Despite recent advances in AI and machine learning-driven technology, operational inefficiencies still abound in the supply chain. These inefficiencies collectively cost us trillions of dollars each year. If you’re wondering what are the inefficiencies that still exist in the supply chain, there are many. Poor supply chain visibility, an over-dependence on manual processes and the inability to quickly draw meaningful conclusions from available data all hamper greater supply chain efficiency. The inherent complexity and fragmented nature of the trucking industry make these challenges particularly acute for freight brokers.
Trucker Tools’ real-time visibility platform, digital freight matching and Book It Now® reduce inefficiencies for you, your shippers and your carrier partners. With Trucker Tools’ innovative, real-time technology, you can increase visibility, automate resource-heavy processes and access actionable insights — while boosting your margins and strengthening carrier and shipper relationships.
Business Continuity Institute’s 2017 report on global supply chain resilience found that 69 percent of respondents lack full visibility of their supply chains. If you’re like many freight brokers, you have trouble providing visibility to your shippers once their freight is loaded on a truck. But, as Ashley Coker, FreightWaves’ associate editor, notes, shoddy freight visibility is no longer an option. “Freight visibility is no longer considered a premium benefit the best brokers offer their shippers,” says Coker. “It is simply an expectation that most brokers struggle to meet.”
If you’re struggling with freight visibility, consider implementing Trucker Tools’ real-time visibility platform in your brokerage operations. Trucker Tools’ real-time visibility platform leverages the GPS of the trucker’s smart phone and Trucker Tools’ powerful driver app to provide you with automatic, highly accurate load location updates every five minutes. You don’t have to call the carrier dispatcher to find out where your shipper’s freight is when it’s en route. Simply view the progress of a truck and its freight in real-time on your computer screen. Trucker Tools’ real-time visibility platform even can be integrated with shippers’ visibility platforms (MacroPoint, 10/4, FourKites, Project44) to facilitate visibility data sharing with your shippers.
Emailing carriers, posting loads on load boards and using phone calls to find quality truck capacity are all woefully inefficient. These methods for finding capacity aren’t real-time, which is a problem. The load you posted on a load board fifteen minutes ago may have already been booked, so when a carrier calls you about that same load, you have to explain that it’s already gone and find another load for the carrier. That takes time and time is precious in this business.
Trucker Tools’ Smart Capacity digital load matching reduces the time that you spend on finding trucks. Smart Capacity’s digital load matching matches your open loads with trucks from your preferred carriers. Our load matching shows you the best matches at the top of the list, so you’re not wasting time with carriers who don’t meet your requirements. You also may search for available truck capacity within your own private, customized carrier network in seconds by location/lane, date/time, type of truck/freight and carrier name.
Instead of onboarding a new carrier for every load you broker, Trucker Tools’ Smart Capacity helps you leverage existing carrier relationships and see quickly and easily in real-time where truck capacity is available. Smart Capacity’s predictive load matching lets you book truck capacity in the future, before trucks are ever posted publicly, which gives you a major advantage over your competitors.
You can boost efficiency even further with Trucker Tools’ automated load booking tool, Book It Now®. With Book It Now®, you give specific carriers the ability to book your loads directly in Trucker Tools’ free driver app. The loads you list in Trucker Tools’ digital freight matching platform are viewable by carriers in our free driver app and include all the details carriers need to book your loads without sending an email, visiting a load board or making a phone call. When a carrier books a load with Book It Now® in Trucker Tools’ driver app, the load is automatically booked in your transportation management system. The trucker/carrier dispatcher receives an automated email confirming the booking details.
The benefit of Book It Now® is that it greatly reduces the time and resources you need to secure truck capacity. Brokers and 3PLs who use Book It Now® in their operations are increasing their operational efficiency significantly. Greater efficiency around booking truck capacity means you can use your resources for other tasks, such as shipper service and carrier development. Carriers love Book It Now® because it helps them operate more efficiently, as well. They also like that they can search for loads and book them with Book It Now® 24 hours/day and seven days/week on their schedule. They don’t have to wait for you call them back or respond to their messages.
Read our white paper on how to Leverage the Power of Agile Technology To Weather COVID-19 and Gain a Competitive Edge for the Future. To learn more about how Trucker Tools can help you reduce inefficiencies in your brokerage, schedule a demo with our sales team.