Transloading, or the use and coordination of two different means of transporting goods to get a shipment from its point of origin to final destination. This method is increasing in popularity amongst businesses who are looking for an ideal means to maximize the efficiency and value of their supply chain. As it catches on, more and more companies are beginning to wonder if—and why—they should use a transloader company for their services.
Advantages of adopting the Transloader method of shipping
Warehousing and Storage
It’s true that shifting your supply chain to a transloading model will require some up-front costs and changes. You will require a warehouse or other storage facility for your shipping crates while they wait to be transferred from the primary (usually air or water) transport to the secondary (local short-haul trucking) mode.
Finding the correct long-term strategic location for your shipping is vital. You will want a warehousing location that ideally is right at the point where your primary shipping mode arrives—at the docks or airport. The warehouse should be easy-access so you can quickly move cargo from the plane or ship into the warehouse to be prepared for secondary shipping. The warehouse should be of the appropriate conditions for your cargo—if you are shipping goods on ice, for example, you will want a climate-controlled facility.
Coordination of Transport
Transport needs to be properly coordinated to ensure maximum efficiency and to be sure that your cargo doesn’t sit too long at the warehouse. Making sure that the short-haul trucking is ready to pick up goods as soon as possible after they are deposited at the storage location is of the utmost importance to the shipping process.
Advantages of Transloading
The economy these days is still unsteady and uncertain. As a result, you will want to conduct your business with maximum efficiency. Making sure that you have all the right transportation services and logistics in place to get goods from point A to point B as quickly and in as good condition as possible will improve the supply chain.
You want to ensure that the shipping and storage methods you use give you the most bang for your buck. Transloading provides just such an efficient supply chain by leveraging the advantages of both long-haul and local shipping modes to their maximum benefit.
Use of a third-party transloader can resolve a lot of the logistical issues of setting up this method of shipping. Outsourcing your labor to a third-party shipper can save you a lot of time and manpower. Many third-party transloaders not only coordinate land, air and sea transport methods, but maintain specialized warehousing facilities for storage at each end of the supply chain. This saves you the trouble of having to find, rent, and maintain a storage facility. This will also save you money, as you only pay for the specific services you use, rather than having a constant financial drain.
If you have questions about shipping your goods, give us a call. We are experts on the process of shipping and can help set up just the right kinds of shipping crates for your needs.