Trucking companies across the industry are finally coming to terms with mobile trucking technology. Take JB Hunt Transport Services, a major player in supply chain solutions and trucking. In April 2017 the company announced it was investing $500 million in technology over the next five years. Everything from cloud infrastructure to AI (artificial intelligence) technologies are moving front and center for trucking firms.
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Every mile you put on your fleet costs your business money. This starts with your fuel usage. The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) reported in 2014 that fuel costs “generally account for approximately 30 to 40 percent of a motor carrier’s CPM (cost per mile).” Then you also have to deal with increased wear and tear on a fleet. The more mileage a fleet gets, the more likely you will have to make repairs. Your warranty will also run out more quickly, which will leave you fitting the bill on those repairs all too soon. So how can you cut down the amount of unnecessary miles on your fleet? Here are some industry approved solutions.
One of the most volatile relationships in the propane and fuel oil transport business is between drivers and dispatchers. It takes both sides to ship freight on schedule, yet there continues to be a disconnect between these teams. In order to close the communications loop between your drivers and dispatchers consider implementing the right technologies and strategies. Here are a few top contenders to help you deter any communication slips in your company.
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In the trucking industry paper log books are going, going, gone by December 2017. The Electronic Logging Mandate set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration states that all commercial truck drivers will use electronic logging devices in place of paper logs. To comply with this ruling, and to prepare your business for the future of trucking, check out the benefits of updating your trucking fleet now to meet these tech needs.
Dispatchers are the behind-the-scenes heroes of the trucking industry. Yet these individuals get the most grief from drivers and customers alike when deliveries are not made on time. While most obstacles of deliveries, such as bad weather or road construction, are often out of the dispatcher’s control, it remains the dispatcher’s role to make the delivery happen as requested no matter what their drivers face. Enter the possibilities of real-time technology. Managing a trucking fleet with flexible, real-time technology optimizes your dispatch team’s ability to get freight delivered on time, every time. Consider the benefits of real-time technology for your dispatch team on a day-to-day basis, as well as for overall improvements to your trucking logistics.
After successfully expanding into the Mexican market, Vertrax has recently published a press release regarding its expansion into the Canadian market.
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Tired of struggling with overbooked drivers and miscalculated routes? Want to find a way to track your fleet data to search for cost savings solutions? These are commonplace issues effecting every trucking company no matter how big or small. Fortunately, through years of trial and error, along with ample research, the logistics industry has come up with several viable solutions for improving load management. Implement the following steps into your fleet management system to boost efficiency and save both time and money.
Ticketing and invoicing errors can wreak havoc on a business. It can cause frustration and confusion for the office staff, the drivers, and the customers. It is bad customer service and it puts your company in an unprofessional light, making it appear unorganized and unstable. Worse than that, though, it can create a cash flow shortage that can impact your fleet and even cause a felt reduction. It can also slow production which can bring the entire operation to a grinding halt. However, as detrimental it can be if not done properly it is also one of the easiest issues to correct.
Safety is a major concern as distracted driving is a rapidly growing concern. When you consider that a loaded, large truck, such as a propane truck goes 20 to 40 percent farther than cars before it is able to fully stop, it is easy to see that steps need to be taken to protect truck drivers as well as other motorists. Federal regulations have clamped down on certain behind the wheel activities in an effort to make the roads safer. In response, tech companies are coming forward with safer, savvier, hands-free trucking technology solutions designed to keep drivers’ eyes and attention on the road while still having the ability to communicate.