With every new year, it’s a good idea to plan goals not only for self-improvement, but growth in your business.
Carriers are constantly on the move and the industry changes all around them. It’s imperative that they come into 2019 with a plan that they can stick to.
We surveyed thousands of carriers about their 2019 goals. Here’s a ranking of the top freight carrier goals for this year.
While you’re reading, if any of these goals resonate with your own, chat with the Shipwell team! Sign up below to learn more.
1. Book more loads
The No. 1 goal for carriers this year is to book more loads. That might be easier said than done but maximizing your load bookings is essential if you want to stay profitable on the road.
Having a good relationship with your shippers and brokers means you are likely at the top of the list of who to call when they need a load delivered by a trustworthy carrier.
Building strong communication channels and delivering on expectations are at the core of building trust.
Through simplified direct communication between all parties involved on a load, carriers can easily update their status and convey professional, coordinated communication.
2. Book better matching loads
Scheduling your routes strategically is vital to make sure you get home when you need to. Whether it is several short hauls across the region or long over the road treks up and down the coast, getting booked in the right locations is crucial.
When you sign up as a carrier on Shipwell, you gain access to thousands of shippers and brokers with freight needing shipped 24/7. And, when you connect your ELD with Shipwell, you’ll gain insights into locations of every truck in your fleet in real time. That means more visibility into your lanes, more access to loads, and better matching freight to minimize deadhead.
3. Grow operations
Being an owner-operator is beneficial for so many reasons, but as the market shifts and brokers tend to lean more on carriers with a fleet of trucks, it might be best to start thinking about expanding your own business.
At first, the money invested in getting new trucks and hiring more carriers might sound daunting, but get those trucks out on the road running loads right away and youâ€™ll be on your way to profit in no time.
Shipwell wants to simplify your logistics department by centralizing your workload into one convenient platform. Leverage the automation of uploading documents and offer real-time tracking to shippers to boost your business growth.
4. Spend less time in detention
One of the most frustrating aspects of being a carrier is sitting in detention. Nobody wants to waste time sitting and waiting on a dock to open up when they could be on the road running.
Most of the time detention happens because of poor warehouse logistics and first come first served loading. With Shipwellâ€™s newest dock scheduling feature, this problem is eradicated.
Plus, when carriers connect their ELD to Shipwell and download the mobile app, Shipwell automatically covers detention. So while you may encounter detention, know you’ll be covered for
5. Get paid faster
If your payments are delayed, it can be extremely frustrating.
While the freight industry sees invoices returned in 30+ days, these sort of inefficiencies can devastate a company when itâ€™s time to pay expenses. Shipwell has the solution.
Carriers receive payment in just three days when they download the app and use it for the duration of a shipment. The best part? There are no additional fees or costs to carriers for using quick pay with Shipwell.
We want to help lower any financial stress our carriers face in the new year.
Whatever your goals are for 2019, staying organized, having good time management, and making smart decisions are necessary to see growth and success. Shipwell wants to help by offering a platform to centralize your business and provide 24/7 access to brokers who are here to represent you.
Interested in growing your carrier business in 2019? Shipwell wants to help!