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Knight-Swift piloting DAT Book Now

Feb. 27, 2020
New freight-tendering technology automates, streamlines processes, allowing carriers to focus on customer priorities

Knight-Swift Logistics is piloting DAT Solutions’ DAT Book Now technology, which delivers automated freight-tendering, helping eliminate lengthy load searches, phone calls, negotiations and other manual processes for freight brokers and carriers.

Book Now lets carriers on the DAT network of load boards search for freight and lock in the rate with the click of a button on their mobile or desktop device, DAT said.

“DAT Book Now will allow carriers to make faster, more confident decisions about booking freight,” said Shannon Breen, senior vice president of Knight-Swift Logistics and Intermodal. “We’re excited to work with DAT to introduce this feature to our extensive core carrier network.”

This automated freight technology streamlines the tendering process and allows brokers and carriers to focus on things their customers value: solving problems, planning strategies and delivering great service. The pilot program will run through the end of May and include a wide range of partners, DAT said. 

Book Now is expected to become available to all freight brokerages in June.

“DAT Book Now is a game-changer for brokers and carriers,” said Claude Pumilia, DAT CEO and president. “Today, tendering a load can involve multiple phone calls and interactions. DAT Book Now speeds up the process and leverages the trust and confidence the industry has in the DAT network as a place to do business.

“One click and everyone will know that the load is good to go.”

In January, DAT announced Knight-Swift as the first company to pilot its new suite of rate analytics and forecasting tools. Powered by RateView, the industry standard in trucking pricing data with a database of $68 billion of actual market transactions annually, DAT plans to launch its analytics and forecasting tools in April.

Knight-Swift, through its Knight Transportation, Swift Transportation, Barr-Nunn, and Abilene Motor Express branded subsidiaries, operates the largest truckload fleet in North America, as well as extensive rail intermodal and non-asset based freight brokerage and logistics services. With almost 60,000 trailers and more than 19,000 tractors, the company’s services include dedicated, expedited and cross-border transport utilizing dry van, refrigerated, flatbed and specialized trailers, and intermodal containers.

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