Advantages of Using Drop Trailers

Drop trailers increase transportation and shipping efficiency while reducing cost and driver workload. There are many advantages to using drop trailers for shippers and carriers alike, primarily because of new limitations established by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Drop trailer programs also allow higher-priority goods to be shuffled at the yard, ensuring supplies reach their destination in time. Here are some of the significant advantages of using drop trailers.

Benefits of Drop Trailers

  • Shipments arrive faster. A single driver can only drive long before fatigue and FMCSA regulations force a rest stop. By opting for a drop trailer, shipments can be on the move, and constantly, until they reach their destination. This leads to more accurate time estimates and faster shipping in general.

  • Trailers are loaded quickly. This means less downtime for prioritized shipment loads and less loading and unloading time for the drivers. Anything that improves shipping efficiency will lower associated costs and make it more likely the loads will arrive on time.

  • Drivers work fewer hours. The transportation industry is notorious for its extended hours. There are regulations regarding how long drivers can be on the road at any time. They can work fewer hours by going through a drop point rather than attempting to deliver a load in a single trip.

  • It offers better value. Shippers can provide better service to their clientele by prioritizing packages along the shipping line, which improves customer satisfaction. Not only can high-priority packages be rushed up the line, but lower-priority packages can also be shipped more affordably, giving customers the ability to control their pricing.

  • It solves storage and inventory problems. Drop trailers can store product without taking up precious warehouse space. They can also provide safety stock so production is never interrupted.
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