To classify logistics specifically to shipping of products would be an understatement because it is used in everyday life unintentionally. When making a product, logistics is crucial when handling the materials being used to produce the product. It is important to know how much of a product’s parts are being stored, and where the parts are located. A freight broker communicates with transporters to keep tabs on where a parts shipment is located and when it will be delivered.
Logistical service areas do include transportation, storage, Information services, even factories, restaurants, and shopping centers. Any consumer product in the world has at one time used freight broker services. The everyday products we all use wouldn’t be available without them.
The holidays are right around the corner. This means consumers demands for goods, and services for shipping goods increase. November through December are the busiest times of the year for shipping companies. The moment a customer walks through the door the logistical spotlight follows them. Any person trying to get their gift across the world is relying on logistical services in one way or another.
It starts with the box. It is crucial to make sure the item inside the box is packed securely with the right materials. Packaging materials might include a mixture of newspaper, bubble wrap, foam, or packing peanuts as filler. Packaging material will ensure that the item, whether it is non-breakable or breakable, will arrive in the same state that it was shipped. It is very vital to pick the right size of box. This ensures that there is no dead space within the box when it is sealed. Dead space is the reason why items become damaged.
The value of the item is also a key factor, along with what the item is. Some companies won’t allow you to ship items of high value which are irreplaceable. There are also restrictions on shipping hazardous materials such as batteries, dry ice, firearms and other flammable items. It is important that dangerous items are shipped by the specific department that handles dangerous items. When in doubt, ask a representative if the item in question can be shipped. A Freight broker will hold contracts to ship such goods that need special handling. Freight brokers will also help companies manage transportation demands to meet holiday deadlines.
If the shipper agrees to ship the box, a label and receipt are printed. The Customer is handed the receipt that contains a tracking number. The label includes barcodes, tracking information, sender, and receiver information, along with the box size and weight. After all this, the box waits for pickup. Once it’s picked up from the drop off location it then goes on a journey through drop off points, scanners, conveyor belts, airport security, airplane rides… through many hands, until the last moment when the final delivery host delivers the package. If in the very rare cases a package goes missing, tracking information is used to track the last scanned point, and most of the time the package is found with a bit of a delay.
There is a lot that can go wrong if a box breaks on a belt line it could shut down the whole factory, but ensuring that all boxes are the right size, with no dead space, and sealed properly, those gifts will arrive before December 25, weather permitting.
Justin Bright – CEO Brighter Logistics