What does an ad-hoc shipment mean?4 min read


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With globalization and the constant change in demand, there has been a surge for ad-hoc shipping services. You may have heard about ad-hoc in general, but wondered what it means in logistics? Let us guide you through it!

What is ad-hoc shipping and what does it mean?

When you are dealing with an ad-hoc shipment in logistics, it means that you are dealing with a specific shipment, at a specific date and time.

This solution comes as a result of a problem that is very particular and cannot be generalized. If you needed a storage service or wanted to ship a go-cart, then do not worry. This is the exact meaning of this service, and that is that you can ship anything at any time!

However, not each package is considered a standard one, but it falls under different categories. So, an example of ad-hoc shipping with Eurosender would be the individual offer option, a dedicated delivery service, or same-day delivery service.

Not sure under which category your shipment falls into? Do not hesitate to contact us, and we will explain to you thoroughly what the best options are for you and your package.

The benefits of ad-hoc shipping

The main advantage is the flexibility of the service and being able to book a shipment in a moment of notice.

When using these services, businesses have proven to enjoy these benefits more rather than private individual users. Ad-hoc shipping comes as a solution for their bulk and frequent orders. This means that an offer would be specifically designed for your needs and fit your timetable.

However, it does not necessarily mean that only businesses use this service. As a private user, you can enjoy the benefits of ad-hoc shipping for instance, when you are moving abroad. This way you will have everything you need to be transported to the chosen location in the shortest possible period.

Do you find yourself in the need of a fast and specified delivery? By choosing this option for your company, not only will you be saving time but you enjoy the benefit of booking a transport vehicle just for you.

The unexpected twist

These urgent shipments are usually not included in the yearly tender, so it comes to the companies as an extra cost. However, this does not indicate an additional cost but a matter that needs a rapid solution. So, if you do not have your own logistics network, this means that you would have to book this service with a third side operator.

If you are looking for the safest and cheapest option, we offer you an easy solution by booking this service with us. We let you know the costs before the booking, so you would not have to worry about any additional costs.

Shippers have the possibility of tracking their orders online, as well as if in need of help, by contacting our agents. This way, you get to eliminate hundreds of emails to many providers.

Can I use an ad-hoc trucking service?

Having the right transportation is very critical if you are shipping fragile items or need them quickly at a very specific location. Ad-hoc trucking service is especially important when businesses (or even individuals) need to send bigger loads of parcels.

If you are shipping less in quantity and your shipment is small and sturdy you can use the LTL (less than truckload). This way you only pay for the space that you would need in the truck. For instance, if you reserve just a portion of it, let’s say 1/3 of it, you pay for just that 1/3 and the rest will be filled up with someone else’s goods.

Generally, when you need your items to be at a specific time on a specific location, and you have enough to fit them in a truck it is best to use FTL (full truckload) and best benefit the ad-hoc trucking service. This way you occupy the whole truck for your individual needs and arrange a pick-up that fits your schedule.

Are there any other similar services to the ad-hoc trucking service?

If you want to book transportation that would only carry your goods, but do not have enough to fill a whole truck, we will offer you another alternative. By booking a Dedicated Van Delivery service you will still benefit the same things as an FTL, but for fewer goods. This way you will book a van for your needs instead of a whole truck.

By placing an individual order, we will provide you with a price that is created according to your goods and destination.

Last modified: September 17, 2019

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