What is a load board? Why do truck drivers and trucking companies need a load board?
A load board is an online match-making service where drivers can find loads and post their trucks. Similar to an online dating site, truckers connect to meet brokers and online. Load boards are used by all sizes of companies, from owner-operators to the largest shippers and brokers in the industry, as an essential tool for finding loads and trucks. Some companies use the load board for the majority of their business and some use it once in a while, but always to keep their trucks full. Load Boards enable long-term business partnerships to form, and provide tools for companies to research other companies. DAT provides a variety of tools for brokers and carriers to check the credentials of participating companies before they connect to move freight.
What does DAT stand for? How did DAT start?
The DAT Network began in 1978 as Dial-A-Truck (DAT) at the Jubitz truck stop in Portland, OR. It’s the original ‘load board’ that started on bulletin boards, then physical load board monitor displays advertising available loads to for-hire drivers waiting at truck stops. Over the years, DAT has grown to become the primary place where transportation professionals meet. It’s a vibrant marketplace for 179 million loads and truck per year and has become the industry standard for load boards. The DAT network serves as the backbone for all of DAT’s load board products, including TruckersEdge.
Why should trucking companies choose the DAT TruckersEdge Load Board?
TruckersEdge is the original truck load board for owner-operators and small carriers, DAT TruckersEdge provides access to the complete DAT load network at an excellent value and affordable price, starting at just 34.95. As a part of DAT’s extensive load board network, DAT TruckersEdge provides carriers access to the trusted DAT® Network, North America’s largest marketplace for freight loads and trucks. With TruckersEdge you’ll have your choice of over 1 million loads daily, many that you won’t find anywhere else.
What are some of the tools and product features found on the DAT TruckersEdge Load Board?
TruckersEdge® is built for owner-operators and carriers to find freight. There are several packages that provide tools including:
- Unlimited load searching and truck posting
- Instant alarm match notification for your searches
- Mileage and routing
- Inbound and outboard load to truck ratios
- Broker credit scores and days-to-pay
- Access to the DAT Directory for detailed profile information on brokers, shippers and carriers
- Market rates, including the 15 day Lane Rate – showing the average lane rates paid by brokers based on the past 15 days
Can anyone post anything on DAT Load Boards?
DAT takes security very seriously. DAT provides you with detailed information you need to qualify each company you work with them and monitors each company that comes on the board. Companies can be suspended or removed from the service for bad behavior. Company profiles provide detailed information on credit scores, days to pay, insurance information and other details for companies to research potential business partners.
Do I need an MC number to sign up for the DAT load board?
The MC number is not required when you first sign up, but you’ll need to add it later. You are required to have your DOT number, though. If you need to get your operating authority, DAT can help you with that.
Do you offer any free tools, training or guides if people want more information?
Yes! DAT Load Boards don’t just give you the largest marketplace, they also give you the fastest and best service and resources to help you in your business.
DAT has an award winning customer service group, available for training and help 7 days a week to assist you.
DAT also provides free tools and resources in the DAT newsletter and website for carriers getting started in the business. You can sign up for the DAT newsletter and DAT Trendlines to get these updates in your inbox for free!
Is there anything that might be considered new in your industry? Latest trends?
Freight rates and regulations are constantly changing. DAT is the go-to source for rate updates and trends. Make sure to check out the DAT Blog and sign up for the DAT Newsletter to get industry updates and DAT Trendlines to get weekly updates on what’s changing in rates around the country.