Digital marketplace

Logistics.com's online trading siteAt a recent press briefing in Cambridge, Mass., Logistics.com previewed the initial functions of its Digital Transportation Marketplace (DTM), a fully integrated online communications and trading environment for freight transportation.According to George Abernathy, vp-sales & marketing, shippers and carriers will be able to use DTM to interact with each other online.Carriers

Logistics.com's online trading site

At a recent press briefing in Cambridge, Mass., Logistics.com previewed the initial functions of its Digital Transportation Marketplace (DTM), a fully integrated online communications and trading environment for freight transportation.

According to George Abernathy, vp-sales & marketing, shippers and carriers will be able to use DTM to interact with each other online.

Carriers will be able to bid competitively for both spot and contractual shipping capacity. DTM will also allow tracking and tracing of shipments in real time.

Once DTM is up and running, shippers will gain access through subscription. Abernathy said carriers will most likely be charged transaction fees to participate.

In addition, he noted that carriers will be screened before being registered to take part in the transportation exchange, and their performance will be continuously monitored to ensure shipper satisfaction.

An important feature DTM will offer carriers is its ability to present those attributes, such as rates and service performance, that will be important to the shipper awarding a given contract.

As of presstime, Logistics.com was expecting to launch the initial functions of DTM by the middle of May. For more information, visit the company's web site at www.logistics.com.

DAT Services' has added a map search interface to its freight matching web site to allow users to quickly find loads or trucks by clicking on individual states. The new tool can process multiple origins and destinations.

A second online search tool called DAT LaneMakers lets carriers identify activity on any national freight lane. It's designed to help fleets analyze lane activity with historical data for the prior year, according to the company. Search criteria allows users to view the total number of loads or trucks posted in any lane, and rank the top 20 carriers in a lane. It also provides specific contract information.

DAT Services offers real-time load and equipment availability and transportation information services to customers of all sizes online via software, satellite, fax and phone, as well as via a network of load monitors at 1,100 truckstops throughout North America.

NetTrans is offering free wireless Internet load matching software for the Palm VII connected organizer and other web-enabled handheld devices based on Palm software.

The web-clipping application extends unlimited load searching and truck posting capabilities of the NetTrans web site to owner-operators and small carriers on the road, according to the company. Palm users who want the software can register at the NetTrans site (www.nettrans.com) to receive the download.

The company's next project is a free version of its subscription-based web site designed exclusively for Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) based access by web-enabled Internet smart phone users, according to president Darren Brewer.

LiveLoad.net, a new Internet company formed by Profit Tools, will allow smaller carriers to offer a range of data and services to customers, including billing information, shipment history, shipment tracking, and pickup-and-delivery confirmations. Profit Tools president Brian K. Widell says most small trucking companies will be able to meet their customer service needs for less than $7 a day.

Fleets joining TruckersCo-op.com will be offered discounted Internet, telephone, and cable TV access for their drivers through PNV Inc., a private network company offering in-cab information and entertainment services at more than 270 truckstops. A subsidiary of Celadon Group Inc., TruckersCo-op.com is a business-to-business web site offering discounted service and goods to member fleets.

EFXit (www.efxit.com) is a web-based multimodal transportation exchange offering online freight auctions, shipping automation, transportation management applications, and logistics collaboration. Founded by the Electronic Freight Exchange Corp., the online service says it has also reached strategic alliances with the National Retail Federation and the National Assn. of Wholesaler Distributors.

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