Top tips to find haulage subcontractors

By Billy Gardner - 

Here are five of our top tips to freight forwarders find the haulage contractors you need to get your cargo from A to B.

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If you’re a freight forwarder looking out for haulage subcontractors, then the best way to get what you’re looking for is to think outside the box. After all, the way we find haulage drivers has changed dramatically over the years after the requirements and turnarounds of the haulage industry has increased. So when it comes to finding trustworthy, reliable and consistent haulage subcontractors, it can often be a minefield to navigate.

Here are our top tips to help you find the haulage contractors you need to get your cargo from A to B: 

1. Networking with drivers you’ve used before

If you’re looking for reliable drivers that you know will get the job done, then looking back at subcontractors or independent drivers you’ve used in the past is an easy way to start. Getting in contact with drivers you know work within the area of your freight, and might be the right fit for upcoming haulage and can provide you with an expanded workforce in next to no time. Tapping into your network – or the network of those around you – is a tried and true method of finding people to work with. And it can be highly effective in many cases. 

It’s even possible that drivers you know may have other contacts looking for work, even if they aren’t the right fit for your needs then and there. Using your network is a viable and effective way to make use of your contacts, and can even provide you with better rates than other methods thanks to your connection with the driver.

2. Accessing online forums specifically for haulage

Forums might seem a little outdated for some regions of the internet, but for haulage and HGV driving, the use of forums is very much modern-day. Through sites like the Transport Exchange Group forum drivers and businesses alike can connect through postings. A dedicated space allows for the users to communicate and build those invaluable relationships. It’s far easier to call someone with a load if they know who you are.

3. Sign up to Haulage Exchange

To find compliant, fully vetted, and trustworthy drivers, Haulage Exchange is the ideal platform to use. Designed for the specific purpose of managing haulage on the road, as well as connecting and working with drivers, a haulage exchange allows for easier management and better sourcing in one place. From drivers with additional capacity available for small-scale haulage to time-saving tools to make tracking haulage easier, this platform provides everything to make the process as smooth, productive and on time as possible.

Other tools included are the electronic POD system, as well as the ability to integrate telematics connections for drivers. Real-time ETAs are also available, as well as a high-quality freight vision app to allow you to track the progress of your load every step of the way. This additional functionality, and useful load quote system, makes using haulage exchange as easy for subcontractors as it is for businesses seeking drivers. For busy companies, a haulage exchange allows for effective planning and on-the-go management of drivers through a safe and standardised location.

Maybe you’re in the market for a whole new fleet of freight vehicles for an upcoming job. Or perhaps you simply urgently need a driver for some rapidly-approaching work. Whatever your requirements, these top tips can help you find haulage subcontractors quickly, easily and without fuss. Whether you choose to sign up to a haulage exchange or make use of your social media platforms, taking those extra steps can make all the difference.

If you have any questions about finding sub contractors through Haulage Exchange please give us a call on +44 (0)20 8896 6725.

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