Welcome 2021. I think that it would be quite fair to say that everyone is ready to put 2020 behind us and welcome in a New Year. A year full of change, hope, and a sense of a return to normalcy. I am sure that there is no doubt that 2020 has greatly impacted you, your customers, your shipping networks and probably your bottom line.
As we welcome in 2021, it may be a wonderful idea to make some New Year resolutions, resolutions for you to stay safe and healthy while making the most of a new opportunity and a new beginning. As your premier industrial shipping company specializing in packing and crating, we would like to suggest the following New Year’s resolutions to help you with your shipping needs as well as hopefully saving you some money in 2021.
Although last year has been an anomaly and all your business’ costs may not truly reflect your shipping costs, you should still have an overall idea of costs. One area that you should pay attention to if you are looking at trying to reduce your shipping costs is accurately weighing your freight before shipping it. If this is not the case, then chances are you have been overpaying for each item you have been shipping. If you have not been weighing each piece of freight, then this is the New Year’s resolution for you.
Measure Twice, Cut Once
Besides accurately weighing your freight before shipping it, another way you may be able to cut costs is by measuring each bundle of freight. Instead of estimating or guesstimating how large your freight pallets are, why not take the extra few minutes and actually measure them. That way you will know if you have or have not been paying exactly what you should for each shipment.
Here’s the Deal:
This year, be more proactive when it comes to measuring the dimensions and weight of your freight. You may just be pleasantly surprised by how much money this saves your business.
Stick with your Carrier
Regardless of what type of business you are in, having a reliable carrier that you can trust is imperative. A trusted carrier will ensure that your freight:
- is handled properly on all its shipping stages.
- arrives on time and undamaged at its destination.
- can accommodate even the toughest shipping, crating or packing needs in a timely and professional manner.
A long-time working relationship is not only beneficial because of all-round customer satisfaction, it can also save you money as both you and your carrier know what you need and can problem-solve ways to cut costs. This year, make it a point to work proactively with your carrier to see if you can find cost-saving measures for your freight and shipping.
Everyone’s freight is different and thus everyone’s shipping requirements are different. Take the time to review the needs of your freight and if all these needs are being met. Don’t be afraid to review these requirements with your shipping company and see if there are any alterations or ways to make both the shipping and the process more cost and time-efficient. When reviewing your needs, be sure to ask the following important questions:
- Where are your consumers located geographically? Your shipping methods will vary greatly depending upon the answer to this question. For instance, your methods will require transloading and longer shipment methods if you are sending freight across the country or even internationally versus just locally.
- Do your shipments require tracking? Solid communication and real-time tracking can give your customers extra reassurance as well as updates as to where their freight is. In today’s shipping world and during the pandemic, real-time tracking is another way to alleviate stress and keep your customers up to date and informed of where their packages are. As we all saw this year, with supply shortages, everyday customers wanted to know when the next shipment was due to arrive. Provide an answer to this question with real-time tracking.
When it comes to your business’s shipping needs, you should never be complacent. Always try to monitor the aspects of each shipment and continue to be in constant communication with your carrier to ensure customer satisfaction on all ends. Your business’s survival and bottom line depend on it.
As we welcome in the New Year, it may be time to reassess your business goals and investigate where you can improve your efficiency as well as trim some costs. One of the often-overlooked areas that can be easily improved is in the shipping department. With a few easy tweaks, you may be able to not only improve your company’s bottom line, but you may also be able to speed up the overall shipping time. Here are some of the reasons why you should consider transloading for all your shipping needs.
If you are shipping long distances or your shipping route is complicated, then you may want to consider utilizing the method of transloading for a portion or all your freight’s destination. Simply put, transloading utilizes a variety of different shipping methods to ensure that your cargo is delivered in the fastest, most efficient manner possible. What transloading does is it cuts down on the amount of time that your goods sit in storage. This will allow your freight to arrive at its destination quicker with less lag.
The faster your goods arrive, the quicker your business gets paid and the happier everyone is. When it makes sense, it makes sense and sometimes transloading just makes sense. Be sure to talk to your carrier about how transloading can work for you or give us a call so that we can discuss if transloading is right for your business model.
Here’s the deal:
The faster the delivery time, the happier your clients are and the more goods you can ship. Transloading makes so much sense from a business perspective because of its efficiency and bottom line.
However, this still begs the question – How will transloading save you money?
When it comes to shipping your cargo, location is so important. As a business owner, it does you no good to have to ship your goods to a warehouse that is out of the way from your freight’s destination – in essence you are shipping your freight twice. Our shipping model is efficient and effective because all our warehouses are conveniently located in strategic areas in and around Vancouver to speed up your shipping times.
Just because your freight can be moved quickly into a warehouse for storage, does not mean that it will be shipped any faster. The method and equipment used to offload and reload freight is just as important as conveniently located warehouses are. Antiquated and improper loading equipment can:
- Damage freight leading to replacement costs or poor customer satisfaction.
- Slow down overall shipping times because of delays or inefficient unloading methods, thus driving up storage fees as well as shipping costs.
- Create unwanted insurance claims and a bad name for your company.
At Cratex, we use specialized equipment that can safely handle a wide range of freight. We carefully and efficiently are able to load and unload all types of cargo and can transfer it quickly and in an organized manner. We strive to provide the ultimate in customer satisfaction and will work with your company to find the right balance of effective, safe and undamaged shipping whatever the type of freight. Give us a call today to see exactly why our services are right for your company.
The overall goal of transloading is to speed up the delivery time which will ultimately save your company money. We have over 40 years of experience and are confident that our transloading methods will save you money on all your overall shipping costs.
In addition to saving money and time with your shipping needs, another great resolution for 2021 can be to change how you choose to do business, what companies you choose to do business with and the ethics and environmental commitment behind each of those companies. When it comes to your shipping chain, going green or choosing a less environmentally impactful way to do business can go a long way.
Every year the quest for a greener approach to methods of transportation grows and 2021 will be no exception to this ever-growing trend. As the premier company for all your packing and crating needs, we would like to share with you 5 green freight trends that are sure to influence your New Year resolutions and how you choose to ship your cargo this year.
2021’s Greener Approach Will Be Driven from The Largest Firms
Although COVID-19 has and will continue to be the driver for the economy, much of the demand for a greener approach to shipping transportation will be driven from the largest companies. Companies like Whole Foods and even Walmart will continue to demand greener and more ethical shipping routes and greener transportation partners. Look for more large companies to use this type of green model for their shipping and transportation needs in 2021.
Why not be a part of this green revolution and be early to the party instead of late? A greener outlook on all your shipping needs is an excellent way to kick off 2021.
Localization and Shorter Supply Chains
Long-distance shipping is quickly being replaced by shorter, more localized sources. By sourcing locally, both air pollution and greenhouse gasses can be reduced. If you think that this isn’t the case, all you have to do is look at how quickly we were short of all types of PPE equipment or other essential supplies. More localized products and quicker, shorter supply chains will ensure that this will not happen again or to the extent that it did during the 2020 pandemic lockdown.
This shift will also further strengthen diverse local and regional economies making this a more competitive shipping model. To ensure a continual supply chain, essential items will be produced or stored closer to home in 2021. This is now the preferred model of many large companies such as Whole Foods as it is supported by an ever-growing consumer base. Look for this trend to not only continue in 2021 but dominate the shipping world to ensure that there are no shortages this year.
Rail is quickly taking over as the most preferred way of long-haul shipping for several reasons such as:
- Generally, rail is a more cost-effective way of long haul shipping – by up to 60% more cost-efficient and this could increase depending upon oil prices this year.
- Rail offers up to 66% reduction in emissions.
Although rail tends to be longer than truck delivery and can slow delivery time, the cost savings coupled with a reduction in overall emissions should only accelerate this trend in 2021.
Zero-Emission Ocean Shipping
Several large shipping companies are already providing lower emission cargo options. These reductions are achieved through a combination of slower steaming and more efficient operational measures. Firms such as Nissan are already using a combination of solar and diesel to ship their cars across the Pacific. Look for other large companies and even freight companies to continue to reduce their carbon footprint and strive for zero-emission shipping in 2021.
A Changing Industry
The entire shipping industry is changing. Each year it becomes more and more environmentally responsible and continues to reduce its overall carbon footprint. This year look for even more radical changes such as:
- Electric and hydrogen hybrid trucks to replace gasoline or diesel for local and long-haul freight shipping. Tesla is making huge headway in this area and continues to develop and work with companies to provide longer-lasting batteries thus increasing the range and effectiveness of zero-emission freight delivery.
- Solar and hybrid diesel/electric airships to replace conventional air freight.
- Changes in port cities to clean up air and water pollution such as stricter laws and fines. Currently, the Port of Vancouver is one of the world leaders and is striving for a zero-emissions port in the future.
2021 will be a lot of things as we say goodbye to 2020 and one of those things is that the New Year promises to be the greenest one yet. This is not only great news for the shipping industry, it is also great news for your company. Be a part of the change and be sure to be an innovator and leader in this approach as this new green trend is not going anywhere.
If you would like more information about how your company can become an environmental leader in shipping or would like to know more about the direction the shipping world is heading, please contact us today. We would love to see where we can make any green initiatives or improvements and work with you to be a part of your shipping network.
These simple New Year’s resolutions will have your shipping department running more efficiently in 2020 and may even save you a few dollars. If you would like more information on any of these resolutions or ideas on how to better ship your freight, please contact us today. Our professional and friendly staff would love to be a part of your shipping network and look forward to working with you soon.
Happy New Year from the Cratex Group.