Today’s Pickup: Daimler develops spot freight app for its supply chain

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Even trucking original equipment manufacturers are not immune to spot freight volatility. A sudden order can boost parts required, necessitating a call to a supplier. Because of that, Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA), is working to shore up its supply chain relationship with contracted freight carriers through a new digital platform.

The customized app is based on a version created by Loadsmart and will help DTNA stay in touch with its contractors and help them find spot loads.

“To manufacture trucks, we need carriers to deliver components and parts to our plants,” said Lori Heino-Royer, director of business innovation at Daimler Trucks North America. “Offering a customized app to our contracted carriers gives them first access to our spot business and improves critical points in our supply chain.”

Loadsmart said its vision is “to build the future of logistics by interconnecting all players in a powerful platform. The Loadsmart platform leverages data and machine-learning technology to provide shippers an instant pricing and booking experience in which truck shipments can be scheduled in a few seconds. It allows the carriers to choose preferred spot loads, receive mobile notifications, and manage fleets in real-time. With just one click, carriers have the ability to instantly book spot loads.”

DTNA ran a pilot of the app in the fall of 2017 and found that the time to process shipment decreased from 5 hours to 18 minutes, Loadsmart said. Participating fleets saw a 50% increase in their average number of spot loads and improved their average time to accept, process and deliver a spot shipment by over 90%. 

In addition, carriers using the app were paid within two days instead of 30.

Did you know?

According to the Wall Street Journal, Walmart is now requiring large shippers to deliver full orders within a 1- or 2-day window 85% of the time or face a 3% penalty.


“I am so hoping that 2018 will be the year when detention policies and practices change. Some amount of detention may be unavoidable, and the broker can’t always influence what happens at the shipper’s or receiver’s dock. But carriers and drivers can still ask for fair treatment, including fair compensation for long delays.”

Chad Boblett, writing in a blog posting for DAT

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Brian Straight

Brian Straight covers general transportation news and leads the editorial team as Managing Editor. A journalism graduate of the University of Rhode Island, he has covered everything from a presidential election, to professional sports and Little League baseball, and for more than 10 years has covered trucking and logistics. Before joining FreightWaves, he was previously responsible for the editorial quality and production of Fleet Owner magazine and Brian lives in Connecticut with his wife and two kids and spends his time coaching his son’s baseball team, golfing with his daughter, and pursuing his never-ending quest to become a professional bowler.