Getting last minute capacity for your intermodal freight
With the DrayNow marketplace model, IMCs can post freight days or even weeks in advance. Carriers are always looking to plan ahead and fill their schedules with well-priced freight. Orders can also get put up on the platform on the same day as their appointment times. Of course, if you have the order earlier, post it a decent amount of time ahead of when it needs to get moving. But if the original source of capacity can’t run at the last minute, it’s very possible to get that capacity from carriers on the DrayNow app.
Same-day coverage, defined as orders posted on the DrayNow platform on the same day as their appointment, has been around 70%. This means that carriers are responding well to last minute spot availability. In order to make the freight even more appealing, the load may need a price increase based on the appointment date and time. The DrayNow TRUprice tool is available on each load to let the customer know whether the original price is competitive or not.
After posting, the order will be available to thousands of carriers that are consistently checking the platform for more freight opportunities to better their business. If the IMC cannot change the price to something more competitive, they can also try to change the date or time. Doing so can only help in getting that necessary capacity, and providing that flexibility will prove that point.
With such a high same-day coverage rate on the platform, IMCs can reduce any worries of whether the load can get capacity or not and try out the marketplace model. No more frantic, last minute calls to other carriers when capacity falls through. And users can access real-time visibility on the progression of each load that is put up on the platform and taken by a carrier. These updates along the way ensure that everything is running smoothly.
Last minute cancellations from your in-house carrier are certainly a headache and getting that load onto a marketplace like DrayNow certainly gets the customer moving closer to a solution, rather than wasting hours of time putting our fires and looking for coverage. DrayNow is here to streamline the process of finding capacity for any order, because IMCs can use us as their technology solution for any intermodal load, whether it’s scheduled for that day or two weeks in advance.
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