Getting Down and Dirty with Transloading: Part I

Transloading is becoming a preffered way of shipping.Transloading goods from one vehicle to another vehicle is a process that can offer many benefits. When executed correctly, it can improve reliability, increase flexibility and supply chain velocity, cut down shipping costs, and reduce cycle times. However, if not executed correctly, it can result in nasty business for your business. To help you avoid the common mistakes in transloading, we wish to provide you with ten essential tips.

Tip 1: Avoid singular approaches

Transloading is meant to be a multimodal process that involves many modes of transportation, including trucks and rails. You can combine both ground and ocean transportation by matching international ocean shipping with domestic intermodal rail trucking. What it all boils down to is knowing which combination will offer the best cost and speed for your particular needs.

Tip 2: Familiarize yourself with the economics

Sometimes, it may be difficult to convince the management department in your company that in order to reduce supply chain costs, you must utilize transloading services. The extra shipment handling and transfers do not make this obvious. Therefore, you should prepare yourself and know the facts well. For example, one fact that you can use to convince management is to tell them that two 53-foot domestic trailers can actually hold the contents of three standard 40-foot ocean containers. This way, if your company users transloading services, they may end up with only two shipments instead of three.

Tip 3: Compensate for supply chain volatility

Supply chains become increasingly more volatile in delivery reliability once it reaches the global line. Therefore, using transloading services and by taking advantage of its flexibility would help in this case. For instance, you may be able to fit reloaded shipments into an intermodal trailer or truck – this depends on which one would be able to meet your needs at the time. Another option is to employ team truck drivers instead of intermodal rail to expedite shipments so that they meet express orders or the shipping expectations of your clients. By doing so, you will not only reduce transit time by up to 40 percent, but also offset the volatility inherent to the business.

We hope that these starting tips will inspire you to make use of transloading services more to help your business. To know more what we can do for you, please refer to our services.