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FR8 Revolution launches heavy-haul marketplace

FR8 Revolution, an Oakland-based company that develops free, cloud-based tools for freight transportation, announced the launch of the FR8Star Heavy Haul Marketplace at www.fr8star.com.

FR8Star’s marketplace includes a rate calculator for pricing oversize/overweight loads, including up-to-date state permit fees and escort costs. 

The company’s rate calculator provides oversize/overweight shippers with reliable pricing estimates, optimal shipping routes and the ability to request quotes directly from carriers. Carriers bidding for these loads also have access to the FR8Star rate calculator, so they can submit a competitive and educated quote, the company said in a press release.  

FR8Star is not a broker. Instead, the company facilitates the transaction for a transparent fee.  The shipper and carrier complete their contract directly with one another through the platform. 

State-level permits are always a burdensome challenge to pricing oversize freight, it said, as each state has its own permit structure. This can lead to mistakes in estimating costs and selecting optimal routes. Some states base their fees on size or weight, while others charge flat fees.

FR8Star’s rate calculator factors in these various fees, recommends optimal shipping routes, and provides the ability to request quotes directly from carriers.

“We have a problem today because many brokers don’t have a good sense of what the price of overweight or oversize freight should be, so they underbid to carrier or overprice to shippers. This causes inefficiency in matching shippers to qualified carriers and hurts carrier’s profit margins,” said Matthew Kropp, FR8 Revolution’s CEO. “Ultimately, shippers end up paying too much while  carriers struggle to turn a profit. It’s time to level the playing field for carriers and shippers.” 

Oversize / overweight freight can be defined by weight, length, width or height. For example, a truck and trailer weighing more than 80,000 pounds or having a width of more than 102 inches would meet the federal definition of oversize / overweight freight. 

The calculator is part of FR8 Revolution’s mission to create greater pricing transparency and better operating efficiency for shippers and carriers. The company says it aims to help both sides understand the true fair-market price for oversized and overweight loads and facilitate direct transactions between highly qualified carriers and informed shippers.

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Aaron Huff is the Senior Editor of Commercial Carrier Journal. Huff’s career in the transportation industry began at a family-owned trucking company and expanded to CCJ, where for the past 14 years he has specialized in covering business and technology for online and print readers and speaking at industry events. A recipient of numerous regional and national awards, Huff holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Brigham Young University and a Masters Degree from the University of Alabama.