What is backhaul?
What is Backhaul in Trucking?
Headhaul vs Backhaul Shipping
Trucks and trailers that return empty to the point of origin are deadheads. Some deadhead moves are necessary if a driver must drive a distance to pick up a load. Deadhead transportation moves lose money for service providers, carriers, and dedicated fleets.
How do you set up backhaul in trucking?
Transportation management system technology streamlines backhaul logistics.
- Digital freight matching and load board resources connect Logistics Services Providers (LSPs), brokers, carriers, and shippers to fill backhaul shipments.
- Load consolidation tools bundle freight shipments of multiple shippers to minimize empty trailer capacity on a backhaul move.
- Route planning capabilities limits empty miles between headhaul origin and destination; to the following freight pick-up for backhaul trucking; and to any shipment destinations.
Reduced overall carbon emissions and diesel fuel usage occur when empty vehicle miles are limited. Filling backhaul trucking capacity with available freight shipments supports sustainability initiatives.
How does MercuryGate Improve Backhaul Logistics?
MercuryGate integrations create a digital freight network that allows:
- Shippers to find capacity.
- Carriers, brokers, and 3PLs to simplify the freight brokerage process.
- Private fleets to sell empty miles.
Load planning capabilities maximize transportation backhauls through multi-stop routing and priority loading. Load build optimization combines multiple shipments to access volume discounts and incentives.