Heres something, if you can get the rate they are charging. Say $300, you call the company/broker and say hey they want $300 but I'll do it for $150-$200. Under bid them all day, within reason of course.
Lumping is a racket .
In the fresh meat business it all gets billed back to the packer whom in turn Bill's it back to the wholesaler who Bill's it to the retailer and on to the consumer.
Lumpers have their place for sure and it's hard work .
It's just wholesalers passing the buck on to consumers.
Like when I delivered to Sysco."what,$150 for a lumper,unless i wanna unload it all myself and seperate mix pallets accordingly. This was broker load "never mentioned all my profit going to a lumper.WTF. Whats worse they were "charging me to deliver stuff to them that THEY ordered.lol