Investment and technology integration of Sandhills’ properties to enhance FR8Star marketplace for connecting shippers and carriers of flatbed and oversize/overweight loads
OAKLAND, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–December 13, 2017–
FR8 Revolution, creators of the FR8Star.com marketplace for open deck carriers and shippers, today announced it has completed a technology partnership and undisclosed investment from Sandhills Publishing, a leading information processing company.
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For nearly forty years, Sandhills’ products and services have connected buyers and sellers in the trucking, agriculture, construction, heavy machinery, aviation, and technology industries. The company develops and manages print publications, applications and online services. The partnership agreement integrated FR8Star services into Sandhill’s platforms, including Machinery Trader, CraneTrader, TractorHouse, Truck Paper, AuctionTime, Fast Track Iron, Controller, and RentalYard.
“We have long recommended FR8Star to our customers as the easiest and best way to move their flatbed and oversized freight,” said Shawn Peed, COO of Sandhills Publishing. “Now, with this integration, they have access to instant freight estimates and the ability to schedule loads to haul the items bought through our various Sandhills’ platforms. The collaboration reinforces our mission to increase efficiencies and reduce costs for our clients.”
FR8Star.com is the leading specialized transport marketplace for moving flatbed and oversize/overweight loads. The platform provides pricing estimates, optimal shipping routes and real-time freight tracking for shippers. FR8Star’s qualified open deck carriers bid on and are awarded high-value loads using the online marketplace. The service offers fuel advances and instant pay upon freight drop-off.
“This partnership really is a match made in heaven,” explained Matt Kropp, CEO of FR8 Revolution. “Sandhills’ publications, website and auctions are trusted industry resources for sellers wanting to reach buyers of heavy equipment and machinery. We are thrilled to partner with Sandhills and introduce our capabilities to more shippers needing flatbed freight services.”
About Sandhills Publishing
Sandhills Publishing is an information processing company headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska. Our broad range of products and services gather, process, and distribute information in the form of trade publications and corresponding websites that connect buyers and sellers across the trucking, agriculture, construction, heavy equipment, aviation, and technology industries. Our integrated, industry-specific approach to hosted technologies and services offers solutions that help businesses large and small operate efficiently and grow securely, cost-effectively, and successfully. Sandhills Publishing-we are the cloud. www.sandhills.com.
About FR8 Revolution
Founded in 2015, FR8 Revolution develops cloud-based, data-driven tools that improve efficiencies, reduce costs and provide unparalleled transparency in the open deck freight transportation industry. The FR8Star.com marketplace enables shippers to move legal and oversize/overweight loads with reliable pricing estimates, optimal shipping routes and real-time freight tracking. Specialized open deck carriers can easily develop quotes and bid on high-value loads using a free freight rate calculator that factors all third-party expenses including state permit and escort costs. FR8Star eliminates unnecessary factoring fees to carriers by providing fuel advances at pickup and instant pay at drop-off. For more information, visit www.fr8star.com.