Happy Holidays

The team at Great Western Transportation would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Holiday weekend!

December 21, 2018 | | Category: General

Heavy Haul Trucking: Getting Ready for The Winter Season

The winter season is one of the most difficult and challenging times of the year for the transportation service industry. There are cold temperatures, unpredictable road conditions, and other hazards that can result in delayed shipments and product shortages. The transportation industry is governed by the impact of the weather than any other industry because the weather-related problems can cost the transportation and trucking industries billions of dollars per year.

We do not want your business to be one of the many businesses that may face weather-related challenges this year. Put on your warm winter coat and get ready to take on any challenges the weather may throw at you by doing the following:

Tip 1: Plan Early

Nearly every business will face some form of winter-related impact, but the online businesses and retailers will likely feel a greater impact because they are the most vulnerable. This is why we encourage you to plan ahead so you can take the proper precautions against the weather. When you do take the right steps to plan ahead, you will have the tools you need to evaluate everything more distinctly.

Tip 2: Be Ready for Possible Delays

The weather-related conditions and the poor road conditions are only two of the possible reasons why shipments can be delayed. The winter season will also have an impact on the traffic, in addition to the holiday season. The holiday traffic and the endless number of orders can place restrictions on the drivers from getting to their destination when they need to be there. We encourage you to plan accordingly and create some flexibility when you are setting your shipping dates.

Tip 3: Keep The Lines of Communication Open

We are aware that delays are going to come during this time of the year, but when you have an open line of communication between your business departments, your suppliers, and your transportation service, you can reduce the impact that the weather will have on your operations. When you are aware of what the potential challenges may be, you will be able to create strategies that will allow you to make your way around those issues.

You will need a transportation service that will offer you every opportunity to have a successful transport this season. You will want a transportation service provider that will be able to make its way through the difficult challenges this upcoming season will bring. Do not be left out in the cold this season without the right protection.

December 18, 2018 | | Category: Heavy Haul

4 Reasons You Should Hire A Transportation Company For Their Refrigerated Trucking

Are you thinking about finally getting a refrigerated truck to ship your company’s products? Regardless if you sell flowers or fruit, a transportation company can help increase your revenue by giving you the means to sell your products in different areas. Still not convinced? Here are several reasons why you should consider hiring a transportation company to use their refrigerated delivery trucks:

1. Government Regulations

There are various state and federal government regulations that monitor the shipment of perishable items. This is because the wrong type of truck or temperature can cause your goods to spoil and possibly give people food poisoning or other illnesses. A transportation company will follow these regulations for you so you can be confident that your products are in good hands.

2. Temperature Control

You should also consider hiring a transportation company with refrigerated trucks since they can take care of setting the right temperature for your products. If you aren’t sure what setting is best, they can evaluate your products and packaging and make a recommendation that will prevent them from spoiling, melting or freezing.

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3. Security

You also won’t have to worry about your items being left alone for a long period of time when you hire a professional transportation service. Unlike other couriers which may leave your goods to deliver another product, they will supervise your goods and make sure they are successfully delivered before it melts or spoils.

4. Save Money

If you’re thinking about buying or leasing a refrigerated truck, you should consider the full cost of building a fleet of vehicles beforehand. Getting a refrigerated truck is a significant investment, especially with the down payment. Instead of wasting your time and money getting a truck and hiring drivers, you can hire a trucking transportation service to move everything for you.

Hire Great Western Transportation for Your Refrigerated Transportation Needs

At Great Western Transportation, we pride ourselves on being experts in the transportation industry. We have a large supply of equipment and can ship your goods at a fraction of the cost.

December 3, 2018 | | Category: Refrigerated Trucking

3 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before Hiring a Transportation Service

Are you looking for a new trucking provider? If so, it’s very important for you to find the right truck to haul your load to avoid potential issues. You need a truck that is designed and built for the type of load you want to haul. Not sure where to start? Here are several questions you should ask yourself before you contact a trucking provider:

Question #1: What type of product do you need to haul?

Ultimately the type of truck you rent will be dictated by the type of product you would like to transport. If you need to transport frozen goods you will need a refrigerated truck, whereas electronic components may need another type of truck. Once you know exactly what you need to move, a trucking provider can provide suggestions on which truck is the best option.

Question #2: How will you package the cargo?  

Another question you should ask yourself is how the products will be packaged. The shape and size of the containers will determine how much cargo space you’ll need. If you have to haul food you should also take into account how the packaging will affect its temperature.

Question #3: Do you know how much the cargo weighs?

The weight of the products should also determine the type of truck you use. Gather all the products and weigh them on a scale or try to come up with an estimated weight. Your trucking provider can also  analyze the weight of your products and come up with a plan on how to transport and load them into the truck.

Contact Great Western Transportation

Once you answer these questions you should be able to determine the best hauling option for your company’s products. For more information about our hauling services, please call us toll free at (800) 972-8484 today.

November 27, 2018 | | Category: Flatbed, General

Happy Thanksgiving

The team at Great Western Transportation would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

November 21, 2018 | | Category: General

Shipping Construction Equipment for Growing Cities

North America is a big place with a lot of wide open space, and with a lot of open space there is a lot of room for expansion.  Cities continue to sprawl out from their centers and with that kind of growth comes the need for excavation and construction.  When new neighborhoods are built it’s not like the equipment needed to level the land, haul off dirt, or dig basements is already there.  It has to come from somewhere.

As cities grow, they usually spread outward, and often follow the contours of the land.  Geological features such as lakes, hills, rivers, and even railroad grades can affect just where things are built.  But one thing is generally certain, wherever you are building is going to require a way to get your equipment there.  Trucking is crucial in new construction.  Whether it is bringing in new construction materials or hauling out demolished materials trucks are necessary.

Over-sized construction equipment cannot simply be driven in on its own. Some pieces of equipment are not even self-propelled! Due to weight limits for bridges, the structural integrity of asphalt, and simply the hazard of creeping along in a large, dangerous piece of equipment, you will need trucks to haul in these vehicles and equipment.

Great Western Transportation can help you with your over-sized vehicle and construction equipment needs.  Here are just a few applications for trucking in construction:

  • Excavators
  • Front end loaders
  • Graders
  • Dump trucks
  • Cranes
  • Powerplants
  • Raw materials
  • Lumber
    • Steel beams
    • Roofing materials
    • Concrete
    • Spools of wiring
    • Pipes and sheet metal
    • Landscaping
  • Operations/foreman modulars
  • Scrap and debris
  • Port-o-lets
  • Water tanks

So whether it is heavy payloads such as a D6 Caterpillar or a truck load of roofing tar, a heavy hauler truck or flatbed is exactly the right tool to get the job done.  Great Western Transportation is your go-to source for providing professional, skilled, and reliable service for your construction needs. Wherever there are roads, we’ve got you covered.

November 14, 2018 | | Category: Flatbed, Heavy Haul

Flatbed Trucking: Adapting To The Changes

In the transportation industry, flatbed trucking will continue to be a major part of the supply chain. Since it is a major piece, flatbed trucking should be able to adapt to all the changes within all the markets and industries. Staying on top of the trends and the forces in the economy will help all the fleet managers stay ahead of the shifts and better prepare the trucks and the businesses for the upcoming changes.

There are major areas that will continue to have an impact on flatbed trucking, including the following:

Shifts and Trends in the Industry

Flatbed trucking is greatly impacted by market trends and consumer trends. When consumers are purchasing, leasing, or renting equipment or products that are primarily transported by flatbed trucks, the demand for flatbed transportation will increase. Flatbed trucking is also greatly impacted by the construction industry, and as more people look to have big projects completed on their businesses and homes, there will be a demand for construction equipment and construction materials.

The Time of Year

Weather and seasons also have a big impact on the flatbed market. The industries that typically use flatbed trucking will generally see an increase during the months when the weather is warmer, which is generally the summer or spring seasons. However, the colder months can also have an impact on flatbed trucking. When the cold months bring severe weather such as snowstorms, this will sometimes require cancellations or rescheduling. When weather results in property damage to homes and businesses, the flatbed industry usually experiences a spike in demand as equipment and other time-sensitive shipments need to be transported.

Technological Advances

As technology continues to grow, we can expect to see many advances in transportation and carrier technology. With the current advances, flatbed carriers have the ability to be more efficient and productive. Many flatbed trucks are equipped with new technology that can be used to improve productivity and safety. The new technology also gives carriers the opportunity to improve their utilization throughout the entire day. The updated technology can also reduce the chances that a carrier will misplace driver logs and it will improve the efficiency of submitting documents and other paperwork.

Flatbed trucking operates on a variety of different factors. This is why it is so important for carriers, receivers, and shippers to stay ahead of the market trends and shifts, in addition to the changes in technology.

November 1, 2018 | | Category: Flatbed, Heavy Haul

3 Reasons to Hire a Professional to Transport Your Heavy Machinery

Whether you need to move some farm equipment, heavy construction materials, or any other item that simply won’t fit into the back of a moving van, you should always opt for a transportation service for a multitude of reasons. And just why is it better to go with the pros than go it alone? In this post, we’ll introduce you to some of the biggest reasons why you should hire a professional to transport your heavy machinery. 

  1. The Pros Are Equipped With The Right Vehicles: There are certain kinds of heavy machinery that simply cannot be delivered on the back of a pickup truck or in a u-haul. That’s when it becomes time to call in a professional transportation service. A transportation service will have the right trucks and moving vehicles to safely deliver your heavy machinery from point a to point b.
  2. A Transportation Service Will Get Your Heavy Machinery Delivered Safely: If you try to move your heavy machinery on your own, you are running the serious risk of potentially damaging that equipment. The pros know how to securely get the heavy machinery into their transportation vehicles and deliver them to the new location without any safety issues. Not only will your heavy machinery be kept safe, you will be much better off having professionals handle the equipment, thus keeping you out of harm’s way.
  3. The Moving Process is Smoother: Relying on pros to move your equipment means the entire process will be easier, smoother, and less-time consuming. Additionally, if you add up the cost of trying to move the machinery on your own (hiring movers, procuring the correct moving vehicle, and so on), it will likely add up to cost more than simply hiring a full-service transportation company. Make things easier by working with a company instead of trying to go through the process alone.

Looking for more information? Contact us today!

October 26, 2018 | | Category: Heavy Haul