Every day shipments are booked for pickup with LTL carriers, and on occasion those carriers get overloaded and miss the pickup. A serious problem arises when that freight was time critical, such as a manufacturer waiting on freight from their vendors to finish a product. In cases like this, we have seen plants shut down until the freight arrives.
One way to help prevent this situation from occurring is a guaranteed shipment. By placing a day guaranteed on your shipment, the LTL carrier will be responsible if the freight misses that guarantee. They are much more inclined to pick up freight with guarantees attached to avoid paying the freight charges.
In the incident of a carrier does miss the pickup on a time sensitive shipment, the next move is into the realm of expedited shipments. A dedicated carrier is called in to move the freight. This carrier picks up the freight and drives straight through until they arrive at the specified delivery location. Expedited freight is where the shipping costs can become expensive, as you are paying for a dedicated truck. However, when you compare the costs of expedited shipping compared to the cost of like shutting down the manufacturing plant, it may be a bargain.
Freight that is traveling cross country may require an air rate. When the freight is sitting in Laredo, TX and needs to be in Boston, MA by 10 AM the next day, the freight must be sent by air. This can be very expensive as airline space is very limited.
BlueGrace Logistics are the experts in expedited situations and the phrase our LTL representatives typically hear is “you just saved my job!” The worst feeling in the world as a customer is knowing that your job may be on line if the freight does not arrive. When you have a hotel opening in New York on Saturday and the drapes are still in Alabama on Thursday morning, that sinking feeling in your stomach will not go away until the freight arrives. On Friday morning when the customer calls to say “Thank you! You saved my job!” there is a feeling of significant relief for them – which is the best feeling for our company.
Avoid the stress and don’t play with chance, setup your next time sensitive shipment with BlueGrace Guaranteed services. In the event you need expedited help, BlueGrace can help you there too. No matter the situation, BlueGrace Logistics is here to make sure there is no need to worry.
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