At no costs, from any origin or destination Center a shipper may offer single or multiple truckloads or partial shipments for transport. Truckload or partial shipments are automatically broadcasts to transport carriers within a 75 mile radius having either parked or moving equipment space nearby. Truckload and partial shipments can also be viewed with an Android phone APP by transport carrier drivers moving nearby a Center. So post a load or shipment offer and wait for a call or e-mail.
Asking for a Freight Quote is an alternative to posting a load or shipment. The Freight Quote will be automatically be e-mailed to transport carriers within 75 miles of an originating Center and transport carriers within 75 miles of a destination Center allowing for backhauling opportunities for transport carriers returning home to a destination point. Transport carrier dispatchers receiving Freight Quote requests will call or e-mail a return freight rate quote.
If no parked or moving space within 75 miles is currently available at a Center, extend the search for a transport carrier. A 500 mile radius search around a Center is provided. Transport carrier dispatchers are continuously dispatching and updating equipment status and planning new routes. In addition the mobile APP continues to update location and space availability information every 15 to 30 minutes. Many independent owner/operators also look for load and shipment availability. If immediate space is not located at or near a Center, check back as available space may be moving through or toward a Center.
Continually offering and posting loads and shipments assists network transport carriers to plan ahead and to assist shippers
in developing en-route stops and drops, pooling, aggregating, co-loading, warehousing and other collaborative logistics opportunities.
A transport carrier with available space may be available to reposition equipment to pick up and deliver en route.
This enhances deliveries while reducing transport costs through better utilization of trailer space.
As the number of posted loads, shipments and space availabilities increase at a Center’s locations, the number of
collaborative and networking opportunities increases exponentially.
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TRANSPORT COST CENTER
For a nominal monthly charge a shippers can utilize the Shipment Cost Trip Simulator. The Trip Simulator calculates a benchmark or baseline total cost per mile for transporting a load or partial shipment. The simulator calculates the average weekly diesel fuel costs per gallon using truck stop information and/or weekly published diesel cost per gallon rates published by the US Department of Energy for 8 US diesel fuel regions. To the per mile fuel costs are added additional total operating costs per mile such as: average driver’s wages, payroll taxes, fringe benefits, repairs, maintenance, tires, over-the-road costs, fixed equipment operating costs such as licenses, insurance, interest depreciation, shop costs and administrative costs in addition to a fair and reasonable per-mile profit. Transport costs are independently benchmarked by CPAs and Transport Cost Accounting Specialists. Benchmark costs are provided for transparency in negotiating fair and reasonable freight rates. Benchmarked costs per mile may be more than or less than current market rates. They do not include re-positioning costs, stop and drop costs and other accessorial charges a transport carrier might quote in the freight rate. Individual transport carrier actual per-mile costs may also be more or less than the benchmark costs. Fuel costs are updated weekly and additional costs are updated monthly. Benchmarked total cost per mile is provided for 11 different types of transport equipment.
NEGOTIATING FREIGHT RATES
All freight rates are negotiated directly with the transport carrier. Freight rates vary and depend on a number of factors, including reposition costs, type of equipment, amount of cubic feet needed, weight, pick-up and delivery dates and times, travel distances, origins, destinations, current fuel costs and a number of other variables.
Not sure about how to negotiate a rate? Use the “Posted Quote” at a Center to ask for a complete quote. Describe the load or shipment, pickup and delivery requirements, and any specific terms and conditions. Submit the quote. E-mails will automatically be sent to a number of transport carriers on the network choosing to receive Freight Quotes. Wait for a call or e-mail.
Once a load or shipment has been picked up shipment tracking is available. A transport carrier will give an authorized shipper a user name and password to login to the system to track its current location as it moves towards a destination.
BILLS OF LADING
A legal Bill of Lading document is always required to reflect the transport agreement between the shipper of goods and the transport carrier. Either party can provide the document. The Bill of Lading details the type, quantity and destination of the goods being carried. The document serves as a receipt of when the shipment is picked up. When the shipment is delivered to the destination, the document serves as a proof of delivery document.
PREQUALIFIED TRANSPORT CARRIER ASSURANCE
Transport carriers listed at one or more Centers, parked or moving, have been prequalified. Pre-qualification requires a transport carrier to have 48-state operating authorities, a US DOT and/or MC number, an ACORD Form (Certificate of Insurance coverage) and a satisfactory safety rating with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. From the site each listed carrier will have a downloadable PDF copy of its authorities, ACORD insurance Form and MC 90 form, if applicable. The shipper can also link to the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA) website by entering the Dot or MC number from the site.
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