Choosing the ideal transport provider

Keys to choosing the ideal transport provider

In today’s world of logistics and transportation, choosing the right suppliers, one of the most critical pieces in the value chain of any business, can make the difference between a smooth and efficient operation and a supply chain plagued with problems and challenges.

Often, this decision can seem exhausting, but in this article we will demystify the process and give you some tips that can help you establish successful partnerships that will drive your business forward.

8 criteria to consider when choosing a transport provider

Taking into account certain aspects before making a decision will be very beneficial for the entrepreneur, since it will give him/her greater security in knowing that he/she is working with the right supplier.

But how to get it right? To make it easier, we have prepared 11 keys to know if you have found the right supplier:

1. Clarity on your needs and requirements

The first step in selecting transport providers, before any other, is to have a clear understanding of your needs and requirements. By being clear about what goods you will be transporting and the distance and frequency of your deliveries, you will be better prepared to search for suppliers that match your specific operations.

Discussing any problems with your old logistics partner with your new partners will be an important part of building a good relationship. By being clear with both parties from the start, you will avoid misunderstandings in the future.

2. Technology and real-time tracking at transport providers

Real time tracking

It is important to know the technology offered by the freight forwarder, how it works and what benefits it will bring you.

Look for those that use real-time tracking systems, as this will allow you to maintain constant control over your shipments and greater visibility throughout the supply chain.

Real-time GPS monitoring and this type of digital tracking makes information more transparent and avoids unnecessary calls that will only take up time.

3. Regulatory compliance and security

Transportation providers must comply with a number of industry-specific regulations and standards. Make sure your chosen provider complies with all relevant local and international safety standards and regulations to ensure that your goods arrive legally and safely at their destination.

4. Cost transparency

Costs play a key role when selecting transport providers. Make sure you fully understand the pricing structure and possible breakdowns, including any additional costs that may arise. Maintaining a relationship based on cost transparency will avoid unpleasant surprises in the future.

Two of the most common items that may be detailed in tariffs are the price of diesel (which varies according to cost) and insurance, either through standard LOTT coverage or fully comprehensive shipments.

5. Characteristics of your logistics network

Logistics network

The logistics network of a road transport provider is an essential element to guarantee an efficient and safe service. Some of the points to take into account are:

  • Extent of your geographical coverage
  • Number and location of operations centers, warehouses and consolidation centers
  • Fleet of vehicles adapted for different types of cargo and travel distances
  • Efficient route planning
  • Loading and unloading points
  • Inventory management
  • Technology and tracking
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Dedicated staff

Choosing a supplier with a well-organized and efficient logistics network is essential to provide quality transportation services.

6. List of services offered

It is of utmost importance that the trucking providers you are considering offer a range of general services including those that can meet your specific needs.

Some of the most common services offered by road freight providers include:

  • Transportation of goods
  • Full truckload and break bulk (FTL) and Less-than-truckload (LTL) distribution and delivery
  • Full Truck Load (FTL) and Less-Than-Truck Load (LTL) service
  • Transportation of bulk cargo / dangerous goods / refrigerated cargo…
  • Services such as logistics warehousing, inventory management
  • Tracking and technology services
  • Customs and import/export services

These are just a few examples of the general services that road transport providers can offer. The diversity of services depends on the company and the specific needs you may have.

Some transportation providers can differentiate themselves and provide added value to their customers through a number of additional services and features. These added values can make the difference in choosing a transportation provider and improve customer satisfaction.

7. Commitment to the environment

Environmental sustainability has become a key decision-making factor for both companies and consumers. In this context, transport providers have a key role to play in reducing the ecological footprint and protecting the natural environment.

Transport providers in Spain must actively engage in sustainable practices that reduce their impact on the environment. The adoption of clean technologies, responsible waste management, efficient logistics planning and compliance with environmental regulations are key elements in moving towards more environmentally friendly transport and contributing to the fight against climate change.

8. Flexibility and adaptability

In an industry as dynamic and changing as transportation and logistics, adaptability is essential. Look for suppliers that are flexible and able to adjust to unexpected changes in demand or based on your logistic needs according to the type of goods, weight, size, destination, schedule, etc…

Some people think that the perfect supplier is simply the one that can supply what you need as a buyer, but we have already seen that the choice should value much more than that single point.

With these keys in mind, you will be well on your way to an efficient supply chain and to establishing productive relationships with reliable transportation suppliers.

At Conde Fernández Hermanos we are experts in logistics and road transportation services, with more than 50 years of experience. We help our clients to be more competitive by optimizing their logistic operations and offering a personalized service to the needs and characteristics of their business, so that they can forget about the logistic aspects and focus on other important areas.

Do you want to know what we can do for you in this regard? Contact us and let’s talk without obligation!