Shipping Made Simple with Priority1’s Flatbed Department

As a pivotal part of the Priority1 team, the Flatbed Department strives to provide the most seamless service possible. They are available after hours and during weekends to offer solutions and keep communication open to every customer. Our Flatbed Department organizes the appropriate equipment based on the shipment’s details, ensuring your load is always our top priority.

Priority1 has access to countless open deck equipment with our extensive network of transportation carriers, including hotshots, flatbeds, step decks, double drops, RGNs, Conestogas, and stretch trailers. Whether you require pipe stakes, headboards, coil racks, or ramps, we’ve got you covered. Our experience and understanding of industry specifics will put your mind at ease. 

When booking a Flatbed shipment, customers look for two qualities in a reliable 3PL: service and reliability. The Flatbed market has been constrained since the height of the pandemic by concern standards. The national average of loads per truck available has hovered around 65 to one over 30 days.

Over the last 30 days on DAT, 10,408,824 loads have been posted, with only 158,445 trucks available. When the number of loads posted exceeds the available trucks by this level, many customers find themselves with their shipments not covered and idling on their docks.

This data focuses on the nationwide load postings, but that ratio becomes even more absurd when you enter a market like Little Rock, Arkansas. The past 30 days in Little Rock have shown an average of 646 loads per truck or 12,066 loads posted for 19 trucks on an average day. As logistics providers enter the hectic months of Flatbed season, it’s anticipated these ratios will only increase. Customers can no longer window shop their freight, browsing for the cheapest rates. In this modern and hectic industry, shippers must find themselves a reliable provider.

So, when you’re facing an impasse in choosing your next broker, Priority1 can provide peace of mind.

“We pride ourselves on being honest and upfront with our customers, which sounds like something that should be easy and widely implemented industry-wide, but until a customer truly experiences what that means, they have no idea what they were missing. We never overpromise and underdeliver. When everything runs smoothly in this industry, other companies can match our services, but when things take a turn for the worst (and they definitely will), our customers feel the Priority1 difference.” — Matt Luehring, Director of Flatbed Operations.

In our experience, if a customer has the best pricing and service already supplied to them, we turn to other areas and opportunities where we can lend our freight expertise. Our main priority as a moral freight broker is to provide long-term solutions and relationship building, and we’ve found our most successful customers are also in search of this. 

“Priority 1 always goes above and beyond. They are innovative and professional. Their prices and service are better than any broker I have dealt with in my 30 years of experience in the business. International Extrusions successes would not be achievable without Priority 1 in our corner. I highly recommend Jeff Thomas and their operations team to anyone needing exceptional trucking coverage.” — Lisa, International Extrusions Inc.

Priority1’s Full Truckload divisions have also expanded its network of over-dimensional and high-value freight. When customers move their high-value products, they need to know that their provider is experienced and using the best carriers available to accommodate.

That’s where we come in.

Priority1 aims to create complete peace of mind no matter what is sent our way. We find the best possible solution to move the freight at the most competitive price. Our number one priority is offering excellent customer service at an unparalleled pace, which customers value now more than ever.

Get in touch with us today to set up your Flatbed shipments with a 3PL that guarantees a seamless shipping experience from start to finish.

BY: CAELA FUGATE

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