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Join Trucker Tools at the 2019 Trimble/TWM Systems in.sight User Conference + Expo

On September 15-18, the Trucker Tools team will be in attendance at the 2019 in.sight User Conference + Expo in Houston, Texas, hosted by TMW Systems and its parent company, Trimble. The expo brings together transportation industry professionals and users of TMW Systems’ software from across the country. Expo attendees are invited to attend more than 350 educational sessions and experience the latest technology the industry has to offer in its exhibition hall. Networking events also will be held throughout the four-day expo. Learn How Trucker Tools’ Load Tracking Can Increase Freight Visibility, Efficiency and Shipper Satisfaction Even though most…

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Raise Your Shipper Service Offerings During Peak Shipping Season with Trucker Tools’ Smart Capacity

Autumn is here and for the transportation industry, that means that peak shipping season is in full swing! During the months of August, September, and October, most companies’ sales are on the rise as consumers prepare for the start of the school year and the upcoming winter holidays. As a result, rates and overall freight volume are usually at their highest at this time of year, which usually translates into an uptick in business for freight brokerages and third-party logistics providers. During this busy time of year, shippers may be more interested in continuous load tracking, especially when they’re moving…

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How Choptank Scores 97% Load Tracking Accuracy & 20% Greater Efficiency With Trucker Tools

Read time: 15 min Double your tracking compliance, guaranteed! Otherwise, the month is on us. Watch this recording of our webinar on our recent case study with Choptank Transport. Choptank Transport is leveraging Trucker Tools’ real-time data to increase its carrier adoption of tracking technology, freight location accuracy, continuous freight tracking, and operational efficiency. Learn how Choptank: Gained full load visibility from start-to-finishIncreased carrier adoption of tracking technologyImproved operational efficiencyProvided shippers with continuous, start-to-finish freight tracking information Watch the recording today! https://register.gotowebinar.com/recording/15422149830540039 Q & A Transcript Tracy Neill: We did have several questions come in. So I'm going to read…

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How Tracking Key Efficiency Metrics Can Improve Your Brokerage’s Bottom Line

Today, even small and mid-sized freight brokerage and logistics firms have access to powerful data streams that can provide valuable insight into how your business operates and performs. Analyzing metrics such as shipping accuracy, average dwell time and manual check-call/load rates provides insight into what your business is doing well and where it can improve. Understanding efficiency metrics can help brokerage and 3PL owners make more informed decisions, control costs, choose technology with a high ROI and raise revenue. Trucker Tools’ real-time carrier capacity and relationship management platform, Smart Capacity, is built to help brokers and 3PLs automate many of…

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Trucker Appreciation Week 2019: Thank You, Truckers!

This year’s National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is here! This week, Sept. 8-14, Trucker Tools and many others in the transportation industry and beyond are honoring professional truck drivers across this country. We’re saying a big thank you for all that you do, day in and day out. Thank you for making sure we have food on our tables every night, the clothes for our kids as they go back to school and all that we need to take care of our families. Thank you for driving those long hours, going the extra mile with service and for being there…

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How Carriers Can Plant Seeds Now for Success in the 2020 Produce Season

The 2019 produce season saw reduced freight markets due to severe weather and an increase in capacity, which kept freight rates lower than they were in 2018. Though rates have not been as high as last year, overall freight volume increased for the 2019 produce season. With multiple forces at work shaping the ebb and flow of the freight market, it can be difficult to predict exactly where rates will fall for the 2020 produce season. Regardless, carriers can be proactive in implementing best practices in the coming months to help ensure that the 2020 produce season is a profitable…

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Learn How Your Brokerage Can Succeed in the New World of Digital Freight Management — at CSCMP’s EDGE 2019

The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) is hosting its EDGE Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition September 15-18 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif. Trucker Tools will be in attendance at this premier industry event that includes more than 30 hours of educational content, 150+ exhibitors and more than 25 hours of networking with more than 3,000 supply chain management professionals. Brokers and third-party logistics providers attend CSCMP’s annual EDGE conference and exhibition to learn about the latest supply chain developments and innovations. Trucker Tools is thrilled to bring its intelligent supply chain solutions to attendees who…

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How Syfan Logistics achieved an average of 84% tracking compliance

Company Snapshot: Syfan Logistics is a comprehensive third-party logistics (3PL) company that provides freight capacity, expedited delivery, freight management, and brokerage services to several industriesExpertise in Foodstuffs Delivery - well-versed in hauling deadline-sensitive, perishable food products.Syfan owns its own fleet of over-the-road Syfan Transport trucks and trailers Client Challenges: How to provide accurate, start-to-finish freight visibility to shippersFinding a tracking solution that is reliable, accurate and appealing to carriersApp-less tracking solutions failed to deliver on their promises of accurate and continuous visibility, as well as greater efficiency Solution: Migrated to Trucker Tools for accurate, real-time tracking and predictive load matching…

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Monthly Link Round-Up: Trucker Tools’ Winning Visibility Solution, McLeod Software Partnership and the Power of API-based Tech at GATS 2019

In our monthly link round-up, combat fear of missing out by checking out summaries of Trucker Tools’ top blogs from the last month. In this round-up, learn how achieving continuous, accurate freight visibility can be a win for all segments of the transportation industry, from brokers and 3PLs to shippers, carriers, and consumers. In our partner highlight feature, you can read how a shared focus on harnessing the power of technology to increase operational efficiency is at the heart of the partnership between McLeod Software and Trucker Tools. The final blog in this monthly round-up covers the Great American Trucking…

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Talking Logistics: How Syfan Achieved an Average of 84% Tracking Compliance With Trucker Tools

Freight visibility is a must have for brokers and 3PLs due to the more stringent expectations of shippers. Shippers expect to know where their load is at all times. Providing timely and accurate information to shippers is very important for brokers in order to stay ahead of the competition. Syfan Logistics faced significant challenges in providing accurate, start to finish freight visibility before they migrated to Trucker Tools. Carrier adoption of tracking apps is a huge challenge for brokers and 3PLs today, which causes low visibility. Syfan Logistics experienced higher carrier adoption after switching to Trucker Tools due to the…

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Simplify Life on the Road with Trucker Tools — at the 2019 Great American Trucking Show

The countdown is on! The 2019 Great American Trucking Show is fast approaching and we couldn’t be happier. On Aug. 22-24, we’ll be joining trucking professionals and vendors from all over the world for GATS’ 20th-anniversary meeting in Dallas, Texas. The Trucker Tools team looks forward to GATS every year because it’s an event that is made for and celebrates truckers, who are at the center of everything we do. At GATS, owner-operators and carriers can see new technologies and how they work, get additional training and check out new tools that can help them run their businesses better. With…

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Partner Highlight, A Leader in Innovation: McLeod Software

For the last 34 years, McLeod Software has led the way in creating intelligent software solutions for the transportation industry. With an emphasis on leveraging the power of sophisticated technology, McLeod Software’s solutions have helped transform the business operations of trucking, freight brokerage, third-party logistics and shippers across the country. The company has received numerous awards and accolades for its innovative and impactful solutions. In 2018, McLeod Software was ranked number 14 on FreightWave’s Freight.Tech25, which recognizes the most innovative and disruptive companies in the freight industry. McLeod Software’s solutions encompass freight brokerage management, dispatch operations management, fleet management, document…

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How Syfan Logistics Increased Accurate Pick-Up and Delivery Confirmation by 50 Percent, Reduced Check-Calls by 30 Percent with Trucker Tool’s Driver App

Providing accurate and continuous visibility data to shippers is vital to third-party logistics providers and freight brokerages who want to stay ahead of their competitors. Trustworthy visibility data helps both segments of the transportation market provide precise ETAs to shippers. Reliable tracking information also allows 3PLs and brokers to be proactive in resolving shipping exceptions, unforeseen delays and other barriers to efficiency. When shippers receive accurate tracking data from brokerages and 3PLs, they can optimize their dock scheduling and shift human resources to accommodate freight pickup and delivery schedules as they change, offering greater overall efficiency for shippers as well.…

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How Trucker Tools’ Visibility Solution Increases Efficiency, Strengthens Relationships for Shippers, Carriers, and Brokers

Freight visibility/tracking can benefit shippers, carriers, and brokers by optimizing operations for efficiency and building positive business relationships. Though freight visibility can benefit all segments of the supply chain, it’s still a target that is often missed. Most visibility solutions are plagued by low carrier adoption rates, lack of transparency, limited functionality and incorrect location data. Unlike many freight tracking options in the market today, Trucker Tools’ GPS-enabled freight tracking technology delivers on its promise of continuous, precise freight tracking while building trust between shippers, carriers and brokers. Shippers: Increase Operational Efficiency, Receive Accurate Load Arrival Times Instead of utilizing…

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Trucker Tools Hosts Free Trucker Appreciation BBQ on July 17 in Ashland, VA

Truckers are the backbone of the American trucking, an industry that generated $800 billion in revenue in the U.S. economy in 2018. They haul approximately 10.5 billion tons of freight each year and move 70 percent of all goods that are transported within the United States. Each year, a trucker drives about 125,000 miles and spends an average of more than 240 nights away from home. All across the country, we depend on the daily work that truckers do and the sacrifices they make. Truckers ensure that there’s food on the shelves at the grocery store, that people get the…

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How Trucker Tools’ Book It Now Increases Efficiency for Owner-operators and Carriers

Efficiency is everything when you’re an owner-operator or small freight carrier. But carriers and owner-operators have a lot to contend with in their day-to-day operations, including weather, traffic, detention, fuel stops, multiple drops, load booking, DOT hours-of-service rules, maintenance, multiple brokers/shippers and lots more. Multi-feature tools such as Trucker Tools’ driver app can help owner-operators and carriers streamline their daily tasks, check-ins and administrative duties to free up more time for hauling loads and increasing revenue. The driver app’s new Book It Now tool takes efficiency to new heights with in-app, automated load booking that reduces inefficiency and increases productivity.…

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Accurate, Automated Freight Tracking with Trucker Tools

Load Tracking is one of the 16 trucker-centric tools included in the Trucker Tools driver app. It is also a feature in Smart Capacity, Trucker Tools’ real-time carrier capacity and relationship management platform for brokers, fleet dispatchers, and third-party logistics (3PL) providers. In simple terms, Trucker Tools’ load tracking allows brokers and 3PLs to track the location of their loads from the start of the trip to finish. Trucker Tools’ load tracking platform works differently from many other freight tracking tools. Instead of relying solely on cell phone tower triangulation, as other freight tracking systems often do, Trucker Tools utilizes…

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Trucker Tools Integration with MercuryGate TMS

At Trucker Tools, we understand just how powerful data can be when it is shared across software systems and platforms. Real-time data exchange can increase the efficiency of daily operations, provide customers with highly accurate freight tracking information and help connect brokers and 3PLs with available capacity. That is why Trucker Tools forms partnership relationships with other service and software providers in the transportation industry. We recognize that software integration benefits everyone in the supply chain, from the owner-operator with a single truck and micro-carriers of 10 trucks or less to brokerages and third-party logistics (3PL) providers. Trucker Tools integrated…

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How Choptank Achieves 97 Percent Tracking Accuracy with Carrier-centric Solution

In this age of two-day home delivery and automated delivery notifications, customers expect visibility throughout the supply chain. Whether it’s the shipper, distributor or consumer, everyone expects to be able to track the progress of their freight, purchase or package. As a result, freight visibility (freight tracking) has become an absolute must-have service offering for third-party logistics (3PL) providers. Many 3PLs, however, struggle to successfully implement technology-based tracking solutions. They often find it difficult to get buy-in from small carriers and owner-operators, who haul most of the freight in the United States. 3PL’s Revenue Growth Built on Strong Micro-carrier Network Choptank…

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How Brokers Can Work Smarter, Not Harder — with Smart Capacity

Living and working in the age of Big Data comes with its own specific challenges. For brokers, one of the greatest challenges is getting available capacity and tracking/visibility information in a matter of seconds instead of hours. The ability to exchange real-time, accurate information with truckers can be the difference between seeing an increase or decrease in revenue for a brokerage. Information Is Power Trucker Tools’ Smart Capacity carrier relationship and capacity management platform, which includes tracking, and free Trucker Tools driver app together form a real-time, automated communication channel between brokers, carriers, truckers and3PLs. Instead of relying on phone calls, emails or load…

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Detention Strategies for Owner-operators and Small Carriers

Even if you are relatively new to the transportation industry, you have probably heard a lot about detention. Detention is when a trucker spends more time than expected at a shipper or receiver’s location waiting to load or unload freight. Why does detention occur? It can happen for a number of reasons on the shipper/receiver’s end, including inadequate staffing, overscheduling and the use of outdated technology.  Detention is bad for truckers, carriers, brokers and customers because it reduces the overall efficiency and capacity of the supply chain. It affects truckers and carriers most significantly, because detention decreases revenue and increases…

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Talking Logistics Webinar: The Micro-Carrier Challenge – Building a reliable, sustainable capacity network; challenges, strategies and best practices

Truckload freight capacity is the most highly fragmented, difficult to manage market segment in the transportation industry.  Some 80 percent of available, over-the-road truckload capacity is provided by hundreds of thousands of single-truck owner-operators and “micro-carriers” with 9 trucks or less. It’s a market ripe for new digital collaboration technologies – particularly mobile smart-phone based tools and platforms -- that can help freight brokers grow by building better, more reliable capacity networks of trusted micro-carriers. More importantly, however, is how these platforms and mobile tools can also help thousands of small, independent truckers find loads faster, operate more efficiently, develop more…

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How Inadequate Parking Affects Trucker Safety and Revenue

Finding convenient and available parking is a significant problem for truckers. In a recent study, parking was ranked as the second-highest concern that truckers have today and as their number one cause of stress on the job. When truckers are unable to find parking, it increases the likelihood that they will violate hours of service limits, which becomes a safety and liability issue. Lack of parking also may lead truckers to park in unsafe areas and spend significant amounts of time trying to find parking, which results in lost revenue.  Hours of Service Limits Truckers generally view truck stops and…

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Tax Season is upon us

Tax season is upon us! If that statement makes you feel a creeping dread, you’re not alone. Preparing for tax filing and the filing itself can be stressful for both owner-operators and small trucking companies. Tax filing is a sort of reckoning of finances for the year and it’s something that every business owner must deal with.  Establishing Good Habits There are ways for owner-operators and leaders of small trucking companies to reduce the stress of tax season. First among these is preparation. Whether you’ve set up your business as a sole proprietor, single member LLC, LLC partnership or corporation,…

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Getting Ready for a Busy Spring and Summer — On the Road

For most of us in the United States, spring has either just arrived or it’s looming on the horizon. As the days grow longer, temperatures rise and roads become easier to navigate, business for owner-operators and small carriers tends to increase significantly. Here are some tips on how you can prepare for a busy and profitable spring and summer. Maintenance Make sure that your truck cooling systems are maintained and running properly in preparation for the heat of late spring and summer. This entails checking the levels and colors of antifreeze/coolant, which you should do every 500 hours/20,000 miles/three months…

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MATS : The Must Attend Trucking Event

If you’re in the trucking business, you’ve probably heard of The Mid-America Trucking Show or MATS for short, which began in the 1970s. Since then, it’s become one of the most important events of the year for truckers. It is a three-day conference for owner-operators and carriers that brings together brokers, shippers, 3PLs, truckers, owner-operators and vendors from all over the world to network, attend educational sessions and learn about new technologies and services.  MATS will be held this March 28 through March 30 in Louisville, Ky., at the Kentucky Exhibition Center, near the Louisville International Airport. Over that three-day…

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The ugly truth about detention – and the opportunity

The capacity crunch of 2018 shined an unforgiving light on the issue of detention – making drivers wait excessively for their trucks to be loaded or unloaded at shipping docks.  The ugly truth – poor planning practices by shippers increased anxiety with an already stressed-out driver community, created unnecessary inefficiencies and extra costs, and left badly-needed capacity sitting idle for an unacceptable amount of time, wasted on the sidelines. And in a market already short of drivers and tight on capacity, drivers have a choice: put up with shippers who waste their time, or reject those loads and gravitate to…

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