Pick-up and removal, distribution: what does it mean?

“Pick-up”, “collection”, “distribution”: these terms are all part of the daily life of road haulage professionals. In concrete terms, they refer to the stages in the supply chain through which all shipments pass. Would you like to know what a pick-up round or distribution phase is? We’ll explain it all in a few words.

Your carrier's pick-up, or pick-up tour

Your carrier may speak of a ” pick-up” or “collection round ” to refer to the phase during which he loads the merchandise at the shipper’s premises. This collection can take place on a daily basis, although we also carry out occasional pick-ups on a case-by-case basis.

Daily pick-up is organized for customers (shippers) with large shipping volumes. Together with their transport and logistics provider, they schedule collections several times a week. This choice facilitates the organization of collections, as there’s no longer any need to order a carrier for each round: the collection is part of the planning and transportation schedule. It also means shorter delivery times, because regularity makes it easier for the carrier to organize and plan routes.

Instead, we use occasional pick-ups to meet specific needs that are not usual or identical from one pick-up to the next.

Please note: when you schedule a pickup with your professional carrier, you are still responsible for packaging your goods. If the pallets are not properly constructed, for example, the driver is entitled to refuse to accept them into the truck. If the goods weigh less than 3 tons in all, you load them yourself, under the direction of the driver, who gives you advice and secures them inside the vehicle.

Parcel and goods distribution at a glance

Parcel distribution is thenext stage in goods transport, involving the delivery of parcels or pallets to the final recipient. The term distribution logistics is used here to describe the work involved in making deliveries as quickly and cheaply as possible.

The carrier must organize distributions from pick-up to delivery to unloading. There are a number of key management issues:

  • Collaboration with all stakeholders, who need to have all the information they need in good time.
  • Compliance with customer specifications, both in terms of quality and quantity (meeting deadlines, avoiding too many load breaks, simplifying administration and speeding up transshipment stages as much as possible).
  • Cost reduction: choice of routes with the fewest possible kilometers, reduction in empty returns, pooling through grouping/unbundling.
  • Reducing disputes through careful transport, securing and handling of goods.


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