If you are a member of the trucking industry then you are probably familiar with the saying, a truckload is not a truckload. While a trailer may appear to be full, often it does one of two things: 1) either takes up the entire floor space but does not stack to the ceiling nor reach the maximum 80,000 lb weight limit or 2) maximizes the weight but does not fill the entire trailer. In this investigative report, we’ve asked transportation professionals for their thoughts on the impacts of wasted space in trailers as well as innovative solutions for solving this problem.
As the backbone of the American economy, the trucking industry is also an accurate barometer of its health. This industry alone is the impetus behind the movement of almost 70 percent of the freight shipped in the United States. Knowing what is forecast for 2016 — and beyond — helps industry insiders plan accordingly while also creating viable solutions to any perceived challenges. Key findings, expectations and forecasts, gleaned from industry experts, are detailed and consolidated below.