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How Truckers are Taking Advantage of the Mobile Freight Marketplace?

The mobile freight marketplace has now a mainstay in the transportation industry for more than a decade now. They’ve helped tons of different companies that are participating in open freight market in connecting to each other through the internet. With the open freight market, the freight carriers are covering freight loads but only the ones that aren’t under long term contract. It’s basically the biggest segment of truck load freight industry and with 80 percent of the trucking companies with less than 20 trucks, open freight market is for sure here to stay.

But before the existence of freight load boards, freight brokers working for shippers or the shippers themselves need to directly call the freight carriers in person to be able to source the available truck capacity in hauling the freight loads. In all actuality, the value of freight broker to shipper was more of how fast carriers can be sourced in hauling the loads and certified and quality carriers.

But from the time when fast and stable internet came to place, freight load boards followed next. As a matter of fact, websites of freight load boards are designed in a way that the published info regarding the open market freight loads are easily seen. For this, freight brokers can now publish valuable info on the open market freight loads. Simply by publishing info regarding the loads they can carry, freight brokers were able to reach wider audience.

A big number of loads that are being posted on these freight load boards go a minimum distance of 500 miles or even more. In relation to the sizes, this could be about FTL or Full Truck Load or LTL meaning Less Than Truckload. They might be standard freight which may be hauled in a 53 feet van trailer or freight which is standard and can require specialized equipment like flatbed, drop deck, curtain side, refrigerated, bulk hopper or other trailers specifically designed to the cargo that has to be hauled. The freight load board is intentionally made in a manner that it allows carriers to filter their search based on distance, freight type and location.

The first time it becomes available to consumers, mobile freight marketplace were a big leap for freight industry. They made it possible to have faster communication regarding the spot market. On the other hand, with the continuous advancements and developments of internet technology for the past few decades, freight load boards have done a bit in improving their services or its platforms to make the most of new technologies. Most of these sites haven’t changed in user screens and even most of the premium sites look the same. But this shouldn’t be a problem so long as it meets its purpose.

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