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FourKites certifies ELDs for data sharing qualities

Four KitesSupply chain visibility provider FourKites has launched a program to help shippers and 3PLs recommend to their carriers Electronic Logging Device providers that are built on open architecture platforms.

FourKites believes the initiative will encourage shippers and 3PLs to help their carriers select ELD providers that comply with industry standards and support direct data sharing.

Carriers that implement a closed architecture ELD solution may struggle to meet shipper and 3PL visibility requirements, the company says. The FourKites platform and APIs were specifically designed for ELD integrations to give ETA accuracy and reliability.

FourKites has a real-time shipment visibility platform used by some of the largest shippers and 3PLs that include Kraft, Heinz, Smith Foods, U.S. Foods, Ryder and Schneider that combined track more than $40B in freight under management.

“Our customers are constantly seeking to enhance the productivity of their partner carriers. A broad, open and flexible ELD partner network is crucial to making that happen,” said Craig Fiander, senior vice president, Global Business Development for FourKites.

Possible benefits for carriers that deploy a FourKites-certified ELD are reducing dwell times and detention costs and providing dynamic real-time ETAs for multimodal loads and equipment to their shipper customers.

At no cost, FourKites says it will certify ELD providers based on the four categories of data quality, data accessibility, operational integrity, and customer value.

To verify if an ELD provider is FourKites-certified, or to become a FourKites-certified ELD provider, visit


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Aaron Huff is the Senior Editor of Commercial Carrier Journal. Huff’s career in the transportation industry began at a family-owned trucking company and expanded to CCJ, where for the past 14 years he has specialized in covering business and technology for online and print readers and speaking at industry events. A recipient of numerous regional and national awards, Huff holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Brigham Young University and a Masters Degree from the University of Alabama.