We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What is Freight Broker Software?

M. McGee
Updated May 17, 2024
Our promise to you
About Mechanics is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At About Mechanics, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Freight broker software, also known as a transportation management system, is the computer software used to control the transportation portions of a supply chain. These software packages generally operate in three phases; planning shipments, monitoring deliveries and creating records for delivery processes. Originally, these programs monitored transportation matters only and were often stand-alone programs. Now, it is very common to find freight broker software as modules in a full enterprise management system.

The first common aspect of freight broker software is the planning of shipments and deliveries. This software helps determine when loads need to leave for deliveries or when shipments need to arrive for processing. A good piece of freight broker software will factor in variables like processing time and variation in shift production in order to ensure that the shipments arrive exactly when they should.

The second common job of freight broker software is in the execution of deliveries. This is generally the most hands-on part of the software, as it usually deals with actual people and shipments in real time. This part of the software plan routes, finds alternate methods of shipment and keeps drivers in contact with a central station. In general, this is the application of the methods from the planning phase.

The last common aspect of these software packages is as a transportation bookkeeper. These systems keep track of the paperwork, logbooks and regulations for the company. For instance, if a particular shipment needs a driver with special training, the software will make sure one is on hand for the shipment; if a delivery requires special clearance or customs information, the software will make sure that the proper people are alerted to the issue.

While there are still several companies that make top-quality freight systems, they are much less common than they were several years ago. Many modern enterprise software packages contain a series of installable modules that cover all aspects of freight brokering. These software packages handle all aspects of a business, from development to marketing, sales, and delivery.

Generally, these programs work via separate installed modules. The basic program is essentially a shell that has only the most basic of functionality. As a company expands, it buys more modules that cover additional areas of its business. These modules all install into the original shell, keeping the company’s software user-friendly and very compatible. The freight systems in these programs generally connect with other associated departments such as sales and human resources, allowing the system more freedom to recognize inefficiencies in the delivery systems.

About Mechanics is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
M. McGee
By M. McGee
Mark McGee is a skilled writer and communicator who excels in crafting content that resonates with diverse audiences. With a background in communication-related fields, he brings strong organizational and interpersonal skills to his writing, ensuring that his work is both informative and engaging.
Discussion Comments
M. McGee
M. McGee
Mark McGee is a skilled writer and communicator who excels in crafting content that resonates with diverse audiences....
Learn more
About Mechanics, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

About Mechanics, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.