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What Is Trucking Logistics?

The transport of flammable liquids requires specialized trucking logistics.
Trucking logistics include determining how much time is reasonable in-between deliveries.
Trucking logistics may involve improving trucking routes for maximum efficiency.
Trucking logistics companies often have a familiarity with customs laws of particular countries.
Many private companies offer trucking logistics advice and support, commonly referred to as third-party logistics.
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Trucking logistics is the research and planning of trucking operations. Typically, trucking logistics takes into account all the factors involved in the transportation of goods by truck with the goal of maximizing productivity and efficiency. This may include planning the most efficient routes for truck drivers, selecting optimal fuel types according to market trends, choosing the best kind of trucks for the particular task, and hiring an excellent staff of truck drivers.

Logistics is a term that historically was used for the preparation of military operations. Advantages in logistics and planning could help gain the best results in a prospective campaign by considering all possible factors involved in any operation. Logistics has developed as a concept and may now be utilized for the analysis of any aspect of a business. Trucking logistics uses this same thorough and extensive scope of analysis and applies it to the specific requirements of the trucking industry.

In most industrialized nations, trucks usually are the primary means for commercial transportation and the circulation of goods. Excellent trucking logistics not only helps individual companies achieve success, but may also contribute to the greater benefit of a nation’s economy. Economic analysts view transportation as a very high expense for any business, meaning that good logistics may dramatically decrease economic expenses. Good planning can eliminate unnecessary expenditures that could limit the success of a business.

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Trucking logistics may analyze trucking routes, looking for ways to improve efficiency through the reduction of delivery times as well. The precise types of loads being carried are considered in order to determine the best means of transport. Road safety typically is emphasized to ensure the secure transportation of goods and the safety of both truck drivers and regular commuters by planning delivery routes for specific types of loads. Heavy hauling and long hauling are more demanding aspects of trucking; good trucking logistics typically examines all factors to help facilitate these more difficult types of transport.

Many private companies offer trucking logistics advice and support, commonly referred to as third-party logistics. These companies usually provide numerous types of information and assistance, from statistical data to the planning of trucking strategies. Trucking logistics companies may make available to the customer their own transports, drivers, and warehouse space. According to the growing international scope of trade and investment, many trucking logistics companies have a familiarity with the customs laws of particular countries and calculate the most efficient means to navigate both endemic and international laws.

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anon951168
Post 8

My husband is starting a transportation company moving loads only in Texas. I like the sound of Logistics in our company name. Some people in the business say it isn't appropriate because logistics involves ships and airplanes. When I look up logistics in the dictionary it says commercial activity of transporting goods to customers, which is what our company will be doing. So, would we seem odd if we did add Logistics to our name?

anon295273
Post 5

It's not a logistics company, it's primarily a trucking company. Why the hell do they call it logistics?

truman12
Post 4

Freight companies who specialize in truck transportation often have the most difficult time with transportation logistics. This is because other forms of transportation have to follow established routes while truck transportation can move along a vast network of corridors.

Here is what I mean. Freight shipping by plane or train has to conform to flight schedules, airport availability and established cargo routes. Train transportation can only go where there are train tracks and the goods have to be taken to a site where the trains are accessible. Trucks, however, can go almost anywhere. There is a huge spiderweb of highways and roads that stretches across the continent and trains can go directly to the site where a client produces or delivers goods. This kind of freedom and flexibility creates all kinds of logistical headache. I know from experience that logistics jobs are really hard work.

jonrss
Post 2

The best way to see how important trucking logistics is is to go to a country that does it poorly. I spent some time working as a consultant in several Southeast Asian countries. In some of these countries the transportation infrastructure is very poor, there are few standardized rules for driving and the is little enforcement for bad behavior. In conditions like these it is very, very difficult to efficiently move goods from one place to another. Even short shipments of relatively easy goods often fell pray to mistakes and delays. That's why they called me in. It was my job to find practical ways to overcome these obstacles. It was hard work but I knew I was doing something important.

summing
Post 1

I used to have a good friend whose family owned a small trucking company. Obviously they employed a number of truckers but that also had a pretty large staff that focused just on the logistics of trucking. They never left the office to go on the road at all.

There really is a lot to consider. Trucking depends in large part on a achieving a maximum amount of efficiency. In order to make money you have to move the largest amount of goods at the lowest possible cost in as quick a time as possible. This takes a lot of planning and preparation.

Luckily my friend only worked as a mechanic. He was a bright guy but his gifts involved wrenches and grease a lot more than computers and schedules.

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