Not really. Test Drive is an entirely new category in transportation, desperately seeking to bring carriers and shippers directly together avoiding brokers altogether! However, Test Drive must maintain brokerage authority and insurance, as we need to have the ability to tender shipper loads to carriers be allow the “test drive” process to work.
Absolutely not. If we suggest a carrier and the shipper would like to onboard them without going through Test Drive, great! In essence, we then simply become a no cost matchmaker offering carrier suggestions we think fit best. You, the shipper, determine that.
There is no set timetable - Test Drive customers dictate when they choose to contract a carrier when they are ready. It may be 2 weeks, it may be 6 months or sometimes longer.
Test Drive continues to work with the shipper and carrier simply as a resource going forward, getting involved as needed to assure timely feedback on rates, commitments, service issues, etc.
The industry is demanding a change. Change that helps everyone and improves visibility to all involved. Asset based carriers are doing the heavy lifting while taking on the majority of the risk. We’re doing this to help the trucking industry continue to develop and improve, and help asset based carriers and shippers alike
Test Drive owns a proprietary database which keeps up to date shipper networks of lanes, carrier lanes of need including specific capabilities of each carrier.
Test Drive carriers are some of the top carriers in the country. All asset based with the ability to drop trailers, stable, FMCSA compliant and capable of servicing highly visible requirements.
We simply won’t utilize that carrier on your freight. This happens frequently as we have so many carriers around the country working with us. We won’t get involved in any of your relationships - we’re simply here to help add or upgrade your carrier base when its warranted.
Test Drive takes a minimal margin of 2% of the linehaul. This amount is utilized for unavoidable expenses such as physical office space, employees pay, insurance, authority, etc. With no debt and over 100%+ growth year over year since inception, increased scalability has been solidified without adding much overhead.
The 2% is simply eliminated, resulting in a decrease for the shipper. The carrier rates remain the same just billable directly to the shipper.