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5 Takeaways from GATS 2019

We had a great time meeting owner operators, drivers, and dispatchers at The Great American Trucking Show in Dallas. Whether or not you made it to GATS last week, we wanted to share takeaways we heard from industry professionals. 

1. Low rates cause carriers to get creative

Many owner operators, dispatchers, and drivers expressed current rates are making business difficult. To ease the pain, many carriers are focusing on dedicated freight, taking loads with guaranteed return trips, and reducing overhead.

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2. Quick payments matter

Who doesn’t like getting paid quickly? But in this business, which historically runs on paper and phone calls, payments can take weeks to arrive. Many owner operators use factoring companies to speed up the payment process.

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3. Carriers want to bid on loads

Many carriers told us they enjoy having the ability to bid on loads. Some prefer picking up the phone and talking to a broker — others enjoy bidding automatically within an app.

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4. Carriers want to hear from other carriers

Driving a truck can get lonely. To stay connected to others in the carrier community, many drivers told us they listen to trucking podcasts when they’re on the road.

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5. Technology is a helpful tool, but trucking will always be a business about people

Carriers use apps like Convoy to book loads. While technology makes it easier to find work, many carriers expressed that relationships still win business. They prioritize working with shippers and brokers who treat them well and provide good customer service. 

Thanks to everyone who stopped by the Convoy booth!

We hope you enjoyed GATS as much as we did — we can’t wait to see what next year has in store.

Want to share your feedback with us? If we didn’t get a chance to speak with you at GATS, we still want to hear how the Convoy app is working for you. The best way to communicate with our team is through the app — here’s how. You can also drop us a line at support@convoy.com.

Convoy is a nationwide trucking network and platform that’s transforming the $800B trucking industry. With Convoy, carriers get access to a free mobile app that allows them to find loads they want, save time, drive fewer miles empty, and get paid quickly. Shippers use Convoy’s data-driven insights and industry-leading service levels to book loads, improve their supply chain operations, lower costs, and reduce waste.