[UPDATED] The Agile Fleet Playbook

Posted by Vertrax on Oct 18, 2018 10:30:00 AM

With the transportation industry rapidly changing, we wanted to create a playbook that will help educate and guide organizations through the industry. Learn everything today’s fleet leaders need to know, highlighting industry problems, future trends, tools and strategies, and much more.

The Department of Transportation’s Automated Vehicle Guidelines

Posted by Vertrax on Oct 8, 2018 10:53:37 AM

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) recently released an 80-page document titled “Preparing for the Future of Transportation: Automated Vehicles 3.0,” or “AV 3.0” for short. It expands the DOT’s voluntary guidance on the development of what they consider “automated vehicles.” This document builds on last September’s AV 2.0, with the intention of introducing a “comprehensive, multimodal approach toward safely integrating automation.”

Topics: trucking technology, safe driving

The ELD Mandate’s Impact on Trucking Fleets So Far

Posted by Vertrax on Sep 21, 2018 5:01:29 PM

The Electronic Logging Device mandate went into effect in December of 2017 and full enforcement began in April of 2018. It has been a bumpy road in terms of implementation and enforcement thus far. The mandate requires “ELD use by commercial drivers who are required to prepare hours-of-service (HOS) records of duty status (RODS),” states the FMCSA. Drivers that utilized automatic onboard recording devices (AOBRD) before the December ELD deadline are grandfathered in and can continue using these devices until December 16, 2019.

Topics: trucking technology, safe driving

Hours of Service Rules May Be Changing — How to Prepare

Posted by Vertrax on Sep 7, 2018 1:37:02 PM

The ELD mandate that took effect at the beginning of the year has been a hot button issue. The mandate’s purpose is to make the roads safer for everyone travelling them, so with it came a greater focus on the Hours of Service (HOS) requirements for drivers.

Topics: trucking technology, safe driving

Keeping the Capacity Crunch Under Control with Fleet Management Technology

Posted by Vertrax on Aug 24, 2018 4:19:38 PM

The capacity crunch the trucking industry is currently facing poses a major threat to all parties involved. There are a myriad of reasons for the tightness in the market, with each one compounding on the next.

Topics: trucking technology

Electronic Reporting and the Benefits it Holds for Your Fleet Management

Posted by Vertrax on Aug 10, 2018 4:18:08 PM

Almost every aspect of business operations are moving online — and for good reason. The accessibility and organization which online services offer improves operational efficiency and reduces costs — and as we’ve previously covered, operating costs in the transportation industry are on the rise.

Topics: trucking technology, real-time technology

How the Right Transportation Technology Helps Combat Rising Operating Costs

Posted by Vertrax on Jul 27, 2018 1:59:05 PM

Historically, margins in the transportation industry have almost always been slim. But in recent years, various factors have been increasing operating costs, thus decreasing margins even more. According to an analysis by PLG Consulting, trucking costs are poised to rise 8% to 10% this year. While most of these factors cannot be controlled, it is essential to be aware of them so that you can prepare for the future.

Topics: trucking technology

How Real-Time Analytics Improves Your Bottom Line in the Logistics Industry

Posted by Vertrax on Jul 13, 2018 12:23:38 PM

The emergence of real-time analytics has revolutionized the logistics industry. The advantages it holds cannot be argued, and the return on investment can be huge if utilized correctly. When talking about analytics, many people think of strictly numbers being crunched in a back room regarding how fast a truck got from point A to B, but real-time analytics is much more than that.

Topics: trucking technology

The Real Cost of Fleet Management Technology

Posted by Vertrax on Jun 29, 2018 2:41:01 PM

The transportation industry is rapidly evolving and adopting new technology, but many people are still not convinced that the investment in new technology is worth it when there are so many other operating expenses. This aversion to new technology will eventually lead these individuals to an ultimatum — adopt the new technology or get left behind.

Topics: trucking technology

New Features and Product Improvements for Vertrax’s Welltrax Bulk Commodity Transportation Technology

Posted by Vertrax on May 14, 2018 11:08:48 AM

For bulk transporters in today’s era of transportation and logistics, efficiency is key -- and there’s no better way to reach peak efficiency than with the right technology at the fingertips of your drivers and dispatchers.

When was the last time you evaluated your technology stack or explored alternative solutions on the marketplace? If bulk transporters are locked into long-term contracts, they’re often left behind. With stiff competition between transportation companies and technology solutions providers, products should be updated regularly and companies should be ensuring their technology meets their needs.

In February, Vertrax announced its move to a SaaS model and introduction of subscription-based pricing. Both its Welltrax and SmartDrops solutions will be available for no upfront cost and a competitive, flexible monthly subscription.

This change allows companies to avoid the “trap” of a long-term contract, to adjust plans as their fleet needs scale or shift, and to continually evaluate against the market. It allows us to make regular, easily deployable updates to drive innovation, meet market demands, and work to earn your business every month.

We’re transparent (and excited) about what’s ahead for both products; we recently explained some improvements in the works for SmartDrops, and here we highlight a few key updates under development for Welltrax, our solution for transporters hauling bulk commodities like crude oil, propane, sand, water, NGL, chemicals, gravel, and more.

Topics: trucking technology, real-time technology