The haulage industry is the silent backbone of any vibrant economy. Just as telecommunications signals run eternally through fibre optics, and just as radio signals are sent over invisible airways continuously, likewise there are always trucks on the roads, ships on the seas, and planes in the air carrying goods.The heart of the successful trade of these goods is a solid legal agreement. Without it no trade works because no matter how reliable the service, the organisation of the delivery between the two parties is not guaranteed.Independent contractorsPerhaps the most straightforward of transport contracts are those where a company has the clout and leverage to arrange their own delivery. Usually these companies have their own lorries and depots and are able to move their own goods from the warehouse. The agreements, often intra-organisational, are hence often nominal yet necessary for international border crossing.CharteringMost common in shipping, a charterer is a party who arranges transport contracts whereby they hire a ship or a shipbroker to transport their own cargo. In other instances, this agreement is used to hire ships without cargo and then the charterer can lease the ship space for a higher rate to other parties. The essence of this agreement is that the chartered vessel is hired for a specific time and on a specific route.Private contractsThe private contract differs from chartering transport contracts in that a vessel is not hired by the agreement. Rather, a sender or forwarding agent and a transport company agree to move a package or cargo by various means, usually internationally. This can involve the sender filling a complete haul or crate or container, or a container can be shared and multiple packages can utilise the one delivery. This is the most common form of agreement in international delivery, when the initiator of the agreement needs to find the most efficient and speedy way to move a package but they do not charter ships or have the finance to have their own transport.ConsolidationSince grouping packages into one delivery is a major way of saving money in transport contracts, consolidation is a very common agreement. In this case, an intermediary or grouping agent contacts the sender of goods and the transport company and arranges for different packages, often from multiple senders, to be grouped together into the one container. This effectively assures a transporter a full load so that they save money, while at the same time the sender of smaller packages does not need to pay for a full load. The intermediary makes a profit in this agreement principally because they intend to save the other parties money.
In the executive business world there are many instances in which transportation needs may arise. Whether there is a need to get a car from the airport to a business meeting or to take an important client out to lunch, dependable transportation is vital. More often than not, the vehicle option goes beyond dependability and is also about putting forth a good impression. As a lady who drives an old ’95 Volvo and used to park a block away from a business before entering for an interview, I can attest to the importance of vehicle impressions. I knew my elderly car with chipped paint would not be the best first impression and thus I tucked it neatly away from view. The way you travel tells the world a lot about you and as an executive, it can put forth a strong first impression for your clients or business partners. Thankfully, transportation services exist that can provide dependable service that is up to executive travel standards.Some transportation services offer a more professional service than others, catering to your needs. When looking for a company to use for car service, research how flexible the company is in terms of uniforms and provisions. Some companies are extremely willing to wear requested attire that is befitting the situation to ensure that the professional tone is set properly according to the executive’s needs. Some companies also provide provisions in the car for the passengers, such as snacks or drinks, while other companies do not. Most companies do offer a selection of cars to choose from, often times ranging from luxury town cars to limousines. In order to ensure the correct professional mood, investigating what a transportation company offers as “extras” to go above and beyond merely driving is important.High quality executive transportation services are willing to meet the executive needs at the airport, accommodating their client by being either curbside or at baggage claim. It’s important to know for scheduled airport pick-ups that the transport company will meet the executive’s needs, showing up with professional signage at baggage claim if necessary, or having a well marked car waiting by the curb at an easily accessible spot.Various transportation companies offer different services from one another, some are more far reaching in their scope and if you have very specific needs it’s best to look for those companies. Some only provide a point-to-point service that is just a scheduled drive from one spot to another, whereas more accommodating companies will also be flexible if times need to change, charging only a minimal fee for a change in service rather than an exorbitant rate.When finding quality companies be sure to read reviews online of companies in order to ensure that you’re getting the best service. What others have to say is important and can be very valuable to determine whether or not a transportation service is offering professional, quality services.
It’s the big day, the day of your wedding. You’ve planned everything so that it will go just perfectly, including the dress, the caterer, the cake, and the flowers. However, there may be one thing you have not thought about. How are you and your out-of-town guests going to get to the wedding hall? Are they all going to hop in your car? Are they going to arrive in a taxi? Are they going to take the bus? No, no and no. That’s why you need a wedding transportation service for your big day.Transportation for the bride and groom or guests is sometimes overlooked when planning for a wedding. There are so many details that go into planning a wedding that it is easily to forget about transportation. Getting your guests to the wedding venue is important, however, especially if they are flying in from out of town. They may not plan on renting a car or taking a taxi, and it is a nice gesture to have wedding car transportation available to them. They won’t have to hassle with finding a cab or trying to find their way around town in a rental car, and you won’t have to hassle with scheduling airport pickups while you are trying to get ready for your big day.Wedding limo transportation is also ideal for the bride and groom. It’s common for the married couple to leave the wedding party in style. Imagine having a beautiful limousine waiting for you outside the wedding hall ready to take you to your reception, hotel or airport for your honeymoon. It’s a fun way to say farewell to the wedding party and travel with your new spouse. A limo can even provide you with champagne for you to enjoy in the limo. A wedding limo is just what you need to relax after a long day of nuptials and celebrating. Some limo companies will even decorate the limo for the occasion.When it is time for your guests to return to their hotel or to the airport to fly home, using professional wedding transportation services is a great way to send them off. They came all the way out for your wedding; why not provide them with a comfortable way to get where they need to go? It is a lovely gesture that they are sure to appreciate.Don’t forget, before you say your “I do’s,” call on a limo service to take your bachelor or bachelorette party on a night they will never forget. A limo is a fun way for everyone to travel safely to restaurants, bars or wherever the party will be taking place.So as you start making those wedding plans, don’t forget to include wedding transportation services as part of your big day; it will be worth it.