On-Demand Logistics Are Changing The Trucking Industry
Keeping up with the changing trends of working in the trucking industry, including flatbed transportation, the technological aspect of the services continues to change accordingly. This could be seen in the changes happening in the structure and management of freight broker businesses with the introduction of technological advances. And the continuous shifts in the industry make it necessary to rethink our models of business.
On-demand trucking continues to be a trailblazer among heavy equipment shippers and others in the trucking industry due to the possibility of logging onto a website and select a shipper themselves. In spite of this technology still in its nascent stage, the industry considers that companies that use on-demand trucking websites would find the technology as an efficient way to find a shipper instantly along with pricing estimate for providing the services and the ability of online tracking of their shipment in real-time.
What Will Be The Position Of Freight Brokers
Although some freight brokers are worried about this new technology of on-demand trucking services that are available online, there is no need for brokers to be concerned about this new technology if they continue to provide high quality and efficient services at reasonable prices.
Some section of people has the view that the increase in use of on-demand trucking sites is due to companies becoming frustrated with an inordinate delay in finding freight brokers for secure shipments. A report suggests that the reason for businesses shifting to on-demand trucking tools is due to the fast processing that is found using the technology which is an important consideration for any business. This factor of speed was not met effectively by freight brokers who used the traditional method of services.
Yet another reason for businesses in moving to on-demand trucking is the possibility of inflated prices that are charged by freight brokers. Although global supply chain experts with many years of experience might be in a better position to charge a fair price for shipment, there are many small businesses that do not have a thorough understanding of trucking business. Even when the freight cost charged is in line with the common practice, these small businesses become skeptical about the cost they are paying to brokers.
So how is the average freight broker going to be affected by on-demand trucking services? The best solution for these brokers would be to quote a fair price for the services and ensure fast delivery of the shipment. However, it is imperative for the brokers to keep up with the changing technologies in the industry as well as the business models. To remain a successful entrepreneur, one needs to embrace the newer technology in spite of new tools and developments bringing changes in the industry.