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. Open freight market is all about freight loads that are covered by the freight carriers but not 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. 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. 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. It lets the freight broker have broader reach in 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. As for the load sizes, it can be an 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. Freight load board is made in a certain fashion that carriers looking for freight can check as per location, distance and the type of freight.
Mobile freight marketplace was a big step in the freight industry from the time it has become available. It made communication faster and seamless. 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 sites whether you believe it or not have not changed the user screen or even the premium sites look the same. But this shouldn’t be a problem so long as it meets its purpose.