Plenty of larger wholesalers and rewholesalers have their own shipping routes. That’s great!
But what do you do if you’re a smaller grower and you want to reach new markets? What if you’re a provider of specialty plants in South Carolina and someone in Chicago wants your trees? What if you’re a mid-level landscape designer in Wisconsin who would love some of those specialty trees but can’t order a whole truck full?
Luckily there’s LandscapeHub!
Here’s a rundown on how the LandscapeHub network opens new market opportunities to buyers and suppliers around the United States through shipping aggregation.
Spoiler alert: it’s by working together.
Economies of scale are built on just that, scale.
The more participants on the buying and supplying side of LandscapeHub, the more data we collect, the more buy-in from the industry, the closer we get to our goal of making movement of materials easier, more efficient, and more profitable for everyone in the industry.
Supplier Advantages to Aggregating Shipping
Aggregating shipping by fulfillment through LandscapeHub is a win-win for suppliers. LandscapeHub has the ability to work with specialized green-industry shippers to build full loads from suppliers and move them from market to market. Suppliers get to benefit from shipping opportunities through LandscapeHub’s large, allowing them to sell less than full loads.
Everyone’s customer base gets larger when working together.
The other advantage is logistics. Distributors and rewholesalers will take whole trucks full whenever it is convenient for the grower to ship material. That limits the market for large growers, though. Getting smaller orders landed on job sites for contractors or in smaller nurseries is infinitely more difficult if you’re trying to manage it on your own, but much easier with an entire team whose job is to coordinate logistics. (And by team, we mean LandscapeHub.)
Supplier advantages to the marketplace are huge.
Buyer Advantages to Aggregated Shipping
Buyer benefits require a bit more planning because, in order to see real savings or to be able to purchase from out-of-market growers, a buyer’s order will need to be coordinated with other orders.
This is where “the more, the merrier” applies. More buyers means more opportunities to fill trucks moving from market to market with smaller average order sizes from buyers. Working this way allows buyers to receive materials from suppliers they might not otherwise be able to purchase from.
Advanced planning is key, though. Aggregated shipping isn’t as easy to benefit from when materials are needed within a week. The longer the lead time, the easier it is to capitalize on savings from mixed loads assembled by LandscapeHub staff.
It’s worth stressing that the key to opening new markets affordably, on both the buyer side and the supplier side, is working together. Luckily, it’s something we, at LandscapeHub love to do. Jump on our bandwagon. We’re going places and we want to take you with us!