One of the advantages Matchpoint Auto Transport offers its drivers is the ability to drop cars at our storage facility 9 miles from the port of Wilmington. The port's receiving yard operates Monday through Friday 8am - 4pm so dropping cars in the evening or weekend is not possible. This particular Monday was pretty busy as we delivered 8 units to the port receiving yard and 1 to a New Castle, DE Central American shipping drop.
On the second trip, a little over an hour later, we returned to the port receiving yard with 3 more cars and noticed the new Kaufman trailer and F350 was still parked with the driver still searching loads. By now this driver had been sitting in the transport lot a little over 2 hours searching for loads.
The observation reinforces the value of the dispatch services we provide our drivers. An experienced 3 car wedge truck and driver should be grossing an average of $60-dollars per hour with a net operating margin of at least 45%. Over an average work week of at least 60 combined hours on the drive-line and duty-line, a truck should then gross an average of $3,600 per week, with a net operating margin of $1,620. To achieve this level of profitability running a 3-car wedge combination under 26,000 GVWR, the driver can’t afford to spend several hours sitting and browsing the web. Each hour wasted looking for loads costs the truck $27-dollars an hour of net operating income, or extends the work week by the same amount of time. Either way significant efficiencies are lost.
Obtaining loads and efficient route planning is an ongoing challenge even the most experienced drivers face. For new Carriers, the challenge is significantly greater because there is so much to learn and many brokers won’t send loads to new companies. Matchpoint Auto transport over the past 4 years has directly carried or dispatched to drivers over 5,000 loads, it’s this experience that can help a new carrier short cut the learning curve and keep the wheels of the truck turning instead of the pages on their lap top.