There are three good reasons that not having an empty lorry can be good for your business: by improving your fuel efficiency, by increasing the efficiency of your drivers as resources to your business, and by cutting down on the total number of journeys.
Finding More Work
One of the problems that a minority of freight company directors have had is trying to experiment with return loads, only to feel they have had a negative experience and not wanting to try the system again. When you consider the numerous benefits that are provided by the system, this is a real shame. This really is one of the best ways to improve the profitability of your haulage company, so it truly is an opportunity not to be missed.
If you have had a bad experience in the past, or you want to ensure that you don't in future, then it is a really good idea to enlist the services of a freight exchange to help you find and arrange return loads. This is the ideal way to take a lot of the sting out of tracking down and finding the jobs - let someone who's already got the contacts and the network in place do the footwork.
Freight exchange services match up deliveries with empty trucks. There are essentially two different types: online freight exchanges and auction based trade exchanges. Freight exchanges allow freight forwarders a forum and a marketplace in which to advertise loads to carriers, while giving carriers a space to advertise spare capacity. The auction system works in a slightly different way, allowing carriers to tend for an advertised job. This can help to make prices more competitive while helping people to coordinate return loads, but it can also be a more time consuming system than the straightforward freight exchange.