Imagine you can predict the future. How would you answer the following:

Where is the transportation industry headed?

What will drive the change?

What opportunities will benefit the trucking and logistics industries most?

Answering these questions created thoughtful conversations among fleet executives at the 2019 Truckload Carriers Association annual conference in March. The consensus among those discussions – the industry is evolving quickly with technology paving the way.

According to the Commercial Carrier Journal, four major themes predicting the next directions for the industry emerged at the conference: enhancing transportation apps, growing logistics, embracing technology, and meeting customer needs.

FreightRover started considering industry shifts two years ago at its 2017 launch. The challenge in starting a transportation technology company wasn’t just to predict the future of the industry, but to help create it. While we didn’t have a crystal ball, our instincts were correct with our CarrierHQ platform aligning to each of the four key areas fleet executives predict the industry is heading next.

Enhancing Transportation Apps

Driver apps aren’t new. Many large fleets have created home-grown driver apps or purchased out-of-the-box options for years. However, many apps available to small fleets remain limited in scope. CarrierHQ’s app takes a more comprehensive approach:

  • Mobile marketplace – drivers can access fuel, medical, and equipment savings within the same place.
  • Driver settlements – CarrierHQ offers full pay visibility including establishing deductions, electing pay frequency, and viewing net earnings.
  • Factoring portal – fleets factoring with FreightRover’s affiliate partner Rover180 can access receivables information and upload invoice paperwork using their camera phone.
  • Private load board – asset-based carriers and 3PLs can post freight to drivers through CarrierHQ’s load board. Drivers can self-select freight and provide load updates through the app.

Growing Logistics

With more than $700M awarded in independent contractor misclassification lawsuits in the past 10 years, asset-based fleets are understandably concerned about leveraging the capacity of owner-operators. However, in a catch22, they also don’t want to introduce a third-party into their customer relationship to access additional capacity. CarrierHQ serves as an important tool for any fleet’s employment classification risk mitigation strategy. FreightRover partnered with Legalinc to offer business formation services inside CarrierHQ. Independent contractors follow a step-by-step process to obtain their DOT authority and establish a Limited Liability Corporation (LLC). In doing this, asset-based fleets can expand their brokerage operations to leverage independent contractor capacity and maintain the direct relationship with their customer, without assuming driver misclassification risks.

Embracing Technology

In the trucking industry, 97% of for-hire fleets comprise 20 trucks or less. With such fragmentation, widespread use of new transportation technologies historically has a long adoption curve. No shortage exists of new company entrants working to solve transportation’s biggest challenges. At the Transportation Carriers Association conference, Greg Hirsch, senior vice president of Daseke, described these companies as providing new voices to help the industry evolve and attract the next generation of drivers.

Many of the new technologies in transportation specialize in creating efficiencies and controlling costs. FreightRover developed CarrierHQ with the same goals in mind. Fleets can purchase four insurance policy types through the platform. FreightRover has reduced the antiquated multi-week process of obtaining insurance quotes and binding to less than 48 hours through a mobile device. Fleet owners or individual drivers answer a series of questions to generate a real-time quote among multiple insurance companies. A policy is chosen and the insurance certificate delivered digitally. With CarrierHQ’s insurance offering, fleets and independent contractors don’t owe any money up front, instead paying through weekly or monthly settlement deductions. The no up-front investment in insurance and pay-as-you-go model also removes a barrier historically preventing many independent contractors from obtaining their own authorities.

Meeting Customer Needs

As customers demand faster deliveries, shipper service requirements keep increasing. Carrier on-time pick-up and delivery is more important than ever. CarrierHQ’s private load board feature meets these increasing demands by connecting to truck telematic devices and driver cell phones to capture freight tracking data. Fleets grant shippers data access to create streamlined cargo visibility.

CarrierHQ also allows the technology to be custom branded. Fleets and 3PLs benefit by white labeling the platform to create and attract capacity using the service offerings of the mobile marketplace. White labeling existing technology expedites deployment, preserves IT resources, and provides a marketing boost.

Capacity remains one of the biggest challenges facing the industry. Trucking currently sits short 50,000 drivers, a number projected to triple by 2025. Sign-on bonuses and increased marketing spend typically only create turnover among fleets and the existing driver pool. These tactics generally fail to attract new drivers to the industry. Outside of significant legislation changes or economic factors like work conditions and compensation, technology provides one of the best opportunities to stem the driver shortage. CarrierHQ tackles this issue three ways: 1) low-cost business formation services; 2) reducing the need for up-front insurance capital, which averages $3,000-plus per truck for small fleets; and 3) providing mobile access to fleet service discounts for the top cost areas of fuel, equipment, and medical. By reducing these barriers to entry and growth, CarrierHQ opens the doors for more new drivers to join the industry.

To learn more about FreightRover’s CarrierHQ and how it could benefit your business, request a quick demo at https://www.freightrover.com/demo-request/

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.

(Indianapolis, IN., August 9, 2018) Transportation One, a Transport Topics 2018 Top Freight Brokerage Firm and one of the nation’s fastest-growing logistics companies, has joined forces with FreightRover to drive supply chain efficiencies through digital freight automation.

Record-tight capacity and record-high rates have many shippers and third-party logistics providers scrambling to develop private freight marketplaces and other proprietary solutions in response. Taking a much different approach, Transportation One selected FreightRover’s suite of tools to quickly add digital freight brokerage to its business model. The company also plans to leverage FreightRover’s customizable platform as a tailored transportation management system unique to Transportation One’s operations to support faster growth and scalability.

Transportation One now will provide their customers with a private, proprietary freight marketplace branded to their business, as well as a carrier-facing portal for quicker carrier payments (many quick pay options offered) and overall seamless payment automation. In addition, Transportation One will use FreightRover’s white-labeled SmartLTL to instantaneously gather rates from multiple carriers and simplify LTL shipment management.

“Utilizing FreightRover’s leading-edge features and leveraging its technology as the foundation to build our own robust platform enables Transportation One to become a digital freight broker that competes with the top proprietary solutions out there,” said Jamie Teets, CEO of Transportation One. “We believe that investing in both people and technology will drive efficiencies and improve carrier and shipper satisfaction that will place us at the top of the industry. We are excited for this collaborative and strategic partnership.”

FreightRover’s dynamic suite of digital products are positioned to increase Transportation One’s efficiency and productivity, improve margin to generate customer cost savings, and reduce overall operating costs. By providing customers with personalized service and employees with software that eases everyday manual processes, Transportation One is poised to continue their rapid growth.

“While the transportation industry focuses on improving efficiencies in an era when consumers demand time-sensitive and visible delivery end-to-end, Transportation One is investing in new capabilities that drive profitable growth,” said Eric Meek, CEO of FreightRover. “FreightRover has taken a comprehensive approach to technological advancement, building individual solutions to touch upon each of the fragmentation points within transportation.”
FreightRover continues to transform transportation digitization through online carrier quick pay, automated LTL rate return and invoicing, and a private freight marketplace where shippers and 3PLs post freight to their preferred carriers.

Now, transportation companies can use FreightRover’s next-generation technology suite as a solution branded to their business, effectively providing customers with the same products and services as the largest 3PLs in the industry with improved scale and speed.

About FreightRover:

FreightRover (www.freightrover.com) offers a suite of products that reach alternative capacity, streamline manual work processes, improve working capital, and increase bottom line revenue. From its “Your Load Board – Your Way,” to dynamic carrier payment processing and LTL rating and execution, FreightRover arms its customers with valuable tools to compete and win in the new digital logistics marketplace. Think of each solution like a light switch – turn on what you want, and stay in control of your freight.

About Transportation One:

Transportation One (www.transportationone.com) is a full-service, multi-modal logistics provider dedicated to meeting the demands of the transportation industry. Our innovative, energetic team understands the constantly evolving needs of shippers and carriers alike. We invest heavily in cutting-edge technology and experienced logistics professionals, allowing us to deliver superior service to all our clients. At Transportation One, we provide worry-free shipping services at prices that won’t bleed your wallet. We build mutually beneficial relationships with each customer so that at the end of the day everyone goes home happy. We operate in both domestic and international marketplaces, introducing innovative solutions for every supply chain we encounter. Put simply, when it comes to transportation, we’re the one you want.