When it comes to finding a dedicated loyal friend to help through busy times or when you need to find a new carrier, the freight shipper need not look any further than a good load board.
What is a Load Board?
A load board is a web-based system that allows shippers to list a load that needs to be transported somewhere. The shipper gives details such as “from” and “to” locations, freight size, type and other details, and carriers who can meet the requirements can apply for the job.
Even if you are a shipper with contracts with established carriers, load boards can be a useful tool if problems arise and you need to find a new carrier quickly, or if your number of shipments is growing faster than your carrier’s capacity is, a common occurrence in our improving economy. A load board can help you find one that is reliable and has a good credit record, as well as a good driving record. With the right load board, you loads can be viewed by thousands of drivers across the country. By putting all of the information out there, on both shippers and carriers, a marketplace of moving goods is created, for everyone’s benefit.
Why Would Shippers Use Load Boards?
For shippers, load boards are a way to ship freight and save money on the middleman (or middlewoman), i.e. a freight broker. Freight brokers take care of load postings and find carriers for you. You pay them a percentage, of course, and they take care of finding a reliable carrier to move your freight. They may have their own, independent contracts, but they often use the same load boards to find truckers that you would.
So why, then, would you use a freight broker when you could do it yourself?
You will save money by doing it yourself and many do, but ask yourself this: “How much is my time worth?” How much time would it take for you to find a carrier, negotiate a price, and track your shipment and payments? Multiply that time by the number of loads you have to ship. While a good load board, like Direct Freight, will streamline the process, it will still take time that you may use for other aspects of your business.
For some, it’s worth the savings. For others, using a freight broker gets that part of the job off their proverbial plates so they can concentrate on other ways to make their businesses successful. With all of the useful information included on them, load boards help shippers make decisions that are less risky and more efficient.
Load boards are win-win. Shippers learn whether or not the carrier has a good driving record and has the proper licenses, and the carrier learns whether or not the shipper is reputable and pays carriers in a timely manner.
If you’ve got freight to ship and you don’t have a way to ship it, are unsatisfied with your current carrier, or have more freight than your current carrier can handle, go to www.directfreight.com and try our free 15-day trial and start posting those loads today!