Getting Down and Dirty with Transloading: Part III

Container Cargo freight shipIn the previous two blogs, we have introduced to you several tips that you may find helpful when you become involved with transloading services. In this entry, we will discuss the final four.

Tip 7: Make your selection with care

If you are like any other company that chooses to transload shipments, chances are you will enter business with a third-party logistics provider (3PL), a carrier, a drayage provider, and an intermodal marketing company. It would be important to do your research before you make your selection of your transloading providers. Look up their experience and business records, consider how far the transloading center is to your entry port, and examine their technology and facilities before you make your final decision.

Tip 8: Make an investment for the future

Transloading can expedite your shipments, so make sure that your information-sharing technology is up to date to keep up with the modern times. Make sure your resource planning system is advanced enough to match your web-based supply chain visibility platform. For further advancements, consider upgrading your label printing and carton-level bar-code scanning technology.

Tip 9: Make preparations

Like any assignment, you should always be an early bird so that you can get the worm – or, in this case, the best transloading space and carriers. If you use single-source providers, you should expect at least nine months to prepare proposal-requests and filter through the responses before making your decision on which one is best to coordinate and integrate your transloading needs.

Tip 10: Involve your providers sooner

If you are one of the companies that include your transloading provider earlier on in the shipping process, you will often receive more reliability as well as more quality service. It is typical practice for companies to assume that when a drayage operator drops off a load at the facility that is when the transloading starts. Letting your transloading facility know about the process ahead of time and alert the needed contacts of the best times to make a delivery will help get your goods to their destination faster.

We hope that you will benefit from our last few entries that detail special considerations when it comes to transloading. If you need transloading services in the Lower Mainland region, we would be happy to be your provider – simply contact us.