Tuesday, August 14, 2012

European Full Trailer Load Exchange Site Implements New Freight Driver App

Freightex Upgrades Mobile Phone Service
Shipping News Feature

EUROPE – Full trailer load freight exchange provider Freightex has launched a new app that its registered hauliers can use to help them identify loads and reduce empty running. Freightex’s new mobile phone compatible website allows its network of hauliers, whom the company says always meet their approved quality standards, to use their mobile devices to enter their location and destination and then search for available loads in the vicinity.

Freightex Chief Executive Tim Phillips said:

“One of the biggest challenges hauliers face is how to reduce empty running and improve vehicle utilisation rates. Our new tool allows hauliers to search for loads even when they are on the road. Often hauliers have return loads planned but due to timing or customer issues the load is not available and they need to find a replacement. The benefit of the Freightex app is that they can often find you a load the same day near to where your truck is empty.”

Figures from European Commission financed project CO³ show that in 2010, the average truck on Europe’s roads had an utilisation rate of just 55%, a figure that had barely changed in the previous ten years. This low figure is largely caused by hauliers delivering loads but not having any cargo, or at least not enough to fill their truck, for the return journey. This results in unprofitable lorry journeys and also has a negative impact on the environment. The app is designed to help solve this problem.

Only pre-approved hauliers can use the tool and a dedicated account manager is provided to every customer that allocates a load using the system which Freightex says ensures a constant level of personal service is provided.