News roundup, Nov. 13: Large broker’s self-service quote system for small-biz shippers, I-17 in north Phoenix closing this weekend

Trucking news and briefs for Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019:

A self-service freight-book platform for small-biz shippers
C.H. Robinson’s new Freightquote platform the first is a self-service platform that guides small business shippers to multimodal freight-movement options, aimed at delivering savings, reliability and visibility, the company says. With the web-based, mobile-responsive tool Robinson is hoping to streamline the process and allow small business customers to book freight without any shipping knowledge or expertise — without even having to sign up.

“Our research shows that small business shippers want ease of use and peace of mind when booking their shipping,” said C.H. Robinson President and CEO Bob Biesterfeld. “Customers are guided through a simple, transparent process that allows them to make the best shipping decision for their small business.”

Small-biz customers enter a few details and can compare competitive rates on file from carriers, Robinson says, for LTL or truckload movements, paying within the platform with a credit card, likewise tracking movement there. The launch of the system follows an initial pilot trial period, and its platform is the company’s proprietary Navisphere management platform. 

Stretch of I-17 in north Phoenix closing this weekend
Arizona Department of Transportation crews will close a stretch of I-17 in north Phoenix to remove a bridge at Pinnacle Peak Road. The interstate will close in both directions for about two miles between Deer Valley and Happy Valley roads from 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, through 10 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17.

Northbound I-17 traffic can detour by exiting at Rose Garden Lane/Deer Valley Road and traveling east on Deer Valley Road, north on 19th Avenue and west on either Happy Valley or Jomax roads to reach I-17. Southbound I-17 traffic can detour by exiting to eastbound Jomax Road and using southbound 19th Avenue to westbound Deer Valley Road to reach I-17.

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