A load board is an online matching system that gives the shippers and the freight brokers an opportunity to post loads, and they are also referred to as freight boards. The system forms a platform through which the freight agents and the carriers can meet and discuss terms and conditions for moving of the loads. A load board is a complicated software that provides a variety of services to both the freight broker and the carrier. Apart from load matching which is the primary function, the load boards can also provide other services such as mobile access, verification, and credit information. The load board services are provided by several companies either at a pay or free. The invention of the load boards have led to the growth of the freight business. Therefore, in this article I will discuss some of the benefits of freight boards.
Load boards provides the two key stakeholders with a variety of credible pieces of information. The information will be utilized by the freight broker to choose the carrier that he/she should accept to do business with. The system will also provide you with other useful information that will ensure that the process goes smoothly. The information obtained from the load board include determination of load locations, distance approximation, and predicting the weather and road conditions. The information is essential for trip planning.
The load boards can also be used for utilization of the accumulated information. The accumulate information can be employed in roving the right tools that will be successfully used to execute the plan. The system can also be accessed using a phone as long as it is internet enabled.
It also forms a suitable and convenient platform whereby the independent truckers can meet the freight agents. The truckers will also be able to get the information that they will in turn use to determine the location that they can station their trucks. Strategic location is the best solution to deadheading. Deadheading is position that requires the truck owner to travel back to its location without a load. It is advisable to carry loads to destinations that you can easily find a load to carry on your return journey.
It is therefore evident that load boards are the ultimate planning tools in the freight business. Before you agree to carry a load as a truck own you should establish the reliability and the trustworthiness of the carrier. If you get into business with a dishonest individual you are likely to take huge risks which is not healthy for freight business.