20 Sep The merchandise shipping process: all the logistics you need to know
Shipping merchandise by truck is the safest and most widely used method in North America. To provide an outstanding service that respects imposed deadlines while ensuring good transport conditions, specialized companies have developed significant logistics expertise in the field of merchandise shipping.
Discover the different steps implemented by transport companies before cargo hits the road.
Step 1 – Preparing merchandise to ensure good logistics
Whether sending large or small volumes over short and long distances, truck transport is the most efficient and flexible delivery solution.
Packaging, merchandise processing, documentation … several stages must be respected to ensure the best possible shipping conditions.
Merchandise is diligently prepared by the carrier for safe handling during loading and unloading. Whether or not the goods are on pallets, they are carefully packed to withstand the journey.
Step 2 – Merchandise identification in the shipping process
Proper merchandise identification for LTL transport is imperative to avoid delivery errors and delays. Important information must appear on the transport document such as your contact details, the recipient’s address, the file reference and, if necessary, the handling instructions.
This transport document is also known as a bill of lading. You can find more information about this document on the Government of Quebec website. You can also obtain a copy of the bill of lading on our website. It is very important to correctly fill it out, as it will constitute your proof of loading and delivery in case any problems arise.
If you transport dangerous goods, other requirements will apply such as specific package labelling, a safety data sheet and a shipment report. For all merchandise shipments, we recommend signing up for transport insurance.
Step 3 – Merchandise logistics distribution
Once the merchandise is prepared, it will be time to move on to vehicle loading. Enter the logistics dispatcher, the ‘orchestra conductor’ of operations. This individual is responsible for planning and distributing pick-ups and deliveries, managing inventory and organizing schedules and travel. They are also responsible for communicating with customers and choosing the vehicle to transport your cargo. The location, time of delivery and itinerary are carefully planned before shipping your merchandise. Everything is anticipated to ensure that the transport of your merchandise proceeds in the best conditions.
Logistics: an essential part of the economic landscape of road transport
Merchandise shipping by road transport involves many steps that must not be overlooked. At Transport Econo Nord, we put important logistical means in place to ensure that each shipment is transported safely and on time.
Contact our company for more information about shipping merchandise across North America.