Retail pool distribution offers significant cost-savings advantages for many small to large businesses. It allows you to ship multiple shipments to the same geographic region on the same truck. It might be an excellent option for you since pool distribution combines LTL savings with the benefits of truckload shipments. If you’re still learning more about this service, review our post on What is Pool Distribution.
As you continue to read this article, you’ll learn more about why retail pool distribution is the best option for you and what to search for in a shipping partner.
Is Retail Pool Distribution Right for You?
If you’re unsure if pool distribution shipping is right for your business, answer the following questions.
- Are you currently using LTL shipping?
- Do you have time-sensitive deliveries?
- Would you like improved customer service?
- Do you want to decrease your transportation costs?
If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, then pool distribution might be a good fit for you.
Do You Have Enough Freight?
Now you might be wondering if you have enough freight to take advantage of pool distribution shipping. First, take a moment to review the below information to see if your shipment meets any of the following criteria.
- You’re shipping multiple loads to a specific region
- Your needs include loose cartons or pallets deliveries
- You’re looking for more control over freight delivery dates and times
- Your load requires special services upon delivery
If you’re still unsure it’s a good fit, contact a Beitler Logistics Services (BLS) team member. They’ll talk about your shipment needs to determine if retail pool distribution logistics is the right option for you.
5 Things to Search for in a Retail Pool Distribution Shipping Partner
You’ve done your research; you know that pool distribution shipping is the most cost-effective method for you; now, the next step is finding the right shipping partner. There are several considerations to review from overall cost, shipper experience, and company growth that play a factor in finding a third-party logistics (3PL) provider.
Here are some traits to consider when looking for a 3PL partner.
#1 Find a Provider with Success
Make sure to look at their history, read customer testimonials, and ask them questions.
- Do they have experience working with your industry?
- How much understanding and knowledge can their team offer?
- What makes you trustworthy?
BLS Advantage: BLS is affiliated with the W.J. Beitler Company, which gives us access to decades of knowledge to provide you with superior transportation services.
#2 Work with a Partner with Proven Processes
They should explain some of the processes they use to ensure that shipments arrive at their destination on time and damage-free. Additionally, their operations should be flexible to accommodate last-minute requests when needed.
BLS Advantage: At BLS, our team uses carton level scanning, which keeps us, and you informed of your packages. We ensure they stay intact and delivered in full, even if it’s a narrow delivery window.
#3 Review All Their Services Available
If you plan to grow your company, you’ll want to work with a 3PL provider that can grow with you. Look for a company that offers various transportation and logistics services that you can use as your needs expand.
BLS Advantage: We offer several types of transportation and warehousing services. Thanks to our extensive network of partners, we can provide transportation to virtually any market in the United States.
#4 Learn How They Overcome Challenges
A skilled partner can handle challenges within the transportation industry and even prepare for situations before they occur. Ask your potential provider how they address unforeseen problems while still providing you with accurate, on-time service.
BLS Advantage: Our team regularly reviews the market for current challenges. It allows us to prepare for situations before they occur and monitor them throughout the shipping process.
#5 Ease of Working with the Provider
What’s the working relationship like with the provider? Are they easy to communicate with, can you get in touch with them outside of regular business hours, or how well do they know your needs? Asking these questions now will help you determine if it’ll be the right fit for you.
BLS Advantage: You’ll develop a long-term relationship with us. Every BLS customer has a single point of contact they work with, so anytime you have questions, you’ll talk to someone you know and trust. Additionally, our team knows circumstances change and emergencies happen, so we have a 24-hour operations center you can call at any time.
Why Wait? Contact BLS Today!
Don’t continue to spend more on transportation costs; instead, contact a BLS team member to learn how our retail pool distribution services are right for you. If you already know your shipment details complete our quote form.