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Explore Your Options of Shipping Carriers and Save Your Dealership Money!

Explore Your Options of Shipping Carriers and Save Your Dealership Money!

In addition to the many roles of the parts manager, many of you are also the shipping guru in your dealership. You know everything there is to know about shipping through the common carriers. It’s engrained into your mind, it’s second nature – even knowing the size and weight limitations that have a severe effect on the cost which normally determines what you decide to ship.

Most Parts Managers at some point have contemplated and considered shipping options. Likely you have used them in your day-to-day operations of your parts business. You may be aware of other carriers beyond the Fed/Ex and UPS’s of the world, but maybe you’ve never taken the time to research other alternatives. Or, some of you have and may not have had the best experience.

If you have ever needed to ship a pallet or more, you know that ground parcel service is not the best option. Oversized packages and weight limitations can increase the cost faster than you can blink an eye. Shipping via common carrier, or LTL, is a really viable and cost effective option. Knowing who to contact and knowing the basics can greatly improve your experience shipping LTL.

Using a national carrier

You may have heard of some of the national carriers, such as Yellow, R&L, Estes, and Dayton Freight, to name a few. Most freight companies will allow you to ship pallets, loose packages, automatically insure your merchandise (with the option of additional insurance) and offer lift gates for those of you who have limited space or no loading dock.  You can call these carriers directly and their customer care teams will happily walk you through scheduling and proper classification (which is determined by what you are shipping, dimensions, and weight). The cost may be an issue for some. The best advice is to call several carriers to get quotes.

Local freight brokerage firms

Another option is to reach out to your local freight brokerage firms. These are independent companies that negotiate discounted rates with several national carriers. The brokers have already done the comparison of cost, benefits and features. They can walk you through the scheduling process and offer rate options depending on your needs.  Many times, this is not only a cost-effective option, but a time saving one as well.

Either option you chose will almost always be less expensive than shipping through your parcel service.

Do what’s best for your dealership

There is a lot that goes into choosing a shipping partner. Compare your options to find out what works best for you.  With so many options available, you could be using a carrier that’s not cost-effective for your dealership. Nobody likes to spend money they don’t have to! Do your homework and find the best fit.