Freight Handling Technology

Old Dominion Freight Line has been a leader in shipping technology for over 80 years. We leverage a number of state-of-the-art freight handling technologies to help manage global shipments more efficiently. Our technologies have helped us earn a sterling reputation for our on-time domestic shipping service record to 98 percent of the United States.

descartes system

Descartes System

The Descartes system allows consolidation and swapping of routes. This helps Old Dominion Freight Line improve productivity, determine what staffing is needed, and provide much more detailed routing. This system also allows us to:

  • Determine what freight needs to be worked first
  • Determine in what door to load to maximize reduced transit times
  • Increase P&D efficiency to reduce costs
  • Render maps so that customer deliveries are planned properly

garvey gun

Garvey Guns

Garvey guns are used to individually mark all cartons with the same customer PRO number to insure the freight arrives at its intended destination. The Garvey pro helps to prevent misdirected freight in the event that the shipper's label falls off or shrink wrap becomes loose.

deck trailers

Deck Trailers

Moveable load bars are used to create multiple levels inside the trailer. These additional levels can hold up to 800 pounds per skid. This system allows us to better protect freight from any possible damage. We are also able to load the trailers more efficiently which in turn lowers our costs, ultimately saving the customer money.

dunnage air bag

Dunnage Air Bags

Air bags are used to help cushion freight from any possible damage. These air bags are inflated as needed by compressors located at the service centers. They are placed around shipments for added protection. Airbags are used in conjunction with the deck trailers, providing shipments with a safer and more secure ride.

Old Dominion Freight Line has been in the freight transportation business for over 80 years. In that time, we've learned to leverage state-of-the-art technologies that help our domestic and global shipping clients manage their cargo and freight efficiently. Need more information about OD Freight Handling Technology? If you wish to speak with a representative at Old Dominion Freight Line, click here to visit our Contact page or simply call 1-800-432-6335.


Attention OD Customers

Our system will be undergoing routine maintenance on Sunday, May 8th from approximately 9:00 a.m. until approximately 12:00 p.m. (EST). Some functions of the website may not be fully available during this time. If you need immediate assistance, call 1-800-432-6335.


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