Tips for Choosing a Container Drayage Partner

by Michael Kotendzhi | Warehousing, Trucking, Logistics

The term for moving shipments short distances is referred to as drayage. Drayage can be extremely beneficial in the transportation or delivery of goods if the right company is doing it. Here we present you tips for choosing a container drayage partner that you might just find extremely beneficial. Start reading and before you know it you might just have happened upon the perfect container drayage partner for you!

Compare Values and Culture

Point blank, you do not want to partner with another company that doesn’t share the same core values and culture as your company. Logistics and getting the job done isn’t everything. You need to make sure that the work environment and the employees are going to mesh well together and that they are all going to use the same morals and work ethic to finish the job. When you mesh two different environments and work ethic’s together, it never ends well. Somebody will be disappointed, or something will go very wrong.

Check References

If they are a professional company—which they should be if you are considering them—you should look for references. Do research online, or reach out to other companies who have used them in the past. Looking at how they work with others and the success of how they have completed previous projects is key to seeing if you even want to consider partnering with them. This isn’t a decision that should be made lightly without research.

Look at Price

Obviously, this one of the most important elements when choosing a partner. You don’t want to choose somebody that you aren’t going to be able to afford, but you also don’t want to choose somebody that is so cheap because they don’t complete the tasks correctly. Finding a good balance between what you are looking for and your budget is always the way to go. It might not easy, but finding that partner that fits perfectly in between all your wants and needs is possible.

Consider Any Specializations

Depending on your company will depend on what type of items and products you are shipping. Specific companies need specialized equipment or treatment for the products. Making sure that the partners you are considering have exactly what you need is beyond important. You don’t want them to be transporting hazardous materials or pharmaceuticals and not be able to safely deliver them.

The above tips for choosing a container drayage partner have outlined how to start searching for the perfect company to finish the pair. Just double-check that you don’t forget or ignore any of these tips! Our last tip for you is that if you are looking for a container delivery in Vancouver, we are the partner for you. Check out our website and give us a call for details.

Michael Kotendzhi is President of Operations & Transportation and a partner at 18 Wheels. Michael has over 15 years of experience and is equipped with a degree in Logistics from the University of British Columbia Sauder School of Business. As well as a background in logistics from XPO Logistics (formally Kelron Logistics), North America's largest contract warehousing provider.

Michael's experience includes supply chain management, reverse logistics, & domestic transportation. He has developed 18 Wheels' trucking solutions, effectively utilizing the sister company's vehicle fleet and building a transportation supply-chain network across North America.