It’s July, which means that summer is in full-swing. That also means that you may not be at your desk or computer as much as you usually are and you may have missed out on some of our June blogs. Never fear, the June Monthly Link Roundup is here! Our June blogs run the gamut, from exciting announcements about our new collaborations with BlueGrace Logistics and Werner Enterprises to tips on how to use real-time visibility to win new shipper customers. In this roundup, you’ll hear from our panel of experts on what lessons the current pandemic can offer the industry, as well as strategies for preparing your brokerage for the future.
One major takeaway from the COVID-19 pandemic is that well-designed technology can be the difference-maker in helping freight brokers adapt to major market disruptions. Digitizing and automating manual tasks such as phone calls and emails with carriers gives you an advantage over your competitors. With technology-based processes, it’s easier to work remotely, diversify your shipper base and scale up freight volume when margins are lower than normal.
While most carriers and owner operators can use the Trucker Tools driver app’s real-time visibility tool, some larger carriers may prohibit their drivers from using app-based load tracking tools. If you encounter this scenario, know that alternatives are available. Trucker Tools’ real-time visibility platform can draw location data from the trucker’s ELD instead. Learn all about this integration and the power of Trucker Tools’ real-time visibility in this blog.
We’re happy to announce that BlueGrace Logistics has integrated Trucker Tools’ free driver app and real-time visibility platform with its BlueShip® TMS. With the integration, BlueGrace Logistics is hitting multiple targets. The company is improving carrier experience with Trucker Tools’ all-in-one, efficiency-boosting free driver app, while also reducing check calls and lowering cost to service with Trucker Tools’ real-time visibility platform.
Trucker Tools recently hosted a panel discussion on how brokers and carriers are successfully addressing the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Trucker Tools’ CEO and founder Prasad Gollapalli was joined by Bill Cassidy of JOC, John Schulz of Logistics Management Magazine and Avery Vise of FTR Transportation Intelligence for the discussion. If you’re looking for the long view on preparing your brokerage for the future, read this blog!
Speed Up Carrier Payments, Reduce Check Calls with Trucker Tools’ Real-Time Freight Visibility Platform
In order to preserve or raise your profit margins, you know that boosting your operational efficiency is a must. In this blog, we explore how the document upload feature included with Trucker Tools’ real-time visibility platform and free driver app can save time and speed up payments to carriers. Trucker Tools’ real-time visibility platform and free driver app also reduce the number of check calls you make to carriers, which ultimately increases operational efficiency even further for both you and your carrier partners.
Brokers with 1,000 Loads or Less/Month: Use Trucker Tools’ Real-time Visibility To Diversify Customer Base, Grow Business
Trucker Tools recently surveyed brokers who move 1,000 loads or less a month to learn more about the challenges they’re facing. The brokers who responded to our survey told us that winning new shipper contracts is a top concern. At the same time, more than half of the brokers who responded report that they’re using manual check calls or text messages to track loads, or that they aren’t tracking loads at all. In this blog, we outline how smaller brokers can use Trucker Tools’ easy-to-implement, real-time visibility platform to attract new shipper customers, reduce check calls and increase profit margins.
Freight visibility: every shipper wants it, but do you know why it’s so valuable to your shipper customers? Real-time visibility provides several benefits to shippers. When shippers have real-time, accurate visibility of their freight, they can manage their resources and dock schedules with greater efficiency. Real-time visibility also allows shippers to better understand their operations and provide top-notch service to their customers. What are you doing to address your shippers’ top pain point, freight visibility?
With many trade shows and other industry events canceled or postponed this year due to COVID-19, you may be wondering how you can continue to build new relationships, network to grow your brokerage business and stay on top of the latest technologies. In this short article, we outline how you can use virtual trade shows, social media and online webinars to stay connected with colleagues, reach potential new customers and evaluate new technology for your brokerage.
If you still use check calls, text messages, emails and load boards to track loads and secure truck capacity, you may be struggling in the current market. But fear not! It’s never too late to digitize and automate manual activities in your operations. When considering new technology for your brokerage, it’s important to ask three key questions of any tech vendor to ensure that your return on investment is high and that you get the results that you need.
Finding and booking truck capacity has become a convoluted, multi-step process for many brokers. For you, that process may include reading and responding to dozens of emails from carriers on a daily basis. Instead of wasting your valuable time and resources on manually responding to carrier email inquiries regarding available loads, consider using Trucker Tools’ email parsing to automate your communications with carriers.
Trucker Tools Takes Werner Enterprises Live for Real-time Shipment Visibility, Predictive Freight-Matching and Automated Booking
All of us at Trucker Tools are excited to welcome Werner Enterprises to the Trucker Tools family. Werner is implementing Trucker Tools’ all-in-one driver app and real-time visibility platform to reduce its costs per load, strengthen relationships with carriers and provide accurate, timely load tracking to its shippers. Read more about why one of the nation’s largest and most respected logistics providers has adopted Trucker Tools’ driver-focused solutions across its freight brokerage operations.
In a recent JOC survey, 67 percent of the logistics professionals surveyed said they’re planning to invest in new technology in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it’s important to remember that not all technologies deliver the same return on investment, results and value. In this blog, we take a deep dive into what makes Tools’ real-time visibility platform different from other load tracking solutions that you may be considering.
Time is money in the transportation business. That’s why we’ve made it a top priority to integrate our efficiency-boosting solutions with the most popular transportation management systems in use today. Our integration partnership with Infinity Software Solutions lets you view real-time load tracking data from Trucker Tools’ free driver app directly in ISS’ BrokerPro TMS interface. You don’t have to open a new browser window or launch a new application to see exactly where your shippers’ loads are.
For tips on reducing costs in your operations and for information on the enhanced capabilities of Trucker Tools’ newly redesigned driver app, read our May 2020 Monthly Blog Roundup for Brokers. Schedule a demo with our sales team to find out how Trucker Tools’ Book It Now®, real-time visibility platform and digital load matching can help you reduce operational inefficiencies and attract top-notch carriers and shippers.