In the transportation industry, mobile freight marketplace has become a mainstay for several years now. It has become a big help amongst all the companies that have participated in open freight market to make instant connection to each other through the web. With the open freight market, the freight carriers are covering freight loads but only the ones that aren’t under long term contract. Whether you believe it or not, it’s basically the biggest segment in the truck load freight industry to which 80 percent of trucking companies are taking part that have 20 trucks or maybe less; with this said, rest assure that it’s going to stay for long.
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. The value of freight broker to shipper was the relationship with the certified quality carriers and on how fast they can source the carriers available in hauling the loads.
From the time when stable and fast internet has came to existence, the freight load boards has come next. Freight load boards are sites that are designed mainly to publish info about open market freight loads. They have made it possible for the freight broker in publishing info about the open market freight loads. Through this, freight brokers were able to reach broader audience by just publishing info regarding the loads they can carry.
A minimum distance of around 500 miles or even more is what most these loads can cover. In relation to the sizes, this could be about FTL or Full Truck Load or LTL meaning Less Than Truckload. Here, it can be a standard freight that can be loaded into a standard 53 feet freight or van trailer which may sometimes demand special equipment such as flatbed, drop deck, curtain side, refrigerated, bulk hopper or other trailers that is made only for that cargo that should 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.
Mobile freight marketplace was a big step in the freight industry from the time it has become available. 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 who’s complaining because in the end, load boards are able to deliver its purpose.