3 Strategies for a Predictable Freight Budget

Don’t be lulled by loose capacity and lower freight rates. Aim for a predictable freight budget instead.

2018, was a year of change, fluctuations, and rising contract rates. In fact, according to The Journal of Commerce, truckload rates climbed between 10 percent and 15 percent in dry-van, refrigerated, and flatbed/over-dimensional truckload over the year. But truckload rates stabilized in 2019, and that stabilization while good for your business might have you lulled into a false sense of security.

The end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020 are ripe for disruption and more fluctuations as three big government regulations are poised to hit the freight market. We’re talking about IMO 2020, the AOBRD Conversion Date, and the Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse.

For more information on these upcoming regulations click here.

If you’re a shipper, the potential for rising rates (and the likelihood that they’re going to keep rising) will give you a headache. If the experts are right, you need a plan. Can you mitigate the effects of increasing costs?

The answer is yes! Aim for a predictable freight budget!

Follow these three strategies, and you can become a cost-effective shipper.

Join an association. Most of us overlook the benefits of joining associations–thinking memberships take extra time and money you don’t have. Don’t make that mistake. Associations often offer shipping discounts to members. And they’re a great way to network with other shippers, carriers, and brokers.

Build relationships. Shopping around can actually increase costs! Stop spending all your time on bids. If you’re allocating the majority of your resources on RFQs, it’s likely you’re not dedicating enough of your time to the business you have. When your trusted partners get the job done right the first time, you make back the 5-10% you might have saved with a cheaper carrier who delivered damaged goods late.

Logistics as a Service. Find a good 3PL and outsource your shipping. If you’re like most shippers, you’re wary of freight brokers. But a good third-party-logistics (3PL) provider can give you a lot of bang for your buck.

What does Logistics as a Service (LaaS) look like?

When you partner with a good 3PL who offers Logistics as a Service, like the team at AMT, you get the full power of experience, technology, and relationships and a freight budget you can predict!

Here’s why!

  • You access capacity you’d never experience working with a handful of carriers. Our logistics team has been in the transportation business for 30 years. We’ve built long-term relationships with a core carrier base. We know logistics players all along the supply chain–from small-to-midsize fleets to warehouse managers and consignees.



  • And we’re dedicated to customer service. Because we get to know you and your unique shipping needs, we offer a variety of options from a la carte services to full freight management. You gain the power of our expertise and reap the benefits of the high-touch model we use to keep track of your freight from pickup to delivery.


Our commitment to customer service means that you’ll always reach a real person on the other end of the phone. We’re available 24/7, 365 days a year to answer questions and provide you with updates.

Get rid of the headaches that come with unpredictable freight rates. Call the experts at AM Transport Services today. We can help you become a more cost-effective shipper–a hero to your customers and carriers alike!