A drop is a situation in which an equipment operator deposits a trailer or boxcar at a facility at which it is to be loaded or unloaded. This term usually applies to freight that is being transported by truck, rail, or ship. When goods are delivered to a drop, the receiving party is responsible for unloading and loading the cargo.
Advantages of a drop over a pickup or delivery include:
- Fewer labor costs, as there is no need for someone to meet the truck or rail car.
- Reduced transportation time, as the cargo does not need to be unloaded and reloaded at every stop.
- Lower chance of damage to the goods, as they are only handled once between the origin and destination.
Drops are a common way to move goods and can save time and money for companies that rely on transportation services.