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How to Save Money with Freight Shipping Companies

20 Jul 2015

Every business needs to make money, obviously, so we all look to cut corners where we can. Because shipping your goods can be a large component of the cost of making a product, many companies try to find ways to save money on shipping. While there are legitimate ways that reputable freight shipping companies can help you save money, there are other not so legitimate companies that sacrifice your product’s integrity or the timing of your shipment in order for you to save a few dollars. In the end, it could cost you your business, making you wonder if cutting corners really was a good idea. Rather than using the “discount” shippers, try using quality shippers that provide competitive quotes and guarantee their service.

Mistakes to Avoid

When you are looking for the right company to ship your freight, choosing the company with the lowest bid is not always the best choice. Yes, they might save you some money, but what are they sacrificing in order to give you that quote? Everyone pays the same prices for their trucks, gas, and repairs, which means that trucking company is cutting corners somewhere else. They could be using cheap labor, which means untrained employees that will not care for your products or running shipments in longer intervals, which means your products sit on a truck until the truck is full, then they get delivered. This could mean that your product is not delivered on time or even worse, it is delivered broken or defective.

What are your Options?

As you look through the various freight shipping options for shipping your product, you have many choices. While it is a good idea to shop around to find the best rate, make sure you are comparing apples to apples. If one company provides you with a quote for a 2-day delivery time while another provides a much lower quote, yet cannot provide an accurate delivery time or is vague in their answer, you are not comparing two like companies. Do your research and ensure that the freight shipping companies you are dealing with are reputable, have good reviews, and deliver on their promise. The internet is a plethora of information when it comes to finding out who is good and who is not, so there really is no reason to take a chance today.

When you do your homework and avoid going for the “discount shipper” just to save a few dollars, you can get your products delivered in great condition and on time, two things that are crucial to keeping your business profitable.