How Joining a Freight Exchange Helped FAT Solutions
Find out how you can expand your small haulage operations into a fully fledged company – FAT Solutions successfully grew thanks to a freight exchange platform!
There’s no time like the present to develop your small operations. With the help of a freight exchange platform, you can easily expand your business by networking with other companies and signing an increasing number of transportation contracts. Don’t believe me? See how FAT Solutions grew by joining the Haulage Exchange.
About Fat Solutions
Established in 1995 by Gary Armstrong, Fat Solutions originally specialised in the creation and selling of bio diesel made from cooking oil. As the business started to take off, Gary required a much larger vehicle to transport the oil, so he passed his operator’s license and bought a 7.5 tonne truck. Still expanding, the company began its transition towards the haulage industry at the request of its customers. Eventually, as the bio fuel aspect of the business started to fade, Gary decided to focus on freight exchange. He began to build Fat Solutions’ reputation as a highly qualified, capable and reliable haulage company – and for that extra bit of help, he joined the Haulage Exchange in 2007.
Benefits of the Haulage Exchange
Thanks to the freight exchange platform, Fat Solutions is never short of work. It has signed an increasing number of transportation contracts with other members and carried a wide range of freight, from small ambient food products all the way to large and high-value mechanical machinery.
As you well know, a one-off contract can develop into a long-standing working relationship. The network allows Fat Solutions, and other such companies, to communicate with one another and build extensive networks. The freight exchange platform is the ideal place to make well-matched connections across the haulage work industry.
With these connections, Gary is also able to sub-contract any work his company might not have time to take on. Through the platform, he can choose the most reliable haulage company to do the job.
If you would have told Gary ten years ago that he could use a single year’s profits to buy a brand-new Mercedes 18 tonne truck, he would never have believed you. Well, believe it my friends! Having used the platform for just 12 months, Fat Solutions had already made enough profit to expand its fleet. With a larger capacity, Gary could then take on more hefty loads and commit to more contracts.
Once a freight delivery job was completed, Fat Solutions’ trucks used to be driven back empty. With the platform, however, Gary uses the online system to find jobs in the surrounding area. Hauliers can then pick up a new load on their way back and minimise dead mileage.
The Haulage Exchange also has an app which allows you to look for jobs on the go. You can either promote your own availability or look up the location of other members. This is the most effective way of minimising empty runs and maximising profits.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Norman Dulwich is a Correspondent for Haulage Exchange, the leading online trade network for the road transport industry. Connecting logistics professionals across the UK and Europe through their online freight exchange, Haulage Exchange provides services for matching loads and with available drivers. Over 4,000 transport exchange businesses are networked together through their website, trading jobs and capacity in a safe 'wholesale' environment.