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How do you know if you have hired the right logistics company?

You’ve realized that hiring a logistics company to take care of the storing and transporting of your goods is the smart thing to do but how do you know that you’ve got the right one? You don’t want to enter into an agreement with a company that won’t collect or deliver on time, a company that does not know how to handle or pack your fragile goods or a company that promises safe storage and then calls you two days later to tell you that your goods have been stolen. You know that things like this can ruin your business.

Here are a few tips to ensure you end up with the right logistics company:

  1. Do a proper background check. Search the Internet for reviews and talk to other companies who are in your line of business and are making use of the logistics service provider you’re thinking of hiring. If the reviews are good and the companies are happy, you know that you are about to enter into an agreement with a reputable company.
  2. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Ask the logistics company you’re thinking of hiring to explain their operating procedure from start to finish. What security measures do they have in place to ensure your goods arrive on time and intact? Where will your goods be stored? Is it in a safe area? Do they make use of security guards and alarm systems? Settle for nothing less than the answers you are looking for.
  3. Ask for written guarantees. Don’t put your trust in a verbal promise and a handshake. Also make sure that you properly read every piece of paper they ask you sign. If you can’t make head or tail of the contract, rather ask somebody like a lawyer to explain it to you before signing.

Follow these tips to ensure you that end up with the right logistics company. It is after all, your goods and not you that need to be taken for a ride! Contact NQ Logistics today for more information.

Making use of freight services will get your goods there on time

If you don’t make use of professional freight services, you’re probably stressed out about a lot of things. You’re worried about the maintenance of your company’s trucks. You’re worried about the safety of your drivers. Most of all, you’re worried about breakdowns and if your freight is going to arrive at its destination on time and intact. You know all the things that can stop your goods from getting there on time, so how do the professionals do it? How can logistics companies ensure that delivery dates are met? What do they know and do that you don’t?

Well, first and foremost, companies that provide freight services won’t risk a breakdown and only use trucks and vans that they know are in good condition. Their trucks and vans are regularly serviced and inspected to ensure that they are mechanically sound, road worthy and that all the right packing material is on hand.

The professionals also know that equipment is only as good as the people who are using it. All their drivers are properly licensed and go for regular refresher courses. This ensures that they stay sharp and that they don’t cause any accidents. Their drivers also know how to handle their vehicles in emergency situations, so if a tire bursts, they will know how to maintain control of the vehicle and safely repair the problem. Furthermore, those responsible for handling the goods are well trained and know how to work with a variety of goods that need special handling.

A freight services provider also has experienced mechanics on 24-hour standby, just in case there is a breakdown. If the mechanic identifies that the problem cannot be fixed or will take too long to fix, a backup vehicle will be sent so that your goods still get to their destination in good time.

Professional trucking companies have the necessary infrastructure and experience to ensure that your cargo reaches its destination on time and in perfect condition. So, give yourself a break and hire a professional freight services provider. For more information, contact NQ Logistics today.

Outsourcing to a logistics services provider is the right choice

You’ve heard about companies providing logistics services and you’re wondering if this is a financially viable solution for the business you want to start. Well, if you are starting a small to medium sized business that will be selling goods which need to be stored and transported, hiring a company that provides these kinds of services can save you quite a lot of money.

Here are just some of the things you won’t have to buy, rent or worry about when hiring a company that provides reliable logistics solutions:

  1. Transportation. A logistics company will collect your goods and distribute them on your behalf. This means that you don’t have to buy trucks or vans, find a place to keep them when they are not on the road or worry about their maintenance. You don’t have to hire drivers or lie awake at night hoping that you’ve hired the right goods handlers and whether or not your goods will arrive intact and on time. You won’t have to keep travel logs or be on 24-hour standby just in case one of your vehicles breaks down. All this will be taken care of by a logistics solutions provider.
  2. Warehousing. A logistics company can arrange storage space for your goods if it is necessary. This means that you don’t need to buy/build a warehouse or enter into a long-term lease agreement. When you need storage space, they will provide it. When you don’t need it, you won’t be stuck with an unnecessary drain on your profits.
  3. Inventory management. Logistics solutions providers will not only offer you a storage space for your goods but can also take care of all your inventory management needs. You won’t have to hire a warehouse manager or waste time with things like stocktaking. You also won’t have to hire a security company to ensure that your goods are kept safe.

All in all, hiring a company that provides logistics services means that making a success of your small-to-medium sized enterprise is a whole lot easier. Contact NQ Logistics today for more information.