Leading logistic provider, Acumen Distribution, has launched an innovative system that creates a competitive marketplace for backloads. Called AcuFreight, the online freight system benefits both customers and hauliers by creating a real-time exchange platform matching unallocated loads with empty vehicles travelling across the UK.
AcuFreight is designed to reduce costs for customers, help the environment by reducing empty vehicle running and create additional revenue for carriers by helping them utilise otherwise empty vehicles. It enables customers to place available loads on the system and for hauliers to bid for the work, either against a target price set by the customer or in an open auction.
The sophisticated web-exchange enables customers to upload information either manually or via an EDI interface and to view available vehicles with best match for loads. Customers can stipulate the type of vehicle required as well as specify collection and delivery times. Only registered and approved hauliers will be able to access the system and there are no joining or registration fees.
A winning formula for hauliers too, AcuFreight allows them to place vehicles on the system and quickly view available loads enabling routes to be planned efficiently. AcuFreights auto-billing system reduces costs whilst the supply of a POD also helps reduce administration time and expenditure.
Acumen has appointed an Account Manager to manage all aspects of quality assurance, payments and insurance. He will also provide a full customer support backup, deal with issues and organise emergency loads.
This is a winning formula where everyone benefits, says Chris Doughty, Managing Director of Acumen. It reduces transport costs for companies, creates additional revenue for carriers by helping them utilise otherwise empty vehicles and the environment benefits as jobs can be completed using fewer vehicles.