Why Return Loads and Backloads matter

There is nothing worse for an owner driver than unloading a delivery and returning to base with an empty vehicle. The solution is to find loads to transport on your return journey.

After you have dropped off a delivery you may be fortunate enough to pick up a return load or backload which means that the return journey is more fruitful for the driver as he/she is not wasting time and fuel. Return loads and backloads can transform loss into profit for haulage companies.

Owner drivers are often frustrated by having to make drop offs around the country and return empty because there is no backload to carry. This means they aren’t earning money whilst returning to their base location.

Unfortunately neither improved technology nor the availability of haulage exchanges has reduced the number of empty return loads. These have actually increased from 28% ten years ago to over 30% in 2017.

The great news is that owner drivers no longer need to struggle to find backloads for every journey as there are now online databases such as loadie.co.uk which lists up to the minute loads waiting for drivers to collect and deliver.

Apart from the frustration of wasted time and reduced income for the owner driver, empty loads contribute to carbon dioxide emissions which have risen alarmingly. The UK’s haulage industry is responsible for around 20% of the country’s total carbon emissions.

Ambitious carbon reduction targets have been set in the UK but to hit these targets the number of empty return loads needs to be drastically reduced. The 60% plus increase in empty return loads accounts for more CO2 entering the atmosphere than is reduced by the UK’s entire solar power industry.

With the arrival of Loadie you can now reduce your empty return loads and benefit from a new load for each return journey you make following a completed drop off. This is the first real innovation since the arrival of the palletised hub and spoke some twenty five years ago.

What is a Return Load?

When a load is delivered to its destination, if new goods are loaded and transported to the original departure point this is referred to as a return load. A Return load describes any goods in the hold of a transportation vehicle whether it is a car, truck, train, ship or aircraft.

What is a Backload?

A backload is a load that requires transportation from the region you are delivering to, back to your home region. It’s highly profitable to pick up backloads and it’s now possible to receive alerts on your mobile phone advising you on what backloads are immediately available for collection.

Just complete a brief registration process and you will be linked to every single backload available to you. This means you will never need to make a return journey with an empty truck. You will be quids in whilst at the same time doing your bit to protect the environment.

Never Return in an Empty Truck

Loadie does not charge for being on the platform or to send any loads; there are no hidden extras or subscription fees. We promise not to charge any subscription fees at a later date which means what you see on the application is what you get (minus a very small admin fee). We also manage the transaction all the way through so there is no need to invoice the end customer and chase the money.

Our state of the art tracking technology also lets the customer know exactly where you are as soon as you have accepted the role which means they are much more likely to have the load ready. Also the customers are delighted to know exactly when the load will arrive as they can also see within 1 meter where their load is. This is a unique aspect of Loadie technology which is not available on any other courier exchange.