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4 Key Factors when choosing a California LTL Shipping Partner

4 Key Factors when choosing a California LTL Shipping Partner

When selecting an LTL shipping partner in the vast state of California, what do you search for? Here are 4 key factors you should consider when choosing the right partner to handle your ltl freight shipping needs in California:

 

1. Next Day Service- choose an asset-based company who has a proven track record of on-time deliveries and who has the capabilities of providing next day/same day service in your region. Most ltl carriers don't have the equipment or dedicated sales representatives to operate swiftly when shipping freight next day. Search for an ltl partner that has extensive years of experience in the transportation and logistics industry, who has a fleet of trailers and equipment, and who has a sales team that you can reach out to regarding any shipping inquiries any time of the day. 

 

2. Online LTL Freight Tracking- you need visibility and real-time tracking capabilities to have a clearer understanding of where your freight is, making it easier to react to updates and changes. Search for a company who has committed toward modernizing and optimizing their technology to help improve freight management processes and to help enhance the overall customer experience when shipping ltl freight. 

 

3. Friendly Customer Service- you need a knowledgeable customer service team who is accessible via phone/email, and who is dedicated toward helping you achieve your ltl shipping goals throughout every step of the way. A reliable and trusted customer service team will go the extra mile to ensure that your freight gets delivered fast, on time, and damage free. 

 

4. Multiple Service Centers- you need an ltl partner that possesses and operates various service centers throughout California. Choosing a partner with award-winning service centers will give you the peace of mind that your ltl freight requirements are handled professionally and are delivered on-time with minimal damage.  Also, having a partner that has several service centers in different areas of California allows more flexibility toward ensuring your freight arrives next day and/or same day. 

 

Dependable's asset-based trucking division (DHE) handles numerous modes of transportation including Less Than Truckload (LTL), Full Truckload (FTL) and West Coast Intermodal & Harbor Drayage (Los Angeles & Oakland, CA). With over 67 years of experience, DHE's LTL division is the largest California-based, West Coast regional LTL carrier, with 14 strategically-located service centers providing overnight service throughout California, Nevada and Arizona.

LTL Shipping in California

LTL Shipping in California

LTL Shipping in California

 

Dependable Highway Express, Inc. (DHE) offers Less Than Truckload (LTL) shipping throughout California, with warehousing facilities strategically located near all major ports including Los Angeles, Oakland, and Long Beach, making us the convenient choice for all your shipping needs. 

 

When you need freight transported safely, quickly and efficiently in California, we should be the first call you make. We make sure that you have a high-quality experience every time, with every shipment that you make. Based in California, Dependable also provides overnight shipping services throughout California, Nevada and Arizona, which means that we’re able to serve you faster with our 14 conveniently located service centers. You won’t need to rely on another transporter for shipping throughout the surrounding areas – we can take care of all your LTL shipping needs in California and within our regional footprint. 

 

With more than 67 years of experience in asset-based transportation, our LTL division holds a superior safety record and history of on-time deliveries. For your LTL freight transportation needs, we offer full-service flexibility with easy customization solutions and reduced handling. We know you might need instant, easy access to the information regarding your shipments any time of day or night, so we make sure that you have the right tools at your fingertips available to ensure everything goes smoothly. 

 

We also make sure that you know where your shipments are at all times by offering you tools that you can track shipments, contact support teams, see freight status, check your rate quotes, and enter online orders – 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

 

Dependable is also making a difference to ensure greener freight transportation in California through the installation of solar-powered terminals and ensuring that we follow regulatory compliance with EPA, SmartWay, and California Air Resource Board (CARB) standards all of the time, not just some of the time. We’re dedicated not only to serving our customers, but also making sure that our travels don't negatively impact the communities and areas that we serve. We set our standards not only to ensure driver and public safety on the highways but, also to reduce our fuel consumption rates and reduce emissions that can have negative impacts on the environment. 

 

Have additional questions about our services, equipment or support teams? Visit our website at www.godependable.com to request LTL rates, schedule LTL pickups, track overnight shipments or chat with one of our team members.

Harbor Drayage

Harbor Drayage

Selecting Drayage Companies with added Service Benefits

 

Moving your valuable freight and merchandise to its final destination is challenging. When shipments are missed or delayed, how do you overcome these obstacles and swiftly? In this rapid-paced business environment, we all know things can happen- weather delays, vessel delays, rerouting freight,  just to name a few. In today’s competitive market of harbor drayage companies, it's essential that you select a company with a proven track record who can provide other value added services and unique benefits besides standard drayage to help streamline your shipments and fast.  For example, if you are shipping throughout the West Coast region, especially in Southern California, you will need a reliable company with facilities close to all major ports who can provide flexible transportation options should problems occur, and customizable solutions to help lower costs and stay within budget.

 

Selecting an asset-based intermodal trucking company who specializes in import/export container drayage with added service benefits including transloading, multimodal transportation, overweight corridor accessibility,  cross-docking, and warehousing has proven to be a successful option for businesses looking to optimize their supply chain and meet their goals. As mentioned above, problems can happen during one aspect of transporting your goods or throughout the entire process of the shipment.  You might need to cross-dock and store your freight in a warehouse to meet your deadlines. When you partner with an experienced company who can provide multiple services other than standard drayage, there is a higher likelihood of significant cost-savings in rates, added value of working with an industry expert who can assist with problem-solving, and the peace of mind of working with one reliable source versus multiple sources.

 

Dependable's asset-based harbor drayage, intermodal trucking and intermodal transportation division handles all nationwide drayage moves for containers coming from or going to West Coast seaports. In addition to container drayage, we specialize in complex multiple-hub cargo moves through multimodal transportation strategies with complete warehousing and distribution services via our warehousing division.

What is LTL Freight?

What is LTL Freight?

What is LTL Freight?

 

LTL freight, as it is commonly referred to, stands for Less-than-truckload freight. Some products or goods do not need the service of a full truckload due to the smaller parcel sizes of freight. To accommodate these smaller deliveries, freight can be transported on the same truck to avoid waste of space and additional resources to help optimize the LTL load so that the goods can be transported more efficiently. LTL shipments are usually arranged on pallets and can range anywhere from 150 pounds to 10,000 pounds.

 

Considering the way LTL shipping operates, you can combine partial loads heading to specific locations to create an efficient, full multi-stop truckload. The cost of shipping your goods is known is based on the class of items shipped, space occupied, and pickup/destination locations. Depending on your preference, LTL freight can also be shipped with specialized services such as lift gate pickup/delivery, inside pickup/delivery, residential pickup/delivery, and reweighing or reclassification with each of these services requiring additional fees.

 

Analyzing what LTL freight entails can deduce these beneficial effects:

 

Cost-effectiveness

 

You don’t have to pay for a full truckload when you are shipping LTL goods. LTL freight has made it possible for you to only pay for the space required to transport your goods. Therefore, your cost will be a fraction of what a standard full truckload shipment would cost.

 

Environmental effect

 

Fewer trucks will be transporting goods heading toward the same region, resulting in a drastic reduction of pollutants released into the ecosystem. This process will also reduce road accidents as more trucks will be carrying loads less than their capacity, thereby decreasing full truckloads on the highway. 

 

Profitable for small businesses

 

Small companies can benefit from LTL shipping because they tend to be shipping fewer goods and spending less money on freight than larger companies. LTL shipping allows small businesses to benefit from all the services professional shipping provides without paying the high cost for space they don’t need. Some carriers typically offer LTL shipping, but not all carriers do. A challenge can sometimes be finding a carrier willing to ship LTL and for the right price. 

 

Dependable Supply Chain Services' asset-based trucking division is the largest west coast regional LTL carrier, with 14 strategically located service centers providing overnight shipping service throughout California, Nevada, and Arizona. Need more services to help boost your bottom line throughout your supply chain? Contact us today for a free quote. 

Pool Distribution

Pool Distribution

Benefits of Pool Distribution

 

Pool Distribution is a cost-effective solution for customers/businesses to move their products to end-users efficiently with less travel time and costs. The concept of the pool distribution strategy is to pool different freight going to the same area or region of distribution- very similar to "carpooling" when either commuting to work or school. If you are moving freight between several regions, shipping a high volume of less-than-truckload shipments, or looking for options to save money on more extended freight transport moves, then you should consider pool distribution as a strategy. Shipments bound for the same region of distribution that is usually shipped through LTL trucking are combined to a full trailer for delivery. Once the freight reaches its final destination, the freight is sorted for local delivery to customers. 

 

•     Truckload (TL) or Pool Distribution rates are more fixed and secured than freight LTL prices. The significant benefits of pool distribution are lowered costs for smaller shipments and giving customers an opportunity to save money on pooled shipments versus LTL transport methods that may have higher rates for smaller shipments.

 

•    As parcels are bound for one region or area of distribution, freight is consolidated in one staging area and then loaded on trailers for that specific area. This process saves on multiple resources such as overall transportation costs, time and fuel; much like carpooling. Another added benefit is that it prevents vehicle wear and tear or depreciation of trucks/trailers.

 

•    Pool distribution also reduces carbon footprint. As we move towards environment and energy conservation, pool distribution is also an effective way to reduce carbon footprints in the transportation industry as there will be fewer trailers on the roads. Fewer trucks on the road contribute to less fuel and energy consumed while transporting goods.

 

•   By utilizing the pool distribution strategy, deliveries to final destinations are executed with the least handling possible, thus resulting in less potential claims. LTL shipments have the possibilities of going through several hubs on the way to its final destination. This method can take twice as long compared to the Pool Distribution method. As parcels pass through different hubs and move from one trailer to the next, there is a higher likelihood of product damage. Opting for the pool distribution method can help minimize these risks because there will be "less handling" of your goods. 

 

Pool distribution has helped raise the service level of shipping as partners/carriers continue to add this method as one of their core services. Higher service levels across the shipping industry are essential as customers rely heavily on carriers to ship their goods, therefore, having options when shipping goods is key to streamlining overall supply chain costs. It is vital in today's evolving business culture that companies select proven partners who can offer total supply chain solutions to help optimize their customized business needs. Dependable Supply Chain Services include FTL, Warehousing & Distribution, Harbor Drayage, Global Ocean & Air, Hawaii & Guam, and Third-Party Logistics making us your all-star team for customized solutions.