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The Benefits of Pooling Distribution

What if someone told you that you could significantly reduce your transportation spend and, at the same time, increase your service levels to customers by reducing the transit times and your carbon footprint. It sounds too good to be true, right? What if they then said that the concept has been around for years and it is being used by some of the top retailers in the US?

The Benefits of Pooling Distribution

Enter the Pooling concept. The Pooling concept is where a group of shipments that are bound for the same region that normally would have shipped via Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) carrier are “Pooled” together, or consolidated onto a full trailer or trailers, shipped to key markets, and then deconsolidated to make the final leg of the delivery. The shipments share a ride on a cheaper mode of transportation for the majority of the trip. The concept can be applied at both the origin and the destination of the shipping lane. At the beginning of the trip, it is called Pool Consolidation and at the end it is referred to as Pool Distribution.

According to Joey Aboussie, President, Transport Logistics Inc. (TLI), “Pool Distribution combines the benefits of full truckload shipments with the efficiencies of time sensitive local/regional deliveries.” We’ll talk more about the benefits of this method but for now, “shipments enjoy an exceptionally cost effective solution for the vast majority of the shipping distance.”

The concept is not new it has been employed for many years. Some of us even apply the concepts in our daily lives. Car pooling is applied in much the same way and offers similar benefits on a personal level as Pooling does in shipping. It is cheaper: less fuel is used and less depreciation and wear on vehicles. It is generally quicker as most congested routes offer HOV lanes that can be utilized by car pools. It reduces the carbon footprint: less total miles driven = less fuel consumption = less carbon emissions.

Many Fortune 500 companies have utilized Pooling for years. Even setting up their own systems and processes to take advantage of the savings generated by consolidating shipments for a region onto a single truck. The typical drawback for smaller companies from utilizing this concept is limited density and/or volume. They may simply lack enough stores in a geographic region (density) to generate enough product to fill a truck bound for a particular region (volume). Nor do they have the infrastructure, systems and technology to coordinate such an effort. Teaming with a 3PL provider that specializes in Pooling services through an experienced carrier network is the best way to take advantage of these cost saving concepts.

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