1. Flexible pick up times: If shippers are flexible with pick up times, it makes things a lot easier on drivers because this means there can be an earlier dispatch for the driver and an early delivery for the shipper.
2. Weekend pick up and delivery: Allowing weekend services may prove beneficial. If pick-up and delivery times are available daily (including weekends) shippers and logistics providers will be far more likely to have their load moved more efficiently.
3. Eliminate time wasters: Make sure that your operations are efficient and require the minimum amount of time from the driver.
4. Fast Communication of volumes: Shippers and logistics providers on behalf of shippers who communicate earlier secure freight faster. With 24 hours or more advance notice of a pick-up time most carriers will be more likely to move a shipper’s freight.
5. Drop and hook freight: Many drivers find this as driver-friendly freight. Converting to drop and hook freight may result in more efficient pick-up and drop-off scenarios.
6. Relax operating rules and parameters: Be flexible, some rules can be bent. Allow existing carriers to utilize other carriers in their stead by extending their hours if needed.
7. Examine other transport modes: Using other modes of transport can help to mitigate capacity issues. See if other modes can supplement your needs during peak or constrained periods.
8. Be real and be fair: Shippers need to frame capacity in terms of what will work best for both parties instead of what suits them best.
9. be consistent: Shippers should try to spread their load over a month instead of trying to compress them into a one-week period at the end of the month. Carries favour consistency in their customers when capacity is tight.
10. Employ automation: There is no substitute for transportation management systems (TMS) when it comes to monitoring a transportation and logistics operation. These systems provide unbiased information on everything a shipper needs to know. A TMS allows shippers to benchmark real costs with historical and planned costs. This clearly shows why a plan succeeded or failed to meet the end of year budget.