When you’re dealing in the business of transportation logistics, you always have to have a Plan B. When you’re transporting over-dimensional freight; you’d better have a Plan C and D at the ready as well. That’s the name of the game at ZMac. We treat Plan A like it’s golden until we anticipate that it’s not. Then, we move full force into our backup plans. We’ve gotten so good at staying ahead of any issues that are out of our control (think inclement weather, for example) that we quickly and nimbly take care of potential problems before they actually happen. That level of skill in assessing, changing course, and following through on the turn of a dime, is what ZMac is known for.
Before Plan A, There Are 3 Important Questions
No two over-dimensional freight loads are the same. That’s why never make assumptions about your freight. We hold ourselves accountable for every pound and inch of every oversized load. It all starts by getting the facts and then determining the smartest plan A (and B, C, and D) for moving our customer’s OD freight.
How big is it?
Having the exact length, width, height, and weight measurements are critical for determining everything from trailer size to state regulations to specific roads to travel. For over-dimensional freight, weight is the #1 factor that contributes to transportation costs. At ZMac, the majority of our transport falls within the measurements 14 feet wide, 14 feet tall and 150,000 pounds.
Where is it going?
Every state has different regulations for oversized transport. Mapping out the smartest, safest, and securest route for your freight may be the difference between needing a state-approved route survey, using a required escort, or avoiding a precariously tight bridge. We call this the Massachusetts vs. Texas question. Is the load traveling through older, narrower, more congested roadways and structures (Massachusetts)? Or is it able to spread out on the expansive highways of Texas? We’re on top of the specific rules of each state, so your load gets to its destination as efficiently as possible.
What is the timeframe for pickup and delivery?
We sometimes say, “the devil is in the details.” And that couldn’t be truer than when we’re talking timing. As much as we love a good holiday, they sure do get in the way of transporting over-dimensional freight, at times adding days to a delivery schedule. Plus, those pesky seasons (especially winter) can make for some interesting transport arrangements. Ever heard of Frost Laws which reduce legal axle weight allowed on the roads by 35% from winter to spring? These laws affect transport through the northern states. We’ve got a handle on all the time frame technicalities, so your load arrives smoothly, whatever the season.
That’s Why We’re Like Ducks
When it comes to contingency planning, we’re like a duck peacefully gliding across the water. We’re calm on the surface, but paddling at breakneck speeds underneath, making sure our Plan B, C, and D are ready to roll if needed. That’s what it means to work with ZMac.
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