Technology sure can play a major role in roadway safety. In an attempt to eliminate rear end collisions caused by roadwork projects that require abrupt slowdowns coupled with some slow driver reaction times there is a push to add these safety devices.
Truck drivers don’t have an easy lifestyle because it’s physically tiring with long days, long waits for loading and unloading, and the constant adjustments looking and booking loads. A good broker or freight consultant understand the person in front of the load is the most important person and should be paid top dollar for that service, same day.
Let me go through the different types of flatbeds and how we can determine what an overall rate for a shipment should cost. This information should be used as a base line and not an actual rate.
Mileage is the factor in your total cost, however not all freight lanes cost the same. Cost also depends on freight volumes in and out of the area you choose. Texas and Florida for example consumes more than it produces so there is more freight going into Florida and Texas then are coming out of Florida and Texas. So, it costs more to ship a truck into Florida or Texas then out. Most Brokers and Truckers use and online program like Power DAT as guide to assist with state to state rate costs that include fuel and tolls.
Is Transportation Factoring for Flatbed Carriers?
Should motor carriers utilize factoring in their day to day operations as a necessary cash flow solution? Factoring allows for immediate payment which can be handled without factoring if a carrier has a good relationship with their shippers. This can be handled in a viable network without the aid of brokers. I suppose the risk of nonpayment from some Black Hat shippers would convince a carrier to always use factoring, but just what is it doing to their bottom line?
Is Flatbed Hauling Quotes for Flatbed Carriers?
Going forward with all the HOS rule changes carriers will look for strong relationships with shippers and brokers that have a reliable network. The flatbed shipping customer and the flatbed transportation carrier must have a strong dependable relationship.
Electronic Login Devices: Oh no, paperless! IFTA, RODS What!!
RODS [Record Of Daily Status], IFTA report [International Fuel Tax Agreement] acronyms that you need to be up to speed with and in compliance with this year. There are some inexpensive solutions that can be used in conjunction with your Android devices. You also can purchase and dedicate a device to your truck if you wish.
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As a freight broker, you are always looking for another steady shipper and how can you help those shippers gravitate towards your network of flatbed hauling solutions.
A broker considering Flatbed Hauling can grow quite a business with great opportunities in the trucking business. There are so many diversified loads that require special attention, oversize transportation, heavy haul transportation and others. These loads require a knowledgeable staff to make sure the laws are followed state by state.