Technology has been changing the way people work for decades. This is true across industries. The engineering, procurement and construction industries, for example, use tools like computer-aided design programs and 3D printers to gain efficiencies, cut costs and improve their output.
Transportation companies have received similar benefits from instruments including electronic logging devices, load boards, GPS tracking devices and carrier portals. Each of these tools brings efficiency, visibility and clarity to the fast-paced transportation industry — an industry you know well.
As a trucking company and/or truck driver, you understand the important role technology plays in our marketplace. Often, making ends meet and keeping your customers happy means utilizing more than one piece of “tech.”
Load board applications have become increasingly common over the past 10 years, connecting trucking companies (and their drivers) with a shipment in moments.
If you’ve ever used a load board app to search, select, haul and deliver cargo, however, you know how important certain functionality is within these tools.
Unfortunately, not every app is created equally; many of them have incorrect information, missing details, poor user interfaces and/or confusing payment protocols. Your job is too important to waste time using a bad load board app. That said, you shouldn’t have to spend too much energy searching for and choosing one either.
At Anderson Trucking Service (ATS), we have a load board app called ATS FreightMatch which we invite you to check out:
While we’re proud of ATS FreightMatch’s load diversity, functionality, customer support and user interface, we also know this: There are a lot of great apps out there — ours is only one of many.
To help you out, this article lists 11 load board apps for your phone and tablet in 2023. Accompanying each app you’ll find a breakdown of how they’re rated on the app stores, what their core functionality is, what makes them unique and how to get started with each.
These applications were chosen based on the number of reviews and downloads they’ve received and are listed in alphabetical order.
11 Load Board Apps to Consider Using in 2023
- Carrier 360 by J.B. Hunt
- DAT One
- Navisphere Carrier
- RXO Drive
- Schneider FreightPower
- Trucker Tools
- Truck Smarter
- 123 Loadboard
Carrier 360 by J.B. Hunt
Carrier 360 by J.B. Hunt is worth considering for a few reasons. This application features loads from all over the U.S. and Canada as well as some in Mexico. J.B. Hunt makes it easy to find loads that match your specific needs using robust filter criteria. Carrier 360 offers access the J.B. Hunt’s loadboard of truckload open-deck, dry van and reefer freight. Contracted drayage and power-only freight is also available.
Company: J.B. Hunt Transportation, Inc.
Key Features: Book loads instantly, negotiate offers in the app, access facility reviews, access quick pay (for eligible loads), manage your fleet, upload documents.
Carrier 360 IOS App Store Rating: 4.5/5 (9.7k reviews)
Carrier 360 Google Play Store Rating: 4.1/5 (5.67k reviews)
Create an Account: Start using Carrier 360 here
Convoy has been on a mission to “Transport the World With Endless Capacity and Zero Waste” since 2015. Their mobile application, designed to make it easier for carriers to keep their trucks running and profitable along the lanes they love is an extension of this mission. When you use the Convoy app, you get a relatively streamlined user interface with access to full truckload dry van, power-only and reefer shipments across the U.S. (excluding Alaska and Hawaii).
Company: Convoy, Inc.
Key Features: Bid-on/win loads 24/7, free access to Convoy QuickPay, no-hassle detention/lumper payments, track fleet location/arrival times, upload documents to streamline bookkeeping.
Convoy IOS App Store Rating: 4.7/5 (3.6k reviews)
Convoy Google Play Store Rating: 4/5 (1.73k reviews)
Create an Account: Start using Convoy here
CoyoteGo is an app that gives users (dispatchers, drivers, carriers), access to more than 10,000 loads each day. Owned by Coyote Logistics LLC, CoyoteGo provides a user-friendly load-matching experience for carriers of all size.
Company: Coyote Logistics LLC
Key Features: View loads, send location updates, submit proof of deliveries and bills of lading, fleet management, automatic freight suggestions.
CoyoteGo IOS App Store Rating: 4.6/5 (14k reviews)
CoyoteGo Google Play Store Rating: 3.7/5 (5.91k reviews)
Create an Account: Start using CoyoteGo here
DAT One is an app developed by DAT Solutions LLC, the owner of DAT Freight and Analytics. This app “combines 15 apps into one fast and easy set of tools. . .” When you use DAT One you get access to more than 1 million loads across North America posted daily. Additionally, DAT One provides market analysis tools, truck amenity information and much more.
Company: DAT Solutions LLC
Key Features: Compare lanes with Quick Rate Lookup tool, access LaneMakers, Market Conditions and Trendlines (tools), more factorable loads than other load boards, credit scores and company reviews of brokers.
DAT One IOS App Store Rating: 2.6/5 (1.3k reviews)
DAT One Google Play Store Rating: 3.8/5 (1.9k reviews)
Create an Account: Start using DAT One here
LandstarOne is an app built for Landstar owner-operators and carriers situated within North America. Use this app if you’re a Landstar-approved carrier that wants access to fuel discounts, the ability to check card balances and find inspection sites.
Company: Landstar System Holdings, Inc.
Key Features: See load history, use Landstar fuel discounts, see important load details, find Landstar-approved inspection sites.
LandstarOne IOS App Store Rating: 4.7/5 (5.1k reviews)
LandstarOne Google Play Store Rating: 4.6/5 (1.84k reviews)
Create an Account: Start using LandstarOne here
Navisphere Carrier is a load board application developed by C.H. Robinson for their carriers around the globe. Also available for your computer, Navisphere is a great option for carriers, dispatchers and truck drivers looking for freight within North America. Navisphere has a wide variety of LTL and FTL freight on demand.
Company: C.H. Robinson Worldwide LLC
Key Features: Set preferences and filters to make load searching easy, immediately book loads from the app, upload documents for quick processing and pay, automated status updates.
Navisphere Carrier IOS App Store Rating: 4.5/5 (591 reviews)
Navisphere Carrier Google Play Store Rating: 3.7/5 (947 reviews)
Create an Account: Start using Navisphere Carrier here
RXO is one of the largest freight brokers in North America. RXO Drive is the platform developed to connect trucking companies with their loads at the touch of a button. RXO Drive is for owner-operators, drivers and small-fleet carriers who need a convenient load searching, bidding and booking experience from their phones.
Company: RXO, Inc.
Key Features: Load recommendations catered to you, immediately buy loads, RXO carrier rewards, upload POD for quick payment, Get Me Home feature connects you with backhaul freight.
RXO Drive IOS App Store Rating: 4.8/5 (14.1k reviews)
RXO Drive Google Play Store Rating: 4.3/5 (2.86k reviews)
Create an Account: Start using RXO Drive here
Schneider is one of the largest transportation companies in North America. Their Schneider FreightPower mobile application (and web portal) offers access to loads throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico. FreightPower boasts freight from “blue-chip” shippers that can be booked at the touch of a button, powered by artificial intelligence.
Company: Schneider National, Inc.
Key Features: Automatic arrival and departure updates, personalized truckload recommendations, manage your company’s drivers, find and book loads instantly.
Schneider FreightPower IOS App Store Rating: 3.7/5 (195 reviews)
Schneider FreightPower Google Play Store Rating: 3.6/5 (371 reviews)
Create an Account: Start using Schneider FreightPower here
Over the years, the Trucker Tools app has been downloaded more than any other trucking app. Trucker Tools provides access to loads from brokers, many of which can be booked at the touch of a button. In addition to a load-booking marketplace, the Trucker Tools app comprises more than 17 additional tools like a Walmart location finder and a fuel optimizer
Company: Salebug.com LLC
Key Features: Book-it-Now option lets you book loads with your preferred brokers, review load requirements, load tracking.
Trucker Tools IOS App Store Rating: 4.2/5 (1.5k reviews)
Trucking Tools Google Play Store Rating: 3.4/5 (7.92k reviews)
Create an Account: Start using Trucker Tools here
With more than 85,000+ loads from more than 300 freight brokers, TruckSmarter is one of the most popular trucking applications available today. This application offers a variety of cargo including dry van, reefer, open-deck, hot shot and box truck freight. If you’re looking for a singular source of freight options, TruckSmarter is worth checking.
Company: TruckSmarter Inc.
Key Features: Bid on and book loads instantly, get paid within 24 hours, save money with instant fuel discounts, search loads based on a variety of criteria, see active and delivered loads.
TruckSmarter IOS App Store Rating: 4.8/5 (4.9k reviews)
Truck Smarter Google Play Store Rating: 4.8/5 (2.2k reviews)
Create an Account: Start using TruckSmarter here
123Loadboard is a well-known load board among transportation companies across the U.S. This app bring 123Loadboard freight to your phone and tablet. Filter down thousands of shipments to find exactly what you need to keep your company moving. Try 123Loadboard for a user-friendly freight-matching experience.
Company: Lozzo Management Administration Inc
Key Features: Save loads to examine in the future, find loads based on GPS, search for backhaul loads from a location, Rate Check+ for truckloads, send documents via email or fax.
123Loadboard IOS App Store Rating: 4.9/5 (5.4k reviews)
123Loadboard Google Play Store Rating: 4.8/5 (4.38k reviews)
Create an Account: Start using 123Loadboard here
Using Load Board Applications: Your Next Step
The transportation industry is a vital place; countless businesses and households depend on the smooth facilitation of U.S. supply chains. Load board applications and web portals connect trucking companies, like yours, with freight that fits their needs and pays them fairly. That said, not every load board is the same, many of them aren’t properly managed or optimized for carriers.
Since there are so many apps to choose from (and you don’t have time to waste), you need to be selective in your search. What does this mean?
Your next step is to pinpoint what’s most important to you in a load application. Are document scanning and fuel discounts high on your list? If so, you may need to sacrifice a few other things. Once you establish your “must haves” try out a few apps with these offerings. Make sure to do your research, however, the more apps you try the harder it is to keep everything straight.
Try the ATS FreightMatch App Today!
ATS FreightMatch is a recently re-imaged load board app for carriers looking for freight that pays them well within the U.S. As an ATS FreightMatch user, here’s what you can expect:
- An app rebuilt from the ground up that will receive multiple updates each year
- The ability to operate as an administrator to manage users and book loads for your trucks
- The ability to operate as a driver, booking loads for yourself
- Access to the best flatbed (including OD), reefer and dry van freight
- Accurate load information: Know when additional equipment is needed, appointment requirements and other information needed to execute the load properly
- An app backed by a company that’s been helping drivers find quality freight since 1955
- Access to freight you won’t find on any load boards
- The ability to book loads — without talking to a person — on your schedule
- Support from dedicated experts when you need it
- A simple, yet effective, interface with the features you need to be successful and nothing you don’t
Questions? Contact ATS FreightMatch support.