So why don’t shippers use load boards? Whereas truckload brokers mark up around 15%, load boards offer shippers a direct route to carriers, with no mark up. Considering the potential savings, you’d think shippers would use load boards more. So, why don’t they?
The answer: Shippers value relationships. They don’t want to on a load board each time they ship. Their business is brand building and selling merchandise. Efficient, cost-effective shipping helps them do that, but only when chaos is averted.
Here’s why Freight Junction is so powerful:
Freight Junction facilitates the “Goldilocks” amount shopping – the “just right” amount that occurs when shippers shop within a contact network.
Shippers use FJ as their own free TMS, requesting quotes, connecting with contacts they like, and centrally processing shipments A-Z through a single online system.
Uniquely, shippers can include their own contacts – contacts they ship with who have not joined FJ. Email notifications, containing Quote and Upload buttons, serve as extensions of the site and allow any provider with an email address to bid and upload documents. Shippers not only can build new relationships on Freight Junction, but also bring their pre-existing relationships with them when they join.
To convenience, we add the savings power of competitive online bidding, enhanced by our Book It Now tool, which lets shippers name their own price.
Both carriers and brokers can bid. Rail is an option. Freight is filtered as Standard or Non-Standard for bidder convenience, to help prevent costly miscommunication.
Freight Junction is a free load board when brokers post and carriers bid, but it’s the inclusion of shippers that makes FJ special.