Why (and When) Land Transport Is Still Your Best Bet

You have many options when it comes to transporting your goods, with each method offering unique advantages and disadvantages. So, how do you choose? The best way to get your products from point A to point B will depend almost entirely on your priorities. Consider whether the core concern is speed, efficiency, cost, customer service, security, flexibility… each one points to a different way of getting the job done.

With widespread air travel, transport via plane or jet has become a great solution for companies looking to move their goods quickly or over great distances. But if your needs aren’t that ambitious (yet), land transport can offer you comparable speed with even more perks. Consider, for example, these great benefits of keeping your products on firm ground:

  • Flexibility

    Land transport often offers a much more flexible schedule, and allows you greater flexibility in determining the pickup/delivery location, day and time. Being able to determine your own shipping schedule means that you can work more efficiently and set your own deadlines – not work around someone else’s.

  • Fewer Limitations

    Got a small load? Consider LTL (Less-Than-Load) shipping if your order won’t fill a semi-truck. Land transport is also available for larger and heavier packages that might be subject to size and weight restrictions if you were to use other transportation methods.

  • Extensive Reach

    Trucks can go almost anywhere there are roads, which means that your shipment can go virtually anywhere without additional connecting transport. Air transportation, on the other hand, is limited to certain hubs and your freight will most likely require further ground transport upon leaving the airport.

  • Safety

    Worried about breakables, or need your products handled with care? Truck loads are less damage-prone than cargo shipped through other means. You’ll get to watch your items get loaded onto the truck, and you’ll be able to see the steps that your delivery driver goes through to ensure safe shipping. Door-to-door delivery means that there’s less handling, which means less opportunity for something to get damaged.

  • Inclusive Pricing

    Because land transport includes door-to-door service, there’s no need to factor in additional expenses such as the cost (time and money) of picking up the goods at an airport or port, and then arranging further delivery to your customer or their warehouse. Land transport means that everything is included.

  • Cost

    In almost all cases, land transport is less expensive than other methods of transportation. If cost is a consideration, keeping your items on the ground will likely offer the best value.

  • Customer Focus

    Since most land-based transport companies specialize in land-based transport, they tend to focus more exclusively on customer service than companies for whom transport is a supplementary form of income (in addition to passenger travel, for instance).

When it comes to speed, it’s hard to beat air transport. But keeping your goods on the ground can offer you significant benefits at significant savings, without significant compromise. If flexibility, safety, customer service, value, and ease of use are on your list of priorities, consider land transport for your next shipment.

References

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/stress-management/in-depth/positive-thinking/art-20043950

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/james-clear/positive-thinking_b_3512202.html

http://taxfoundation.org/article/state-gasoline-tax-rates-2009-2013

http://www.api.org/oil-and-natural-gas-overview/industry-economics/fuel-taxes/gasoline-tax

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Al Nichols

Al Nichols

An experienced and trusted RIST Transport driver, Al Nichols works tirelessly to meet customer needs with excellent service and expert driving. Al is an integral player in RIST's mission to be the Carrier of Choice, building strong relationships, handling specific customer needs, and keeping safety, efficiency, professionalism and quality top-of-mind.