Last year our own Jason Dubois attended the Surface Transportation Summit 2015 and participated in the Carrier Shipper panel discussing transportation capacity.
Shippers and carriers have many issues to deal with on a daily basis to fulfill clients’ expectations. Shippers and transportation managers are dealing with a decline in shipping capacity in the transportation industry. This puts pressure on carriers and shippers to come up with solutions to effectively move freight in our just-in-time supply chain.
There are a lot of great points made and some useful approaches discussed on this panel. Driver supply and equipment investments are essential for both shippers and carriers. This has been an ongoing concern for a while in the industry. But its not all about stats and numbers. The importance of good old fashion business relationship building and communication are discussed.
Here are some of the highlights. See the full video below.
Relationships, Communication, and Planning Between Shippers & Carriers
Alex Boxhorn, Logistics Manager of Loewen Windows (Located in Steinbach, MB), was asked if there are concerns with some small fleets pulling back on equipment investments. “Slightly concerned. But not overly concerned because of a good relationship with the carrier and being proactive.”
He continues about the proactive approach with carrier partners, “Not giving short notice and