How Will Technology Affect the Future of Freight?

Posted September 18, 2018 by Administrator in Transportation | 0 comments

For the last half-century, truck drivers and carriers booked their oversize loads through traditional methods such as by phone, fax, or email. However, recent data suggests this is poised to change. While three-quarters of individuals have had positive experiences with traditional brokers, almost as many (73%) would like it if they never had to use one again. What this indicates is the system works, but it doesn’t work as well as drivers and carriers would prefer. Seeing an opening for opportunity, innovators jumped onto the scene.

Understanding the Proliferation of the Online Freight Marketplace

When people began booking their freight online, 77% indicated the experience was superior to traditional brokers. This is unsurprising as booking their trips online netted 61% of them more money. Of those who have not yet tried booking freight online, 81% indicated they would like to try it. When asked why they dislike traditional brokers, carriers gave the following responses:

  • 53% of drivers indicated traditional brokers were missing information or provided wrong information about the freight
  • 50% of drivers reported poor communication with traditional brokers
  • 40% of drivers received their payments late from traditional brokers
  • 29% never received payment at all from traditional brokers
  • 28% received unfair compensation from traditional brokers for their work

When asked what features they liked and required of the online marketplace, carriers indicated the following:

  • 28% of carriers indicated fast pay and no factoring fees was most important
  • 25% specified better information about freight
  • 20% prefer the online marketplace’s pricing transparency

Another benefit of the online marketplace is carriers don’t have to spend as much time locating their next load. They also often receive a higher rate of pay per mile. One of the biggest examples of the online freight marketplace is Uber Freight. Launched over a year ago, Uber Freight helps match carriers to shippers much like the traditional ride service matches riders with drivers. Uber Freight allows drivers and carriers to apply filters for location, drive distance, and more to identify loads that meet their needs.

With the shifting trucking landscape, it can be difficult for trucking companies to keep up with new technology. If your trucking business is struggling to adapt to new industry changes, Cline Wood can help. Contact us to learn more about running your business as effectively as possible.

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