shipntrak, a subscription free online freight exchange, has been launched at the Logistics Link Live exhibition in Birmingham.
The system, which uses smartphones to track shipments, has been designed for simplicity and is powered by global vehicle tracking company Simplytrak,
It connects shippers and hauliers on a subscription-free auction style platform and enables subscribers to match cargo with available space. It allows live tracking of the cargo from pick up to delivery, which the company reckons is a first for online freight exchange systems.
Users pay a transaction charge of 7.5 per cent of the agreed price.
Carriers can put details of vehicles on the system and relevant loads can be matched with suitable vehicles based on location, route and transport conditions.
shipntrak can be used without any additional tracking hardware fitted to vehicles. Installation of the shipntrak app on any GPS enabled android/iOS device enables shippers to track their loads in real time and assists hauliers in vehicle management as well as providing an accurate delivery time to the receiver.
The system alerts the shipper 15 minutes before the collection is due – the shipper can then track the progress of the delivery in real time.
The process has been designed to be self policing with both shippers and carriers rating each other in the same way as ebay buyers and sellers,
Ehab Allam, managing director of shipntrak said: “We are delighted that shipntrak is now live and are looking forward to introducing the system to the logistics community.”