It’s that time of year again when carriers announce their general rates increases (GRIs). GRIs are not a popular subject because they mean that carriers are charging more money to move freight.
3PLs can ease the burden of GRIs on LTL shippers by using their group buying power to negotiate and coordinate shipments at a lower rate than an individual shipper could.
Here are three ways 3PLs can ease the burden of transportation year-round on LTL shippers:
1. Buying Power
As just stated, 3PLs usually have significant buying power that allows them to better negotiate rates with carriers than a single shipper could.
Managing freight means a lot more than making sure the freight gets from A to B. The behind-the-scenes, administrative time involved in generating paperwork and paying freight bills can bog a company down. Thankfully, most 3PLs are able to take on this task and manage the administrative load so companies can focus on their core competencies.
3. Special Shipments
Cookie-cutter shipments are easy to manage; however, when it comes to shipments with delivery requirements & accessorials, it is much easier to send these through a 3PL that has experience with compliance and negotiating on special services and accessorials.
Between rate increases and the holiday rush, don’t let your company get behind. Find a logistics provider with solutions based around your needs and let them do the legwork.
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