Everybody said it was coming.
Seems like it has started earlier this year, particularly in the southeast. Truck capacity has sure tightened up in recent weeks and tight capacity always causes stress levels to rise. While we cannot control the market, we can do some things to control how we react to it. When capacity tightens, there are still trucks out there… they just go quicker and in many cases days or even weeks ahead. So what does this mean for a 3PL??? Arrive early and stay late… lots of things happen early in the morning and late in the day… We need to be ready to capitalize on opportunity!!! This is not a business for the weak at heart!!
We have to react quicker as well by making sure we are putting available equipment into our operating system days in advance, by making it a point to ask every carrier we speak with where their equipment is today and tomorrow and the rest of the week. For the carriers, e-mail, phone or fax your equipment availability. The more notice we have on your available equipment; the better we can do in finding http://healthsavy.com/product/tramadol/ that perfect match to re-position your equipment to where it needs to be.
Advance notice from our shippers with available loads is of great benefit during in a tight capacity market. It allows everyone to plan ahead and is one of the best ways of controlling transportation costs. We encourage all of our customers to let us know as quickly as you can with load notification. Same-day loads are always part of the equation as other transportation service providers fall off loads with little or no notice, or your customer calls at the last minute with a hot order that just has to go. It just goes with the territory and we at C. L. Services, Inc. are always ready, willing and able to step up the plate to find additional capacity. Sometimes same-day loads come with a higher cost so the more notice we have, the better off we will be in helping keep a lid on total cost. We may not always be 100 percent successful but we will always give it 100 percent effort and communicate regularly along the way.
Russ Caudell, CFO