Benefits of Dedicated Transportation

Posted by Ross Kline on October 4, 2017 - 8:02 AM
What is dedicated transportation

Capacity when and where you need it

You have a line of cold chain items that need to be shipped to the same customer each week — but you don’t have a refrigerated fleet. What do you do? Dedicated transportation is ideal for this situation and others where freight is moved on a consistent route and needs either a committed pool of specialized equipment or has distinct freight handling requirements. It gives you access to the capacity you need, when you need it, and offers stable pricing and predictable delivery times. Learn more about how a dedicated fleet can help optimize your supply chain.

Benefits of using a dedicated fleet

Dedicated transportation is used to supplement a shipper’s equipment pool and/or provide access to a fleet without hiring drivers or maintaining equipment. Other benefits include:

  1. Assured capacity

Whether transporting dry goods or temperature-controlled shipments, dedicated transportation gives access to the right equipment, on the day and time it’s needed. For example, maybe a customer only accepts deliveries and pickups on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. With dedicated shipping, a truck will be available at that time, ready to accept or unload shipments. Dedicated shipping is also a solution for those who need drop-and-hook services, or for carriers who already have their own fleet but need certain equipment to accommodate specialized freight.

  1. Shipment predictability

Using a dedicated fleet allows a shipper to regularly move freight on the same routes, which helps establish a steady flow of inbound and outbound shipments. Whether moving freight on local, regional or long-haul routes, when using dedicated trucking, shippers can stage loads to customers or to other locations, which frees up warehouse space, making for a more effective supply chain.

  1. Higher on-time percentage

When using a dedicated fleet, no other freight is loaded on the truck — meaning the driver won’t have to drop off other shipments on their way to the destination. You have control of the fleet, which leads to better shipment planning, timely pickups and consistent on-time deliveries. Additionally, when a shipper’s needs change, modifying route scheduling is easier with a dedicated fleet.

  1. More consistent pricing

Shippers who choose dedicated trucking also see more consistent pricing. Many carriers offer lower rates for dedicated shipping due to the predictability of the shipments, the routes the freight will travel, and the backhaul assistance programs in place to reduce empty miles.

Find out more about ArcBest dedicated services

At ArcBest®, we offer consistent, reliable dedicated transportation solutions to meet your needs. We provide a pool of equipment for your use and expert drivers to pull the trailers. Additionally, we offer real-time tracking, giving you complete visibility of your shipment from start to finish. Just tell us what type of freight you’re moving, where it’s going and the type and quantity of equipment needed, and we’ll handle the rest.

Take advantage of our transportation management experts to manage direct shipments. Whether you need a dedicated pool of refrigerated trailers, dry vans or drop-and-hook services, we’ll work with you to offer consistent solutions to meet your needs.

To learn more about ArcBest dedicated services, email DedicatedOpsSales@arcb.com or call 800-488-4554.