When you’re having a business that needs to deliver goods to customers, no matter whom those customers are (other business or people); you’ll need to get in touch with a good transport and logistics company. The reason is simple – if you want to have quality services and to make sure that the items arrive at their destination intact and in time, you’ll need to have someone reliable to make the transport for you.
Know What You Need
First of all, you need to know exactly what type of transportation you need. There are transportation and logistics companies that make deliveries only in your country, but there are also others that deliver worldwide. Because of this, if you know you need to deliver your goods in another country, make sure you find someone who can make it happen. A local carrier won’t be able to help you out.
Depending on what you need, you’ll certainly find the company that can offer you the type of service that you need directly online. Having a list of a few transport and logistics companies is adequate, as you’ll be able to contact them later and ask for additional information.
However, before you give any of them a call; check out their website for the services that they can offer. Some of them will also cover that last mile that you need to get your shipment from warehouse centers to the retail stores or to other businesses. You’ll be able to know from the start if they have what you want – if you can’t find enough info, or if they don’t give enough details and are vague in information, call them. Something else to pay attention to is the content of the website – if it’s not up to date, then the company might be out of service.
Contact and View
Once you’ve found someone that you think you can work with, give them a call or use the contact form from the website. It’s a sure way to see if they answer you and if they do, you’ll also be able to get more info. If it’s possible, ask them to see their fleet, especially if they’re using trucks for transporting. Special licenses are mandatory for this kind of activity, so make sure they’re up to date.
Make sure they can reach the destination that you need – as we already said, not all of the transport companies make deliveries where you want. It’s important to know this from the start because you should have time to find someone who can do what you want. If you get in touch with such a company, it’s better to settle a long-term agreement, especially if you’re satisfied with their work.
Last, but not least, make sure you get a written agreement that contains every important detail of the whole transport – how much time allowed for them to be late, what happens if they lose the shipment, the insurance for the whole transport and so on. They might have a standard contract, but make sure you read it before you sign and agree to any of their requests.