Is Truck Transportation a Good Freight Option?
Thursday, February 15, 2018
With the world becoming more and more connected, raw materials and products need to be transported across borders. An agricultural firm delivers raw grains to a food manufacturer who then delivers processed foods in the market. The entire supply chain process calls for an efficient and fast mode of transportation. The distribution facility should be able to ship goods from one location to another while ensuring safety and timeliness.
One such service that is best for local routes is truck transportation. Big trucks are fitted with large containers that carry everything from food to clothes to even cars by road. Even though there are numerous other logistical options available such as sea vessels and air cargo, truck freight is known to be the cheapest and fastest. Below are a few advantages that prove why one should go for truck shipments for transporting goods.
1. Easy Monitoring
It is comparatively harder to keep check of your shipments sent through air or sea routes. This is because the process has several intermediaries and is far spread. Firms that hire these services rely heavily on the logistics firm to keep them updated about their consignment. At times, even these firms are unaware of their vessels due to their erratic nature. But with truck freight, it is much easier to maintain check and keep the clients updated. The clients can also directly trace the trucks status by contacting the driver.
2. Efficient Deliveries
Truck shipping is of course cheaper and faster than many other available options. But they provide a unique benefit of door to door courier. That is, a truck service can be booked to deliver the goods directly to the customer of the shipper. This facility is only available in ground shipments but not in air or sea transportation as they only deliver the goods at their designated station points. This is a great benefit, especially for the manufacturing firms that work by the ‘just in time’ rule of business. Through direct deliveries they are immediately updated and assured that the manufacturing process has started.
3. Safer Mode
Companies transporting sensitive and fragile goods usually go for truck transportation because they are safer. Loading packages onto the truck containers is done by handling each parcel carefully. The entire loading process is done by hand rather than through conveyor belts which are not recommended for glass like materials. Also, if a truck goes through any mishap while on route, it can quickly be traced and looked into as compared to the complications with sea vessels.
In spite of the above advantages, trucks aren’t the best mode of transportation for longer routes carrying heavy machineries. The charges of truck transportation increase over longer routes given the fuel costs as compared to what one has to pay for other modes such as vessel and rail shipping.
Nonetheless, truck transportation is the perfect solution for short term and on-ground shipments and retains a dominant position among the more advanced supply chain modes.
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