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:
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.
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.
- 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.
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