Any added weight to the truck or trailer is loss revenue for the trucking company.
Nixa, MO (PRWEB) November 21, 2012
One of the keys in pulling hopper bottoms, end dumps and other bulk trailers is reducing overall weight of both the truck and trailer to increase the overall weight of the load transported. The majority of loads in the bulk industry are paid by the weight, either by bushel, by hundred weight or by tonnage. Most states allow 80,000 – 97,000 pounds total weight depending on what highways the trucks can run and additional axles under the trailer. BulkLoadsNow.com has seen many of it’s carrier members discussing the need for lighter equipment on it’s forum lately.
“We see an extreme importance in keeping trucks and trailers as light as possible in this industry.” said Jared Flinn, Operating Partner at BulkLoadsNow.com. “Any added weight to the truck or trailer is loss revenue for the trucking company. Even hauling 1000 pounds less over the course of the year can result in an estimated $30,000 in lost revenue to the trucking company. The average weight hauled per truck in the industry typically is 25 tons, but we’ve seen some companies that can transport close to 30 tons.”
Agriculture.com recently published the importance of finding the right semi for farm grain hauling, http://www.agriculture.com/machinery/other-machinery/trucks/finding-right-size-semi_255-ar27465. This implies the same concepts to commercial bulk hauling as well. Recent discussions in BulkLoadsNow forums revealed several methods companies can look at to lighten up their equipment.http://www.bulkloadsnow.com/Forum/forum_details.cfm?forum_id=5372
“Just like any business, efficiencies are crucial in trucking everything from increasing fuel mileage or hauling more tonnage, or connecting our members through forums to improve profit margin,” said Matt Fredin, Operating Partner. “To reduce supply chain inefficiencies we don’t just provide technology, but we stay involved with our customers and the bulk industry, understanding their business and being concerned about all processes they are involved in daily to keep moving.”
BulkLoadsNow.com is an online community of professionals in North American’s bulk freight industry. Our shipper members are transportation logistics managers of grain, fertilizer, aggregates, feed ingredients and all agriculture commodities. Our carrier members pull hopper bottoms, walking floors, end dump trailers, belt trailers, live floors, pneumatic and liquid tankers. We provide to our members the industry’s most innovative bulk freight solutions including an enhanced load board, database of all carriers in North America, instant communication tools, industry forums and news updates, and much more.