The shipping industry has a huge responsibility to transport goods efficiently and precisely. Simple shipping mistakes can extend shipment times and ultimately create additional costs. Here are some helpful tips to recognize and avoid these common mistakes:
Goods can be severely damaged during the transportation process if they are not properly packaged. According to Inbound Logistics, carriers have the right to decline damage claims if the original packaging of the shipment was not sufficient. In order to avoid costly damage to shipments, consult a packaging professional before sending off valuable items.
Of all the shipping errors that occur regularly, sending shipments to the wrong address is the most common mistake. This can be solved by taking the time to make sure every detail of the shipping address is correct. Deliveries can be delayed for weeks due to a simple misspelling in the address.
Many organizations do not have the proper scales to weigh large shipments. This can result in a misestimation of the package weight class. The problem occurs when freight carriers weigh their loads at terminals and realize the inconsistency with the shipment. Carriers then re-weigh the shipment using their resources and time, which often results in a hefty bill. This mistake can be prevented by ensuring shipments are properly weighed before being shipped.
Always check the condition of the shipment before signing a delivery sheet. If there is no recorded damage to the freight, carriers will contend that any damage made to the shipment was done after the delivery. Avoid this problem by taking the time to record any suspected damage. This will ensure that a proper claim can be filed if the shipment experiences notable damage.
Not Using a 3PL Provider
Third party logistics providers can ensure timely and reliable shipments due to their logistics infrastructure. According to BizFluent, small companies must make extensive investments to expand their logistic capabilities. It is often quicker and more cost-effective to add capabilities through third party logistics than to fund in-house expansion to provide these same capabilities.
SmartWay Transportation is a third party logistics company based in Kansas City. To learn more about our logistics capabilities, check out our website.