause an accident and cost you a significant amount of money in lost goods. Therefore, it’s a good idea to get insurance for every shipment. This will protect you against everything from traffic accidents and theft to natural disasters. If something bad does happen, this will at least allow you to minimize your losses.
- Not tracking shipments: There are far too many people who just “set it and forget it” when it comes to their shipping. It’s highly recommended that you monitor the status of your shipment so you can make sure all of your goods arrive on time. This allows you to alert your customers of any potential issues before they contact you, which is simply good customer service and will reflect well on your company.
- Selecting the wrong service: When you’re selecting the kind of shipping service you’ll use, make sure you’re considering not only what will give you the best rates, but also what best fits the needs of your customers. It may be worth paying a little extra if it will allow you to guarantee a better experience for your customer that will, in turn, make it more likely they will work with your business again in the future.
- Not properly measuring freight: You should never guess when it comes to the size or weight of the freight that you’ll be shipping. Gather as much accurate data as you can on weight, density and dimensions for your freight. Not only will this get you more accurate quotes for the price of your shipping, but it will also help the shipping company better plan out its truckloads so it can load its vehicles more safely.
These are just a few examples of common mistakes associated with this type of shipping in Houston, TX. Contact Pro Delivery LLC today to learn more about our services and how we help you avoid these issues.
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