For small- and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) looking for alternatives for shipping freight, uShip.com might be worth a visit.
uShip.com works on a model not unlike MFG.com, LendingTree.com and other online marketplaces. You post a shipment, receive bids from logistics and shipping providers, and choose the winning bid for your shipment.
Now, we acknowledge that uShip.com isn't a solution for every SMM or every shipment. But this site can offer options for smaller shipments, those shipments that don't require strict or secure logistics controls, or even larger items that require special handling. Another benefit - as with any online marketplace worth its salt - is the opportunity to work with and establish relationships with providers you may not have known existed. uShip.com is loaded with these professional shipment providers - not just individuals with room on their truck for Aunt Mary's antique chest-of-drawers.
Pay 'em a visit. You might find alternatives to your current carrier of choice, and you could save a few bucks in the process.