CHOOSING THE BEST FREIGHT SERVICENovember 21, 2019 / by Marco / Categories : Business
Freight transportation is critical in inducing business growth as it enables enterprises to increase their market through the widespread distribution of commodities. In the United States, the Transportation Services Index surged to 2.8% based on the total freight volume collated by the industry.
Freight shipping is the practice of exporting merchandise in different areas across states. The rapidly changing commercial landscape constitutes an increased demand for goods and services. Freight Services are imperative for all businesses regardless of scale, as it provides the materials they use for daily operations. Business sustainability and profitability heavily rely on the stable distribution of their products to various markets.
Transportation providers are responsible for a streamlined process of loading and unloading of goods. Companies use various delivery methods depending on the nature of products, urgency, and geographical factors.
- Sea – Sea cargos are economical because they can accommodate a wide array of sizes, volumes, and shapes. However, its primary downside is its delay in shipping time. So, time-restricted deliveries should consider other options. It constitutes either full container load with a flat rate and the less container load, which is charged based on merchandise cargo volume.
- Air – Air Freight Services are for urgent deliveries. It guarantees fast delivery to all destinations across the globe. However, it has a weight restriction as planes can only carry a light volume of goods.
- Land – Land transportation is the standard mode for shipping domestic consignments. It is usually carried by typical vehicles like trucks, buses, or even bicycles, depending on cargo volume. It is also economical as it usually entails a low cost, although delivery can also take time depending on traffic or cases of accidents. Further, it ensures easy gateway clearances and safety from licensed drivers.
- Rail – It is one of the most cost-effective long-distance modes of product deliveries. It is usually for hazardous and heavy materials. In cases of leakage, there will be fewer risks of contamination if the goods get transported by rail.
- Mosquito – This is the latest trend of delivery services, although only small-scale businesses can take advantage of this. It uses motorcycles or bicycles to deliver lightweight goods in different areas in a city or town. This type of delivery is cheap and fast. However, there is a restriction in terms of volume and distance.
Choosing the shipping mode depends on various factors, such as distance, time, and volume. Meanwhile, some cases require additional effort and individual attention.
- Fragile goods require an extra layer of paddings like electronic devices and laboratory equipment. Knocks and bumps will create physical damage to products.
- Complicated types of machinery have movable parts which should not become separated from their attachments.
- Pieces of military equipment need legal and authorized paperwork before access to different gateways.
- Pharmaceutical and medical products should become protected against theft and physical destruction. These medicines should be stored at a regulated temperature to ensure their functions.
- Transporting art such as paintings are extra sensitive; thus, the freight company should ensure that they will remain dent-free and pristine upon arrival in destinations.
The freight transportation industry continues to be a critical aspect in individual businesses and the global economy as it maintains the demand and supply chain needed for survival. Companies need to consider all factors when choosing the delivery method.
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