Now it's decision time. Do you see the specific result you were looking for? Does the broker meet your credit score requirements? Do you need to refine your search to narrow or broaden your results? Once again DAT Power will help make this as easy as possible.
Let's first look at what the results look like and take note of a few things.
DAT Power will automatically show you the exact matches to your search at the top of your list. In this example there are 55 exact matches.
As you scroll down, you will start seeing 'Similar Matches'. These are matches that may also interest you if you do not see a good opportunity above. DAT Power 2 will highlight the areas that do not exactly match your search criteria.
DAT Power provides this format to you in order to speed up the process of finding the best load to serve your needs.
If you do not wish to see the Similar Matches, you can click the double-arrow to the left to collapse those results.
Note: To permanently hide Similar Matches, click your username in the upper-right hand corner and select "Settings". Click the box for "Hide Similar Search Results" and all future searches will have the Similar Matches collapsed.
Clicking on the company name can help you make a quick determination on whether or not the load will meet your requirements. When the company name is clicked on, you will be able to see if any peer reviews have been written on the company as well as if they are a TIA member and what their credit score and days-to-pay is.
DAT Power also provides you with an easy way of locating new matches that have appeared on your list since the last time you viewed the search results. When a fresh match arrives to your search, it will be indicated by a green bar in front of the match. When sorting by 'Age', most of these will appear at the top.
Sometimes postings are removed after your search results have been compiled. In the event that the poster removes the load from the DAT database, that match will display with a line through it as seen above.
Now let's take a look at the posting detail to make sure we have all of the relevant information we need to make a decision.
By clicking on the Chicago to New York, NY match, it's been expanded to reveal all of the details that the broker posted, including their contact information.
Take note of the areas that are highlighted in blue text as they are links to the DAT Directory™. Launching the DAT Directory can provide you with valuable credit and authority information for the broker.
In addition, the DAT Directory will allow you to read reviews on other companies while providing reviews on those you've already done business with.
As a carrier, you may also be interested in knowing if this broker or shipper is a member of the TIA (Transportation Intermediary Association). You can tell by the presence of the TIA logo.
Carriers should also look for the presence of the DAT Assurance logo. This indicates that this load is 'assurable' which means that you can be compensated for this load should you not get paid for hauling it. For more information, click on the DAT Assurance logo.
Tip: Clicking to Assure the load you plan to haul is recommended, especially when doing business with someone new. Don't worry about whether you get paid or not as DAT will be there to help recoup your loss. Certain rules and restrictions apply, but do not pass on this valuable service that is provided for you at no additional charge.
Included in the expanded view is the rate information for the lane, which is highlighted above. Hovering over this area will provide more information about the rate, including the high and low rates provided by DAT RateView.
To expand and see even more information about the rate being provided, click the + symbol.
Now you can see just how many reports contributed to generating this rate. In addition, it's revealed that this rate is a New Orleans Market to Columbus Expanded Market rate based on contributions in the last 15 days.
If you wish to see the Shipper Contract Rate instead of the Broker Rate, click the Shipper Contract Rate button.
To access the full DAT RateView site, click the RateView button.
For Power users that have included a RateView subscription, you will see the following details about rate:
- timeframe the rate was based on (e.g. 7 days)
- geography the rate was based on (e.g. Detroit Mkt to Houston, Mkt)
- fuel surcharge calculated by the Department of Energy weekly
- number of reports and companies that generated the rate returned
For Power users that do not subscribe to RateView, DAT will provide you with a broker spot lite rate. Broker spot lite rates are based on a 90 day history and a geography of Expanded Market to Expanded Market. The number of reports and companies that the rate is based on will not be available.
To upgrade to a version of DAT Power that includes RateView, click HERE.
All of this can be very helpful when negotiating a rate with the broker or shipper.