21.7.2022

Reduce your empty kilometers with the orcas platform

LogisticsTech
Reduce your empty kilometers with the orcas platform

By sennder team, 3 minute read

The logistics industry is turning to digital technologies to meet global environmental targets, create sustainable practices, and reduce waste. Because, let’s face it, shipping and logistics can be inefficient.

Those working in the industry face inefficient routing, unexpected delays, and complex shipping scenarios that lead to Less-than-Truckload (LTL) journeys. It’s all too common to find trucks with an empty or half-full trailer driving hundreds or thousands of kilometers when they can’t easily find another load for the return.

Empty trucks waste valuable (and limited) resources, not to mention, increasing the transportation industry’s already too large carbon footprint. Statista estimates that shipping contributes 11 percent of CO2 emissions worldwide.

Luckily, there are solutions to help source new shipments quickly and easily, which help to reduce empty kilometers, and their related waste.

In a recent survey conducted by Convoy, 69 percent of participants said reducing “empty miles” is a top priority.

Half-empty or half-full, either way it’s a waste

“Deadhead,” “Empty miles,” or “Empty KMs” – No matter what you call them, these trips are inefficient, and expensive. They result in lost revenue, higher operating costs (including driver salaries, fuel, and toll charges), in addition to increased transportation fees for everyone, from the carrier to the consumer.

While it might seem easy to avoid, truckers drive empty (or LTL) for a number of complex reasons. Two of the most common are related to the geographic distribution of loads, and the inaccessibility of nearby orders. The first occurs when shipment flows are unbalanced. For example, in the summer large amounts of fresh produce are shipped from specific growing areas. These growing areas do not receive equal amounts of incoming shipments, creating an imbalance of outgoing and incoming loads.

The second cause, lack of access to nearby and available loads headed in the same direction, is equally common but more preventable. Searching for and matching drivers to loads can be a complicated, time-consuming task. But the solution is simple enough with access to the right technology. With up-to-date, user-friendly, and detailed data, finding the right loads becomes a piece of cake. Simply put, using a digital platform that offers real-time visibility, takes the stress out of the “search and match”.

Finding the right loads, right when you need them

sennder makes finding new loads straightforward. With the digital carrier platform, orcas, fleet operators can find loads tailored to their needs, make more informed decisions, and get paid faster.


orcas is a real-time, self-service, carrier platform. It features a fleet planner with "add truck, trailer, and driver" options for maximum ease and efficiency, in addition to these helpful tools:

  • Marketplace: manages freight based on your preferences. Smart algorithms suggest loads, trip bundles, and automates manual processes to save time and money

  • Transport Management: enables carriers to use their assets (drivers, trucks, time) efficiently and effectively

  • Order Visualization: organizes all sennder and non-sennder orders in a simple-to-understand presentation

orcas streamlines the driver experience and simplifies daily tasks with real-time GPS tracking and status updates, while providing detailed information on assigned orders.

Algorithmic load bundling, like the one used by orcas, reduces time spent searching available loads, and combines them into already optimized trips, reducing costs by 5-20 percent.

Imagine a Full-Truck-Load (FTL) future

If you’re like millions of truck drivers and fleet operators around the world, you’re either self-employed or work for small businesses, meaning it isn’t easy to coordinate multiple routes and avoid waste. It can literally take hours to arrange loads with brokers and find listings on manual boards, taking up valuable on-the-road time. If you’re a dispatcher, you might have a limited view of available, potential shipments, making it hard to make the most efficient choice about return route loads.

This kind of work is streamlined with machine learning algorithms, which is what sennder’s technology provides: optimized load bundles, accessible in an easy-to-use platform.


Click here to build efficiency and reduce “empty KMs” with orcas.