How to quote, book, and GPS track freight online in minutes with the Convoy shipper platform
Shippers • Published on June 10, 2020
For many small and mid-sized shippers, getting loads covered means working with brokers to get freight quotes and coverage requests. The traditional brokerage model has its pros and cons. Smaller shippers in particular tell us they often have to accept lower service and quality levels from brokers simply based on the size of their business.
Enter the digital freight network (DFN). One of the biggest benefits of DFNs is that they can provide smaller shippers consistent competitive rates and high service levels by using technology to find the most efficient truck at the best price. With technology-enabled solutions for quoting, booking and GPS tracking freight online, low-volume shippers don’t have to settle for lower levels of service anymore.
Convoy gives shippers direct access to Convoy’s digital freight network. It’s backed by tens of thousands of reliable carriers and a team of operations specialists who ensure 100% coverage and high service levels on every load. This enables us to provide small and midsized shippers with the same enterprise-level service that we offer our largest customers.
With the online platform, shippers get instant upfront pricing for spot freight, can book shipments with just a few clicks, and receive GPS tracking from start to finish. It delivers the best of both worlds – complete transparency and control over freight with the efficiency, quality, and cost-savings benefits provided by our digital freight network.
Ready to give it a try? Follow the steps below, or jump directly to our new freight quote tool.
Instant guaranteed freight quotes
The fastest and easiest way to get an instant quote is by going to our How Freight Quote Calculators Work page. Just enter your pickup and delivery details, indicate the truck type, and hit the ‘Get quote’ button.
Today, you can get real-time quotes for full truckload dry van and reefer freight shipments. Convoy generates pricing in real-time based on our unique algorithm that uses current market conditions and shipment data to give you the best possible rate.
To book your truck at this price, you’ll just need to create or log in to your shipper account. Existing Convoy shipper platform customers can also get instant, guaranteed rates directly within the online dashboard.
The price you’re quoted is the price you pay, guaranteed. We’ll never come back to you and ask for more money on a spot load. We also guarantee 100% coverage, which includes automatically adjusting carrier assignments on your behalf in the event of dropoff at no additional cost.
Book your shipment
Once you’ve generated a quote, click ‘Add Shipment Details’ and fill out a few more pieces of information to confirm your shipment.
To complete booking, click ‘Review Details’ and then select ‘Book Shipment’ to confirm. That’s it! Once the shipment is booked, you’ll get a confirmation when a carrier is assigned, usually within 36 hours of pickup.
In addition to starting a shipment from a quote, you can also start by building a load from scratch or by duplicating a previous shipment. Shipment duplication is one of the most popular features of the platform because it drastically reduces the time it takes to build loads.
24/7 live GPS tracking
We believe every shipper should expect real-time shipment visibility. The vast majority of Convoy shipments deliver real-time GPS tracking through our carrier mobile app. To check on the status of your truck from your dashboard, simply locate the shipment of interest and select “View”. In addition to providing self-serve access to shipment tracking, we also send email notifications for status updates (accepted, in-progress, dispatched, at pickup, in transit, at delivery, delivered).
Once the shipment has been completed, and the Bill of Lading (BOL) has been verified by the Convoy team, a photo of the BOL is uploaded to the document details of your shipment for your reference. You can download this record directly from your dashboard anytime.