5 tips for ensuring successful road freight operations
Freight by road plays a fundamental role in many organisations’ efforts to transport shipments from one location to another, as frequently occurs across international borders.
Whether, however, you have never previously coordinated a road freight delivery, or you are a more seasoned user of such services and are interested in optimising your approaches, you may be thankful for the tips and tricks below.
Read on to learn more about some of the ways in which you can make freight by road a smoother and less angst-inducing process when you next need to ship goods in this way.
Plan your freight delivery well ahead of time
There is a lot to manage when it comes to even a relatively straightforward road freight operation. So, you will want to make sure you are carrying out fastidious planning of your delivery far in advance, taking account of such factors as scheduling routes, vehicle loading, and meeting arrival times.
After all, you can’t completely rule out delays or disruptions, even with the very best preparations in place. However, you can ensure you already have ways of dealing with the adverse scenarios that could arise.
Partner with a reputable global freight forwarding company
Matters of global import and export can be complicated to say the least. For one thing, your upcoming delivery operation might not entail freight by road alone – there could be elements of air and sea freight, too.
So, it will probably make a lot of sense for you to join forces with a skilled and experienced business that has an excellent track record of managing a broad range of shipments around the UK, the EU, and internationally, including both full and part truck loads.
Boost freight efficiency with the right technology
Another reason why you should be arranging for your next freight by road operation to be overseen by a respected and seasoned freight forwarding specialist, is the fact that such a firm will also have the right technology on hand to further optimise the delivery process.
Technological solutions such as the latest tracking tools, communication platforms, and GPS will allow you to keep a close eye on your shipments’ real-time location and status. Tracking software could also help with the optimisation of routes, so that you can get your goods to their destination sooner.
Ensure your road freight service provider can handle your specialised needs
We did say that freight by road can be a complex endeavour, and an additional reason for this is the scope for an extremely wide range of specialised or unique cargo that needs to be transported.
What do we mean by “specialised”? Well, we are referring to shipments involving the likes of oversized items, perishables, and hazardous materials.
Whatever provider of road freight services you do ultimately choose, you will want to be sure that they have any licences and certifications that may be needed for the handling of your type of cargo. And in the case of any hazardous materials, they should have experience of dealing with such substances, and a track record of implementing the necessary safety precautions.
Have insurance in place to guard against the risk of loss
Insurance for a shipment can be a daunting subject in itself, if you aren’t exactly accustomed to arranging it for road freight deliveries. Various types of policies are available, such as cargo insurance to help protect against the transported goods sustaining damage, as well as liability insurance, which covers the risk of property damage, accidents, or injuries during the freight operation.
Here at KTL UK, we are pleased to make available to our own clients a variety of insurance broker packages; simply reach out to us to receive a quote for such coverage.
The above steps by no means represent the start and end of what you can do to optimise the delivery of your goods by road. There is much more that can be done to ensure a swift, safe, and reliable transport operation – and when you reach out to the KTL team, we can work with you to make sure your use of freight by road proceeds with minimal stress or disruption.