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How to Build an Effective Freight Network

What's in this article?
  1. What Is A Digital Freight Network?
  2. Where Traditional Freight Management Falls Short
  3. What Does A Strong Freight Network Require?
  4. Choose Your Technology Partners Wisely
  5. Focus On Building Scalable Infrastructure
  6. Make Sure You Have Access To Real-Time Information
  7. Create A User Experience That Works For Everyone
  8. Building A Digital Freight Network
  9. The Benefits Of Digital Freight Networks
  10. Automated Data Collection Systems
  11. Real-Time Visibility Into Shipments
  12. Improved Status Reports
  13. Conclusion
How to Build an Effective Freight Network

The most exemplary framework for supply chain processes can be achieved by utilizing a robust platform that is both optimized and engineered for adaptability.

However, it can be challenging to figure out how to construct this network and establish a platform that can supply the necessary information, materials, and assistance.

To have an advantage over other supply chains, it helps to set up a network of freight carriers.

What Is a Digital Freight Network?

A digital freight network is a technology system that connects shippers, carriers, brokers, and logistics providers to improve efficiency and reduce costs.

A digital freight network uses software to automate processes, such as scheduling, route planning, and dispatching. These systems are designed to eliminate manual tasks and streamline operations.

By connecting these different parties, a digital freight network creates a single platform for communication and collaboration.

This enables shippers to access real-time data, track shipments, and communicate with carriers and brokers. Digital freight networks are especially beneficial for small businesses since they save money by reducing labor costs and eliminating paperwork.

Shippers can easily manage multiple shipments simultaneously, and carriers can receive accurate pricing and availability information.

Since a digital freight network eliminates paper documents, it reduces errors and improves accuracy.


Where Traditional Freight Management Falls Short

In just a decade, digital technology has revolutionized the business world.

From communication to commerce, it seems like every aspect of our lives has been impacted by the Internet.

However, one industry has remained largely untouched by the digital revolution – the freight industry.

While businesses can track shipments via electronic tracking systems, there is no easy way to know where a load is located at any given moment.

This lack of visibility creates problems for shippers because they must rely on forecasts and estimates to make route selection, inventory management, and capacity planning decisions.

The problem is compounded by the fact that traditional methods of managing freight are inefficient and costly.

For example, the American Trucking Association states that the trucking industry loses 1.2 billion hours of productivity due to truck drivers idling in traffic. Resulting in an additional 6.87 billion gallons of fuel burned.

With digital freight networks, shippers are provided with access to real-time data about supply and demand across multiple modes of transport.

They enable shippers to optimize fleet utilization, minimize idle time, and improve profitability.

What Does a Strong Freight Network Require?

A digital freight network is a powerful tool for connecting shippers and carriers, and it's growing rapidly.

However, many networks struggle to keep pace with the industry's growth. To succeed, you need to establish a solid foundation for your platform. Here are four ways to achieve that goal:

Choose your technology partners wisely

When building a digital freight network, choosing the right partners is essential.

You want to work with people who understand the needs of your business and have the expertise to help you meet those needs.

Focus on building scalable infrastructure

Building a scalable infrastructure will allow you to grow without worrying about adding more servers or bandwidth.

Make sure you have access to real-time information

A digital freight network should be able to provide real-time updates on shipments and other essential logistics information.

Create a user experience that works for everyone

The user experience should be intuitive and easy to navigate.

It should also have tools that help people quickly find the information they need.


Building a Digital Freight Network

Regarding transportation services, trucking companies spend hours searching for the best load matches, while shippers waste time waiting for shipments. A digital freight network could change everything.

Network success requires an initial focus on automating the process of pairing loads with available vehicles.

You'll need to combine loads into a single trip. For example, if you're delivering a package from New York City to Chicago, it makes sense to put together a load that includes packages from New Jersey, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.

By consolidating loads, you'll also have a positive environmental impact by reducing carbon emissions.

Once you've combined loads, you must figure out how to match them to vehicles.

Right about here is when difficulties start to arise. Most shipping companies never get to view the full scope of possible freight. They can't just pick up every load that drops off at their terminal.

However, a more effective distribution system is built when any truck can be assigned to any shipment.

Shippers can reduce shipping costs because they won't have to wait for their cargo to arrive. And everyone wins.

The Benefits of Digital Freight Networks

Freight transportation companies are increasingly looking to technology to build more robust freight networks.

From automated data collection systems to real-time visibility into shipments, there are many ways that freight network technologies can benefit shippers, carriers, and brokers.

Here are some examples of how strong freight networks can benefit businesses.

Automated data collection systems

A freight network that collects accurate information about every shipment provides a wealth of insight for everyone involved.

This includes carriers, shippers, and brokers, who can use it to make better decisions and reduce costs.

Real-time visibility into shipments

Strong freight networks enable real-time visibility into cargo movements.

With access to up-to-the-minute tracking information, carriers can optimize routes, schedule drivers, and even track down lost shipments.

In addition, shippers can receive notifications when shipments arrive safely at their destinations.

Improved status reports

With access to accurate, timely shipping information, carriers can easily communicate with shippers and brokers.

This helps ensure shipments move smoothly and quickly, saving time and money.



In conclusion, building an effective freight network is a great way to save money and increase efficiency.

It's important to remember that not all freight networks are created equal.

Some are built using manual processes, which take longer than necessary, while others rely on outdated software.

If your business needs a freight network, consider choosing one that meets these criteria.

A1 Auto Transport employs technology to increase freight shipping efficiency and lower shipping costs.

We offer a variety of services, including:

If you'd like to learn more about how we can help you with your freight shipments, contact us to learn more.

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Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing. 

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood. 

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