Here’s how you can save money on shipment

November 23, 2020 FTB 0 Comments

Everyone wants to save money on shipping. No great secret there. We’re committed to helping our customers save time and money on their logistics.

Here’s how you can save money on shipments starting today…

1. Make sure your freight is ready before scheduling a pick up

Shipping is not like calling a cab or Uber. You can’t get your freight ready to ship while the driver is on their way. Make sure your freight is ready to go, or else you might end up with a dry run fee, and that can cost you cash.

2. Know the difference between “value” and “price”

The lowest price is not always the best value. Sometimes, paying more up front can avoid additional costs later on. By using a freight broker, you might pay a higher initial cost, but often times they are an excellent investment further down the line of your shipment, or if/when something goes wrong.

3. Inspect your shipment at delivery 

Make sure to note any damage on your delivery receipt. Even if it seems like a little thing, a scratch here or there, mark it on the POD (Proof of Delivery). Without notated damage, you won’t be able to file a freight claim for any damage/loss, and this will cost you money.

4. Lighten Up 

Weight is a major component of pricing in shipping, so avoid heavy packing materials. Go with packing peanuts instead of wool blankets. Anything you can do to cut down on the total weight of your shipment is going to help you get a cheaper freight quote.

5. Ship early to avoid holiday crunch 

Avoid delays and expedited costs by shipping at least a week early around the holidays. Both LTL and truckload slow down as drivers and carriers take take off work for the holidays. Don’t wait to send your stuff. 

6. Hire a professional 

Freight brokers can get you better shipping quotes, not to mention they can help out with claims, damage, tracking, and so much more. A freight broker is not the same as a freight carrier, and a professional freight broker is key no matter how often you’re shipping LTL or (especially) full truckload freight.