Mitigating the cost of motor carrier reweighs
Similar to airlines, LTL carriers are constantly trying to improve their yields. One of the tools at their disposal is to reweigh shipments. Scales built right into the forklift itself has made the process of reweighing your shipment easy and lucrative. Some carriers will also charge you a fee if their scaled weight differs from what’s on the bill of lading.
Carriers don’t lower weights
The simple little truth is carriers don’t lower weights if the weight variance results in a scaled weight below what is on the bill of lading. So, it is a one-way street when it comes to shipment weight changes, always up; never down.
Intensity of the weight changes
Here’s where you can fight back. If you keep a record of weight changes due to scaling at the carrier’s dock, you can chart the number of weight revisions on your shipments. What to keep track of? Not only the number of reweighed shipments but the intensity of the weight changes. If carrier A) changed 10% of the shipments you tendered to them and changed the weight an average of 10%, that’s one number. What if carrier B) changed the weight only 8% of the time but the weight changes went up 15%.
Keeping track of weight changes
A transportation management system can keep track of weight changes and give you the analytical tools to see what carriers are creating the most increases in cost. If you don’t have one, you’d have to do that manually and what a laborious chore.
Another way to fight back is to monitor weight changes while the shipment is in route and have the destination terminal weigh the shipment again if you believe there is an error. A transportation management system that is constantly interrogating the carrier’s server regularly and notifying you when a reweigh is entered into their system. Did you know that to remain accurate, forklift scales should be calibrated every twelve months?
ShippersEdge is an easy to use, value packed TMS that can pay big dividends through monitoring carrier reweighs and providing you the tools to make intelligent decisions. Contact ShippersEdge at 952-777-4421 or visit us on the web at www.shippersedge.com/info