Whether it’s building materials or construction materials, you need to handle your shipping with great planning and care. If you fail to handle the shipping of certain materials properly, then you’re at a higher risk of customer complaints, damage fees and other unnecessary hardships. Timing is very critical in shipping building materials because everything is relied on a streamlined delivery to construction sites. This is because you cannot go to the next step of building without finishing the one you’re working on. Here are some things to be mindful of in order to improve the shipping of your building materials.
Shipping Based Off Dimensions
First, you want to know the complete dimensions of your shipment. It’s best to know what is in your freight. You also want to know the height, length, weight and overall size of the building materials you are shipping. The shape and size will make a difference in pricing and the mode in which you transport the materials. This is where the mode of transportation should be considered. A variety of modes of transportation are used for the shipping of freight and they vary depending on the shipment’s destination. It’s important to ask yourself certain questions. Can you keep the materials out in the open or does it have to be covered in transit. Are the materials hazardous in any way? To whom should the freight be addressed? Some answers to these questions can mean you require specific instructions.
Furthermore, delivery in itself can be tricky because the site can showcase some challenges. It’s important to be aware of what you need to load and off-load your building materials once they have been shipped and delivered. Have a schedule in place and the right equipment arranged for.
Coordinate Shipping Through Communication
In addition, coordinating cannot be done without the right communication methods for moving around building materials. Communicating openly with manufacturers, distributors and suppliers can greatly improve construction shipping and logistics. Sometimes you need to find ways to adjust communication or even over-communicate to get to a common ground of acknowledgement and less accidents. Be sure to have team members that participate in these communications and have the right skills themselves. From a delay to a confirmation, everything should be communicated with intention. Moreover, let clients know if any shipment is expected to be delayed or if it’s going to be an early delivery. This communication will ease last-minute issues for storage or construction planning.
Partner with a Reliable Logistics Company
In conclusion, the best way to improve your shipping needs is to partner up with a third-party logistics (3PL) company that can manage all the discussed requirements. A 3PL partners with the best carriers to ensure that your freight is delivered on time and in good quality. Additionally, a robust carrier network gives them the required capacity to ensure all your freight is managed and delivered on time. They would be able to consolidate your materials with others to save you money. Cost control is possible by 3PL management. Shipments can be made with informed decisions while monitoring effectiveness. Combat supply and demand fluctuations as well with a 3PL partner’s contract negotiating skills. Your 3PL partner will use modern technology to handle scalability, fulfillment and delivery process optimization. Essentially, you can ease your mind from the cumbersome tasks of handling material logistics to logistics professionals.
At HTL Freight we take building material shipping very seriously and want to ensure the success of you and all of our customers. To find out more, you can contact us. Additionally, if you want to get started today, you can click here and request a freight quote.