More freight per load equates to fewer required loads, which ultimately leads to a decrease in carbon dioxide emissions, less fossil fuel consumption, and better profit margins and freight rates. Still, transportation department statistics show that somewhere between 30 and 40% of the available space on loaded trailers is not being utilized. Some of the most exciting trends in sustainable freight are targeting this wasted space.
The good news is that there are several improved optimization software programs on the market that maximize available trailer space by considering not only product dimensions but also their complete 3D profile, density, and susceptibility to damage. By implementing optimization software, shippers and carriers could substantially increase the efficiency of their trailer loads.