Dray Alliance, a B2B platform that applies the “ride-sharing” model to drayage container delivery, today announces the launch of its new quote feature, powered by a proprietary AI prediction algorithm, which provides users with a quote at the click of a button, turning hours and weeks into minutes and seconds.
The Dray Alliance platform gives importers and exporters more flexibility and options when transporting their goods from the port to the warehouse. The new feature will enable them to not only find drayage shippers faster than ever before, but also at more competitive rates — allowing them to deliver more containers and increase their revenues as a result.
With the new service, import/export shippers click a button and upload their delivery orders, after which they are immediately presented with a rate for the delivery. Over time, the algorithms learn their delivery preferences, such as destination and time, allowing the containers to be accepted and delivered with greater ease.
The drayage industry is currently facing a number of serious challenges such as rising fuel costs and a lack of drivers . For example, by 2024, the drayage industry is expected to suffer a shortage of nearly 175,000 truckers. These issues make it difficult for importers and exporters to plan ahead given the inconsistency of fuel prices and drivers. Dray Alliance hopes to change this by giving those within the industry a more consistent and reliable platform to communicate, which will lead to companies using their time and resources in the most economic way possible.
“Currently, import and export shippers that deliver containerized cargo have to spend hours or even weeks to negotiate a drayage rate, which can have a huge impact on business. We are proud to be pushing this industry forward with new ideas and technology. By offering transparency to drayage and intermodal trucking companies, we can ultimately lower the cost of container deliveries, making life easier for everyone involved,” said Steve Wen, Co-Founder and CEO of Dray Alliance.
This industry might have numerous challenges in its future; however, thanks to the innovative work of Dray Alliance, negotiating drayage rates, which once consumed a huge amount of time and money, can now be streamlined. As a result, businesses within this industry can focus on what they do best, without fretting over drayage rates or negotiations. In the face of rising fuel prices and driver shortages, this industry needs innovation and advanced technology now more than ever.