You know as a freight brokerage owner or executive that when your freight brokers are successful, your company is successful. When your freight brokers have the information they need right at their fingertips, they can be more productive, which reduces your operating costs and helps you grow your gross margins. Trucker Tools’ Smart Capacity software gives your brokers the power to find capacity in true real-time. With access to carrier capacity in real-time, they can cover loads faster and digitize their communications with carriers. As a result, your business becomes more efficient and profitable.
Read on to learn how you can give your brokers superpowers with Trucker Tools’ Smart Capacity.
Sourcing capacity with Smart Capacity is a much faster and more efficient process than working the phones, email and load boards to cover a load. Trucker Tools’ technology platform connects brokerages like yours with the nearly 2 million drivers and 250,000 carriers drivers using Trucker Tools’ driver and carrier technology — in real-time. This connection has created a real-time marketplace that matches brokers looking for trucks with carriers and drivers looking for loads. Smart Capacity’s artificial intelligence does the heavy lifting by automatically matching loads from your TMS with available truckload capacity, improving its matches over time. Freight brokers also have the option to manually search for capacity based on carrier name, lane, dates and/or distance from the load pickup point.
The ability to negotiate rates digitally saves time for the carrier/driver and your freight brokers, making it a true win-win. When you post loads to Smart Capacity, you can make the loads viewable to in-network and/or out-of-network carriers. If a carrier or owner operator sees one of your loads in the Trucker Tools app or carrier platform, they can send you a digital rate quote with just a few taps or clicks on their device. When your brokers receive digital rate quotes, they can reply to the quote within Smart Capacity with just a few clicks. Brokers also can use Smart Routes, a new Smart Capacity feature, to automatically send certain carriers info on a lane’s loads with a few clicks in Smart Capacity, as well.
In this industry, time is a valuable commodity. Book-It-Now®, Trucker Tools’ automated booking tool, saves freight brokers, carriers and owner operators time plain and simple. If your brokers post loads as Book-It-Now® loads to Smart Capacity, they give carriers and drivers the opportunity to digitally book those loads through Trucker Tools’ app and carrier platform at a preferred listed rate. Owner operators and carriers also have the option to send your brokers a digital counteroffer on Book-It-Now® loads. When one of your Book-It-Now® loads is booked via the app or carrier platform, the appointment is automatically scheduled in your TMS and an email confirmation is sent to the driver/carrier. The email confirmation includes backhaul suggestions and future loads that match the carrier/driver’s preferences and type of trailer.
Smart Capacity not only functions as a digital capacity marketplace where freight brokers can connect with drivers and carriers. Smart Capacity also is a powerful carrier relationship management platform that includes tools to help your freight brokers find new, qualified carriers and build out your carrier network. When your brokers perform a general capacity search in Smart Capacity or use the platform’s matching algorithm, they can choose to only see trucks from carriers that have already been onboarded with your company. Giving your freight brokers the power to search for capacity from already-onboarded carriers makes it easy for them to offer specific types of loads to carriers that you hope to bring into your network. It’s worth noting that increasing carrier utilization also reduces the time and human resources that you devote to new carrier onboarding, which is another efficiency win.
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