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Written By: admin on March 25, 2013 No Comment

Even if you're fairly new in the haulage industry, you have probably heard about the benefits of the back load. This is a practical strategy many haulage operators use in order to maximise their fuel consumption and other resources, while at the same time increasing income by accepting hauling jobs for the return journey of an outbound delivery.

The haulage market offers you several mechanisms to enjoy the benefits of this practice for partially laden or empty return journeys. There are numerous service providers who focus on matching appropriate cargo to return legs of the trip, for a minimal fee. If you have established your presence in the industry, you can also focus on building a strong network or partner up with other operators who share similar cargo and vehicle locations.

 

 

Below are some different options you can explore when sourcing opportunities:

Specialists

Back load specialists are operators that focus on managing part of their workload by offering specific loads to certain areas of the country on a sub-contract basis. For instance, if your vehicle is empty in a particular region, you can get in touch with these specialists in order to obtain a return cargo for the vehicle.

Load Matching Services

There are certain organisations that are often referred to as ‘clearing houses’ that focus on matching cargo with available vehicles. In the past, telephones were mainly used to coordinate and match spare capacity of return journey loads, but with the advances in technology and e-commerce, this type of service has grown more widespread and efficient. There are basically two types of back load matching services: the online freight exchange and the auction based trade exchange.

The online freight exchange refers to systems that provide a platform that generally allows carriers to communicate and coordinate freight traffic information with other operators, such as logistics and forwarder companies. Forwarders are allowed to advertise their freight, either publicly or privately, to a large number of freight operators who are in search of return journey cargo. Such online systems are typically subscription based, which means you pay a minimal amount for searching and advertising.

On the other hand, auction based trade exchanges offer companies a chance to advertise their shipping requirements online and obtain bids from prospective carriers. This type of exchange focuses on who can provide the best possible rate for the transportation of products or goods from point A to point B.

Freight Forwarders

Freight forwarders primarily focus on making the necessary arrangements for the movement of the freight, which include the logistics, customs, warehousing and bonding activities. Since most forwarders are not physical carriers of goods, they are known to be a lucrative source of back load jobs.

About the author

Norman Dulwich is a correspondent for Haulage Exchange, the world's largest neutral trading hub for same day back load jobs in the express freight exchange industry. Over 2,500 transport exchange businesses are networked together through their website, trading jobs and capacity in a safe 'wholesale' environment.

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Written By: admin on March 15, 2013 No Comment

Every year auto enthusiasts eagerly await the latest automotive innovations as they are unleashed, but few prototype unveilings have caused the stir that a certain vehicle triggered when it was shown to the public this month in Austin, Texas.

It was at the eighth annual Texas Transportation Forum and the usual dialogue about state highways and long-haul trucks was put on the back burner as public officials and an eager public gathered round to see an automotive curiosity, one with the potential to change the face of not just the automotive industry, but also the nation’s entire transportation infrastructure.

Who was the developer behind this groundbreaking vehicle?  Was it automotive pioneer Ford?  Or the always innovative folks at Toyota?  Or maybe it was one of the foreign manufacturers.  Porsche?  Ferrari?

Nope.

It was Google.

That’s right; the Internet giant Google is the brains behind this state-of-the-art vehicle.  A quick glance at the model reveals little that would indicate this is anything but a normal luxury sedan; aside from the futuristic implement sitting on top of the vehicle, this could be your suburban neighbor’s car.

But it wasn’t the Jones’ car that had everyone stirring.  No, this automobile is quite different.

You see one constant in the history of automobiles -- from Henry Ford’s Model T to the Lamborghini Gallardo – is that a certain instrument must be in place for the automobile to operate.

The Google prototype doesn’t need this, however.  Unlike every other vehicle ever created for use on public roads, the Google vehicle has no need for one thing.  (And I’m not talking about tires.)

A driver.

That’s right!  Google, with the help of researchers at Stanford University, has now produced a fleet of ten vehicles that does all the driving itself.  It accelerates by itself.  It brakes and steers by itself and knows when to do so.  It changes lanes when appropriate.  It can see the road using laser technology and can go as fast as 85 miles per hour.

Google took the driverless car for a loop around the Austin area, including the traffic-packed Interstate 35.  This was quite a technological feat, considering that just a couple years ago the driverless cars could only travel a few city blocks at a time.

Sure it may yet be a few years before the driverless cars are whizzing around city streets, but the progress has been such that it no longer seems like a fantasy.  It’s going to happen, and it will change the transportation setup of our country.

Google claims that their driverless car will:

  • Reduce traffic accidents by 90%
  • Reduce wasted commute time and energy by 90%
  • Reduce the total number of cars we need by 90%

Think about that.

It’s a whole new ball game!

Jack Payton is an automotive enthusiast and a freelance writer for the online tire retailer tires-easy.com.  Though intrigued by the driverless car, he isn’t willing to give up his 4x4 excursions into the mountains.

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