Benefits of Truckload Brokers

Truckload brokers deliver big benefits to companies of all sizes. For SMBs, a freight broker is like having a full shipping department. For large enterprises, a truckload broker can cut costs and simplify supply chain management with advanced reporting and strategic recommendations.

A good freight broker offers a complete range of services for truckload or both truckload and LTL shipping. With so many services, businesses of all sizes get customized logistics solutions. They deliver benefits like:

truckload brokersFast Quoting

A truckload broker has partnerships and access to hundreds of truckload brokers and owner/operators. Rather than call two or three carriers to get a quote, a business can get multiple quotes with a single call or email to its freight broker.

Lower Rates

Freight brokers negotiate rates with carriers so their customers don’t have to. It’s like a reverse bidding process where carriers bid for the customer’s business.

Powerful Shipping Software at No Cost

Truckload brokers use transportation management systems (also called TMS) to manage their hundreds of carriers and owners, their services, rates and tracking. All of the information in these systems is available to customers, but many brokers offers services to manage all freight expenses. TMS offer transparency into the process that makes this a big value-added feature for many companies.

Simplified Claims Processing

Sometimes freight gets damaged. When it does, a freight broker can help process the claim. Their expertise makes the process simple and painless. This allows companies the ability to focus on their customers.

Data-driven Logistics Solutions

Businesses of all sizes benefit from the reporting offered by a truckload freight broker. Track a single shipment, do an on-time performance review or evaluate the supply chain for an entire year. With this data, freight brokers can help customers develop new strategies to lower their shipping costs.

RFP Assistance

Freight brokers work with many carriers but are not committed. Their benefit comes from helping their customers. So with their logistics expertise, they can help companies with their logistics RFPs to find the best carrier and arrange the best services for every shipment.

Where to Find Truckload Brokers

You can find truckload brokers online. Once you do, we recommend you pick up the phone and make a call. This allows you to get an immediate feel for the company’s expertise and customer service response.

Many freight brokers have designated account managers who will be happy to meet with you in person or virtually. Invest a little time today to find a freight broker, and you’ll save yourself hours and dollars on all your freight in the future.

What is Flatbed Trucking?

flatbed truckingFlatbed trucking is a type of trucking where a truck tractor, or cab, hauls freight secured to an open, flat trailer. Flatbed loads have “legal” dimensions. If the load exceeds these requirements, additional and substantial fees may apply.

Flatbed Dimensions

A legal flatbed load must be equal to or less than 8’6” high, 8’6” wide and 48’ long.  Some states may allow for a little overhang without permits, but if freight is close, it’s best to confirm.  A good legal maximum weight for flatbed freight runs around 45,000 lbs.

An extra inch in any of the dimensions can mean thousands in additional cost.  Exact weight is also important. Excess weight can translate into big, additional fees.

Scheduling a Flatbed Trucking Shipment

If your freight won’t fit into a dry van, it may be necessary to ship flatbed, also called an open-deck trailer.  You’ll need to provide exact dimensions and weight.  Also, make sure the carrier you call has the equipment necessary to secure your freight to the trailer deck.  These include chains, straps, binders, and tarps.

Carrier-direct or Freight Broker?

If you will ship flatbed freight regularly and to the same location, it may make sense to go carrier direct. If flatbed is new or only an occasional type of shipment, a freight broker may be the better option.  Freight brokers are staffed with logistics experts who understand all types of truckload shipping.

A freight broker’s staff can walk you through the process from start to finish.  They’ll ensure you meet all the necessary requirements and they can help avoid additional fees.  If your freight does exceed the “legal” dimensions, they’ll be able to tell you upfront to prevent unwanted surprises.

In many cases, freight brokers can also offer lower rates.  As they work with many different carriers, they can connect you with the one who offers the best services and the best possible rate.  This saves companies a lot of time and energy in terms of man-hours spent working out the details themselves.  If a truckload broker sounds like it might best for you, find one who specializes in truckload services.