Containers have a limited amount of ‘free time’ to be emptied. Most go from port or railhead directly to a distribution center.
Wayfair has 3 warehouses within a mile of here, Amazon had 4 between here and Robbinsville, LG electronics has 2; 500,00 square foot places…
We pull around 30,000 containers a year and never take them more than 40 miles form the port…but that’s our thing.
Other’s run long. My last company ran longer trips [10 years ago] paying the operator $1.00 a mile loaded, $0.80 empty but had contacts inland where they terminated the container and came back loaded with a different can.
Hopefully it pays more today.