The technology of weighing freight plays an important role in supply chain management. Advancements in freight technology help move commodities all over the world. Because technology is constantly evolving, transportation and logistics companies are continually challenged to meet consumer demands on price and quality. Weighing freight correctly ensures proper handling of items through the supply chain, eliminating losses and increasing profits.
Transportation and logistics companies must be as efficient as possible when moving goods in order to stay competitive and meet business objectives. Digital weighing scales, systems, and software help to manage the weight of freight throughout the supply chain. Using a transportation management system keeps costs down and eliminates data entry errors by storing common freight classifications.
Automating the technology of weighing freight means quicker access to data and a more efficient shipping process. Information is captured electronically and transmitted to the necessary systems for review. Freight handlers use the data to identify issues with weight and dimensions, applying additional charges if necessary. Having transportation data easily accessible also reduces issues with the end consumer, which can occur when freight is delayed. Additionally, a quality control system is in place ensuring that all facets of the supply chain are running smoothly.
Forklift scales, floor scales, bench scales, and truck scales are some examples of scales used for weighing freight. These scales allow you to collect weight and tracking data. The actual weight of a package along with the dimensions of the freight determines the shipping charge. Dimensional weight (dim weight) factors in the amount of space that a package will occupy, along with its weight. The greater of actual weight and dimensional weight will determine shipping fees. It’s critical to measure the length, width, and height accurately to determine how much freight can fit on an individual truck. Incorrect or estimated measurements result in additional charges and cause delivery delays.
Freight can be weighed at any time during the shipping process. If the weight on the Bill of Lading is wrong, additional fees are incurred. Weigh stations are checkpoints to verify vehicular weight, and trucks must often stop along their route. Determining the correct weight of freight ensures that vehicles are filled to the optimum capacity, meeting delivery deadlines.
Issues Associated with Weighing Freight
- Freight, that is inaccurately weighed and measured, or a different size than expected will need to be reweighed and remeasured, incurring additional costs.
- The Department of Transportation (DOT) has truck weight regulations in place. Incorrect weights will likely lead to price adjustments.
- The NMFC (National Motor Freight Classification®) has 18 different classifications for freight to determine proper handling and costs. The correct NMFC class must be included on the Bill of Lading when shipping freight. Without the classification, freight is automatically flagged to be remeasured and reweighed, resulting in extra resources, time, and money.
In order to keep costs down, meet client expectations, and ensure timely deliveries, there are several proactive measures a company can do when weighing freight.
Proactive Measures when Weighing Freight
- Work with a 3PL (East Coast Transport) that is familiar with the technology of weighing freight. They are knowledgeable in all aspects of transportation and logistics. They can clarify details, assist with classifications, and communicate issues, avoiding delays and additional charges.
- Avoid estimating shipment weights and dimensions. Some carriers have laser technologies available that can determine exact measurements and weights. Inaccurate or incomplete information will cause extra work, add expenses, and hinder relationships.
- Clearly state expectations and special instructions for shipping the freight. Situations (like reweighing), that result in the use of unexpected equipment or labor, will result in additional expenses and transportation delays.
For 40 years, East Coast Transport, a 3PL (third party logistics company) has transported the most demanding freight for the nation’s biggest companies. We understand the technology of weighing freight. We offer state-of-the-art logistics technology, ensuring that freight arrives to its destination on time. East Coast takes pride in our superior communication and transportation knowledge. Contact us at 1-800-257-7877 or via our website to find out more about our transport services.