What is a moving company's "delivery spread"

I am moving from one state to another state. My mover is talking about a "delivery spread" to deliver my shipment. Would you please explain what a "delivery spread is and how it works?

Thanks for your question.

Professional movers utilize a standardized  "transit time guide" to publish their required delivery times for interstate shipments (shipments which must travel from one state to another state within the USA).

A typical mover's tractor-trailer will hold approximately 25,000 pounds of household goods. This means that there will be many shipments on the truck that moves your shipment.

For example, lets assume that your moving truck is going to carry eight (8) different shipments (including your shipment). This means that there will be 8 pickup dates and 8 delivery dates to schedule, and in order to coordinate all of these required pickup and delivery dates professional movers employ "delivery spreads" which is a term used to describe a"window of days" in which your shipment will be delivered.

For example: "2 to 10 days" or "4 to 8 days" are examples of "delivery spreads" and it is important to understand that the mover gets to choose which day (within the specified spread of days) that your shipment will actually be delivered on.

Your delivery spread is not arbitrary; it will be determined by the estimated weight of your shipment and the number of miles from your shipment origin to your shipment destination.

Once again, it is important to understand that the mover gets to choose which day (within the specified delivery spread) that your shipment will actually be delivered on.

Thanks for your great questions and happy moving!

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