The new E-log mandate in the U.S., combined with a strong economy, fuel cost increases and a driver shortage, has created the perfect storm for rate hikes and a trucking capacity crunch.
As demand for truck freight grows and supply continues to decline, businesses will find it increasingly difficult to manage their supply chains where truck freight is concerned.
Trucking companies are becoming more selective in the loads they take on, while at the same time charging higher rates for each shipment.
With no end to the capacity crunch in sight, and a possible further strain on trucking availability in the near future, businesses will need to adapt to this new reality.
The following tips can help you avoid disruption to your truck shipments:
1. Plan your shipments ahead of time and give your logistics provider as much notice as possible.
2. Provide exact dimensions and weights.
3. Have paperwork ready before the truck arrives.
4. Ensure that the freight is staged and ready to load when the truck arrives.
5. Commit to a load count and stick with it. Do not try to add at the last minute.
6. Do not ship more than 44,000 lbs on US-bound shipments.
7. Allow for more transit time between pick up and delivery.
8. Budget for fluctuations in cost.
9. Proceed with caution when offered too good to be true pricing.
10. Make decisions quickly—availability can change at a moment’s notice.
Are you feeling the strain of the trucking crunch? Contact us today to find out how Omnitrans can help you plan and execute your logistics program.