Companies across the US are extending pay terms, leaving suppliers to pay the price.

Days payables outstanding at the nation’s 1,000 largest companies averages nearly 57. More than 40% of all shippers require pay terms greater than 30 days. Some of the nation’s largest companies even stretch days to pay to 120.

Extended pay terms financially strain suppliers, especially smaller businesses susceptible to cash flow struggles. This is particularly true for transportation providers, 97% of which fall into the small business category with fewer than 20 trucks.

Factoring addresses conflicting capital interests between companies and their suppliers by providing accelerated receivables at a fee. If leveraged correctly, factoring improves liquidity and profitability for suppliers. However, lack of understanding sometimes leads people to give factoring a bad rap as a poor business practice rather than a helpful financial tool. Those individuals might be the ones leaving the most money on the table.

Bad Rap #1: “Anyone who factors isn’t running their business properly.”

Transportation requires many large upfront investments for equipment and insurance, in addition to several thousand dollars spent weekly for fuel and pay. Businesses must have good cash flow to survive, which factoring provides. Receivable delays have a ripple effect contributing to financial impacts like late payment fees, loan defaults or credit line interest that could cost a transportation provider more than a factoring fee. Extended pay terms also stymie business growth in an industry currently short 50,000 drivers. Every business is different; therefore, factoring does not indicate poor cash management. Rather it shows companies working to thrive in this very capital-intensive industry.

Bad Rap #2: “I do all the work for you to get paid.”

The right factoring partner should decrease a client’s workload. Good factoring companies, like FreightRover’s partner Rover180, assume responsibilities for much of the back-office work around payments. First, factoring companies check shipper credit before a carrier picks up a load to ensure they are hauling for solvent businesses. Clients then submit invoice images by mobile phone or email. The factor issues payment to the client and collects on the invoice as it becomes due from the payor. The transportation provider can spend their time and resources moving more freight rather than calling multiple shippers collecting on invoices.

Bad Rap #3: “I’ve got bad credit. Factoring won’t help me.”

Factoring cares about the credit worthiness of the shipper/payor, not the payee. Many transportation providers that struggled with credit in the past prefer factoring. It often results in a lower rate than high interest short-term loans and provides quick payments to businesses unable to obtain credit otherwise.

Bad Rap #4: “You never know what you’ll actually be paid when you factor.”

Not all factoring companies are created equal. Understanding the factoring contract is key to managing receivables and knowing deposit amounts in advance. Some factoring companies offer a low invoice factoring rate, and then make additional money from monthly minimum requirements, invoice processing fees, and payment issuances. Other factoring companies might offer a slightly higher factoring rate and eliminate all other fees. Non-recourse agreements command higher rates than recourse. Factoring companies also consider how quickly they receive payment on invoices. Shippers with extended terms beyond 30 days could prompt higher factoring rates on invoices to account for the cash float. Businesses that know their contract and shippers, know their receivable amounts due.

Bad Rap #5: “Factoring costs too much.”

Companies have many financing options for their business, and factoring represents one of them. Transportation providers should compare factoring fees to other options like loans or credit to see what rate works best for their business. Factoring often proves to be the lowest fee option. Many suppliers that factor include the rate in their linehaul agreements with shippers to get paid quickly without compromising overall income. Businesses also benefit from other savings factoring companies may provide around equipment, fuel and insurance.

Factoring also creates some parity among shippers. Freight decisions transition from when a transportation provider will get paid to better metrics like lane quality, utilization and load rate to maximize profitability.

Bad Rap #6: “Factoring takes too long to get paid.”

Factoring issues quick payments by design. If a transportation provider does not receive payment within 24 hours, which is industry standard, a broken process with the factoring company likely exists and it is time to ask questions.

Bad Rap #7: “Once you start factoring, you can never stop.”

Factoring companies work hard to keep your business, but you can cancel based on contract terms. Contracts for reputable factors include defined durations and reasonable termination notice periods. To switch factoring partners, the process typically requires a written notice of termination and an authorization agreement to transfer receivables. The new factoring company will issue notice of assignments on the transportation provider’s behalf to each payor to update them on where to send funds. Switching factoring companies does require coordination between all parties, but the cost savings can be worth the work.

Businesses letting the myths outweigh the math might be missing out on money. To learn more about how the best factoring companies set themselves apart, watch our quick video on FreightRover Factoring, test our savings calculator, or request the right questions to ask factoring companies.

FreightRover just launched a $500 million financing facility for advancing supply chain and factoring operations nationwide. But what does that actually mean? And why is it important?

Through our affiliate partner Rover180, we have taken a new approach to factoring and supply chain finance. Traditional programs are subject to extensive bank regulation compliance, which limits options and adoption. Rover180’s program provides an alternative by not impacting a buyer’s balance sheet or requiring Unified Commercial Code-1 (UCC-1) filings.

Rover180’s accelerated receivables model is unique in design and application. The supply chain finance program focuses on improving a buyer’s working capital. It consolidates all supplier payments into one monthly payee and annual 1099, extends the days to pay until after goods are sold, and has the benefit of no financing fees. It also supports supplier liquidity by offering flexible receivable terms, payment in as little as 24 hours, and ACH direct deposits.

Rover180’s factoring is just as simple and efficient. With low rates and no extra charge for same-day pay, factoring is stress-free. There are no reserves or holdbacks and the entire process is mobile friendly. Through FreightRover and Rover180’s partnership, factoring carriers also gain access to discounts on fuel and over-the-road medical care. There is instant carrier, payor and invoice approval, and like supply chain finance, vendors can receive same-day pay via ACH deposit. (Questions about factoring?)

This is a big deal for businesses across America. Among top US companies, average days to pay suppliers sits at 57, a number growing annually. This trend negatively impacts smaller suppliers who often struggle with cash flow, especially in the capital-intensive transportation industry. FreightRover and Rover180’s program helps companies extend pay terms to improve working capital while still supporting the liquidity needs of their valuable supplier base.

FreightRover’s technology for invoicing and straight-through payment processing powers this new facility that creates about $50 billion a year of funding capacity.

FreightRover’s partnership with Rover180 signifies a new, faster, more efficient way to manage your pay. Everyone benefits, from buyers and shippers to carriers and other suppliers, and there’s something for everyone, whether you’re working with factoring or supply chain financing. The future is looking bright, and FreightRover and Rover180 are leading the way.

Moving Forward in a Digitized World

In today’s world we see digitization all around us, you can order your groceries on the internet and have them show up at your door an hour later or catch a ride with the push of a button.  Technology is integral to our lives and many of us would probably be lost without our smartphones, tablets or laptops at our disposal.  It only makes sense then that the transportation and logistics industry would follow suit.

“It has become an increasing challenge for the logistics industry to stay on top of new advances in business processes…customers want full transparency into where their delivery is at all times.” according to Logistics Management.

Freight xChange takes those concerns and turns them into a powerful, streamlined automation tools that connects the logistics industry in new ways.

 

Your Freight, Your Way

Freight xChange provides carriers, shippers and 3PLs with peace of mind, knowing that they are connecting to the people they want.  The portal is white-labeled, enabling shippers/3PLs to customize the internal board to fit their business while carriers can select freight with a single click.  Everyone sees what they need and can trust they are working with the right people.  Streamlined freight management doesn’t end with delivery. FreightRover’s PayEngine works seamlessly with Freight xChange to expedite and simplify payments.

 

Powering a New Way to Pay

The white-labeled platform features of Freight xChange also extend to PayEngine.  Through PayEngine, shippers/3PLs get extended pay terms.  Carriers can select from 24-hour pay all the way up to their standard pay. The PayEngine platform is intuitive and user-friendly.  You can see all of your invoices in one place and it’s accessible from the Freight xChange platform.

 

Working Together for You

With both Freight xChange and PayEngine, the digitization of freight seems less daunting and more exciting than ever.  Freight xChange gives you the easy of access to capacity, from building, to tracking and finalling.  PayEngine makes sure you get your money where it needs to be, without interrupting the flow of your business.  This powerful team gives you the peace of mind you deserve, so you can get back to focusing on the important thing; keeping your freight on the move.

While contracts are responsible for over half of all freight movement, spot markets still make up for 30-40% of hauled loads, according to Heavy Duty Trucking.  And most spot market freight is traditionally handled by (you guessed it) load boards. Shippers, brokers, carriers, and owner operators are all used to interacting on a regular basis through dozens of competing boards, but the process can be slow, clunky, and sometimes downright untrustworthy. Data remains stored within the load board, rather than utilizing the cloud to transmit information into the user’s TMS, selecting loads can waste hours on the phone, and at the end of the day shippers are often still left in need of capacity. So the question remains – is there a better way?

Lately, we’ve begun to see hundreds of new solutions popping up left and right. These services claim to handle one aspect or another better than a load board, but few have the experience or industry partnerships to solve all of the problems that traditional load boards present.  If you Google “freight matching software,” you come up with thousands of hits from hundreds of companies, all trying to tell you how to change your business model in order to take advantage of their technology.  The right solution, though, shouldn’t require you to change how you manage your freight.  Instead, the right software should do the work for you.

 

Searching Loads

Traditional Load Board:  

Most traditional load boards curate results through certain search parameters, such as origin/destination, pickup time, and deadhead mileage.  Once you’ve found a load that fits your needs, you’ll need give the broker a call to request it.  That phone call takes time away from managing your business. And with a traditional load board, each time you search, you will need to reset your parameters.

FreightRover:

We know that with selecting freight, time is actually money. In addition to all of the searching parameters of a traditional load board, FreightRover saves your favorite searches for later use.  Maybe you’re always looking for freight out of Chicago that goes to Oregon – FreightRover will automatically notify you when a load that matches your saved search pops up, so you don’t waste time clicking through pages of loads.

So, what’s in it for shippers and 3PLs? Well, you can easily set rules through FreightRover’s platform to automatically adjust load details and visibility after a set period of time. Say you post a load for $1,500 and you set your rule to automatically raise the price by $200 72 hours before the late pickup appointment.  If your load hasn’t been selected by that time, FreightRover will automatically adjust the price to $1,700 to sweeten the load for carriers searching on FreightRover.

 

Selecting Loads

Traditional Load Board:

When carriers and owner operators find a load that fits their needs, there are still a few hoops to jump through in order to select it.  You know the drill – you’ll have to pick up the phone and call to make sure the load is still available. Upon confirmation of it’s availability, you’ll probably negotiate your pay terms and might have to make it through a few call transfers to do so.

FreightRover:

In the age of online shopping, load selection just shouldn’t be that difficult.  Wouldn’t it be convenient if you could find a load you like, view the price up-front, and select it right from the app? FreightRover automatically checks to ensure the load is still fully available, and you’ll be awarded the load within seconds.  No time wasted on trying to pick up loads that don’t exist.

And while we think our software is pretty great, we know that users don’t want to spend time in yet another platform. That’s why we’ve built TMS connectivity that will publish your selected loads into your existing TMS software.  The best part?  No unnecessary calls or worrying about negotiations – just a few clicks and you’re on your way.

 

Selecting Payment

Traditional Load Board:

Standard pay terms mean freight bills can be slow to pay out. By nature, you are typically working with a stranger on a load board, which means that shippers need time to verify load documents, carriers can be slow to send those documents over in the first place, and the process bottlenecks, causing carriers to wait 90+ days for a check in the mail.

FreightRover:

Luckily, it doesn’t have to be that way.  FreightRover’s PayEngine ensures that carriers are paid in as little as 24 hours.  Payment options are presented upon load selection, and can be changed on a per-load basis. Shippers and 3PLs don’t need to worry about paying out immediately, though. Instead, enjoy standard 30+ day pay terms, without slowing payment down for the carrier.

 

Track Load

Traditional Load Board:

It can be anywhere from annoying to downright difficult to keep track of your load as it moves.  Drivers have to manually report check calls and load updates. And while there are a many 3rd party platforms that offer extensive tracking, that in-depth tracking comes with a price tag.

FreightRover:

We know that load tracking and analytics are vital to successful freight management. That’s why we’ve partnered with MacroPoint to enable much of their their real-time global freight visibility and in-depth analytics directly within the FreightRover platform.  Working together, our platforms create automatic check calls for loads in FreightRover to virtually eliminate wasted time manually reporting updates.

 

Scan Docs

Traditional Load Board:

Searching, selecting, and tracking loads in a traditional load board can be a little clunky, but document approval is where it gets downright messy. From mailed-in documents, to long lines at the truck stop waiting for scanning, document validation significantly slows down the payment process for both the carrier or owner operator, and the shipper/3PL.

FreightRover:

FreightRover’s partnership with Pegasus Transflo means that when the load is completed, drivers and their carriers can easily snap a few photos of the appropriate documents and send them off to the shipper or 3PL.  Shippers then have the option to either accept the documents, or request additional images.  As soon as the documents are accepted, FreightRover automatically releases payment to the carrier.  Indexing and repository is free and mobile scanning means drivers get to skip the truck stop line and head back out onto the road.

 

Finalize Loads

Traditional Load Board:

There’s no reason to beat a dead horse. We know that even after the load is finalized, the paycheck for a load hauled today might not come for two or three months.

FreightRover:

Carriers will receive their payment based on their pay terms selection, including 24-hour pay.  Shippers pay using their financing terms agreed upon enrollment (typically 30+ days).  Everyone is happy, and freight keeps moving.

 

When looking for the best way to find and manage freight or capacity, there’s plenty of options out there.  But which one is right for your business?  At FreightRover, we’ve streamlined the process from end-to-end.  From the moment you search a load in our system, all the way through receiving documents and finalizing the load, the process is simple and the control is comprehensive.

FreightRover works like a dog, so you don’t have to. To request a demo of FreightRover, give us a call at (866) 621-4145 or send an email to sales@freightrover.com