Is preplanning a good idea?

#1
Hey all I'm trying to solve the question if I should do preplanning for my trucks or not. I know that some people say that Murphy's Law is always there, but I think it will help if I can get everyone set up in advance and secure Rates that meet (or come close) our overall goals. What do you think are the main issues in Load Planning? I believe that the three most important problems are:
1) Obviously, something can happen and screw everything you plan
2) That when your using Load Boards to plan, you only see a picture of the loads at that exact moment you're trying to book a load. This is a problem because I don't know if what I see is the best I can get. For example, if I'm searching in a LoadBoard and can't find anything great, I don't know if I wait, something better is going to appear. You have to decide with the options you got in that moment.
3) There are not enough loads in the future posts in this LoadBoards. Loads tend to appear like 24 - 48 hrs before they need to be picked up.
It would be great to hear your thoughts on this. Thanks!
 

Tazz

Infidel
Supporter
#2
If it is a regular customer you kind of know how the load will go it pays to look ahead. If your going in blind the rate would have to be huge to negate the risk the damage your reputation will incur if you fail a load.

And then you had better be prepared to adapt and overcome anyways. Rent a trailer, change up trucks, farm it out at what you have in it to get it covered.
 

Mike

Well-Known Member
Staff member
#3
Hey all I'm trying to solve the question if I should do preplanning for my trucks or not. I know that some people say that Murphy's Law is always there, but I think it will help if I can get everyone set up in advance and secure Rates that meet (or come close) our overall goals. What do you think are the main issues in Load Planning? I believe that the three most important problems are:
1) Obviously, something can happen and screw everything you plan
2) That when your using Load Boards to plan, you only see a picture of the loads at that exact moment you're trying to book a load. This is a problem because I don't know if what I see is the best I can get. For example, if I'm searching in a LoadBoard and can't find anything great, I don't know if I wait, something better is going to appear. You have to decide with the options you got in that moment.
3) There are not enough loads in the future posts in this LoadBoards. Loads tend to appear like 24 - 48 hrs before they need to be picked up.
It would be great to hear your thoughts on this. Thanks!
Right now, it is crazy to preplan a load. Bad markets right now are 3-1 in favor of the truck, good markets are 15+ in the trucks favor. Rates are at their best at the last minute right now.
 
#4
Right now, it is crazy to preplan a load. Bad markets right now are 3-1 in favor of the truck, good markets are 15+ in the trucks favor. Rates are at their best at the last minute right now.
Yes @Mike, right now the market is HOT. But I've had some cases where I've had to wait more than I would've wanted for trying to get until last minute. I think right now it should be to plan for 2 loads ahead, tops!
But I wanted to hear the experience of others when trying to plan more than the next load. Is it useful? Do you have trouble searching in OnSpot markets? etc.