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Why should I use Unishippers? Can’t I get the same great rates and service by going directly through the shipping carrier?
Unishippers combines the annual volume of over 90,000+ Unishippers customers so we can offer your business discounts typically reserved for much larger volume shippers. Unishippers offers a full range of shipping solutions including overnight, ground, international small package, LTL, full truckload, air and ocean freight so you can enjoy the convenience of one carrier for all your shipping needs. You receive one invoice from one company, even if you use multiple carriers, and your bills are carefully reviewed before you even receive them. Plus, you get attentive and personalized service with Unishippers’ Platinum Service.
My shipping needs vary drastically from month to month, or even day to day. How can Unishippers help me?
Most small and medium-size companies have variations in their shipping volume each month. That’s why Unishippers is the perfect choice. There’s no need to staff up or invest in what may be a temporary need or situation. Unishippers is always available and offers great rates and services whether you ship one package per day or 100. It’s our commitment to you. In addition, our online shipping tools help you manage your shipments, giving you the flexibility and control you need no matter how often you ship.
How do I know I won’t get lost in the midst of larger accounts?
Unishippers is committed to providing small and medium-size businesses with superior shipping solutions and service. Every company has a dedicated shipping consultant assigned to help with its needs. Even if you happen to be on the small side of the businesses we serve, you’ll still get personalized service from a consultant who will work hard to earn your trust.
How does a shipping consultant work for me?
Your shipping consultant is your own personal troubleshooter and quality control expert. In short, they make sure that you get exactly what you need. And, if anything ever goes wrong, just one call to your shipping consultant will take care of the problem. No more dealing with bureaucracy, frustrating automated customer service numbers or limited business hours. Your consultant is a real, live person with a passion for helping you.
How involved is my Unishippers team?
Your Unishippers team is as involved as you’d like us to be. Some customers want to manage their shipments mostly on their own with only occasional support from Unishippers’ team of shipping experts. Other customers are more comfortable with a hands-on consultant and utilize them regularly. It’s really up to you.
What happens if there’s a problem with my shipping? Who do I contact?
Contact your Unishippers representative with all of your shipping needs and questions. Our customer service personnel only handle a small group of customers, so more in-depth and personal service is available from the local office. Because of our relationships with the carriers, we can often call them directly and work out a solution more quickly than you could by calling the carrier’s 800 number. There is no need for you to spend valuable time and energy trying to track down the source of the problem or negotiate potential solutions. Unishippers will take care of it for you.
How can I be sure I’m getting the best rates and service?
With more than 90,000+ customers across the country, Unishippers has the volume and leverage to negotiate substantial discounts for all of our customers. We provide our customers significant savings over what they would pay on their own. Contact your Unishippers team for an itemized breakdown of what Unishippers is saving you. In addition to providing you with lower rates, Unishippers also provides automation tools to help you manage your business. Our online shipping tools can immediately show you all of your shipping options, including pricing and timing, and let you select the one that’s best for you. It’s just one more assurance that your company is benefiting from the best possible rates and options.
I’ve never heard of Unishippers. How do I know I can trust them with my shipments?
Since 1987 we’ve earned the trust of tens of thousands of customers. We continue to earn trust with over 90,000+ customers each year, and we’re confident we can earn yours as well. If you’re still not sure, see what our customers have to say about us.
Does Unishippers have any trucks and drivers to make deliveries?
We do not have trucks and drivers. Our carrier partners do all of the pickups and deliveries. We are the liaison between the carriers and our customers, making sure all pickups and deliveries are satisfactory.
How do I get started?
If you haven’t already done so, contact your shipping consultant or the Unishippers office today. We’ll provide an account number, supplies and access to shipping tools so you’ll be ready to start shipping and saving immediately. If you’ve already received your account number and supplies, you can begin shipping immediately.
Unishippers’ TMS FAQs
How do I prepare an express shipment using Unishippers' TMS?
Click here to watch a video demonstration on how to prepare a UPS shipment using Unishippers’ transportation management system.
How do I schedule a pickup using Unishippers' TMS?
Click here to watch a video demonstration on how to schedule a UPS pickup using Unishippers’ transportation management system.
I forgot my Unishippers' TMS password, what do I do?
If you forget your password, click on the “Forgot Your Password” link in the login dialog box. Follow the steps and the system will email you a temporary password. Use this temporary password to login and then create a new password. Please contact your Unishippers office if you have any questions or need further assistance.
How do I prepare a freight shipment using Unishippers' TMS?
Click here to watch a video demonstration on how to prepare a freight shipment using Unishippers’ transportation management system.
How do I change a quote to a Bill of Lading in Unishippers' TMS?
Within Unishippers’ TMS, go to the “Shipment Management” section under the destination address. Choose a date range with the existing calendars. Beside “Type,” choose “Quote” on the drop-down screen, and beside “Status,” choose “Any.” This will bring up a list of quotes for the time frame chosen. Then click on the quote and a summary will appear. Scroll down to the bottom and choose “Copy.” This will take you through the process again, allowing you to update or change any information. When you get to the last screen check the box beside “I agree…” then “Next,” and the BOL will appear.
If I fill in Shipment Value in the details, will my shipment be insured?
You can easily purchase shipment insurance online at the time you are booking your shipment. Click here for more information on cargo insurance. You can also call the freight coordinator at your Unishippers office for a quote.
How do I know what class my item is and how does this affect my shipment?
Class refers to the National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC) number that specifically identifies commodities. This NMFC number must be accurate on the Bill of Lading. This is imperative to be sure that you receive accurate pricing for what you are shipping. Should the carrier suspect that the weight or class of your cargo is incorrect, they will re-weigh and correctly re-class your load, which will result in a Reweigh and Inspection fee as well as an increase in the cost of moving the freight should the correct class be higher than what was originally specified.
Do I need to use the Bill of Lading provided by Unishippers?
To make certain that you receive the rate that was quoted to you by Unishippers, you must provide the truck driver with a copy of Unishippers’ Bill of Lading. This ensures that you receive the negotiated rates and discounts when the carrier bills Unishippers. If you choose not to use our Bill of Lading, you must specify on the Bill of Lading used that all charges are to be billed to Unishippers. Not doing so will result in incorrect billing or additional fees.