Maximising investment and minimising losses are two of the main objectives of any company. However, in the transport sector, returning vehicles that are empty is a problem that can slow down development and reduce company profits.
According to Ministry of Transport data, empty mileage returns have pushed up the price of long-distance road transport. Despite the downward trend seen in recent years, the crisis caused by the coronavirus has led to an increase in empty mileage and petrol costs.
Empty mileage is the distance travelled without any goods transported, and therefore without any real economic benefit. When calculating the petrol cost per mile, the cost of these empty returns must also be taken into account, as they will have an impact on the price of transport.
Returning empty trucks is one of the biggest problems faced by transport and logistics companies, especially on long haul journeys of more than 300 kilometres or international trips. Many companies choose to refuse shipments because of the impossibility of loading the returning vehicle, an element that is necessary to making the freight profitable.
A transport company whose returning vehicles carry goods will have better revenues and profitability.
This is why finding a solution for empty returning trucks is of great importance for small and medium-sized companies as well as for larger transport companies. However, it is not always easy to find a load that is suitable for the route to be taken by the freight forwarders.
Many SMEs encounter problems when it comes to managing their shipments of goods, either because they don´t have their own fleet or because the distance to be travelled makes it economically unsustainable.
Today, the Internet and various digital platforms facilitate the exchange of services between individuals, such as car sharing. If this solution exists, why not take advantage of it to share resources between companies?
Linking companies that need goods delivered with carriers with available transport space is what makes Carriby a platform of particular interest to small and medium-sized companies. Companies who don´t have their own transport fleet especially, can stop calculating fuel costs per kilometre and take advantage of the carriers´ empty kilometres.
The large number of carriers registered on the platform across Europe makes it easy for any company to find a carrier in a cost-saving and easy way, regardless of the size of the goods.
As can be seen above, thanks to new technologies it´s possible to avoid empty returning trucks. Platforms such as Carriby also enable companies to save on transport mileage costs by linking up with carriers that can deliver their goods.