What is multi-stop truckload shipping?

In truckload shipping, there are two points on the route: A and B. Your freight is picked up and then delivered to the final destination without any in-between locations. However, sometimes shippers need a few additional stops on the way, for various reasons. This is called multi-stop truckload shipping. The trouble with this type of shipping is that carriers often reject it, and it is usually more expensive. Although this method is slightly more complicated than regular truckload, if you require multiple stops, you can arrange it in a planned and cost-effective manner.

If you want to make your multi-stop loads attractive to carriers, you should plan ahead and properly communicate your needs. Here are a few tips on how to succeed in booking a multi-stop truckload shipment.

Tips for successful multi-stop transportation management

Plan ahead

Carriers appear to be more friendly to multi-stop truckload shipments when you communicate all the requirements ahead and plan in advance. This way, you have more time, the possibility to negotiate rates, and can secure better carrier capacity. Ultimately, proper planning can save shippers a substantial amount of money per load.

Consolidate stops

If you cluster the majority of your stops within a 30-mile area, it is more likely that a carrier will accept your load. Since it is faster and more convenient to make a stop within a limited territory,  it will eliminate the overall time and resources spent by the carrier to deliver your load.

Be consistent

Try to do your best to reduce the extra mileage and HOS hours for the drivers. Typically, this is the main reason why multi-stop truckload transportation is more expensive and less profitable for the carriers. Longer transit times and chaotic pick-ups drive the need to change the regular route.