In logistics, the term return load refers to a load that is transported back to the place of departure by a transport service provider. That means a truck brings its freight from point A to destination point Z. There, the goods are unloaded and, ideally, a return load is loaded onto the truck–new freight that will be transported back from destination point Z to point A. A return load can be a full load, a partial load, or LTL (Less than Truck Load).
Return loads are always desirable for transport companies since that way empty trips are avoided. The loading space is utilised ideally, additional costs are avoided, and the trip with a return load is also more environment-friendly.
Through the support of forwarding software, information about the time of arrival, loading capacities and traffic situation can be accessed at any time. This logistics data makes it possible to react flexibly to possible free spaces for return loads. Digitalisation has a very positive effect on the optimisation of loading spaces and the prevention of empty trips. To counteract empty trips, it is possible to use tenders on digital freight exchanges and transport networks. That way, the costs can be reduced and the economic profitability secured. Even loading space that becomes available for a return load on short notice can be filled quickly thanks to the uncomplicated commissioning via online tool.
You can use the Web-based logistics platform CarLo exCHANGE to offer transport orders to your logistics partners. With the “Direct Order” functionality, you select the forwarding company directly in the portal and place the order. With “Best Offer”, you create transport orders in closed groups and decide after viewing the quotes who will execute the order.