Maximizing Truckloads: Industrial Packaging Combats Gas Prices

(Contributing Information from Damage Prevention Specialist, Richardson Garrett with IPS Packaging)

Maximizing Industrial Packaging Gas Prices and Bottom Line Costs with Truckloads.

With gas prices skyrocketing 33.1 percent from the previous year (New York Times), flooding of the Mississippi impacting the logistics of transportation schedules and overall inflation continuing to rise, businesses are beginning to analyze their beginning to end packaging process. Shipment loads have increased; therefore, the need to maximize loads per truck has also increased. Businesses are searching for a way to transport more on their truckloads, however, issues with weight restrictions make this task difficult.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) has regulated that “federal commercial vehicle maximum standards on the Interstate Highway System” (FHWA) should be:

  • Single Axel: 20,000 pounds
  • Tandem Axle: 34,000 pounds
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 80,000 pounds

**It is important to note that weight and size standards have slight variations depending on particular states, routes, vehicles or operations.

With such tight regulations, shifts in transit can be detrimental to the pockets of business owners. Shifts in transit that contribute to fluctuation with axle weights can be avoided by using different industrial packaging supplies such as dunnage air bags. By using air bags to lock loads in place, the chance of incurring fines at weigh stations drops significantly. With added benefits of damage prevention, air bags not only improve your beginning to end packaging analysis, but they also contribute to corporate and green initiatives for most companies. Backed by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, air bags are a green-friendly product with a purpose.

To schedule a beginning to end analysis of your industrial packaging operation, contact one of our representatives.

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