When seeking truckload capacity, most people assume that the truck and trailer are always owned and operated by the same carrier, and therefore, come together as a package deal. While that is usually how it works, it’s certainly not always the case.

Trucks and trailers are designed to break apart, and by considering these as separate assets, third-party logistics providers (3PLs) create unique, customizable, flexible shipping solutions.

Called power only trucking, these truckload capacity solutions use advanced freight-matching technology and immense networks to source the truck, driver and trailer separately. Imagine an a la carte solution for your trucking needs.

Power Only Trucking Defined
Power only trucking is a full truckload capacity solution that occurs when a carrier only provides a driver and a truck, meaning shippers or 3PLs either need to provide the trailer or locate one for lease.

Since the driver and truck do not come accompanied by a trailer, they instead hook up to and haul a trailer that is either leased or owned by a 3PL or shipper. By sourcing the driver, truck and the trailer separately, 3PLs can create very flexible transportation solutions.

2 Ways Shippers Use Power Only Trucking Solutions
Though each solution may look slightly different, there are two main ways that 3PLs use power only capacity to add flexibility to shippers’ supply chains.
1. Combining power only capacity with leased trailers
2. Combining power only capacity with the shipper’s trailers

Power Only Carriers vs. Regular Truckload Carriers (How Are They Different?)
Every carrier has the capability to become a power only carrier; this just depends how they utilize and disperse their limited driver capacity.
Whenever a trucking company supplies a shipper or 3PL with only a truck and a driver (no trailer), they are functioning as a power only carrier.

Power only carriers can haul multiple trailer types:
• Dry vans
• Flatbeds & open deck trailers
• Refrigerated trailers
• Shipping containers

3 Reasons Why Shippers Use 3PLs for Power Only Trucking
Whether you combine power only trucking with leased trailers, or use it to haul your own equipment, it can add unlimited flexibility to your network. With large, diverse carrier networks and advanced load-matching technology, 3PLs are uniquely positioned to source power only capacity.

Flexibility – Wherever you need to ship, even on short notice, a 3PL can find a power only carrier to haul it.
Scalability – A 3PL is not limited to the physical assets of one carrier network. They can easily scale up capacity (power only and/or leased trailer) and pare down with your needs.
Versatility – Whether you’re rebalancing your equipment network or moving warehouses, a 3PL can build a power only solution that gives you flexible drop capacity.

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Written by:
Tim Griffin
Director of Marketing & Media, C.L Services, Inc.

 

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