Greater connectivity between brokers, carriers, and other parties in freight and equipment-related transactions was the theme for technology news the past week.
Teletrac Navman has a new integration with fleet management software company, Fleetio, for their mutual customers to automatically sync odometer readings.
Fleets using Teletrac Navman for telematics data and Fleetio for preventative maintenance are able to keep workflows up to date.
“This partnership enhances the already robust maintenance capabilities we have, providing managers more data points on crucial vehicle health in a streamlined dashboard that displays data they wouldn’t otherwise be able to access in one place,” said Marco Encinas, senior product manager, Teletrac Navman.
Other features of the Teletrac Navman and Fleetio partnership include customizable reporting, connections to maintenance shops around the country, and work order tracking.
Connectivity between brokers and carriers has been elevated with Transport Pro’s new e-signature tool that allows brokers to share electronic rate confirmations with carriers with a single click.
From within Transport Pro, broker users can send carriers an email containing a link to a rate confirmation. Drivers sign the confirmation from their phones, and the documents are automatically sent back to the dispatcher and filed with the load in Transport Pro.
“Drivers don’t have time to stop, print a rate confirmation, sign it, and scan it back. They need to focus on getting to the next pickup safely, and on time,” says Kenneth Kloeppel, director of technology at Transport Pro.
The broker will receive an email when the carrier opens the message.
Motor carriers in the Dallas area now have an opportunity to connect their idle equipment with new rental customers.
Ryder System expanded its peer-to-peer truck sharing platform, COOP by Ryder, to the Dallas-Fort Worth market. The move signals growing demand for the platform that is supported by a new mobile application and an on-demand liability insurance product.
COOP allows commercial vehicle owners to generate revenue by renting idle trucks and trailers to a network of trusted businesses. In addition to Dallas-Fort Worth, the technology is available throughout Georgia and Florida.
Fleet owners can list their vehicles on the digital platform, set vehicle availability for idle periods, and upon vehicle return receive guaranteed payments from Ryder. Any business can list vehicles in the marketplace, even businesses that are not Ryder customers. Ryder vets COOP users to ensure they comply with safety and reliability standards.
Bowman Trailer Leasing is using COOP in the Georgia and Florida markets and has plans to start using the platform for its operations in Dallas.
“Our experience with COOP has shown us the benefit it can bring to our business, so we are excited to use it to help us tap into the Dallas-Fort Worth area – an already very profitable market – in new ways,” said Leonardo D’Agostini, business development, Bowman Trailer Leasing.
Ryder says that COOP generates average monthly earnings of $3,000 for a single straight truck or $4,000 a month for a sleeper tractor. To date, more than 1,300 businesses have joined the
Another news item in the Dallas area from fleet management technology provider Omnitracs was an event it hosted on Jan. 30 to support the mission of Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT). TAT is a non-profit organization that educates, equips and empowers truck drivers to recognize and report instances of human trafficking.
The event was created by Advocates for Women in Technology (AWT) and Omnitracs women’s employee resource community, in partnership with TAT. During the event, Omnitracs held a joint codefest where software engineers volunteered to improve the user experience of the TAT mobile app.
The planned enhancements for the app will increase both the usability and scalability of existing applications while allowing for more effective communication and deeper connections to their audience.