Keeping costs down with freight groupage
Delivery costs can be a headache for businesses, but freight groupage services are an effective option, saving companies both time and money.
If your business involves transporting goods, it’s likely that delivery and transportation costs form a significant proportion of your outgoings. If you’re paying too much, these costs could eat into your profits and could result in you having to pass the pain onto your customers via higher prices - something that could result in you losing business.
With this in mind, it’s easy to see why so many businesses are looking for lower-cost ways to transport their goods by road. Happily, ‘groupage’ provides an efficient and cost-effective alternative to traditional road freight services
What is van groupage?
When a courier or haulage company is delivering goods, you will often find that they have some room to spare in the van or lorry. However, the company would much prefer to have their vehicle full to capacity on every occasion.
Freight companies have a number of costs to cover. They have to pay for the insurance and upkeep of the vehicle, they have to pay the wages of the delivery driver and, crucially, they have to pay for fuel - and with diesel prices continuing to rise
, this is more of a concern for companies than ever before.
Taking this into account, it’s easy to understand why companies are keen to ensure that they can maximise the amount of profit on each individual job. And this is this is where groupage services can make all the difference.
Groupage services consolidate multiple compatible shipments from a number of customers into one delivery load. This method of delivery is much more efficient and economical. It enables delivery companies to reduce their CO2 emissions, minimise wear and tear on the delivery vehicle and, importantly, to save on fuel. These savings are then passed on to you as the customer, enabling you to reduce your delivery costs by up to 60%.
Is it right for me?
Most businesses can benefit in some way from using groupage services, but it is especially advantageous for companies who need to frequently deliver smaller loads that won’t fill a whole van or lorry.
In order to get the most out of groupage, you’ll need to be fairly flexible with your delivery requirements, as this will give you a greater number of options to choose from when it comes to selecting your groupage provider.
However, while it is undoubtedly one of the most cost-effective ways to deliver goods, there are times when groupage may not be the right option. For example, groupage deliveries can take longer to arrive than standard freight deliveries, so if you’re transporting a specialist item or need your goods to be delivered at a specific time or date, you may want to consider other options.
Generally speaking, however, freight groupage is an effective, economic method of delivery that enables businesses to transport their goods around the country (and further afield) at the lowest possible cost. And there are a number of reliable suppliers out there who are happy to provide a service that meets your needs.
By using groupage services you can help minimise your impact on the environment (an important concern for many end customers), while reaping significant savings in time and money, and helping to ensure the long-term viability of your organisation.