Reliability & Reputation
In an industry where communication is key and time is money, it’s important that a trucking company offers same-day communication and 24/7 service. Look for those companies that offer superior service standards and have strong references. Spend time researching what the company is known for. Compare their company websites and social media platforms. Read through reviews of the company and talk to the company to get a sense of their service style.
Equipment & Manpower
A good company has the staff and equipment needed to load and deliver equipment in a timely fashion. On the other hand, if a company doesn’t have the right amount of staff or the right equipment, you might be required to pay extra since it could take them longer to load and unload. Make sure the company you choose can handle your loading needs, whether you require equipment or manpower.
Insurance & Safety
Does the trucking company have the correct insurance for your freight? Are they cutting costs by using run down equipment and trucks? Although this could mean a lower cost for you, it could also mean an increase in risk for your item to not arrive at its final destination on time or in good condition. Your due diligence in vetting the trucking company’s safety records, policies, and that they have adequate insurance and authorities to operate. This could help you avoid financial and legal liability if something were to go wrong during the delivery.
Load size is also important when you’re choosing a trucking and transportation company. Some companies only allow for full-size loads, while others allow for partial loads. This all depends on their equipment so don’t forget to ask what their minimums are! If you are going to need a variety of loads, choose a company that offers them all, or you will have to switch back and forth between companies to get all of your needs met.
Code of Ethics
From transporting illegal items to under-trained drivers to disregarding driving laws, some companies turn a blind eye when it comes to ethics. Make sure you’re working with a trucking company whose values and ethics mirror your own.
Choosing the right trucking company will make your job much easier. Once your freight is in the right hands, you can focus on other tasks without having to worry about your load getting to its destination safely.
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