High-quality, efficient car haulers deliver both speed and flexibility to their OEM partners, regardless of whether they are non-asset or asset-based. And while many OEMs largely partner with asset-based carriers, they often miss out on wider capacity opportunities that come from having a diversified carrier network and working with a logistics provider that utilizes smaller-capacity fleets (20 or fewer trucks).
In reality, a large number of these smaller carriers exist. In 2018, an overwhelming majority of carriers – about 97.4% – operated fleets of this size. Unfortunately, significant fragmentation of the carrier base often makes it challenging and inefficient for OEMs to partner directly with smaller carrier fleets.
In addition, with the auto industry currently navigating the COVID-19 crisis and what that means for operating businesses, selling cars and planning for the future, many OEMs could have tighter capacity constraints than usual post–COVID-19 – leading to even more need for small carriers.
This is where a non-asset, third-party logistics provider like ACERTUS can come in and assist.
Capacity and Scalability
OEMs want a carefully vetted network of carriers of wide-ranging sizes that it can tap into as needed.
A carrier network like this gives them access to a much broader, more geographically available and more flexible capacity that can scale up or down with a business or supply-chain demands.
If the OEM’s volume suddenly swells, a non-asset, third-party provider like ACERTUS simply pulls from its broad pool to instate additional vetted carriers. Unlike asset-based carriers, a non-asset provider faces no real asset constraints or cap on units, allowing it to quickly and easily tap into additional carrier capacity as the need arises.
ACERTUS’ wide capacity and geographic availability allow it to scale with every shift or change of an OEM’s business, no matter how large or small.
Vehicle logistics providers must also ensure quality. Often, OEMs can unknowingly sacrifice quality as they seek out cost-effective carriers to handle their vehicle transports. But logistics providers like ACERTUS have the ability to sort inventory by lane and bundle orders based on factors like distribution, driver availability and “age, hold, stock, sold.” With a strategic bundling-order hierarchy like this in place, ACERTUS adds more efficiency, competitive rates and overall quality to the OEM’s vehicle transport process.
Additionally, at ACERTUS, with contractual volumes assigned to specific carriers, repetition and familiarity naturally increase, driving down the number of damages and claims. In addition, an effective non-asset carrier will standardize the process and overall operations for a wider pool of smaller carriers, offering more flexibility and efficiencies to OEMs.
As carriers acclimate to processes and procedures, get acquainted with railyard personnel and receiving dealers and understand expectations and consistently repeat tasks, the overall quality of service inevitably grows. Crucially, non-asset logistics providers focused on efficiency will thoroughly vet and train all their carriers. Providers like ACERTUS have a strong onboarding process and rigorously track KPIs such as on-time pickup, on-time delivery and claims ratios.
ACERTUS knows, when a non-asset provider delivers a high level of responsiveness, the OEM has that much more access and reassurance in the process.
Where to Go from Here
There are quite a few OEM advantages that come from partnering with a non-asset carrier. Learn more about these many advantages here.
ACERTUS is committed to helping OEMs realize these benefits to their business through its wide carrier network and simplified vehicle-transport process. To find out more about ACERTUS’ unique vehicle-logistics solutions, visit ACERTUSdelivers.com.