When moving freight is an every day operation, proper execution is a must. It’s great to have a logistics professional on board to help guide the company through the shipping challenges. Unfortunately, not every company has the luxury of having a freight guru on their team if shipping hasn’t been a big deal for them.
Shipping duties often fall on the shoulders of an existing employee, for example, a sales person. There are a couple common mistakes shippers make due to their lack of hands-on experience.
Common Mistakes Shippers Make
Improperly packaged freight results in a higher probability of shipment damage. Carriers have begun declining many damage claims due to improper packaging. Eliminate unnecessary costs and limit liability by taking time to consult with a packaging professional.
By going directly to the carrier you save money by not having to pay a 3PL to arrange it for you, right? Very wrong! You have to look at the big picture: a good 3PL is typically getting much better rates because of their volume and buying power, and is able to offer you a better rate (even with the up-charge) than a carrier directly.
Forgetting about insurance
Before handing your freight over to a carrier, make sure to research their insurance coverage policies. If your freight isn’t fully covered, it’s a good idea to purchase additional insurance.
Inaccurate freight class
Businesses often search for ways to ship freight at the lowest class possible, because lower classes cost less. Carriers will most likely catch incorrect class designations, resulting in a re-classification fee. Freight class is a large factor in how carriers determine their charges, so they spend a lot of time and effort on re-classing freight to ensure they are getting paid correctly.
Cannonball Express Transportation
Since 1970, Cannonball Express Shipping Company has been providing top-of-the-line service at a reasonable rate. Based in Omaha, Nebraska, we provide nationwide refrigerated LTL services, as well as, local delivery services.
Nationwide Shipping Company Services:
- Refrigerated LTL deliveries in the lower 48 states
- Refrigerated Cross dock
Local Shipping Company Services:
- Redelivery Services
- Truckload & LTL Capabilities
- Cross dock
- Warehouse and Distribution capabilities from multiple Omaha Locations