MetroGistics Driving Positive Transport Trends in 2014

When AutoRemarketing magazine interviewed MetroGistics co-owner Bill Billiter about top transport trends for 2014, it got us thinking about the many ways we as a company can help accelerate positive change in the industry through service and technology.

Here, then, is our perspective on some transport industry trends for 2014.

Transparency is key

Clients want real-time updates on status events throughout the shipment process. Drivers want to see the freight we have available. MetroGistics’ platform offers transparency for all our users. We have solid technology that alerts carriers to freight within a certain mileage radius of their capacity and pushes notices of available loads to their mobile devices. We are also close to launching an electronic proof of delivery (EPOD) solution that will allow drivers to fill out condition reports, collect signatures and process delivery documents electronically, eliminating the need for inefficient paperwork.

More ways to track

We have numerous solutions that our customers use every day to track shipments. Clients can check status by searching on our website, through nightly emailed in-transit reports with a digest of all their units including ETAs, and by using our mobile apps. MetroGistics will continue developing cutting-edge technology to provide tracking options to suit our clients’ preferences.

Verifying insurance

Unfortunately, there are many carriers today who don’t have insurance but falsify documents, or are not authorized to haul vehicles. Until there is a national enforcement program in place, it’s still “buyer beware.” Fortunately for our clients, our proprietary Safer Ship product monitors our carrier base 24/7 via a connection to the DOT/FMCSA to ensure that all of our carriers have current and proper levels of insurance and are authorized by the DOT to haul vehicles. Our software checks and monitors compliance nightly.

Maximizing value

Transport clients are looking for any way possible to save money without compromising safety and reliability. Aggregating shipments will improve efficiencies not only for every client, but also drivers and carriers. This also improves asset utilization, and reduces costs and transit time. MetroGistics has the flexibility to work with both single moves and big loads, and can pass along savings and benefits to our clients. Our average load factor is 4.25 units per load, and our average move is 675 miles (most single-source providers average 350 miles or less per move). Longer average-mile moves can help clients source vehicles from a wider radius, resulting in more selection and better pricing on vehicles.

We look forward to a great year for our clients and partners in 2014. Happy New Year!

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