Case Study | Transportation & Logistics Services

About Client

The client, looking to build a freight-matching load-board solution has more than 28 years of experience in the transportation and logistics industry. Our client has worked with some highly renowned shipping and logistics companies across the globe. While working as a platoon-leader, the client carried freight from one location to another for logistics companies. The client also has good experience in providing training to logistics workers and building high performing teams to conduct transportation, maintenance and shipping operations.

To build a reliable and powerful load-board solution, the client was seeking the assistance of a reliable, enterprise-wide transportation and logistics solution provider who can turn his powerful idea into a useful product that can benefit carriers, brokers and the overall logistics industry, in general.

Business Challenge

  • Firstly, the client has set expectations with A3logics development team to build a powerful and reliable freight-matching platform that enables load carriers and brokers to find each other online easily and enter into agreements for movement of freight from one place to another. The idea behind this from the client was to simplify the life of freight carriers, brokers and shippers by offering them a powerful loadboard solution with 24/7 accessibility, leveraging cutting-edge technology.
  • The client has also made up his mind to create an online load-board solution that enables brokers/shippers to post their freight data on the platform in a fully automated manner, both from the platform and third-party TMS. The challenge for our development team was to execute and integrate autoloader functionality in the freight-matching platform for the convenience of the carriers and shippers.
  • Another challenge was to create a freight platform that is highly configurable and is available 24/7 for brokers and shippers to perform freight transactions. The client also wanted a loadboard solution that can easily cover a broad spectrum of freight transactions, right from load post, load search to fast load upload via file transfer protocol (FTP). To achieve this, building of plug and play architecture and support of robust APIs was mandatory.
  • Last, but not least, the client was also looking for an online load-board solution which is highly secure, reliable and contains a user-friendly interface so that brokers and shippers can easily search and enter their load details without being a technology expert.

Our Solution

To serve the client request of creating an online freight-matching service platform that enables brokers and carriers to connect seamlessly with others for performing freight transactions, the project requirement analysis team has conducted detailed research for outlining a detailed development strategy in front of the client.

Also, to develop the loadboard solution with expected features, it was decided that the freight-matching marketplace will be built using tools & technologies like Go, Node.js, Vue.js and Google Cloud platform by the development team.

To enable the automatic load functionality in the digital loadboard, our development team has integrated the autoloader function that enables brokers/shippers to upload bulk load details using any file format. Our freight-matching platform extracts the load details automatically from such bulk freight information to make the load posting task convenient and easy for shippers/brokers.

Finally, to make the platform configurable and scalable, it was built using multi-tenant SaaS architecture and hosted on the Google Cloud Platform. Adding new freight-matching capabilities and carrying out freight transactions securely can also be done easily using our user-friendly and reliable loadboard solution.

The surveys designed by A3logics benefits solutions were brief, clear and pervasive which has helped the client gather unique priority data from employees. Out of the 11 benefits delivered by the company, only three mattered most to its employees - 401k plan, paid holidays and salary.

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Highlights

Powerful features of our enterprise-grade freight-matching platform

Google Cloud-based Loadboard solution

Our enterprise-grade freight matching platform is hosted and built upon the Google Cloud Platform, which makes it highly reliable, scalable and ready for migration on other suitable infrastructure if needed. The users of the loadboard platform will also experience minimum delays or security issues while navigating through the platform.

Google Cloud-based Loadboard solution
Automated Load Upload

Automated Load Upload

Brokers or shippers get the facility to post load on our freight-matching platform in both manual and automated manner. The autoloader functionality of the load-board solution enables the brokers to upload bulk freight data in either CSV or excel format. Such load details are automatically fetched by our

Bulk Load Upload via FTP

The shippers or brokers using our online freight-matching platform can upload bulk load information in multiple formats - CSV, excel, etc.. Shippers/brokers can also import data directly from their TMS. To upload data in bulk, the users can upload the consolidated files carrying freight details under autoload function or use fast load function for multiple freight entries with a maximum capacity of twenty.

Bulk Load Upload via FTP
Configurable and Scalable

Configurable and Scalable

The loadboard solution designed by our development team is highly configurable wherein additional features like live dashboard with real-time data, broker/carrier credit data, predictive freight matching, instant pricing, etc. can be requested. Our digital loadboard solution is also highly scalable which can benefit logistics companies immensely as their business grows.

Plug & Play Architecture

Our digital loadboard platform also encompasses a multi-tenant SaaS architecture and ditches the idea of "One size fits all.” Our loadboard solution also has a flexible, customizable run-time environment wherein additional features can be added as per client requirement or request. The plug & play architecture of our system makes it highly innovative and versatile for logistics clients to add more capabilities or services into it.

Plug & Play Architecture
Third-party TMS Connectivity

Third-party TMS Connectivity

Our cloud-based freight matching platform can also integrate with third-party transportation management system (TMS) via API functionality to access shipment data directly from their platform. This is highly useful in terms of saving the valuable time of shippers or brokers who need to enter load details manually in case of traditional TMS.

Real-time Alerts

Both brokers and carriers can get real-time updates related to freight transactions carried out on the load-board platform. Whenever a shipper posts particular loads in the nearby locality of broker or carriers, they receive notifications and real-time alerts for the same. Carriers can show their interest in the transfer of load to the requested destination if it matches their criteria, i.e., cost, size, equipment type, etc.

Real-time Alerts
Comprehensive Broker/Carrier Information

Comprehensive Broker/Carrier Information

Our online freight-matching platform also provides comprehensive details about key participants, i.e., brokers, carriers, shippers, etc. engaged in freight transactions on the platform. For instance, shippers can readily receive information like broker credit scores, past freights etc.

Robust Security

The entire loadboard platform is hosted and built upon the Google Cloud Platform, which provides enterprise-grade security to all the loadboard participants while performing freight transactions.

Robust Security

Technologies & Tools

Go

Go

Node.js

Node.js

Vue.js

Vue.js

Google Cloud

Google Cloud

Direction API

Direction API

Place API

Place API

Metrix API

Metrix API

Distance API

Distance API

Javascript

Javascript

Here are Numbers that speak for our Quality Results

92 %

Brokers had given positive remark for automated load upload feature present in our loadboard solution

73 %

Carriers found it easy to track new loads in their locality using our loadboard platform.

81 %

Shippers using our platform liked the third-party TMS integration feature in our loadboard solution.

96 %

Brokers and carriers were satisfied with the real-time load alert facility present in our freight-matching platform.

Summary

The given case study is an elite example of A3logics commitment towards solving the problems of brokers and shippers in the logistics and transportation industry through the usage of cutting-edge technology.

The company is committed to solving the logistics and transportation problems like rising costs, tighter delivery windows, poor transparency, and capacity constraints, etc. by building advanced software solutions that automate the process of freight matching. We are also working in the direction of providing more online options to brokers and carriers in the transportation domain for better communication to perform load transactions faster and get paid easily with zero hassle.

The digital loadboard platform built by A3logics development team in the given case study is a prominent example of its commitment to solving the transportation problems faced by brokers and carriers. It allows brokers, shippers and carriers to connect seamlessly and conduct on-spot friend transactions online. This freight-matching solution utilises the location and hours-of-service data of carriers to provide the best load offers to shippers. This freight-matching platform also has some other useful features like cloud-security, automated load upload, bulk load upload, robust API support, easy integration with third-party TMS, etc.

Overall, partnering A3logics, the client was able to found a top-grade, customized loadboard solution provider who leverages industry-leading technologies to build world-class freight-matching solutions that are scalable, secure and feature-rich to serve the business purpose.