If you’re new to the world of logistics, welcome! We’re a wonderful community. But as you’ve likely already learned, we have a lot of terms we use that ‘outsiders’ haven’t heard before, such as trailer spotting.
When you need a lot of trailers transported to different places, arranging them efficiently in your yard is absolutely essential. This allows drivers, when they’re ready, to quickly hook and roll rather than needing to rearrange trailers to get back to the one they need or having to look around for minutes or even hours to try to find the one they’re looking for.
Trailer spotting is how that’s all organized. By using a special trailer-spotting tractor, which is more efficient than a standard tractor, the trailer spotter ensures that everything is ready to go for the drivers. This reduces the time drivers need to spend on the yard, maximizing their effective operating time and saving you money, both on wages and on fuel.
But not just any driver can be a trailer spotter; it takes a special set of skills outside of driving. Instead of just focusing on taking a load from point A to point B, the spotter has to look at the entirety of the yard, expected times specific drivers are likely to arrive, and how to organize the trailers to make that process as efficient as possible.
In a sense, the trailer spotter looks at a yard in much the same way a warehouse foreman looks at inventory. The things that go out last go to the back, while the things that need to move out sooner come to the front. When loads come in, the trailer spotter, much like the warehouse foreman, needs to determine where in that grouping the new trailer should go. Is it a quick turn-around and destined for the front? Or will it be sitting there for a bit and need to be out-of-the-way, near the back?
By using effective trailer spotting you’re ensuring your logistics are well tuned to your business, that your business is more efficient, and that you’re getting the most for your money.