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4 Reasons You Need Managed Freight Now

Managed freight is a service in which a shipper or manufacturer works with a logistics team that manages the full spectrum of a company’s day-to-day shipping needs in order to streamline the supply chain. Logistics managers help customers save time and reduce costs.


Many manufacturers and distributors are wary of outsourcing their logistics to a third party logistics provider (3PL) who offers managed freight services. After all, you’ve been running your business for a long time, and your logistics department has always managed your supply chain. But the truth is you are missing out. Missing out on the technology, expertise, and capacity that 3PLs are uniquely positioned to provide.

Simply put, you are very likely spending more time, more money, and more resources on logistics than necessary. Listen, change is hard and we understand that. But there is no way to avoid these truths, especially during times of great disruption. And right now, the transportation industry is in a state of disruption. The uncertainty brought on by COVID-19 has completely  upended life as we know it.


Now is a good time to think about outsourcing some or all of your logistics to a 3PL who offers the full spectrum of managed freight services. First of all, you need, and deserve, the consistency of service a 3PL offers. But consistency isn’t all you’ll get. Here are four more benefits of working with a managed freight provider.


1. Manufacturers and distributors of essential and critical components need on-time, safe, and reliable delivery of their products.

You don’t have time for holdups, missed appointments, or service failures. In the last four weeks, the transportation landscape has changed dramatically and continues to chain. The integrity of your supply chain is more important than ever.


2. With the impact of COVID-19 reverberating, many companies are worried that sourcing carriers will expose them to liabilities.

There are no guarantees right now. But working with a managed freight provider who understands the industry and changing regulations will protect you from excessive liabilities.


3. The freight market is always unpredictable, but during times of disruption, it’s almost impossible to know what’s ahead without the advanced technology and superior insight 3PLs provide.

So many manufacturers and distributors have been forced to close their doors in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. If you are an essential provider of critical goods, you will need help to weather the unpredictability of the weeks and months ahead.


4. When you are an essential manufacturer, you simply do not have time to react to never-ending freight issues.

A managed freight provider has the experience, knowledge and technology to work with your customers and your carriers while providing you the transparency you need to run your business.


Here at AM Transport Services, we’ve been in the logistics industry for 30 years. Our team members are career professionals, cross-trained in all aspects of our business. Over the years, we’ve worked with big and small manufacturers and distributors, so our experience is wide-ranging and adaptable to your unique needs.

We’re in it for the long haul. We build long-lasting relationships with our customers and our carriers. We answer our own phones, so you’ll never have to punch your way through a phone tree or wait on hold. We know your time is too valuable for that.

If you are a manufacturer or distributor of critical or essential goods, please give us a call today because we’d love to help you. We can offer the capacity you need and the experience you deserve.