Logistics Terms To Make You Sound Like A Pro in Out Of Home Marketing Meetings

As in any industry, the logistics and supply chain sector is laden with industry-related terms that can be confusing to outsiders. There are thousands of terms and acronyms in the supply chain dictionary, and that’s before delving into industry-related jargon.

It can take years to study up and become fluent in all the industry related terms. Alternatively, you can read Commoot’s handy guide to logistics and supply chain terminology.

Logistics Terms To Make You Sound Like A Pro

The size and scope of the logistics, supply chain, and freight transportation industries are truly staggering. The industry encompasses the entire globe and is an essential facet to commerce on this planet. In fact, the only organizations that can rival the overall logistics industry regarding size and scope are the world’s militaries. Like the militaries of the world, the logistics industry must function in multiple geographic areas and in multiple languages. As such, both the military and the logistics industry are fond of acronyms and terms that have a precise meaning and are only appropriate in a specific context.

What Are the Most Important or Commonly Used Logistics Acronyms?

Acronyms can be a real P.I.T.N, but their fast and accurate communication capabilities are essential to success in the logistics industry.

Logistics Terms for Transportation Modes

TL & FTL  (Truckload & Full-Truckload)

TL & FTL are shipment of freight that are loaded to a trailer’s maximum capacity, or maximum weight.

LTL (Less-Than-Truckload)

LTL means a shipment of small freight that doesn’t require the use of an entire trailer. LTL is typically utilized when freight weighs between 150 and 15,000 pounds and occupies no more than 10 pallet spaces on the trailer.

INT (Intermodal)

INT or intermodal mean involving two or more different modes of transportation. The most common form of intermodal shipping is a freight train.

OTR (Over-The-Road)

OTR refers to transport mode for shipping materials over long distances, as opposed to local routes.

Logistics Terms for Transportation Organizations

DOT (Department of Transportation)

The federal department responsible for the national highways, railroad and airline safety.

FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration)

The federal agency within the DOT that regulates the trucking industry in the United States.

3PL (Third-Party-Logistics)

Outsourced logistics services encompassing management of one or more facets of procurement, transportation and fulfillment activities.

Logistics Terms for Updates & Operations

TMS (Transportation Management System)

A system or software used in supply chain and warehousing operations to account for inventory, fill customer orders and book transportation.

ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival)

The approximate time a truck, train or shipment is expected to arrive at a location.

POD (Proof of Delivery)

A document used to establish that a shipment is received in full.

BOL (Bill of Lading)

A legal document that lists the details of a shipment in the form of a receipt given by the carrier to the person consigning the goods.

SKU(Stock Keeping Unit)

A product identification code used to track inventory items, often displayed as a barcode.

What Are the Most Important Logistics Terms?

Comprehension of logistics terminology improves overall efficiency and ensures clear communication across a range of different channels, platforms and individuals. Fluency in logistics terminology however, portrays confidence and a complete understanding of the industry in which you conduct business.

Organizations & Departments

Carrier

A commercial business used to transport various types of freight shipments to and from customers and suppliers.

Dispatch

Orchestrates freight, driver and equipment movement from one place to another while keeping close communication with drivers.

Broker

An intermediary between a freight shipper and a carrier who can transport their freight. Brokers are used to connect carriers and trucks to shipment that need transportation.

Truck, Trailer, & Driver

Driver

The individual behind the wheel of the tractor-trailer. The “driver” is not necessarily the owner of the truck, or the motor carrier company who operates it.

Team

A mode of freight shipping in which two drivers alternate shifts driving the same truck with the goal of reducing transit time and delivering a shipment sooner.

Owner-Operator

Self-employed commercial truck driver or a small business owner that operates tractor-trailers for the transporting of freight shipments.

Sleeper Cab

A compartment attached to the cabin of a truck used for rest or sleeping. Alternately used to describe any tractor-trailer in which a sleeper cab is attached.

Day Cab

A tractor-trailer in which no sleeper cab is attached to the cabin of the truck. Alternately used to describe any tractor-trailer in which a sleeper cab is not attached.

Bobtail/Bobtailing

Driving a tractor without a trailer attached

Reefer

A trailer used to transport temperature-sensitive goods. Includes a refrigeration unit and corresponding insulating material.

Van (48’ or 53’)

A standard semi-trailer used to transport non-temperature sensitive freight. A basic van trailer is 53’ feet long, though 48’ trailers are not uncommon and frequently used in local and LTL deliveries.

Bulk & Bulk Trailer

A type of cargo that is transported unpackaged in large quantities and requiring of a trailer designed to such cargo.

Shipping Container

A large standardized freight container designed for intermodal freight transport. Shipping containers are easily transition from ship to rail to truck without the need to unload the container.

Lane

The route routinely served by the carrier.

Backhaul

A route or shipment that returns a carrier to its primary area of operations. A backhaul shipment generally cost less to secure as it is the preferred shipment for most carriers.

Headhaul

The highest revenue generating shipping lane from shipper to receiver.

Drayage

The transport of freight over a short distance, typically from a rail yard or port to the final destination.

Drop & Hook

When a driver “drops” their trailer at a designated location and “hooks” to another trailer.

Freight & Facilities

Freight

Generally refers to cargo that is palletized for shipment.

Shipper

The origin location of a shipment. The shipper is not necessarily the freight owner.

Consignee

The destination location of a shipment. The consignee is not necessarily the freight owner.

Blocking and Bracing

The method used to secure freight inside a trailer or shipping container.

Cube

Refers to the amount of space inside a trailer or shipping container expressed in volume.

Lumper

A business, service or individual who is paid to load and unload freight.

Gross Weight

The total weight of a shipment of freight, including all packaging and pallets.

Net Weight

The weight of a freight shipment without any packaging or pallets.

Pricing & Rates

Linehaul

Refers to the standard cost of moving freight from one location to another, usually city-to-city.

Tariff

Establishes the cost and contract of a freight shipment between the shipper and the carrier.  

Capacity

Refers to a carrier’s ability to transport specific freight. Capacity is subject to freight seasons, fluctuations in fuel costs, and the availability of trucks and drivers.

Now that you know how to “talk the talk” you can sling freight with the best of them and “walk the walk” straight into logistics success. Commoot makes it easy for brands to utilize truck space to deliver engaging, captivating advertising. Learn more today! 

How Truck Drivers Can Earn More Money

Trucking is tough. It’s one of the toughest jobs in North America, and truthfully, one of the least appreciated. What’s more, the trucking industry has an over 80% attrition rate, which means those truckers who stick it our are the toughest of the tough.

Truckers are the lifeblood of America; they deliver the freight that keeps our economy a float, But how do truckers keep themselves a float when times are tough, and load boards are empty?

Through guile, determination, and thinking outside the box.

Earn More Money Tip 1: CDL Endorsements

You’ve already got one CDL endorsement, why not earn some more so you can “Earn Some More”

CDL endorsements certify that you have completed the proper training and have been certified to carry specific types of freight. They enable truck drivers to drive specialized trucks or transport freight that requires special care.

By earning another endorsement you also increase your; eligibility for a higher rate, the range of loads you are certified to haul, and value as a driver. The different CDL endorsements that are beneficial to trucker drivers include:

  • CDL – H: required for vehicles containing hazardous materials.
  • CDL – N: required to drive tank vehicles.
  • CDL – T: required to  to tow a double or triple trailer.
  • CDL – X: required to to haul hazmat and tank vehicles.

Earn More Money Tip 2: Train Other Drivers

There is no better way to hone your own skills than by teaching what you know to the next generation. Training new drivers is a great way to earn addition revenue, and the best part is you can train other drivers while earning money on a load.


If you own your truck, and are certified to train CDL student drivers, then you are already half way to earning some extra revenue. If training new drivers in your rig doesn’t sound appealing than you can always hook up with one of the many CDL driving schools as an instructor.

Earn More Money Tip 3: Carrier Bonuses

Many carriers offer bonuses to their CDL drivers. You could be eligible to earn extra money by systematically attacking the various bonuses.

Safety Bonuses are awarded to drivers who can move materials without any hassle, and they pay big! Demonstrating long drives without accidents, or complaints can lead you to collect the big bucks.

Fuel Efficiency Bonuses are awarded to drivers who save fuel wherever, and whenever possible.

Mileage Bonuses are awarded to drivers that hit a certain mileage amount within a month’s window.

Clean DOT inspections Bonuses are awarded to drivers who pass their required DOT inspection, which means they are driving their rigs efficiently, safely and responsibly.

Earn More Money Tip 4: Multiple Driving Roles

Looking to switch up your driving role. Good idea. Switching driving roles adds more than variety to your career, it adds dollar signs to your salary. With the proper certifications a driver could take on multiple roles, carry virtually any type of freight, and never driver empty again.

Solo OTR Drivers are the majority of the trucking industry. Solo OTR drivers typically earn $40,000 to $45,0002 depending on carrier company.

Team OTR Drivers work in pairs and switch off driving duties driving while the other rests. This method of switching off allows the truck to move longer distances, or arrive faster, which typically means more money.

Dedicated Drivers are consigned to make runs and deliveries for a single company. They have a specified route for that company, carrying only that company’s freight.

Owner-Operators are what most OTR drivers aspire to be. Owner-operators have worked their way up to be their own boss and call all the shots! Owner-operators run their own fleet of professional CDL truck drivers, sign contracts directly with companies, and earn $100,000 plus a year!

Earn More Money Tip 5: Lease Your Unused Ad Space

Arguably the best way for a truck driver to rake in the extra revenue is by utilizing their existing assets to their full money making potential. That 53 foot trailer you haul behind you day in and day out is so much more than a trailer, it’s a mobile billboard and way for you to make money whether you’re loaded or not.

Commoot partners with trucking companies and fleet owners across the country to lease their unused white space on the sides of their shipping containers. Trucking companies and fleet owners benefit from increased revenue, which can be extremely impactful in today’s current economy.

No need to worry about the ‘logistics’ of ad placement. Commoot does all the work for you, while helping you earn more revenue from your unused ad space.

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What is Drop and Hook Trucking?

What is “Drop and Hook” Trucking?

“Drop and hook” is a trucking industry term that refers to when a driver delivers a full container at a warehouse in exchange for an empty container before departing. Drop and hook trucking is not only less expensive than live loading and unloading, it is the preferred method for high-volume shippers and carriers alike. 

How Does Drop and Hook Work?

The drop and hook shipping process begins with a driver who delivers one trailer (drop) at a warehouse. The same driver then moves their empty tractor to another section of the warehouse where they pick up (hook) a loaded trailer. 

The process also works in both directions. A driver can arrive with a trailer that is empty or full and depart with either an empty or fully loaded trailer – the exchange of trailers is all that need take place. 

What are the Benefits of Drop and Hook Shipping

The drop and hook shipping may be a simple process, but it is incredibly useful to both shippers and carriers for a multitude of reasons. Drop and hook is beneficial because it allows freight to move freely between two points, unhindered by the time consuming and expensive process of live loading and unloading. 

A drop trailer program is  beneficial because it has a significant impact on the speed and efficiency of the supply chain. Drop and hook trailer programs enable shippers and carriers to plan more effectively and to better align their schedules for shipping and delivery.

Drop and Hook Benefits for Shippers

Shippers who do not utilize a drop and hook trailer program must coordinate pickups and deliveries with carriers, which leaves very little margin for error. Traffic conditions, weather, breakdowns and other unexpected events can wreak havoc on duty schedules and lead to massive delays. 

Missed appointments lead to late delivery fees, detention fees, and negative vendor scorecards, not to mention costly slow downs in the supply chain. Most importantly, however is how beneficial drop and hook shipping programs are in terms of labor, time, and flexibility.

Less Manual Labor

Drop and hook trailer programs enable shippers to load and unload trailers with a fraction of the labor force they would if they relied on live loading and unloading. Drop and hook trailers are loaded and unloaded far in advance of driver arrival, therefore there is no need to hire extra labor to speed up the process. 

Less Wasted Time 

Drop and hook trailer programs negate the process of live loading and unloaded which is the most time consuming process in the entire supply chain. 

Better Flexibility 

With drop and hook trailer programs, there’s no need to coordinate pick up and delivery appointments. Drivers simply need to arrive in time to drop off one trailer and pick up another.

Drop and Hook Benefits for Carriers

Though drop and hook trailer pools are incredibly beneficial to shippers, they are most beneficial to drivers. Truck drivers are paid by the mile, which means time spent in a loading dock is time spent not making money. 

Let’s not forget that industry regulations limit the amount of time a driver can be on duty. Long shipping lines and missed delivery appointments only make it harder for a truck driver to earn a living. 

Drop and hook programs gives drivers the freedom to drive the way they want to. No live loading means drivers can pick and choose when they start and end their trip. They can opt to avoid heavy traffic by leaving late at night or early in the morning and they can even take a break before arriving at their final delivery. 

Drivers Make More Money with Drop and Hook

Being a professional truck driver is hard work. Drop and hook programs simply make it easier to be a truck driver. Drop and hook drivers spend less time in dock and spend more time on the road, making money. 

If you’re looking for ways to make extra money as a truck driver, drop and hook loads are one of the easiest and most effective methods to rake in some extra bucks. Another way to increase the amount of revenue your truck brings in is Commoot. 

Commoot partners with trucking companies and fleet owners across the country to lease their unused white space on the sides of their shipping containers. Make more money driving by leasing the unused ad space on the side of your trailer. Contact us today for more information.