There’s a network of super men and women whipping around the country in specially equipped sprinter vans. You probably haven’t even noticed them but there’s one within 45 miles of your location at any given time ready to swoop in at a moment’s notice and shuttle your hot shipment (4 skids or less) anywhere on terra firma. They’re the surface expedite army and they are the swiss army knives of the freight industry.
You’re importing goods for your business. One of the most important decisions you’ll make is what INCO term you use for your shipment. INCO terms are trade terms published by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) that are commonly used in international trade contracts. These 3-letter terms are important because they define the tasks, costs, and risks associated with the transportation and delivery of goods. INCO terms create a common ground for international trading partners to establish who pays for what.
You are moving a shipment using an LTL service. A lot is riding on it: It’s the first impression you get to make on your customer. If it moves out on time your business will look like a well oiled machine. But if it not…you’ll look like the other guy. Even overlooking a seemingly small detail can trigger a chain of negative events with catastrophic results for your business. It can cost you valuable time, money, resources and worst of all, customers.
When you hear the term ‘Air Freight’ you probably cringe a little because in shipping it’s usually associated with expensive mistakes. But, if you’re like me and you have hidden inside an air freight shipment once just to see exactly what happens on it’s journey, you might already know about the following counter-intuitive facts about the world of expedited freight transportation.
You’ve used a respectable national freight carrier for your freight shipments for a long time, perhaps even years, and you’re happy enough. What’s not to like? Your rep is a nice guy, he stops by every month to ask about your kids and drop some company schwag, and it’s just easier to keep doing what you’ve been doing.
But could a freight broker be even better for your business?
You run a business. You have clients demanding product. You are really freakin busy. How do you make sure you have enough product on hand to fill orders? What can you do to make sure things run smoothly in your demand chain (coinin' that)? Well, the answer is A LOT actually! This blog post will tell you exactly what to expect with inbound freight shipments in the New England area and how to handle your LTL freight shipments like a freight boss.
The best way to think about Concealed Damage is like a new car on a lot. The second you drive off the premises the value drops like your 401K did in 2009 (actually worse). Likewise, the moment you sign the delivery receipt 'clear' and the driver leaves the freight on your dock, it loses 2/3 of it's recoverable value. Yup, 2/3 right off the bat. Which is why you need to be cynical and handle it with a cool head.
Bulletproof Your Shipping
Choosing a freight provider is a lot like assigning the right secret agent to a mission. You want the one best suited to get the job done right. Recently you’ve asked yourself “How can I get better LTL shipping rates in Boston?” or “who has the best customer service for freight companies in the Boston area?”. Can’t you just google “freight brokers in Boston” and snag the first one who comes up? Aren’t all freight brokers and carriers in New England basically the same? Well, my friend, they are not. And the reason there exist so many brokers and trucking companies in the Boston area is that there are so many different niches and specialties to be served. Here’s how to find the one (or two) best suited for your particular logistics finery.