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When to Hire a Freight Shipping Company

Some shipments should always be handled by professional freight shipping companies. Read our guide to find out whether you should hire someone to help your business.

There are a few instances when businesses of any size should always hire a freight shipping company to transport their goods—if you’re shipping something that’s too large for UPS or too small for a traditional mover, or you don’t have the facilities or expertise to pack and ship on your own, for example.

You should also consider hiring a freight shipping company to help with:

  • Shipping fragile or high-value items
  • Single item shipping or large, one-time shipments
  • Recurring shipments
  • Emergency or expedited shipments

Fragile or high-value Items

Freight shipping companies are the most qualified to help you ship high-value, specialized, or fragile items. It can be difficult and costly to purchase insurance from a third-party provider for these items, and working directly with your freight shipper to cover valuable items can significantly simplify the process.

Fragile or high-value items include:

  • Artwork, such as paintings or sculpture
  • Medical equipment
  • Antique furniture

Single item shipping or large, one-time shipments.

If you have a single item that requires shipping, or need to ship a large item that you don’t have the facilities or expertise to package and transport, a freight shipping company can help get your shipment where it needs to go.

Single item or large, one-time shipments could include:

  • Supplies or promotional materials for trade shows
  • Shipping inventory or raw materials to other locations
  • Shipping artwork between locations for new exhibits
  • One-time donations to natural disaster areas
George works for a manufacturing company that produces generators in Spokane. When a hurricane hit Florida and the south coast, George's company spearheaded a week-long donation campaign to collect supplies of water, food, and other goods from his community to send, along with some generators, to affected areas. Wanting to get these items to the disaster area as quickly as possible after collecting the donations, George reached out to us for help palletizing and picking up these goods. Thanks to our expedited and emergency shipping services, we were able to get these supplies where they were needed most in as little time as possible.

Recurring Shipments

Once you get two or three shipments on the books, the best freight shipping providers can begin arranging your shipments in a single email. This helps streamline the shipping process, leaving you more time to tackle other aspects of running your business.

Recurring shipments might include:

  • Shipping machine parts back and forth from a sterilizer
  • Shipments of supplies to areas recovering from natural disaster, such as clothing, first aid, and home goods

Emergency or Expedited Shipments

If you need to arrange for a last-minute pickup or expedited shipment, a freight shipping company will have the expertise to schedule a pickup and ensure your shipment is delivered on time.

Common emergency or expedited shipments include:

  • Medical equipment, such as equipment that’s needed at another location in your network, or equipment that needs immediate repair
Jennifer coordinates logistics for the manufacturing company she works for. Her company frequently sends machines and equipment to a leading provider of mobile devices, and when her client contacted her in need of an emergency shipment, Jennifer reached out to us for help. We found a team of drivers who worked 24 hours a day to get the equipment where it needed to be safely and on time.
  • Artwork, such as shipping original paintings or sculptures to a gallery on time for an opening, show, or exhibition
  • Construction equipment
  • Supplies and equipment to natural disaster zones
  • Last-minute or time-sensitive holiday shipments, such as retail businesses sending inventory to other locations
  • Shipments of seasonal goods
  • Returning rental equipment before lease-end dates
Karl's small business, based in Tulsa, leased a 3D printer from a company in Pittsburgh to create a prototype of a new product he is developing. Aftering printing a successful prototype, Karl got carried away with the other aspects of running his business, and forgot he needed to ship the 3D printer back to its manufacturer. Suddenly, his lease-end date was looming, and Karl needed to get the printer back to the supplier in 2 days or he'd be charged a penalty. We helped Karl organize an expedited shipment, and he was able to get the printer back to the supplier time.

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