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4 Benefits in Leveraging Technology to Optimize Truckload Shipments

4 benefits in leveraging technology to optimize Truckload shipmentsThe freight market is volatile by nature, but more so now than ever. After all, capacity is tight and all evidence points to an ever-increasing crunch. A whopping 50,000 shortage of drivers could well exceed 100,000 by 2021 due to an aging driver population, long, lonely hours on the road, and pay that isn’t commensurate with a demanding lifestyle. Couple this with a strong US economy expecting more growth, and you have a recipe for disruption.

The freight market is volatile by nature, but more so now than ever. After all, capacity is tight and all evidence points to an ever-increasing crunch. A whopping 50,000 shortage of drivers could well exceed 100,000 by 2021 due to an aging driver population, long, lonely hours on the road, and pay that isn’t commensurate with a demanding lifestyle. Couple this with a strong US economy expecting more growth, and you have a recipe for disruption.

In Food Logistics, Robert Nathan reports on the possibility for 3PLs in a market where adoption of new technology will ultimately separate those who flourish from those who fizzle out. Nathan writes that “a successful 3PL understands that technology and service are becoming synonymous, that specialization is key to growth, and that we are living in a “nowhere to run, nowhere to hide” world in terms of service and transparency.”

Here at Opus9, we aren’t just technology-focused. We study, invest in, and adopt advanced and innovative technologies. In fact, our online freight booking platform creates an online environment that streamlines processes and drastically reduces the time, inefficiency, and cost in finding the right truck for a particular load.

Most shippers don’t fully yet recognize the benefits new and advanced technology offers. Optimization of truckload shipments is one area where innovative technology makes a difference in both customer satisfaction and increased efficiency.

Let’s take a look at four benefits of using a digital freight broker for your shipping needs.

Save time: On average it takes a shipper up to 15 phone calls and emails to book a single truck. That's a lot of manual effort for something that can be simplified. For instance, with Opus9, you can get Truckload and LTL freight quotes instantly. No sign up required, no questions asked. Rate shop all you want! When you're ready, book a truck in minutes. Yes, it's as simple as that!

Find the right partner: By leveraging technology we are better able to find the right carrier for the right load based on lane preferences and equipment needs.

Visibility and tracking: Visibility is all the buzz in the freight industry and for good reason. Shippers need to know the freight status and location of their shipments - things as crucial as knowing the pick-up and delivery-times, in-transit updates, with GPS/ELD tracking.

Automation: When we fully automate the quoting, booking, tracking, documentation and payment, we reduce human interaction (and error) in transactions. Instead of providing support in things is manual and can be automated, we focus our efforts in providing a superior customer service.

Leveraging technology towards optimization is a winning proposition for shippers. Adopting digital shipping practices accelerate transaction speeds, eliminate opportunities for error, and improve predictability, quality, and visibility. Shippers save valuable time and money!

 

Dec 1 | Posted by Opus9

Topics: Refrigerated, Truckload, Dry Van, Flatbed, Holidays

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