There are times much to your chagrin in which you may need to move your truck without a load. When the truck to shipment load ratio is way off, you may find yourself needing to decide. In some cases, you could sit days without being able to secure a shipment to be transported. Sometimes there just isn’t any loads available while other times due to the forces of supply and demand there just isn’t any profitable loads to be transported. This is when the profitability of your business needs to consider the big picture.

Every day in which you sit idle, your fixed costs continue to eat away at the profitability of your business.  The decisions you make will lead to success or failure in the greater scheme of things.  If there are not any loads available to take you to greener pastures you may have to deadhead out of that area.  The key here is sitting can mean going broke waiting for the elusive load.  It is also important to note such areas and make sure the load that brought your business into this black hole paid well enough to either leave empty or transport cargo out at a less than desirable rate. 

In the end, it is not about one load it about how all the loads come together to make your week, month, quarter, and year profitable.

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Henry Albert

Henry Albert is the owner of Albert Transport, Inc., based in Statesville, NC. Before participating in the "Slice of Life" program, Albert drove a 2001 Freightliner Century Class S/T™, and will use his Cascadia for general freight and a dry van trailer. Albert, who has been a trucker since 1983, was recognized by Overdrive as its 2007 Trucker of the Year.

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