Aljex Software has debuted a new tool designed to help brokers proactively search for trucks as well as to gauge spot availability.
Capacity Hub allows brokers to seek out capacity rather than simply post loads and wait for a response, Aljex said.
Using Capacity Hub in Aljex, a broker can access data provided by various carriers for available or soon-to-be available trucks. On the Capacity Hub page, the broker simply enters the origin point of a load. Capacity Hub then quickly displays available or soon-to-be available equipment in three different ways.
One display lists available trucks and includes the mileage between an individual truck and the pickup point. Another shows the trucks and the pickup point on a Google map.
The third display is in a bullseye graphic that breaks down the available trucks by miles from the pickup in an easy-to-grasp form that quickly conveys a sense of that geographic spot market.
“By searching for equipment proactively rather than waiting for carrier responses, a broker can gain an edge over the competition by booking equipment before anyone else,” said Tom Heine, CEO of Aljex. “The capacity crunch has changed the broker landscape, the way things were done in the past. We're providing Aljex customers with a way to deal with the new realities and to succeed.”
Carrier truck locations can come from fleets that regularly work with a broker or 3PL and provide data through Aljex. They can also be from major fleets that have established working relationships with Aljex.
Aljex Capacity Hub bullseye graphic displays the number of available or soon-to-be-available trucks in radius segments from the pickup location.