In order for freight agents to compete in today’s market, there is a checklist of tools that the big name logistics firms use to deliver better, faster, smarter service. Many agents just cede to the idea that they will never be able to compete with those chains. But you too can utilize the same tools to compete with those firms even as independent freight agents.
The Ultimate Tool Kit
The ultimate tool kit for freight agents will give them the ability to handle any impromptu situations that will occur between deliveries in real time. It will include tools to anticipate any weather or traffic delays, and it will enable them to compete with big name competitors for clients. That list would look something like this:
- Real-Time Weather and Traffic Updates
- Live Visual Shipment Tracking
- On-the-Spot Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) for Load Deliveries
- Mileage Tracking
- Freight Billing and Payment Software
- Trucker Payment Management
- Document Management and Storage
- Scan to System Imaging Software
- Satellite Views of Geographical Locations
Truck Stop Locators
If freight agents could afford anything they want to improve their business, they would likely come up with each and every one of these features. However, most independent agents do not have a limitless budget and without these advanced tools, their business is dead in the water these days.
Where to Find the Tools You Need
When money is no object you can just hire employees to manage all of your systems. For independent freight agents who at most employ one or two other workers, where do you find the tools that you need to fit your budget?
Luckily GlobalTranz caters to independent freight agents helping them to compete on a global scale. We offer tools that combine any and all of the features in the ultimate online tool kit. Take a look at what each of these tools can do to see how much more business you could be doing.
Top Rate Shipping Center
Logistics is complicated by nature. You are trying to coordinate hundreds of moving parts to move something from one point on the globe to another. As freight agents, you are the coordinator trying to match the fastest routes with the nearest driver to win the trust of your clients.
Without a top rate shipping center platform, you are not going to be able to compete on the big stage with the top dogs in the industry. Believe it or not there are still independent agents cold calling loadboards and mapping routes on dry erase boards.
That’s not going to cut it anymore. What you need is an interactive shipping center platform that provides you with real-time data to help you offer the fastest most reliable freight services. Our ShippingCenter software from GlobalTranz takes shipping for independent freight agents to a whole different level.
Using the integrated fully customizable LTL shipping management software from GlobalTranz you can book shipments easier and faster. The interactive Shipping Center combined with CarrierRate 2.0 enables you to schedule pickups with only one click and find carriers based on transit time, cost, etc.
Stop cruising loadboards for one off shipments. Build a real portfolio of steady clients who will come to depend on your service. ShippingCenter and Carrierrate 2.0 help you find more customers and to manage their accounts from one fully integrated platform.
One advantage that big name freight companies have is access to cheap international transportation. GlobalTranz customers can offer more competitive rates for expedited shipments to Alaska and Hawaii from the U.S. mainland. We also have international shipping connections to Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands by ocean and by air.
World Class Command Center
A world class command center that manages shipments in real time as well as offers backend analytics and reporting is a must to compete. GlobalTranz customer relationship and transportation management systems are world class and are designed to assist freight agents and brokers specifically.
Our Command Center software gives you real time data for monitoring each of your shipments. It combines all of the best features of all of our programs to create the ultimate tool kit for freight agents. You have complete control from one interface to manage:
- And Claims Processing
On top of that, you get real time weather and traffic updates, rest stop information, interactive maps, EDI, billing and payment software, and document management and storage, among other things.
Comprehensive Supply Chain Management
Part of what pushes costs up for freight agents is the fuel costs for transporting cargo across long distances. You can cut those costs in half with comprehensive supply chain management. You have access to more than 20K different carriers so that none of your trucks ever have to return empty. You can double the business for half the fuel costs.
We have warehouses all across the U.S. which enables us to fulfill our clients’ customer demands. Instead of spending money to haul cargo from coast to coast, we can have your load shipped along our routes through our nationwide network of warehouses.
Other companies are out there who also offer software and apps to put more leverage in the hands of independent freight agents. However, our innovative solutions take the best of all worlds and combine them to create the ultimate tools for freight agents to build their businesses up bigger and more profitable.
You Too Can Succeed with GlobalTranz
If you thought before you read this blog post that you could only hope to compete in your local market, think again. With the tools available to freight agents from GlobalTranz you absolutely can compete with the biggest named firms.
There is no longer any need to be intimidated by the big players in the industry. You have technology that is just as good on your side helping you to level the playing field. Ready to get started? Contact our team now for more information about our service packages.