April 30, 2020 | TruckerTools

Trucker Tools’ Newly Updated Driver App: Offering Brokers Real-Time Visibility, Digital Freight Matching and Automated Load Booking

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We recently released a brand new version of the Trucker Tools free driver app with a fresh redesign that is all about making life easier for truckers. This updated version of our app has all of the 17+ tools and features that drivers have come to love, but with a redesigned and reorganized interface that focuses on ease of use for truckers. We’ve even added a new resource to the driver app to help truckers quickly access news and updates related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

But the new version of Trucker Tools’ driver app doesn’t just benefit carriers — it can help you operate with brokerage with greater efficiency, which is more important than ever. In a recent Trucker Tools survey, 60 percent of the brokers who responded said that maintaining efficiency and profit margins is a top concern during the COVID-19 pandemic. From real-time visibility and document upload capabilities to digital freight matching and automated load booking, Trucker Tools’ driver app can help you boost both the operational efficiency and profit margins of your brokerage.

Accurate, Real-Time Visibility, Doc Uploads

Trucker Tools’ real-time visibility solution uses the GPS technology of the trucker’s smart phone and Trucker Tools’ redesigned, free driver app to provide you with highly accurate, continuous truck location data. Brokers and 3PLs who implement Trucker Tools’ real-time visibility solution typically reduce check call volume significantly, while increasing their operational efficiency.

With Trucker Tools’ real-time visibility platform and companion driver app, you can view the location of a truck in real-time anytime that load tracking is on, either in your TMS or in Trucker Tools’ Smart Capacity digital freight tracking platform. Truck locations are updated every five minutes, ensuring that you have the visibility that you need to address service delays as they may occur.  

When you use Trucker Tools’ new driver app for real-time visibility on a load, the carrier is automatically prompted to upload the BOL and/or POD upon arrival at the receiver’s facility. This feature reduces the time that your brokerage spends on manual paperwork and speeds up payment for you and carriers.

Our visibility solution even can be integrated with shipper visibility platforms MacroPoint, Project44, 10/4 and FourKites to provide a truly seamless visibility experience for your shippers. Integration with your shipper’s visibility platform reduces manual communications with shippers regarding the location of their freight, which can increase your operational efficiency further.

Digital Load Matching, Quick Capacity Searches

With the recent update to our driver app, you can continue to find truck capacity quickly and easily. Trucker Tools’ digital freight matching platform matches your open freight loads with carriers who are looking for loads using Trucker Tools’ driver app and/or carrier dispatchers using Smart Capacity for Dispatchers. Our digital freight matching platform reduces that time that you spend looking for truck capacity. Instead of fielding labor-intensive emails and phone calls to and from carriers regarding your open loads, you can find truck capacity quickly by searching Trucker Tools’ digital freight matching platform by carrier name(s), dates, lanes, type of truck, weight and other factors.

Trucker Tools’ digital freight matching platform is a private network, so you don’t face the same competition from other brokers that you do on load boards and in other digital marketplaces. You decide which carriers can see your open loads, which allows you to strategically cultivate business with specific carriers. Our digital freight matching platform also includes predictive load matching that can help you find and secure future truck capacity before it’s ever posted publicly, which helps to further increase operational efficiency for your brokerage.

Automated Load Booking

To increase your operational efficiency and profit margins even further, post your open loads to our digital freight matching platform as Book-It-Now loads. Posting a Book-It-Now load in Trucker Tools’ digital freight marketplace allows carriers to book the load directly through Trucker Tools’ new driver app. If a carrier books one of your Book-It-Now loads through our driver app, the appointment is automatically scheduled in your TMS and the driver (and dispatcher) receive an automated email that confirms the booking. This automated email also provides carriers with suggestions for reloads and future loads.

Book-It-Now completely automates the load booking process for you and carriers, eliminating the phone calls with carriers that are usually required to negotiate rates and finalize load bookings. With Book-It-Now, carriers have all the information on the load that they need to make an informed decision. If they want to negotiate a rate on a Book-It-Now load, they can send you an alternative rate quote directly through the driver app.

To learn more about Trucker Tools’ newly updated free driver app, read What Brokers Need To Know About the New Version of the Trucker Tools’ Driver App.

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