As freight volumes, rates and margins have declined in recent months, it is more important than ever to leverage technology to reduce your operating costs. The best way to do this is to implement time-saving technology that automates and digitizes how you find capacity, track loads for shippers and interact with carriers/drivers. Platforms like Trucker Tools’ streamline your internal processes by reducing manual activities and digitizing your team’s communications with shippers and carriers/drivers. The result is that your team has more time to cultivate relationships with customers and carriers and focus on revenue-generating tasks instead of repetitive manual tasks.
Check out these six ways Trucker Tools helps you control costs.
1. Locate Truckload Capacity Faster
Locating and securing capacity using phone calls and manual email messages takes time and human resources. One of the best ways to control your costs is to digitize how your business sources capacity. With Trucker Tools’ Smart Capacity platform, you can search for lane-specific in-network and out-of-network capacity in a matter of seconds.
2. Increases Carrier Utilization
Even though it may only take 10 minutes to onboard a new carrier, that time adds up and makes your business more inefficient than it needs to be. With Smart Capacity, you can first search for capacity available from carriers who’ve already been onboarded with your company. The ability to quickly search for capacity from carriers who have already been onboarded instead of cold-calling carriers or using a load board ultimately reduces the time needed to cover loads.
3. Automates Rate Confirmations with Carriers and Owner Operators
Book It Now®, a powerful tool available in Smart Capacity, allows carriers and owner operators to book your loads at any time through Trucker Tools’ free driver app and free carrier software platform. Using Book It Now® in your operations reduces manual tasks for your team and makes your business more efficient, reducing the manual “touches” required on loads.
4. Reduces Human Resources, Time Required for Load Tracking
Digitizing load tracking with Trucker Tools’ visibility solution can greatly reduce or even eliminate manual check calls. Instead of calling a driver or dispatcher for a location update, your carrier sales team instead can view the real-time location of each shipper’s load in our platform interface or right in your TMS. Making your tracking process digital with Trucker Tools decreases the time and resources needed for visibility, which means your employees’ time is freed up to focus on other tasks.
5. Digitizes BoL and PoD Document Submission
When your drivers track loads digitally with Trucker Tools, they have the option to immediately scan and send you BoL and PoD documents at the end of the track via Trucker Tools’ free driver app. Digitizing paperwork submission streamlines processes for your back office staff and also helps carriers and drivers get paid faster, making this capability a true win-win.
6. Automatically Displays Backhauls and Other Loads
Any time that you’re looking at a load in Smart Capacity, backhaul opportunities for the load automatically are displayed. This allows you to easily book multiple loads with a carrier in a single communication, thereby saving time and money. With Smart Capacity’s intuitive interface and multiple search options, you can easily search for loads for the carrier in other lanes in just a few seconds.