I've been in trucking for a while and after years of complaining about the overall inefficiencies in trucking, I decided to create a project to help. We can work smarter to increase trucker's profits while reducing the costs of shipments. The project is called "The Truck Board". This tool gives users the ability to quickly source truck, trailer, and driver capacity, no matter how specific the equipment or qualification needs may be. There are 2 Boards - The BACKHAUL BOARD shows the equipment specifics and where a trucker is, or will be, and where that trucker wants to go. If no backhaul truckers are available, the EQUIPMENT BOARD shows everything the same, based on where truckers live.
How the dispatching process works for truck transportation:
When shippers and freight brokers have a load or loads, what is the process for getting that load covered? The process differs between the operations of all businesses, but, generally speaking, finding a truck consists of some basic options: call or email a carrier, call or email a freight broker, and/or post the load on a "load board". Load Boards are typically the most effective, and most convenient, way to find truck coverage. As 3rd Party Logistics companies have become more popular over time to handle one aspect, or even all of a companies' transportation needs, auction boards and transportation auctions are being used. The direction has always been toward finding the most convenient way for shippers and brokers to source the cheapest carrier that can handle a particular load. All these options achieve the same goal, which is to get a shipment covered, but there are problems with each one:
-The problem with calling and emailing the carriers directly is that most carriers have multiple agencies, all with their own internal fleets, that make up the company. Every agency would have to be contacted individually to find out if the capacity is available. Calling truckers directly means calling dozens of truckers to be told that they are already booked. The time that it takes is what deters most from this being their primary option.
-The problem with calling or emailing freight brokers comes with many of the same problems as calling the carriers directly - the time it takes to contact each one and then find out that they are unable to source capacity for their budgeted amount. Sometimes multiple brokers are contacted for a shipment at the same time, which creates its own set of potential issues such as double-booking shipments.
-The problem with transportation auctions is that they are usually emailed, as invitations, to company representatives. These representatives must be able to quickly source the capacity and availability of company fleets and agencies of sometimes over 500 trucks. If these reps are busy or have bad internet connections, the auction goes unseen.
-The problem with load boards is that they were designed to give truckers the opportunity to find and book their own loads. This puts truckers in a rushed state of mind to book the load before competitors, often creating unsafe situations when trying to secure a load while driving. Also, it costs them a good bit of money every month just to be able to view the available loads. If a trucker wants to maximize his or her opportunities with load boards, it will cost about $1000/month just for the recommended top 4.
So how can these problems be eliminated while maximizing the opportunities for truckers and carriers? The TRUCK BOARD. A tool that gives shippers, brokers, and dispatchers the ability to actively find truckers and carriers, looking to travel in certain directions, with the most specific equipment and credentials, to handle their shipments. It's easy to use but impressively detailed.