GoFreight.com Inc., a software provider for the transportation and distribution industry, on Tuesday will unveil a hosted application that uses proprietary instant-messaging technology to enable companies, carriers and shippers to post and reserve freight, warehouse and cargo space in real time.
By using GoFreight 1.0, parties throughout the transportation chain -- from warehouse operators to carriers to freight forwarders -- can communicate in real time from their desktops to post and book loads.
Currently, posting the availability of equipment or shipments takes several minutes, and the resources outlined in the posting often will stay posted even after they are no longer available, said Randy Dryburgh, Dallas-based GoFreight's president.
As a result, companies often are responding to posts that are no longer relevant, wasting their time and effort.
GoFreight 1.0 will use industry-standard encryption technology to ensure all messages are secure and will lower search costs by making all posts, searches and matches free.
Dryburgh said the software also will help small and midmarket companies compete with larger competitors by giving them equal access to information regarding postings. GoFreight 1.0 is aimed at companies with one to 300 employees.
The product will be available this quarter through the ASP on Windows 95 and 98, NT 4.0 and Windows 2000. Versions for MacOS and Linux will be available in the fourth quarter.
A group of beta customers will begin testing GoFreight 1.0 on August 1. Pricing will start at $49.95 per month.
GoFreight.com is at www.gofreight.com.