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Contracting with a Cleveland trucking company is necessary for many business owners looking for multi-level services, reduced shipping costs and loss mitigation. The price tag is usually the first and foremost consideration, but bear mind the cost will only tell you so much. To ensure you’re maximizing value, it’s important to know exactly what you’re getting for that price. Skimping on quality service is a mistake most businesses can’t afford to make.
Begin with some internal assessments that will provide a clear picture of your current trucking service needs, and then analyze those that may arise in the future. Finding a trucking company prepared to accommodate growth and change in the months and years ahead will spare you the time and money of a future assessment.
Once your business needs and priorities are outlined, you can begin searching for area trucking companies that fit the basic criteria. There are hundreds of Cleveland trucking companies listed on YellowPages.com, so you’ll have your pick. However, there are ways to narrow your choices and find the one that will be the best fit.
Almost 95 percent of Fortune 1000 companies are experiencing supply chain interruptions thanks to the spread of the coronavirus, according Fortune Magazine. But our Cleveland 3PL providers know it’s not just companies like Apple and Nike that have been hit. Businesses large and small are seeing their supply chains disrupted by the rippling effects of the outbreak. In fact, those employing companies of less than 100 employees are likely going to suffer the greatest blow.
As recently reported by The Wall Street Journal, firms that rely on Chinese suppliers will obviously be affected, but even those with core operations outside of that country may feel some strain. If the spread of sickness continues, some businesses are going to see delayed goods, unfulfilled orders and unpaid invoices.
Maintaining open communication with both your suppliers and your customers during this time can help safeguard those relationships. This is true no matter what the supply chain challenge. Working with a dedicated 3PL can help lessen the repercussions.
Warehousing is a necessity for moving goods throughout the supply chain. For Northeast Ohio companies, the cost of a Cleveland warehouse lease is a key consideration when calculating the business operating budget. Because warehouse space leasing works differently than other types of commercial real estate leases, prices can vary widely. It’s necessary to have a good sense of your own needs to understand how third-party logistics warehousing firms determine their rates.
Most businesses don’t need an entire warehouse dedicated to their operations. That’s why many opt for a third-party warehousing and distribution service. On Time Delivery & Warehouse aims to make the terms of our Cleveland warehouse lease rates as fair and transparent as possible – so you can be confident you’re getting the best rate for the space and value-added services you require.
This is especially important given the warehouse market insight recently published in the Journal of Commerce Annual Review and Outlook. Industry analysts opine warehouse lease rates are likely to continue climbing through 2020, with the average rent increase for industrial properties nationally expected to exceed 5 percent for the fifth year in a row.
Analyzing Your Company’s Warehouse Needs
To begin your search for the best warehouse rates in Northeast Ohio, we recommend starting with an accounting of your own business needs. This will help establish a general price range and give our 3PL team an idea of which warehouse package is best for you.
Like the national trucking industry, Cleveland trucking companies have been working to acclimate to rapid changes and significant challenges that have cropped up in recent years. Among these:
- Too much capacity (mostly added to the market in 2017 and 2018, followed by freight market slowing in 2019);
- Depressed spot rates and contract rates;
- Rising carrier costs (including insurance, equipment and driver wages);
- Higher demand for faster deliveries;
- Driver shortages;
- Increasingly stringent federal safety regulations (with more hours of service rules likely on the way).
Although some of this was actually good for shippers (lower spot and contract rates, for instance), the trucking industry saw a wave of bankruptcies (nearly 800, according to FreightWaves.com). While concerning, the upside of this is that national trucking overcapacity was reduced by about 24,000. This is why highway transportation experts at the recent National Industrial Transportation League summit expressed “cautious optimism” about 2020.