The Holmes Group has contracts in place with several larger and independent carriers all of whom offer us excellent rates that we can pass on to you. Our firm is offered deep discounts by the trucking companies because of the volume of business we are able to bring them. Most of the time you will find that the rate quoted to you by The Holmes Group is less than if you called the carrier direct because of the concept of “economies of scale”. In addition, The Holmes Group deals directly with the carrier for issues such as tracing & tracking, over/short & damages, improperly routed shipments, etc. Since we are in the industry and used to communicating with carriers on a daily basis, we know how to get answers and achieve things that may frustrate the average shipper.
Any trucking or transportation firm who tells you there is no chance of the quoted rate being different than the final rate is not telling you the truth. MOST of the time the quoted rate is also the invoiced rate. However, there are times when the weight or class provided by the customer is not accurate or the shipment required some other type of service that was not included in the original quote. It IS NOT our practice to increase the rate for no reason. We make the customer aware of the additional charges as soon as they are brought to our attention and we ALWAYS provide proof by way of weight certificate or delivery receipt. We KNOW that operating in an honest fashion will keep customers coming back.
You can call us directly at toll free at 800-287-1641. If you have specific, detailed questions or requests related to the delivery you can call us at toll free 800-287-1641 or send an e-mail referring to your specific load number.
The Holmes Group itself does not carry the cargo insurance required to transport the loads. However, we do not work with ANY carriers that do not provide us with proof of active, valid insurance. We keep this information on file here in our corporate office and can provide proof of insurance upon request. In addition, The Holmes Group has a strict policy in place where we refuse to work with carriers that have less than an A or a B safety and performance rating. These ratings and insurance requirements are requested BEFORE any new carrier is accepted as a new The Holmes Group approved carrier.
The Holmes Group will usually know before you do if the goods are damaged during transportation because we track all our shipments daily. In the event of damage, we first call the carrier to see how the goods were signed for. If damage was noted on the bill of lading, or delivery receipt at the time of delivery, we will file a claim directly with the carrier using the invoice for replacement provided to us by the customer. When The Holmes Group is paid on the claim we will either issue you a credit memo that can be used for future shipments or send you a check directly. This takes the pain and hassle off of our customers of having to file a claim with the carrier directly.
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