Truck Load Planning: How To Use It To Stay Ahead Of The Pack?

Truck load planning

What Is Load Planning?

Truck load planning is a process in which cargo is packed and consolidated in a single truck or trailer. This form of shipping aims to move maximum cargo load in the lowest number of vehicles. Even though it may seem simple on paper, it is a complicated process. You need to consider a specific vehicle’s specifications, the center of gravity, the nature of products, their destinations, and much more.

Responsibilities Associated With Truck load Planning:

Truckload planning ensures that your entire operation’s efficiency is increased. Planning is done to maximize the capacity of your fleet.

Maximizing Capacity:

Carriers can mix and match loads to ship similar cargo type sizes to a destination within a single vehicle with truck load planning.

For instance, you can mix more oversized cargo with smaller products by considering the weight, balancing and destination to a specific area. All these practices make sure that shipping capacity is maximized to increase your business’s bottom line.   

Cut Unnecessary Costs:

This shipping form is not just about making the most out of available space. A load planner considers factors like loading sequence, destinations, driver overtime, and more. 

Bad truckload planning means that you use more trucks and drivers at a given time. Unforeseen delays in shipping can mean more mileage and overtime for you. 

Create Productive Partnerships:

If LTL carriers want to expand their business to new routes, contracts with companies won’t be enough. By partnering with other trucking companies, you can widen your network and optimize your load. In this way, you can optimize your revenue without shipping a fully loaded truck on a specific route.  

Eliminate Time-Consuming Manual Planning:

You have to cater to many factors when matching cargo with grouped destinations. With traditional planning, you increase your operational overhead. Even if you have a small operation, you need multiple employees for the planning phase.

Driver Workloads And Overtime:

A traditional approach to truckload planning means increased workloads and driver overtime. You will also have to manually audit and adjust plans which are not cost-effective. 

Manually Planned Routes Are Inefficient:

Even if you have a dedicated team for planning your routes, these routes will never be as efficient as computerized planning. Also, your driers will spend extra time following these routes. 


Efficient loading and routing make a big difference. Not only will it lead to reduced mileage and driver costs, but it will also increase your capacity. All these factors will add up to get your more significant profit margins. These advantages will help you to stay ahead of your competition. 


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