How to Choose a Transportation and Logistics Company
Companies that require the transport or shipping of large volumes of product frequently use a third-party transportation and logistics company. How would you go about choosing such a company for your business? In this article we will give you some ideas.
Assessing Your Needs
The first step we would recommend is to carefully assess your business needs. Transportation and logistics companies offer a wide range of services, and it is important to know exactly what you need. For example, you may need shipping from point A to point B, and not all transportation and logistics companies may have experience delivering to your specific needed location. One business may need trucks for short-haul transport and another company may need its products to move thousands of miles away by container ship.
Reputation and Credibility
You will want an experienced company with an excellent track record and reputation. You would not want to risk valuable product in the hands of a fly-by-night operation. It would be a good idea to do some due diligence and try to verify a company’s history and solvency.
You may or may not need warehousing for your product while it is en route. If so, appropriate and ample secure warehouse space will be a necessity. Some transportation and logistics companies have it and some do not.
The key to a successful transportation and logistics company is efficiency in the movement of products from one place to another. The company you choose should be able to show you how they measure, handle, and work to improve efficiency on an ongoing basis. Efficiency in the transportation and logistics business saves you time, money, and stress.
If you do not have to worry about transportation and logistics, then you can concentrate on what you do best: manufacturing your product.
Pacific Coast Distribution, LTD, is a family-owned transportation and logistics company, based in Langley, British Columbia, with 20 years of experience and a fleet of 50 trucks and a 60,000-square-foot warehouse.
If you have any questions about this article or would like to talk to us about your transportation and freight needs, give us a call at (877) 999-8489.