Often shippers choose carriers based solely on price, only to find later that the carrier with the lowest price could not provide the services that they needed, proving much more costly in the end. Here are the mistakes you should avoid when looking for a transportation and logistics solution.

Ignoring the savings with Inventory Managed Services

If you’ve got gas stations or any type of bulk tanks, and you or your paid staff are managing those inventories daily, you’re wasting your time and your money. A carrier with the proper software (https://www.tmwsystems.com) can serve you better generating the loads themselves automatically for your sites, thus allowing you to use your time and energy in finding and serving your customers.

 

Inventory Managed Services without true automation 

 

Sure anyone can say they will manage your inventories, but do they have the proper software to do it 24 x 7, and provide the necessary alerts and alarms to scale with your growing business?

No live 24 hour 7 day a week live dispatch 

 

Our business never stops. When you have a question and need an answer, you want a to speak to a person whether its Saturday at 9pm or monday at 8am. We all know 8 out of 10 issues happen at night or on the weekend, make sure you have someone to call

 

Small Geographic footprint

It’s nice to have service out of one metrolpilitan area, but what happens when your business begins to grow? Make sure your carrier has the resources to grow with you. Are they in multiple markets already, good, maybe you should be too.

Not enough Liability insurance

 While the federal government requires only $1 million of liability coverage for  petroleum carrier, make sure they have at least $5 million

 

No Automatic Proof of Delivery Service

As paperless as our world claims to be, ours is still a bill of lading led environment in many circumstances. Faxes are a thing of the past. You should make sure in today’s day and time that images get electronically sent to you promptly after each delivery.

No Customized Reports

Your business is unique and so are your needs for information. Whether you need reports daily or monthly; delivered gallons or forecasted loads, make sure you can get the right information you need when you need it.

 

Bonus Mistake buster

Ignoring the Safety Ratings- Safety matters. The safer the carrier the more reliable and better for the community at large. Do business with people who have the same high standards you do.