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Tips for Selecting a Trucking Company

As a distributor, wholesaler or manufacturer, one of your biggest challenges is bringing your products to market. With more than 80{1b874c3f0ed64c74a8698e839fd66addee9d9c021a9707314d7a9519024c1b81} of consumer goods moved by truck, it’s very possible that you will have to research, find and use a trucking company sooner than later.

However, It’s also possible that you already have your own network of reliable companies that you transact business with. But what if changes occur, whether with the trucking company or with your business’ needs and requirements?

You’ll have to look for a new freight transportation partner, and the longer this takes, the more you may lose. For a speedier search, make the following three crucial considerations:
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Experience
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Yes, there are many newer trucking companies that are rather capable of transporting your goods. But if you have to reduce your risk of encountering issues that only experience can get rid of, find a company that’s been around for at least five years. Don’t hesitate looking up their customers and calling them for feedback.

Service Level

It’s a mistake to select a trucking company just because they promise to deliver your cargo at a certain time. It’s the overall quality of services they provide that makes a tremendous difference when you need to choose one. You should be asking questions like, do you offer staging or storage or any options that can bring down my costs? Will I be able to track my shipment en route? If I have to call you, will I end up talking to a recording or a real person representing the company?

Customer Service

Looking for a new supplier often means making a lot of phone calls, attending a lot of meetings and perhaps even visiting different facilities. And each time you do, you’ll ask a few questions. Pay attention to both the answers and how they were provided. You can tell so much about how a trucking company will treat your business just by looking at how their representatives treat you as a person. Certainly, there are way more fundamental criteria for selecting the best trucking company for your needs. Do they operate in your markets, for example? What costs are in the picture? Can the company meet any special requirements you may have?

The more you pay attention to all of the above, the better your chances of finding a company that you will be satisfied with. Of course, the options out there are almost countless. But you can start with two or three prospects and making relevant comparisons. Comparison is good because it makes you see which company is really right for you. Keeping the above tips in mind, it will be a lot easier to make a choice.