Sometimes you simply don’t know what you don’t know. This is especially true when it comes to freight rates. Because there are so many variables that go into bottom-line freight pricing, such as commodity classification, base rate schedules, discounts, accessorial fees, and so on, it’s difficult to really understand if you’re getting the best rate when you call your carrier or 3PL for that freight quote. As shown in the example to the left, sometimes the “highest discount” doesn’t always mean the “lowest price.”
For this reason, PartnerShip began offering a no-obligation, free freight analysis service a few years ago to help small businesses sort through their current freight rates to ensure they are not leaving money on the table. PartnerShip runs several of these analyses for customers every week, and requesting a freight analysis is as simple as:
• Visit PartnerShip.com/Analysis and complete the brief Shipping Analysis Form.
• In the About Your Shipments section of this form, let us know what you are shipping, how frequently you are shipping and a general idea of where you are shipping.
• If possible, also provide examples in an email to select@PartnerShip.com. This could be a few recent freight invoices, or better yet, send a simple Excel file with recent shipments, including the following four pieces of information: Origin ZIP, destination ZIP, weight and commodity type (or classification).
Once PartnerShip has your request, freight experts will analyze your shipments to determine your current freight rates. Then PartnerShip will review the best rates in place with best-in-class freight transportation carriers to see if you can save additional money on part or all of your shipping. Again, the free freight analysis comes with no obligation. If you already have the best market rates, PartnerShip will let you know so that you can continue to enjoy them.
If you’re wondering how your current freight rates compare, before (or after) you ask for that next freight quote from your existing carrier, consider having PartnerShip provide a free freight analysis to make sure you are getting the best deal possible.
This article is brought to you by PartnerShip, the company that manages the PMPA Shipping Program. To enroll in this discount program, your company must be a member of PMPA.
For membership information, contact PMPA Executive Director, Michael Kobylka, at 440-526-0300/email: email@example.com. For more information or to enroll in this program, visit PartnerShip.com/28PMPA, email sales@PartnerShip.com, or call 800-599-2902.