Drop-and-hook and trailer swimming pools aren’t precisely new concepts. However expertise corresponding to trailer telematics, load-matching apps providing “power-only” runs, and route optimization algorithms have made it attainable to vastly broaden their use.
Shippers more and more have been utilizing drop-and-hook methods, the place shippers have additional trailers that get loaded and unloaded with no truck driver having to attend.
Nevertheless, most motor carriers with 5 vehicles or much less hardly ever have the trailers to have the ability to take part in a drop-and-hook program in a conventional sense, as a result of they want these trailers to be rolling on a regular basis to be able to make the enterprise work, explains Grant Goodale, co-founder and service expertise officer of Convoy.
“We had this concept that if we might flex trailer capability effectively and routinely throughout shippers and throughout the nation, there was an enormous effectivity acquire to be unlocked,” Goodale stated. “Convoy Go [launched in 2020] was the outgrowth of that perception.”
Convoy Go and different “power-only” apps enable small carriers to select up a loaded trailer, or decide up an empty trailer and take it to a shipper, and be capable to transfer extra effectively into and out of shipper services.
Loadsmith calls its third-party tech-enabled brokerage providing “capability as a service” — a trailer pool with out the capital funding. Carriers can guide, monitor, and monitor trailers in real-time by way of the cellular Loadsmith Driver App and Provider Portal.
This text appeared within the March 2023 concern of Heavy Responsibility Trucking, as a part of the “How Freight Motion is Altering” sequence.