So, you have your Internet Truckstop account opened on your computer, your tablet or smart phone and you are searching for available loads or trucks from your home area to anywhere in the United States. However, you wish you knew the ratio of loads versus trucks within that area and you knew a little more about the negotiating strength you possess.
Did you know that your basic Internet Truckstop account provides a free decision-making tool that gives you just that? Pintac® provides you ability to see, in real time, how many loads are available in your area, along with how many posted trucks are seeking loads and how many people are currently searching within that area. Not only that, it provides a color coded chart that shows the balance between loads and trucks within that specific area. If the bar appears on the load side, there are more loads than trucks in that area, and vice versa. A green bar shows a gap between the two of up to about 15 percent. Yellow means a gap of between 16 percent and 50 percent, while a red bar shows a gap of more than 50 percent.
It is a very simple process. Once you have logged into your Internet Truckstop account with your handle, login information and password, look for the “Decision Tools” in the upper-left menu bar. If you do not see the “Decision Tools,” click on “My Truckstop” and then find the “Decision Tools.”
Click on the “Decision Tools” and a drop-down menu will show “Pintac®.” Click on Pintac®.
That will provide a screen with a series of bars showing whether there are more trucks or loads in a specific region of the United States. Pintac® automatically defaults to the state in which your computer is located. To choose a different state for your state of origin, simply click on the state located on the map at the bottom of the page.
At the top of the screen, Pintac® will show all trucks and loads from the state of origin, including the number of posted loads available, the number of posted trucks and the number of hot prospects currently searching.
Below that is a menu of trucks where you can search for all trucks: flatbed, van, van/reefer, reefer only or specialized trucks to narrow you search parameters. Each will show a difference in the colored bars below.
If the colored bars appear on the “trucks” side of the graph, it means there are more trucks than loads available. If it appears on the loads side of the graph, there are more loads than trucks available. The color of the bar indicates the gap between loads and trucks in that specific region and for that specific piece of equipment.
Clicking on the colored bar will bring up a load board with trucks or loads heading to the destination within the area the bar is contained. Destination areas include New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont), Northeast (Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania), East Coast (Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and West Virginia), Southeast (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee), Ohio Valley (Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio), Upper Plains (Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin), Midwest (Illinois, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska), South (Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas), Mountain States (Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming) and West Coast (California, Oregon and Washington) along with Canada and Mexico.
By clicking on the bar, Pintac® will show all freight, or freight specified by your equipment search, transiting to that specific region and allow you to make a decision on whether to bid and/or negotiate on a specific load or truck to haul a load.
Clicking on a specific load or truck will bring up an information box showing information such as Days to Pay, total mileage, fuel costs and more for loads and carrier ratings and more for trucks.
Using Internet Truckstop’s RateMate® in conjunction with Pintac® will also give information on the rate index, rate trending, fuel costs, trucks and PastWatch®, which allows one to see a history of rates. Rates are shown from the past week, 15 days, 30 days, 90 days and 12 months. RateMate® is available through Internet Truckstop for a monthly fee, which can be added to your existing account.
Author: Larry Hurrle, IT Magazine Editor