FEBRUARY ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: The Case for Multi-Dimension Freight Benchmarking

Transplace benchmark study says shippers rarely address freight accessorials


Truck order not used. For shippers that do not use a truck to which they tendered a load, truck order not used charges typically apply. The Accessorial Benchmark Study showed:

  • Half of the shippers utilize a $150 charge
  • The second most common level is $250

Other miscellaneous accessorials benchmarked: As mentioned above, the study also considered 17 other freight charges. Of note in that group, benchmarks were run for:

  • Loading and unloading 
  • Re-consignment 
  • Layover 
  • Hazardous materials 
  • Out of route miles

Conclusion: The combination of market-driven line-haul rate plus accessorial benchmarks equip transportation professionals with the knowledge they need to best understand their cost position relative to the freight marketplace. Failing to account for fuel and other accessorial charges may lead a shipper to inaccurately conclude that their rates are above or below market benchmarks. Shippers can better handle their procurement efforts through using the combination of linehaul and accessorial benchmarks available.

For a copy of the Transplace Accessorial Benchmarking study, contact Brent Hudspeth at brent.hudspeth@transplace.com or 972-731-4727.

Cindy Bosecker serves as Manager of Engineering at Transplace. She leads a team of engineers in providing optimization and decision support services to various customers. In addition, Bosecker manages procurement activities across Transplace and serves as a subject matter expert on all aspects of freight procurement.

Brent Hudspeth serves as senior director in the Consulting Practice at Transplace. He has 20 years of experience in the transportation and supply chain sectors, split between industry and consulting capacities. Prior to joining Transplace in 2009, Hudspeth served in management roles within companies such as Coca-Cola, AT Kearney and Nextjet.

 

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