Trucks at another companies terminal-WHY?

Discussion in 'Questions To Truckers From The General Public' started by Diesel Blues, Nov 18, 2011.

  1. Diesel Blues

    Diesel Blues Bobtail Member

    Dec 25, 2010
    On my morning commute, I pass by a terminal for a regional trucking company. I've noticed that in addition to their trucks, often trucks and trailers from other companies are at the facility at the loading dock. Many of these other trucks are from large mega-carriers that members on this board classify as "bottom feeders". What is the logic behind using the facilities of another company?
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  3. AXE

    AXE Road Train Member

    Jul 2, 2010
    Chandler, AZ
    Maybe making a delivery or doing a pickup. I've delivered to other trucking companies.
  4. cadillacdude1975

    cadillacdude1975 Road Train Member

    Mar 20, 2010
    Chattanooga, TN
    our small terminal does repairs for anyone who needs them done. that could be the issue there too. but you said the loading dock............i have done a few mail runs that delivered to the LandAIRE terminal in greensboro NC.
  5. djtrype

    djtrype Heavy Load Member

    Jan 3, 2009
    New Orleans
    My company used to least "spots" at another company's terminal. We could only have so many trailers/trucks on their terminal at a time. It's just a cheaper alternative to having their own facility.
  6. 7122894003481

    7122894003481 Bobtail Member

    Sep 6, 2011
    The company who owns the terminal is probably contracting out some of their freight to the bottom feeders. I work for a good company, and we load CRST, Covenant, Mister P and a couple others every night.
  7. heyns57

    heyns57 Road Train Member

    Dec 30, 2006
    near Kalamazoo Speedway
    A local cartage company may consolidate small shipments into one truck load going to an auto assembly plant, for example.

    In the olden days, truckloads of appliances were delivered to cartage companies for delivery to small stores. The small stores no longer exist.

    Since deregulation of the trucking industry, trip leasing is not common. We occasionally leased to another carrier for one trip to get a backhaul or to run beyond our authorized territory. I carried sign holders that strapped to the cab doors so I would not have to use masking tape on another carriers temporary signs.
  8. Allow Me.

    Allow Me. Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    May 28, 2009
    Rancho Mirage, Ca.
    There's many reasons for what you describe. Could be a 53' trailer load of LTL that the local regional carrier is going to deliver, or, if there's a problem making a delivery to a consignee, such as a refusal or whatever, the transport carrier will "store it" at a local warehouse until the problem gets ironed out. Frozen warehouses store frozen shipments all the time, part of "logistics". Product is manufactured in Iowa, shipped to warehouses spread around the U.S. and then is picked by carriers to deliver with-in that region.
  9. CondoCruiser

    CondoCruiser The Legend

    Apr 18, 2010
    That's what I was going to say. The long haul driver comes from the factory with a full load and the LTL does final distribution to several places.
  10. neal79

    neal79 Medium Load Member

    Feb 9, 2011
    I drive for one of the megacarriers and have picked up and delivered at other companies terminals many times. Sometimes its a bunch of small LTL shipments being brought to another terminal of the same company, they load them on to our trailer we do the line haul part then they unload onto pups for local delivery. Have done this at Conway quite a few times. Sometimes its that we rent some space to use as a drop yard. Sometimes its going to another company that the other carrier handles logistics for. Tonight I'll be delivering at UPS in Louisville so its not that strange.
  11. Diesel Blues

    Diesel Blues Bobtail Member

    Dec 25, 2010
    Thanks for the comments. I've found out that the company is primarily LTL which validates some of the earlier replies.
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