The process of matching trucks and freight has grown over the years. It started with load boards and now uses web-based load matching tools. Recent technology has allowed carriers, shippers, brokers, and third-party logistics providers to use cloud based applications to get their information about trucks or loads and to do so very quickly.
The type of information online load boards offer has also evolved. In the beginning, it was mostly limited to equipment availability, load availability and contact phone numbers. Now, these services also provide rate information, carrier and broker qualification information and even “Yelp-type reviews on brokers,” Sikes adds.
Online load boards were first introduced in 1995 and now there are over 40 different applications on the market today. Here is a short list of providers who have entered the market recently.
- Truck It Smart, Haines City, Fla.
- ComFreight, Long Beach, Calif
- Post.Bid.Ship., Scottsdale, Ariz.
- Cargomatic, Venice, Calif.
- 10-4 Systems, Boulder, Colo
- Apex Capital Corp., Ft. Worth Read more…
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