If you need to schedule courier service in your local area, regionally or nationally, did you know you can use a third-party logistics provider? In fact, working with a 3PL can save you time and money versus researching and contacting dozens or hundreds of local courier services in various cities around your state or across the country and then managing deliveries using so many different vendors.
By partnering with a logistics provider, you can tap into an existing network of carriers, independent owner-operators and local/regional courier services, and rely on the expertise of your logistics provider to match your shipment to the right carrier and vehicle to meet your deadlines and budget. It doesn’t matter if you need to send a single envelope via 1-hour rush local service across town in another city on the other side of the country or you need same-day delivery of multiple pallets of merchandise from a half dozen warehouses to several dozen customers within a 100-mile radius of each warehouse in the Midwest.
Delivery options for courier service can range from one-hour rush local service to standard three-hour local service to same-day delivery and involve either one-way or round-trip service. If either the pick-up location, delivery location or both are from a loading dock, you may also need to request dock high service. Depending on what you are shipping, the type of courier vehicles used can range from cars to open-bed pickup trucks, enclosed-bed pickup trucks, cargo vans and straight trucks.
Another related service is Hot Shot Service. With one call to a full-service logistics provider you can typically schedule immediate pickup anywhere in the continental United States for direct delivery to any other city in the continental United States. In many major metropolitan areas, the pick-up time for Hot Shot service will be within 2-3 hours from the time the order is placed. For locations outside major metropolitan areas, pick-up times will vary. As with local/regional courier service, the vehicles used for Hot Shot service range from cars to open-bed and enclosed-bed pickup trucks to cargo vans and straight trucks.
In most cases, courier service and Hot Shot service play a vital role in a logistics provider’s other transportation services such as international air freight, expedited freight, less-than-truckload service or even Trade Show Logistics. This helps insure that you’re working with transportation experts who are using a network of reputable and dependable carriers. You also benefit from the systems and technology available to your logistics provider. With a state-of-the-art transportation management system (TMS), the logistics provider you use can provide real-time tracking and email delivery confirmations, and their operations agents are just a phone call or email away if you have questions, problems or changes occur.
In addition, a logistics provider can customize delivery services to fit your requirements, for example, if you need dedicated service or need to plan a regular schedule and/or route for daily, weekly or monthly service.
Source by Fred Dubya