A load board is an on-demand freight exchange used by shippers, freight brokers, motor carriers, and other logistics companies to find freight and trucks.
Freight brokers and shippers use load boards to advertise freight that needs to be moved by posting where the load is and where it’s going. Trucking companies can search the lanes they run and find loads that match their business needs. Truckers can also post their available trucks to the load board so that brokers can call them about the loads they need to move.
DAT created the first load board at the Jubitz Truck Stop in Portland, OR, in 1978. Eventually, digital load boards spread to truck stops all across the country. Today, load boards exist as online marketplaces, allowing transportation companies to move spot market freight faster and more efficiently.
DAT still operates the world’s largest load board network, with users posting more than 141 million loads and trucks annually. (Update: DAT hosted 179 million load and truck posts in 2017.) Subscribers also get access to tools that show the current spot market freight rates on each lane, plus maps that depict demand and truckload capacity by key market area or state.
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