What to do While Your Freight is in Transit
09/12/2013 — Matt Nagel
Last week we talked about what to do before shipping your freight, so now you know the necessary steps to take when setting up and scheduling a LTL freight shipment. You also know that PartnerShip.com provides you with the tools you need to monitor and manage your shipping.
Let's pick up where we left off last week. Now that your shipment has been picked up â€¦ now what? While there isn't much for you to do now that your freight is out the door, there are a few actions you can take to keep an eye on your shipment and speed up the process for next time.
Step #1: Prepare for future shipments.
Now that you have a PartnerShip online account, be sure you are fully stocked with Shipping Supplies! You might also consider storing commonly used destinations in your My Address Book and product information you're bound to use again in My Products. This will save you valuable keystrokes on future shipments!
Not ready to ship? Rate Quote History allows you to keep a record of all your quoting activity and come back to quotes when they are ready to move forward. If you're ready to ship, and your shipment details are identical to a previously quoted shipment, you can also start with Rate Quote History to get an updated rate quote without having to key in the same information all over again.
Step #2: Track your shipment.
Use Track Shipment to check the status of your shipment and get an estimated time of delivery (ETA). All you will need is the tracking/pro/or BOL (bill of lading) number and the carrier you used to for your shipment. This tool allows you to track all of the LTL freight shipments you send through PartnerShip, as well your trade show and small package shipments!
Using Shipment History gives you an expanded view of all your shipments - past and present. This feature is perfect for tracking multiple shipments at once, using specific date ranges. This tool will provide a snap-shot view of all shipments you have in transit and when they are scheduled to arrive.
Of course, you can also reach out to a member of your PartnerShip dedicated regional team at any time if you have any questions or in the rare event that an issue arises with your shipment while it's in transit.Check back next week for steps to take after you've shipped.