Freight Handling, also called drayage, is the movement of your freight from the loading dock/carrier or Advance Warehouse to your booth and back to the loading dock/carrier at the close of the show. Drayage includes delivery of the materials to your booth, the handling of empty containers to and from storage, and removal of your material from the booth for reloading onto your outbound carrier. Freight Handling should not be confused with the cost of getting your materials to and from the show.
The safe handling of freight is dependent upon the applicable people complying with the relevant procedures and applying the necessary skills to their handling. This Qualification, therefore, is aimed at providing learners in the Freight sector with:
Freight handlers play a key role in the movement of goods since they represent the physical link that ensures that the freight is efficiently and safely handled. Freight handlers are hired by warehouses and distribution companies to unload their inbound freight. Freight handlers for warehouses have offices on site and on site management. They generally use the forklifts and pallet jacks provided by the warehouse. Their job is primary operations as they play a major role in not only the inbound freight but now they are starting to be used for outbound freight because they are so cost effective. Freight handlers are contracted through the warehouses and distribution centers for terms anywhere from one year to five years. The carrier once arriving at the warehouse has the option of unloading their own freight or hiring a freight handler. The freight handlers on staff are generally sitting around unpaid until the truck arrives.
Good freight handling services provide productivity reports on a weekly basis so that they can analyze where they are having problems and come up with a resolution to keep control of the docks. Good freight services can assist you in the hiring process by letting you hire their staff. This gives you the advantage of trying before you buy. The best services do not even charge you for this benefit. This can be great free training grounds for your future employee's and gives you time to see how well they work. By outsourcing you can grow you warehouse or distribution service strong.