3. If Loading Dock is required for the Equipment Transportation Delivery – Specify the Availability
So you pulled out you tape measure, or your laser gadget, or a fancy mobile app from your phone, and now you know how big it is. Well that is good but when it comes to equipment transportation you need to know where are you taking it? What kind of facility is it? Are you taking it to some field, a back lot, a warehousing company?
Do they have the means to receive the stuff that you contracted to have delivered? The equipment transportation company will need to know what to do with it. They can’t just leave it on the trailer. If it is going to a warehouse, is the loading dock readily available?
Will they have the means to unload it? How much space will it take up when store it? Now if you are going to put it to use right away do you have the crews standing by to set it up?
As I said there are so many things to consider when you win the bid and then need to arrange for equipment transportation.
It isn’t just about finding what you want or need, but getting it to the place it needs to be. So it is very important that while you’re securing equipment transportation you make sure the other end is ready and able to receive it.
4. For Safe Equipment Transportation – Items Need to be Properly Packaged
Equipment transportation is more than just finding an outfit to haul your newly bought prize. You need to make sure that the item arrives in the same condition as it was when you won the bid. The last thing you want is to be at the warehouse standing on the dock and looking at your item that is broken, damaged, or even worse, missing pieces!
So, when you are going to find a service that does equipment transportation, the first thing to do is to check their safety rating. Make sure they have a good record of safe equipment transportation. Or, if you are going to do it yourself, make sure you know what you are doing and do it properly.
All equipment needs to be properly packaged. You want to protect it from moving around, or rubbing against other pieces, or rocking back and forth. You may need to protect it against bad weather, sometimes too much sun can be worse than being too cold.
Check the weight limits of the equipment and the height. Know your route and the bridge weight classifications. You will also need to know about power lines and overpasses, especially if you are dealing with some type of specialized and HAZMAT equipment transportation.
You may even need special permits from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), or the US Department of Transportation (DOT).
Bottom lines is that after you spent the time, energy, and money to win the bid you want it to arrive damage free and as safely as possible. The equipment transportation company you’ve chosen should be experts in their filed and know how to properly secure and protect the load.
Here is hand full of companies that you can call, when you are in need of equipment transportation companies:
- Keen Transport Inc;
- Reliable Carriers Inc;
- LTA Logistics;
- Apex Transportation;
- CAST Transportation.
5. If you Need Loading Dock Receiving Staff, Be Sure There is One
This is just like the guy who went to the rock quarry bought a thousand tons of marble slabs then had to find the right equipment transportation company. Could you image what is would have been like to spend a month dragging this thing across Egypt only to not have enough workers to unload it?
Well, it has happened many times. People will win the bid, find an equipment transportation service, make sure the dock is set-up, the load is secure, and everything else. But, after all that is done, they didn’t arrange for staff to off load the equipment!
There are times when one can simply do it themselves. In case like that it is fine. Other times the equipment transportation driver is responsible for the unloading. But, in many cases warehouses will provide space and everything you need, but they charge added fees for handling the items.
The worst case scenario is that they don’t even have the proper equipment readily available to unload your newly acquired stuff. So, then comes added time and expense. You have to pay extra for specially equipment, for the additional manpower, and even to the equipment transportation provider for the delay.
To save you a lot time, money, and hassle, have this all planned out in advance. If you are purposely going to the auction for this item then there is no excuse to not be prepared ahead of time.
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But, if you go to the auction for one thing, and by pure coincidence you find that deal of lifetime, then make equipment transportation arrangements as soon as possible. And, make sure the equipment and staff are there to receive your new item too!
6. Be Sure You Have Staff Available On the Scheduled Delivery Date
Now you might be thinking, “Didn’t you just say this”? Well yes but there is another point to drive home here.
Not only do you want the staff to be there! After all you went through, all that other above mentioned hassle to have the equipment transportation company pick your load up; of course you want the other end ready.
But, what I am really getting at is communications. Yes, we mentioned this way back on item number one as well. When you are giving out all the contact information and making all the arrangements do it right. That not only goes for contact details and coordinating between the warehouse and the equipment transporter.