The Theme of this Year’s ATA Executive Summit will Be Technology’s Effect on Trucking

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Technology continues to play a vital role in today's trucking. Every aspect from increased fuel mileage, to GPS tracking systems influences how freight is moved. This year's ATA Executive Summit will focus on the effects technology is playing in trucking, and how companies are using the same technology to find loads.

Online load boards, such as, provide truckers with a simple, efficient, and up-to-the-minute way to find available loads. Brokers and shippers themselves post available loads and all the necessary information (locations, dates, trailer requirements, special provisions, etc.). While sites vary in precise format, there is always a specific search method of narrowing the thousands of posted loads down to those that match the trucker's equipment, location, available dates, etc. And in the unlikely case there should prove to be nothing available that fits his optimal preferences, he can always expand the parameters of his search to find the next best option.

The usefulness of load boards isn't just limited to truckers finding available loads. Most boards have numerous other features. These range from SMS Alerts and weather information to fuel price updates and mileage calculators. There's credit report and company review information on shippers and brokers so that truckers know they can trust those they do business with, and job listings and for sale ads if they want something other than an immediate load. Shippers can find searchable listings of trucks by type and location. BulkLoadsNow's “company finder” will locate shippers or carriers by location, cargo, or name.

A good load board site can be an essential asset for an independent trucker. Membership on a site will quickly pay for itself, and even non-members can access many of the useful features. is an online community of professionals in North American’s bulk freight industry. Our shipper members are transportation logistics managers of grain, fertilizer, aggregates, feed ingredients and all agriculture commodities. Our carrier members pull hopper bottoms, walking floors, end dump trailers, belt trailers, live floors, pneumatic and liquid tankers. We provide to our members the industry’s most innovative bulk freight solutions including an enhanced load board, database of all carriers in North America, instant communication tools, industry forums and news updates, and much more.

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