In a previous post, we talked about 4 ways to save on LTL rates and this can increase efficiency while lowering operating costs. However, there are many more things you can do to help lower your shipping costs. Here are 4 additional ideas for getting the very best rates for your business.
1. Don’t Give More Than the Customer Asks for
Many less than truckload shipments are sent overnight or next day delivery. This is fine if the customer specifically asks for these shipping services. However, you might be able to get by with a “3 business days” shipping option and this can save a great deal on LTL rates. This is especially important if you are including shipping fees in your standard services.
2. Check out Truck Pup Trailer Loads
In some cases, you may better off shipping in pup trailers. This utilizes two smaller trailers and is perfect for stopover loads and LTL loads going to more than one customer.
3. Look into Volume LTL Rates
Some shippers may provide discounts if you are a regular customer. When you routinely ship smaller loads to customers, this can be a good way to save on costs.
4. Consider Transportation Management Services
There are many things to consider when it comes to shipping and the more you know, the more you can save. However, it could take years to gain the needed knowledge and experience to understand the entire process of logistics. This is why hiring a 3PL provider is a good idea. These companies have trained logistics experts who can help you find the best LTL rates and manage your entire supply chain for you. To find out what a trusted third party logistics and brokerage company can do for your business.