Motorcity Systems launches new cloud-based mobile app

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Updated Feb 10, 2023

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New app provides driver instant messaging, doc scanning

Motorcity Systems, a software and integration solutions provider for trucking companies, has released the new cloud-based mobile app that aims to increase driver engagement and operational efficiency.

The app, called ROLLER, connects with fleets’ existing systems and is built with a modular design so carriers can customize their usage to the features they need to deliver integrated workflows for reaching higher levels of driver satisfaction and productivity.

This platform approach gives fleets and their drivers instant messaging and document scanning, along with other essential and extended mobile workflow options, as a natively built option within the Motorcity technology and integration platform.

ROLLER is compatible with both iOS and Android devices and can be customized to meet specific business needs.

As a fully integrated app, it works seamlessly with Motorcity’s RELAY driver-to-dispatch messaging platform to accelerate cash flow by getting proof-of-delivery receipts and other trip documents to the office for instant review. If any documents need to be rescanned, drivers can receive instant feedback. It also enhances the driver experience by simplifying and unifying workflows. Drivers receive accurate, up-to-date information and clear tasks through real-time integration with fleet telematics and transportation management systems.

Both products connect with existing fleet systems via the cloud-based TORQUE integration platform from Motorcity Systems. Pre-built connections in TORQUE eliminate the time and expense of working with multiple technology vendors to deliver integrated fleet management solutions. The platform also helps fleets scale their business systems as they grow and evolve.

Cargo Chief integrates with LoadOps Carrier TMS

Cargo Chief, a procurement and pricing software platform for freight brokers, has integrated its real-time pricing engine into Optym’s recently released LoadOps Carrier TMS to help level the playing field in negotiations between carriers, brokers and shippers with market-rate pricing.

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Through this integration, LoadOps TMS carriers receive the same market-rate lane data that brokers are already leveraging through Cargo Chief's C4 platform.

"With the extreme cycles we've seen across the trucking industry, it's vital carriers have access to better data. Our carrier partners already have industry-leading access to loads through our integrations with the biggest load boards. Now we can show them fair market rate for their work." Said Optym Senior Vice President of Sales & Partnerships Craig Balzer.

With Cargo Chief, which has over 600,000 carriers in its network, pricing is based on the finalized rates people have paid, not quotes or proposed prices. As carriers search for loads, the LoadOps TMS provides market rates in line with a probability score to help carriers quickly determine which loads are best for their business.

LoadOps Carriers experience advanced automations and integrations with the largest freight marketplaces, factoring companies and ELDs. These integrations give carriers tools to scale their operations and drive new levels of sustainable growth.

HDVI launches new version of insurance product

High Definition Vehicle Insurance (HDVI), a technology-first commercial auto insurance provider, has launched the next generation of HDVI Shift, a usage-based, dynamically priced insurance product for commercial truck fleets, in select states for policies effective Feb. 1 or later.

Shift, which debuted in 2021, uses real-time telematics data to help fleets reduce their premium monthly by improving their safety scores.

This updated version gives fleets an opportunity to increase monthly premium savings by up to 20% – a potential savings of more than $50,000 annually for a fleet of 25 trucks – with HDVI’s new Safety Lookback, which analyzes fleets’ telematics data from the past 90 days when a policy is first quoted. Fleet customers can earn immediate discounts that can be applied at the start of the policy period if the data shows strong safety performance.

Based on 3.5 billion miles of telematics data, 90% of HDVI customers see an improvement in either speeding or hard braking within the first year.

“During the first 18 months of Shift, customers had 40% fewer predicted crashes than industry averages, affirming that incorporating telematics data into our insurance product successfully drove safety improvements and reduced risk,” said HDVI Chief Insurance Product Officer Todd Witte. “After talking with fleet operators and assessing months of data, we’ve enhanced Shift to be more responsive to factors fleets can control and deliver customers greater immediate savings and deeper discounts for safety improvements in 2023.”

HDVI introduced Shift Score to provide fleet operators with monthly ratings to measure performance and quantifiable goals that must be met to unlock the next discount. The company also provides safety insights through its fleet portal and regularly consults with fleet customers to determine how they can improve their safety performance and reduce insurance costs. Drivers are also engaged through the HDVI Driver+ mobile app, where they can access valuable safety-related insights.

Hourly offers free time-tracking app

Workers’ comp and payroll startup is temporarily offering its time-tracking app for free.

The Hourly platform offers a full-service platform that connects workers’ comp, time tracking and payroll in real-time for small- and medium-sized business owners and their hourly workers.

One in three companies uses a time-tracking system older than the iPhone, often requiring tons of time spent manually calculating and importing timecard data. With Hourly, payroll errors are minimized by collecting time data automatically without the hassle of manually calculating and importing timecard data for hourly workers.

The app is geared toward contractors and small- and medium-sized businesses with hourly workers such as carpenters, woodworkers and other construction-related professionals and industries. The platform also services many in the trucking industry.

The app tracks time, task and location data in real-time to make it easy to organize hours by client, project or location. It's built for blue-collar and includes time and attendance, locations, tasks, GPS tracking, geofencing, offline mode, real-time alerts, overtime and double time, compliance logs, notes and photos, supervisor app, kiosk mode and job costing reports.

The free app trial is available for one year following sign up.

After that, the company offers two plan options: gold plan at $6 a month per person/employee plus a $40 monthly base fee; and platinum plan at $10 a month per person/employee plus a $60 monthly base fee.

Flock Freight integrates with BluJay TMS

Tech company Flock Freight has integrated with e2Open subsidiary BluJay Solutions’ transportation management system.

BluJay users can now instantly access FlockDirect rates in the TMS platform via an API connection that allows the two software platforms to communicate in real-time.

This new functionality will expedite and streamline the process for shippers to book FlockDirect and gain the benefits of Shared Truckload – Flock Freight’s smarter alternative to traditional shipping that finds and fills the empty spaces on trucks to move goods more cost-effectively and sustainably. This proprietary offering ensures shippers’ freight is sent on the most efficient routes and their goods are delivered on time and free from damage.

BluJay customers will now benefit from more dynamic rates and optimized pricing based on the amount of freight they’re shipping. Other features include ease of access to FlockDirect rates requiring minimal set-up time and shippers now receiving quotes with no wait time for non-contracted rates to prevent them from needing to spend time visiting multiple spot boards or calling to request prices.

“Our goal with this integration is to help shippers of all shapes and sizes discover how Shared Truckload simply outperforms traditional shipping modes in many cases, driving immediate value to their bottom line,” said Flock Freight Chief Operating Officer Chris Pickett.

Flock customers can still access FlockDirect non-contracted rates via Flock’s native web application or through API and EDI integrations with other major transportation management systems including Project 44, Banyan, Kuebix and more.