Once you’ve entered your postings, you should manage them for the duration of the time that the load or truck is available. For instance, you will cancel a posting when you have it booked, or you may need to update the posting to include new information.
Cancel (Unpost) a Posting
Just as it is important to post your load’s availability with DAT, it’s equally important to remove it from the database once it is booked. This will prevent further phone calls from interested carriers as an Unposted posting will no longer show up as a match for them.
You can accomplish this using multiple methods.
One method is to simply click on the Posted button and watch the status change to Unposted.
Note: Hovering over a status button will show you the action of clicking on that button. Hovering over “Posted” will display “Unpost to remove the post from public view” so that you will understand what clicking on the button will do. This is not available on tablets or smartphones.
Another method to cancel a posting is to select the posting by checking it and using the action menu to complete the desired action. When the box is checked, selecting the dropdown arrow will give you the following menu:
- Cancel Rollover
Selecting Unpost will remove the posting from DAT’s database, but will allow it to stay on your screen in case you would like to do more with it in the future.
Tip: You can adjust multiple postings at one time. When you check more than one box in front of a posting, the above pictured menu is accessible by clicking the dropdown arrow and will allow you to complete the selected action on each of the checked postings at one time.
Edit a Posting
Editing your posting is used when you need to change the details of the posting in any way.
- Click the Edit button and you will now have the chance to edit any and all fields.
- Click the Save button and the changes you made will be applied.
Copy a Posting
Copying a posting is fundamentally the same as editing a posting, but creates a new posting using the original posting as a template.
- Click the Copy button and you will now have the chance to edit any and all fields.
- Click the Save button and the changes you made will be applied.
Note: Posting the same load or truck more than once in the database offers no value to you. It will not generate more results on alarm matches and is a source of frustration to carriers.
Delete a Posting
When you are finished with a posting and no longer need it, you can delete it from your view.
Select the checkbox in front of the posting(s) you wish to delete. Click the dropdown arrow above and choose Delete from the action menu.
You can also delete a single posting by expanding its details and clicking the Delete button.
Refresh a Posting
Do you want your posting to look brand new to those searching for it? DAT Power allows you to do this with ease.
After the posting has been in the DAT database for 15 minutes, it can be refreshed to appear as new. This can be helpful as those searching for your posting may only be searching for postings that are one hour old or younger.
You can perform this action before the posting is 15 minutes old, but the posting will be queued up to refresh when the 15-minute threshold has been crossed. If you try to refresh a posting that has been refreshed in the last 15 minutes, the posting will queue up to automatically refresh at the 15 minute mark. When a posting is queued to refresh, the age will appear orange and will show a countdown until the refresh occurs.
Refreshing can be done with more than one method. You can select a posting, or multiple postings, and use the action menu to select Refresh.
You can also refresh your load posting by clicking on the age of the posting. Hovering over this area of the posting will show you the action it will perform.
If you try to refresh a posting that has been refreshed in the last 15 minutes, the posting will queue up to automatically refresh at the 15 minute mark.
Rollover a Posting
Have you ever got to the end of the day and that load or truck you were trying to get covered is still sitting there without a pickup scheduled? DAT Power has you covered there as well.
Any active posting that you wish to rollover to the next day is just a click away now with no editing required.
Select one or more postings by checking the box at the beginning and using the drop down arrow to select Rollover from the list
You can also rollover your posting by clicking on the Pickup section of the posting. Hovering over this area of the posting will show you the action it will perform.
Once a posting is selected to rollover, the pickup of that posting will appear orange, and the rolled-to date is shown. Those searching for your posting will still find it available for today, and will also find it available for the rolled-to date as well.
To cancel a rollover that you have selected, click on the orange area indicating that it’s rolling over. Hovering over this area shows you the action.
Important Information Regarding Rollovers
- A posting cannot be rolled over if it has remained posted on the board for 5 consecutive business days. As a workaround, you can Unpost and Repost the load or truck, and then roll it over.
- A posting may only be rolled over when the available date has arrived and the posting is due to expire that day.
- An icon to allow rollover will only be present on a posting if it is eligible for rollover. If no icon is present, it means the available date is in the future or the posting is not expiring that day.
- If you need to change the pickup date on a posting that is set to rollover, you should first cancel the rollover.
Keep a Posting (Drafts/Templates)
To keep a posting means to save it indefinitely for future use. This can be very useful when you need to constantly repost the same posting over and over.
For instance, if you always have a posting with the same dimensions going from Houston to Chicago, type the information in once and keep it so you can just reuse it at any time.
Click the star in front of the posting you want to keep and it’s there to stay.
Hovering over the star will indicate the function of clicking on it.
Clicking the star will highlight it in orange.
To discard the posting and remove it, click the star again and it will return to being gray.
You can access your kept postings at any time by clicking the Kept link under your posting views.
Important Information Regarding Kept vs. Not Kept
- Unlike drafts or templates, there are no labels, and all post data is retained when a posting is kept, including dates and reference ID. The reference ID will not be copied if you use the Copy button (as is the case for copying any posting).
- When editing or copying a kept posting, the date of the posting will be updated to the current date if it is in the past.
- A posting can only be kept if it has been previously posted. There is no option at this time for creating an incomplete posting and keeping it.
- Toggling the kept status of a posting set for rollover will cancel the rollover and set the date to the “rolled-to” date.
DAT Power has another handy feature while in the posting view… the ability to see matches you have on your postings.
Click on any posting currently in a Posted state and you will see any matches to your postings on the bottom half of the screen.
DAT Power will continue to locate matches to each of your active postings and feed you results as they come into the database. When this happens, the status of your alert will change from “On” to “New”.
If you would like to hear an audible alert on each of your matches as they arrive, click on the bell icon and it will turn orange.
You also have the ability to change the Deadhead to Origin and Destination (DH-O and DH-D) to narrow or broaden your results for each posting.
Manage Group Posting
Group postings can consist of three types of postings:
- Postings entered through an FTP interface (eg. Keypoint, McLeod, etc)
- Postings from other users in your office that are part of your sharing group
- Postings that you have entered through DAT Power.
Tip: Being able to see what other users in your office have posted will reduce repeat postings and allow you to better assist each other when needed. For instance, if a user posts a load or truck that gets covered after they leave for the day, another user in the office can delete that posting themselves. If you do not see this option, please call DAT Support at 800-547-5417 and we will assist in setting it up.
With DAT Power, you are able to completely manage your group postings, meaning you have full control over all other user’s postings in your office. You can use the Group filter to see all of your user’s postings, or just yours by clicking the Mine filter. You can see what postings belong to whom by the initials in the “Owner” field.
Like with regular postings, select the postings you would like to update and use the dropdown menu to access these functions.
Note: To take ownership of another user’s posting, simply Unpost it and Repost it and it will now have your initials and your callback information attached to the posting.