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Digital freight broker Next Trucking announced it concluded a beta program that allowed qualified independent owner-operators and small-fleet drivers to access port loads directly through Next’s mobile app.
The company reported it now will open its drayage marketplace to more qualified carriers, including it on its app.
The program facilitated round-trip booking, enabling a driver to take a container from the port to a yard, drop it off for transloading, and then return with a separate empty container, according to the El Segundo, Calif., company. Through the pilot, drivers were able to eliminate wasted miles, save on gas while maximizing hours of service, and increase efficiency and earning potential.
For shippers, Next noted, the app and data capabilities enable real-time visibility on the status of freight, allowing shippers to know the moment their shipment leaves the port and when they are at risk of accruing fees before they happen. In addition, its drayage marketplace gives shippers a platform to get their containers out of the terminals quickly to more accurately calculate arrival times. — Transport Topics
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