Frequently Asked Questions


 

What is ShipperNet.com?

What is ShipperNet’s National Transport Directory?

Why use pre-qualified transport carriers from ShipperNet’s National Transport Directory?

How do I to sign up as a shipper?

What are the options for posting loads as a shipper?

How are electronic freight documents handled?

How do I sign up as a Transport Carrier?

How does ShipperNet.com select Transport Carriers for the Directory?

What other information can be made available as a public document at the site?

How does ShipperNet.com differ from a TMS?

How does the system deliver a paperless environment?

What kind of security is implemented at a directory site?





What is Shippernet.com?Back to top


ShipperNet.com is designed to tender loads directly between the shipper and transport carrier. For years there has been a host of industries with their fingers in profit pie. No wonder why prices have gone so high for shippers and the profits so low for transport carriers.

ShipperNet’s goal is to keep all transactions easy to use while being transparent to both parties. In doing so, we can reduce shipping costs while the carriers can make reasonable profits.



What is ShipperNet’s National Transport Directory?Back to top


Let’s face it. If there was a way to tell the “good carriers” from the “bad carriers”…wouldn’t that be great? Well, National Transport Directory does just that. ShipperNet’s prescreens all transport carriers for the highest of standards and are pre-qualified by having approval by the FMCSA's Safety Measurement System stats and have all authorities and insurance in place.



Why use pre-qualified transport carriers from ShipperNet’s National Transport Directory?Back to top


The simple answer is to reduce the liability to a shipper and/or agent.
According to Schramm vs. C. H. Robinson, it is now all about due diligence in the hiring of a transport carrier. This case requires a monumental change for decades to come in the way shippers and their agents pre-qualify transport carriers before contracting for a load.

This decision now requires more due diligence if the shipper and their agents wish to avoid the risk of being held liable for the personal injuries, deaths and damages of the transport carriers they hire. The decision has the created the need for more current, accurate and complete information on the nation’s transport carriers and their safety records of drivers and equipment.

A transportation lawyer recommends that a reasonable policy for hiring a transport carrier might include that the following information be contained in a file.

  1. A copy of the carrier’s operating authorities
  2. An insurance filing with the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration.
  3. Information about the carrier’s Safety Measurement System stats.
  4. Keep the safety rating and safety record current. Conduct your own investigation into the carrier’s record of accidents, FMCSA inspection reports, driver compliance with hours of service regulations, its compliance with record-keeping regulations, medical exams, accident reports etc. (The Schramm court ruled that “it seems entirely reasonable to require transport carriers, including third party logistics companies, who assist newcomers with market entry, to evaluate their safety control measures in the absence of a DOT rating.
  5. Check the FMCSA’s SMS for the carrier’s BASICs ratings.
  6. Every transport carrier file must be kept current with any information received, and should be reviewed on a regular basis for changes.

Solution:
At ShipperNet.com each pre-qualified carrier has the necessary documents in an easy to access downloadable format.
Both parties can safely and securely upload, download, prepare, create, sign or exchange any freight documents.



How do I to sign up as a shipper?Back to top


First you need to register on ShipperNet.com as a shipper and/or shipper agent or click here.
Once ShipperNet.com receives your information you will be given a unique User ID, Password and Company ID along with step-by-step instructions on what to do next.



What are the options for posting loads as a shipper?Back to top


A shipper and/or shipper agent will be able to privately tender loads and shipments to transport carriers in three different ways.

  • Private Preferred Load Board (direct entry): Shippers and/or shipper agents can post loads to their private/preferred network of transport carriers directly from ShipperNet.com.
  • Public Load Board (direct entry): Shippers and/or shipper agents can post loads directly on ShipperNet.com’s to Post Everywhere’s public load board directly from ShipperNet.com.
  • Public and Private Load Board (direct entry): Shippers and/or shipper agents can post loads directly on ShipperNet.com’s private load board as well as Post Everywhere’s public load board directly from ShipperNet.com.
  • Public and/or Private Load Board (integrated entry): The most efficient way to post loads on either ShipperNet’s private and/or public load boards is from the Dispatch Modules of Truckwin Dispatch and Accounting Software. To learn more about TruckWin click here.



How are electronic freight documents handled?Back to top


ShipperNet.com has an electronic library for each authorized user that is enable with a host of administrative tendering options. Both shipper and transport carrier can upload, download, prepare, create, sign or exchange freight documents associated with transaction in a paperless environment. These transactions are can be completed privately and securely using User Identification, Passwords and Company Identification security features or posted publicly.



How do I sign up as a Transport Carrier?Back to top



All transport carriers must first be screened to become a pre-qualified carrier. First you need to register on ShipperNet.com as a transport carrier or click here. Once ShipperNet.com receives your information you will be screened before you can become pre-qualified. If you meet the criteria of the Safety Measurement System stats you will be given a unique User ID, Password and Company ID along with step-by-step instructions on what to do next. You will also be asked to provide the following pieces of information:

  • Name, Address and Telephone numbers of the principle office of business.
  • A valid MC and DOT number that links to the FMCSA web site. (This link will provide registration, insurance and safety information)
  • A copy of Authorities in a standard .pdf ADOBE or .doc Microsoft word format.
  • A copy of an insurance ACORD form as evidence of current insurance coverage.



How does ShipperNet.com select Transport Carriers for the Directory?Back to top


ShipperNet.com prequalifies all of the above information available at a Transport Carrier’s freight directory prior to listing on the directory. All the information must be available either publicly or privately using a User name, password and Company ID. ShipperNet.com performs annual audits on this information.



What other information can be made available as a public document at the site?Back to top


Only appropriate freight documents necessary to efficiently handle freight transactions may be uploaded/downloaded and have a standard portable extension of .pdf, .xls, .doc, or .pub. All documents can be configured to be either public or private.
Shipper examples of appropriate documents: load status report, bills of lading, and freight documents.
Transport Carrier examples of appropriate documents: preferred lanes of traffic, available equipment capacities, driver application forms, safety inspection documents, insurance forms.



How does ShipperNet.com differ from a TMS?Back to top


Transportation management systems generally fall into two categories.

Shipper Transportation Management Systems
These systems are logistical solutions that place load and shipment tenders to transport carriers directly from software solutions that are installed at a distribution center, warehouse, manufacturing site, railroad facility, port facility or airport.

Transportation Intermediary Systems
These systems are developed, designed and used by the more than 11,000 freight intermediaries. Intermediaries generally act as shipper agents. They arrange by contract for the movement of the load or shipment with hundreds of thousands of asset-based transport carriers. These systems include the numerous load boards both subscription-based and free. Load boards are freight available advertisements designed to broadcast load information to thousands of transport carriers. Loads and shipments advertised on the load boards require thousands of hours of wasted human resources, multiple load and shipment postings by staff, many phone calls to get quotes and negotiate rates, phone calls to communicate load and pickup specifics, e-mails and faxing costs to exchange freight documents.

ShipperNet.com freight directories could be called a transportation management system however they are designed to serve as electronic libraries where load/shipment offers or tenders are made directly to a large federation of prequalified and preferred transport carriers without the use of multiple load postings, numerous phone calls to quote and negotiate rates, various calls to communicate load and pickup specifics and faxing and e-mails to exchange documents.

The freight directories are designed to serve as complete electronic freight repositories where the shippers can tender freight, offer freight on a bid or quotation basis, create or upload their own transportation documents either publicly or privately directly to transport carriers in a paperless environment.

The shipper based upon their own unique freight requirements designs and determines all the specific documents needed to tender and complete a load or shipment transaction with their pre-qualified and preferred transport carriers. Correspondingly the shipper can ask the transport carrier to have all the necessary freight documents available for pickup at the Transport Carrier’s respective sub directory either publicly or securely.



How does the system deliver a paperless environment?Back to top


The system uses standard file transfer protocols from any computer having access to the internet.
A shipper connects to the site server and uses the internet and subdirectories to administer freight documents and to manipulate files.
The freight sub directories allow for the transfer, exchange and manipulation of any documents with standard file transfer extensions. Shippers and transport carriers can connect to create, to prepare, to confirm, to upload and exchange any freight information and to ultimately bundle the entire freight transaction for download into a paperless freight document file for later storage or retrieval. The system operates independent of the operation systems involved.
Ultimately all the entire freight documents can be downloaded into an electronic and paperless freight document file or folder for storage and retrieval by all parties to the freight transaction.



What kind of security is implemented at a directory site? Back to top


All sub directory information is managed by the respective shipper, shipper agent or transport carrier. The sub directories can contain public documents that can be viewed by any one.
All others documents are accessible only through use of a proper User Identification, Password and Company Identification. Whether a freight document is public or private is determined by personal preference except for the required public documents previously mentioned.