Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Freight Transport Body Ties Up with Road Haulage Exchange Group

Early Launch to Help Operators Through Virus Trucking Problems
Shipping News Feature

UK – The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has tied up with road cargo exchange platform Haulage Exchange to deal with the problems of finding suitable carriers or suitable loads, particularly in these confused times when regular traffic may have become disjointed and the driver shortage exacerbated by furloughing and the Covid-19 situation.

The pair have formed the Logistics Efficiency Network Solution (LENS) to connect accredited logistics businesses and professionals to loads needing transportation. FTA's partnership with Haulage Exchange's smart system gives LENS members the ability to search for loads based on their location and HGV specs (size, body type and available capacity).

The system, which was launched ahead of schedule to solve problems caused by the pandemic, then uses the information to match suitable loads to carriers. Jerry Kane, FTA’s Commercial Director was enthusiastic in announcing the new product, saying:

“We are delighted to be partnering with Haulage Exchange to launch the LENS service for members, which will give operators right across the sector peace of mind that they can continue to operate at the best possible price despite vehicle or work shortages. 

”Haulage Exchange’s expertise in freight exchange underpins the new LENS operation, giving users peace of mind that loads will arrive on time, at the best possible price, and ensuring minimal disruption to the supply chain during these challenging months.”

LENS also gives FTA members the ability to subcontract carriers if they are experiencing staff shortages or have more loads than their capacities allow. Initially there is the possible option of a free trial with a demo available HERE. FTA are offering a saving of over £828 to its members with no set up fee, an extra month free in the first year and access to Freight Vision, giving visibility over the status of an operation anytime and anywhere. Lyall Cresswell, Founder and CEO of Haulage Exchange, observed:

"We're proud to share our innovative solutions with FTA's membership. Our 20-year legacy in delivering a market-leading freight exchange platform gives FTA members the confidence they need to improve efficiencies and boost profit margins. Along with fast and convenient tools like real-time visibility and eQuotes, our system matches loads to experienced carriers, keeping your supply chains moving."