Empty Miles Program: A Win-Win Collaboration Between Shippers And Trucking Companies
Empty Miles is an online portal which matches empty trucks with companies that want to ship cargo on the return route, thus saving money and reducing fuel consumption.
More than a quarter of the trucks on US roads drive empty for their return trip home after they have made their initial delivery, resulting in a waste of fuel, money and time and contributing to greenhouse emissions. To address this age old concern, the Voluntary Interindustry Commerce Solutions Association or VICS, brought together some of the country’s largest retailers and trucking companies to initiate a new online backhaul solution called Empty Miles. The site matches a company’s trucks that are returning empty with another company’s potential cargo that can be collected and delivered along the return route, thereby saving money, generating revenue and reducing fuel consumption for participating companies.