One of the primary driving forces behind freight weight / cubical verification is to recover lost transportation revenue of the under declared weight and lightweight shipments. Except on rare occasions, carriers could not afford to spot check freight size and weight. Traditional methodology involved the use of the floor scale, a tape measure, calculator and notepad. Moving the loads to the floor scale, measuring each dimension; one had to then multiply them together, convert to cubic meters or feet and then multiply by the density factor. If there were more than one skid load of different dimensions, as is the case in typical LTL operations, the whole process becomes time consuming. In addition, combined with the tight cutoff times and manpower budgeting, it pushed the procedure to the back burner.
Therefore, capturing the required verification information was too often not done and revenue and profits were lost. This is a big issue in the freight transportation industry.
The process of collecting measurements of a shipment and then calculating the dimensional weight to compare it to a gross weight can be very effectively integrated into the daily operation today. The increased revenue will keep the freight transportation operation profitable.