Load boards find freight by offering their online posting and matching services to freight brokers and trucking companies needing a freight carrier. In the same way that owner operators use load boards to locate freight needing to be hauled, trucking companies use load boards to announce their available shipments.
Load boards offer benefits to both the shipping industry and owner-operators by providing instant matching, allowing shipments to be moved across the country faster. Freight companies looking for a cost-effective way to move freight are able to post their available shipments in real time, allowing carriers to respond immediately. Shippers can also search for registered owner-operators with the requirements needed for their freight.
Many freight brokers and agents also use load boards for features available to subscribers. Some load boards allow free posting of loads, while others provide posting along with additional features for a monthly subscription fee. Depending on the site, load boards may offer unlimited load postings and truck searches as well as instant access to carrier authority, insurance, W-9 information, credit scores and credit reports.
Other load boards offer online training and support, access to the mobile app, and integration with the company's shipping database. Integration saves freight companies time and money by automatically downloading shipments and immediately creating posts on the load board.