It’s a great opportunity to be working in an industry that is going through strong growth and expansion. It’s another thing when demand is increasing so rapidly that it’s affecting other aspects of the business and the industry as a whole. That’s the case with flatbed shipping, where demand is so high that sometimes trucking companies experience a delay in shipments due to an inability to meet demand. There are many reasons for that, ranging from high consumer demand to increases in construction equipment transport.
Flatbed transport companies are seeing record increases in shipment requests, while other sectors of shipping and transportation are seeing decreases. Why the increase volume for flatbed transportation carriers? For starters, flatbed transportation is versatile, allowing companies to ship all kinds of goods, oversized loads, and industrial and construction equipment transport. There’s a host of other reasons, which are explored here:
- Consumer demand: even through the pandemic, consumer demand was affecting flatbed shipping companies. An increase in ecommerce drove the need for fast, affordable shipping options. Goods of all kinds that required transportation across North American markets kept 3PL providers and shipping companies busy. As the economy started to improve, so too did spending on goods. That doesn’t seem to be slowing down.
- Increasing imports: as other countries emerge from the pandemic; production is once again starting to increase. That means imports from manufacturing-based countries like China are once again on the rise. Consumer demand for cheap foreign-made goods continues to grow.
- Construction industry is on the rebound. Major infrastructure investments have been promised by both the newly elected President of the USA and the Prime Minister of Canada. Construction equipment transport needs are increasing, which has put strains on flatbed transportation carriers. The construction sector is driving demand for the shipping of building materials, equipment, machinery, wood, steel and more. Flatbed transport is almost always the best option for the transporting of such goods.
- Oversized and heavy loads. When industry and manufacturing sectors are in full swing, the shipping of large equipment and industrial components increases. Larger goods mean larger transports are required, and that means flatbed trucking. 3PL providers are always trying to increase their networks of flatbed transportation carriers to ensure they can meet customer demand for things like green energy products.
- Affordability. Flatbed trucking gives shippers an affordable option for shipping goods. There is no escaping the reality that some goods require refrigerated carriers; however, for most other goods, flatbeds provide the best options.
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