The logistics of heavy haulers encompasses managing when and where loads are acquired. It includes how the loads are stored, the travel route, and when the load reaches its final destination – all while meeting any specific deadlines that apply. A trucking logistics expert also identifies the type of tractor and trailer that will best serve the client’s needs. The entire process is designed to increase efficiency and provide a greater level of safety.
Simply put, the 7 Rs (“Rights”) of Logistics are: Getting the Right product, in the Right quantity, in the Right condition, at the Right place, at the Right time, to the Right customer, at the Right price.
The basis for today’s logistics is due to ancient Roman and Greek wars. Rome developed highly accurate and efficient methods of allocating resources and ensuring supplies arrived to troops. World War I brought refinements to the system, but it wasn’t until after World War II that logistics moved out of the military realm and into the private sector. Logistics is an integral and essential part of the distribution and supply chain in today’s economy.
Prior to the 1900s, the supply chain was primarily local in nature with little need for complex logistics. That began to radically change in the 1960s. The availability of modern technology has changed the logistics landscape in multiple ways. Today’s trucking logistics are handled by a combination of software, tracking devices, sensors, GPS and radio frequency identification (RFID) via the internet.
Modern logistics enables the system’s manager to locate and track a truck and/or its cargo across nations, oceans and continents. The computer-enhanced logistic methods enable heavy haul companies to travel over optimal routes, avoid areas of congested traffic, and deliver more efficiently. Even social media is having an impact on logistics through customer communication.
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