The FTA is partnering with freight exchange platform Haulage Exchange to help operators whose supply chains have been hit by the COVID-19 pandemic find additional workloads or carrier partners.

Dubbed the Logistics Efficiency Network Solution (LENS) the service connects operators to loads needing transportation.

Under the partnership FTA members can search Haulage Exchange’s Smart System for loads based on their location and HGV specifications.

The system can also match suitable loads to carriers and gives FTA members the ability to subcontract carriers if they are experiencing staff shortages or have more loads than their capacities allow.

Jerry Kane, FTA commercial director, said the new service has been launched ahead of schedule to help operators cope with the demands on their supply chains created by the pandemic.

He said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Haulage Exchange to launch the LENS service for members, which will give operators right across the sector peace of mind that they can continue to operate at the best possible price despite vehicle or work shortages.

“Haulage Exchange’s expertise in freight exchange underpins the new LENS operation, giving users peace of mind that loads will arrive on time, at the best possible price, and ensuring minimal disruption to the supply chain during these challenging months.”

Lyall Cresswell, founder and chief executive of Haulage Exchange added: “Our 20-year legacy in delivering a market-leading freight exchange platform gives FTA members the confidence they need to improve efficiencies and boost profit margins.

“Along with fast and convenient tools like real-time visibility and eQuotes, our system matches loads to experienced carriers, keeping your supply chains moving."