Trucker Tools offers load-matching product for small fleets

Tech can survive in crowded niche by enabling brokers, not replacing them

Logistics technology provider Trucker Tools LLC has rolled out a digital load-matching platform for owner-operators and small fleet dispatchers, saying its platform differs from a crowded field of freight-matching apps because it is designed to enable brokers, not replace them.

The tool, called Smart Capacity for Truckers and Small Fleets, is targeted at those fleets with 10 trucks or fewer that haul about 80 percent of the country's freight.

The application mirrors much of the functionality in the firm's previous product, called Smart Capacity for Brokers, that is integrated with many transportation management system (TMS) software platforms and streamlines brokers' workloads by applying predictive freight-matching and capacity connectivity software.

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Trucker Tools picks up $4.4 million investment

The freight-matching solutions provider will use the new funding to accelerate product development and implementation

Trucker Tools LLC has closed its Series A funding round, raising $4.4 million from existing investors. Prasad Gollapalli, founder and CEO of the Reston, Va.-based shipment visibility, capacity management and predictive freight-matching solutions provider, said the company will use the new funding to accelerate product development, bolster implementation resources and expand its sales and marketing efforts.

As part of these efforts, the company has created a formal customer advisory board that meets regularly to review and provide input on its product road map. Trucker Tools also plans to increase and accelerate integrations with leading transportation management system and enterprise resource planning system providers, Gollapalli said.

HighJump, a supply chain management software provider headquartered in Minneapolis, integrated Trucker Tools’ predictive freight-matching platform into its flagship TMS in June. Other supply chain software providers that have previously integrated the Trucker Tools Smart Capacity application into their TMS offering include McLeod Software’s PowerBroker, MercuryGate International, Tailwind Transportation Software for brokers and Strategy Live’s fleet management software.

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How will cell phone data share rethink affect freight visibility?

Cell phone service providers may soon pull the plug on a key data pipeline underpinning domestic visibility software, but most companies have switched to other location systems. Shippers need to ensure that their providers aren’t overly exposed to this cell phone triangulation data. US-based cell phone service providers are reconsidering how they share their data with third-party companies, potentially hampering freight transportation visibility solutions and drawing shippers’ attention to how such providers accrue data.

In mid-June, news outlets reported that three of the largest US mobile phone carriers — Verizon Wireless, AT&T, and T-Mobile — are deciding whether to provide network location data to a wide range of companies, including two that act as conduits to a range of freight visibility solutions providers.

Most of the visibility solutions providers, or other software companies whose products rely on location data, have either publicly downplayed the significance of the move, or told they don’t rely much or at all on such data. Shippers using such tools would do well to query their service providers about those companies’ reliance on third-party location data, and plan accordingly if they do.

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HighJump Joins Trucker Tools’ Smart Capacity Freight-Matching Platform

Leading TMS provider integrates Prophesy Dispatch with Trucker Tools’ Smart Capacity predictive freight-matching platform, gains real-time visibility to truck capacity, streamlined workflow for brokers

Trucker Tools, LLC announced today that HighJump, a global provider of supply chain solutions, has integrated its Prophesy Dispatch transportation management (TMS) with Trucker Tools’ Smart Capacity freight-matching application suite.

Smart Capacity is a next-generation, cloud-based software platform that connects drivers, fleets, freight brokers and logistics providers in a single, confidential network, with workflows and tools to accelerate the process of finding and securing truck capacity. The platform uses real-time data and powerful algorithms to predict when and where capacity becomes available, days in advance, for the customer’s network of carriers, and then optimally matches loads with carriers.

The Smart Capacity application creates a real-time, visual map of all available trucks, and all available loads in a selected geography. Through sophisticated algorithms and business rules, the software ranks and suggests to the broker the optimal match of truck to load. The broker need only to evaluate the options then click on a selection, and the load and truck are matched. Once accepted by the driver, the system confirms for the broker.

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McLeod Software Releases Version 18.1 of LoadMaster® Enterprise and PowerBroker

Today McLeod Software is releasing Version 18.1, another major functional release of its flagship products, LoadMaster Enterprise

New capabilities and functionality have been added to McLeod Software's solutions for brokers and 3PL's, for truckload carriers, and for LTL and final mile operations. McLeod is continuing the rapid pace of product development investments that have made us the leader in ERP solutions for transportation providers.

Version 18.1 includes changes in the LoadMaster and PowerBroker dispatch operations to help users see, understand, and act on the information they need. Now the role based user interface for the operations team presents a more comprehensive and concise view, to help those users manage the company's current freight activity.

PowerBroker has a new interface to help McLeod customers who participate in the Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) 3PL Market Report survey to easily submit and automate the requested necessary data. McLeod Software is the first to provide a TMS interface with preconfigured metrics. This interface is complete with predefined metrics used by the TIA to compile monthly data for their quarterly report. Until now, participation in the survey has been done manually. The TIA 3PL Survey interface can be set to run automatically for the previous month, so the information will be transmitted on time, each month, with no user action.

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Visibility in the freight industry is a loosely used term

Trucker Tools, a carrier management platform has introduced the Smart Capacity feature, that helps brokers to proactively cover their loads with available trucks

The internet houses a countless number of load boards that carriers and brokers use every day to run their businesses. But the system has remained the same for ages, not witnessing any disruption in its process to make it easier for its stakeholders. Information on load boards is seldom checked real-time, thus making a lot of existing information on truck and load availability to be outdated and stale.

The Smart Capacity feature aggregates information from all these sources to create a comprehensive database, which more importantly, is devoid of stale information. “When the trucks are being booked, we remove those trucks in real-time so that a broker is not wasting time calling those trucks that are already booked,” said Gollapalli.

This situation also makes the freight industry all-inclusive, with the middlemen a.k.a brokers being vital cogs in the ecosystem, unlike other markets where brokers are largely disposable and do not add significant value. “Brokers build relationships with carriers and shippers. A lot goes into it - whether the carrier has enough insurance, whether it is reliable, and if it picks up and delivers a load on time and in top condition. A third-party technology platform can’t just replace this overnight,” said Gollapalli.

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Trucker Tools: Smartphone 'Apps' Revolutionizing Freight Matching

The Smart Capacity platform leapfrogs current freight matching technology, freight marketplaces and companies who are trying to disintermediate or “uberize” the transportation industry

Built around a community of small carriers, operators, and owners, Smart Capacity is designed to identify available truck capacities in real time and match them with available loads. The platform tracks and recommends optimal trucks for brokers’ loads throughout a network comprised of 3PL/broker partners and carriers in real time.

Establishing a strong stature in the driver community with Smart Capacity, Trucker tools has garnered tremendous traction predominantly among owner-operators and small carriers who account for nearly half a million downloads of the free Trucker Tools app.

Before developing Smart Capacity, Trucker Tools introduced the ‘Load Track’, a tool for tracking the load status from pickup point to the delivery destination. Looking back at the tremendous adoption of Smart Capacity and Load Track by a huge segment of customers, Gollapalli outlines the great potential of combining the two tools that will revolutionize the mainstream freight management industry.

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Tight truck capacity shining spotlight on freight matchmakers

The trucking industry is at an exciting but confusing point when it comes to digital load-matching technology and shippers will be brought along for the ride.

There’s never been a more important time for American shippers to secure access to dependable domestic truck capacity to move their goods.

Realizing this, new load-matching technologies, which take aim at traditional freight brokerage offerings, have entered the trucking market with promises to offer deeper, real-time visibility into cargo loads and related costs, as well as establish more efficient connections between shippers and truckers.

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Talking Logistics: Smarter Approaches to Freight Matching in a Capacity-Constrained Market

Smarter Approaches to Freight Matching

“If you look at the traditional brokerage process today, brokers are making 30-60 calls to cover a load, using information from load boards, emails, spreadsheets — but they’re handling a lot of stale information,” said Gollapalli.

For example, you’re a broker calling a carrier. You probably saw this carrier on a load board who had posted his availability a day or a few hours earlier. By the time you call the carrier, he is no longer available. The underlying problem is that you are dealing with a lot of stale, historical information, instead of real-time, accurate information.

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Trucker Tools integrates freight matching tech with MercuryGate TMS

Trucker Tools, provider of a driver smartphone app, load tracking and freight matching technology, has integrated its Smart Capacity platform with the MercuryGate Transportation Management Software (TMS).

Smart Capacity is a freight matching platform used by third-party logistics providers (3PLs) and carriers. Its freight matching capabilities are more advanced than the current load boards and freight marketplaces in the transportation industry, the company says.

“Our company is committed to the development of advanced technology solutions that assist clients with every aspect of transportation management,” said Monica B. Wooden, chief executive officer and co-founder, MercuryGate International, Inc. “We are pleased to support Trucker Tools and its Smart Capacity platform to enhance the visibility and efficiency of the freight matching process.”

The web-based Smart Capacity platform uses real-time data and algorithms to predict when and where capacity will become available, days in advance, for 3PLs and their network of carriers.

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Trucker Tools’ freight matching Smart Capacity portal integrated with McLeod Software’s PowerBroker

Trucker Tools, a driver smartphone app, load tracking and freight matching solutions provider, announces the integration of its Smart Capacity platform with PowerBroker, an enterprise-wide freight brokerage management system from McLeod Software.

Trucker Tools says that Smart Capacity, which it launched in September, 2017, is a cloud-based freight matching platform used by third-party logistics providers (3PLs) and carriers to leapfrog the current technology of load boards, freight marketplaces and companies trying to “uberize” the transportation industry.

“We are pleased to expand McLeod Software’s partnership with Trucker Tools to include the new Smart Capacity freight matching capabilities,” said Robert Brothers, manager of product development for McLeod Software. “Our customers have been asking for this integration and we look forward to continue working with Trucker Tools to solve critical business issues for our mutual customers.”

East Coast Transport, a mid-size 3PL that serves some of the largest shippers in the United States with transportation of time- and temperature-sensitive products, is among the first companies to use the integrated system from Trucker Tools and McLeod Software.

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Trucker Tools launches Smart Capacity freight matching platform

Trucker Tools, which provides a popular driver smartphone app and automated Load Track system, has launched a new freight matching platform, Smart Capacity.

The new platform combines instant carrier-driver connectivity and analytics to continuously aggregate capacity and predict when and where it will become available for third-party brokerage and logistics providers (3PLs). The new platform leapfrogs current freight matching technology of load boards, freight marketplaces and companies who are trying to disintermediate or “uberize” the transportation industry, said Prasad Gollapalli, founder and chief executive officer of Trucker Tools.

“Smart Capacity gives 3PLs and carriers a more efficient and accurate freight matching process than anything they have previously experienced,” he said. “By using the platform, 3PLs and carriers can secure capacity and loads as soon as they become available, days in advance of their competitors, to aggressively grow market share.”

Smart Capacity provides optimal driver-load recommendations to users through an online dashboard and integrated workflow to minimize human intervention. Beyond matching freight, the technology enables 3PLs to grow revenue by identifying additional capacity they can offer to customers on demand, the company said.

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Technologies to Tackle the Driver Shortage

Trucker Tools, which offers a single smartphone app to handle all the function previously only affordable by large corporations with sizable fleets of trucks. And it’s free.

Mobile technology makes great sense as a recruiting tool from the shipping industry side as it’s used for so many aspects of transportation management and logistics be it fleet and order tracking, route optimization, or backhaul opportunity matching. All apply to the legions of individual truckers, where mobile can be a lifeline.

Truck owner/operators have a growing field of mobile tech options for making the best use and the most money at the least cost. Just look at Trucker Tools, which offers a single smartphone app to handle all the function previously only affordable by large corporations with sizable fleets of trucks. And it’s free.

The long list of things truckers can do with the Trucker Tools smartphone app is: find the nearest truck stop, get real-time diesel prices, and find the fastest truck route to your destination and more. The app’s Load Track feature enable truckers to receive automated pickup and delivery confirmations. Other features help drivers find medical aid, vehicle sales and service locations, collision repair joints and even Walmarts.

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East Coast Transport selects Load Track from Trucker Tools

A mid-size third-party logistics provider, has selected the automated Load Track platform from Trucker Tools

East Coast Transport (ECT), based in Paulsboro, N.J., serves some of the largest shippers in the United States. The company is celebrating its 40th year as a woman-owned minority with additional offices in Baltimore, Md., Philadelphia, Pa., Fayetteville, Ark., and Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

ECT specializes in refrigerated transportation and meeting strict customer requirements for tracking and monitoring loads to ensure food safety. In July, the company selected the cloud-based Load Track platform from Trucker Tools after testing and evaluating different product options.

The more frequent location updates and precise tracking methods of Load Track stand out from other freight tracking products in the market, said Paul Berman, vice president of logistics at ECT. Berman has over 40 years of experience in transportation of time- and temperature-sensitive products.

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Knocking out fraud: Choptank Transport shares 5 strategies to protect shippers, carriers

Choptank uses the cloud-based Load Track platform that is embedded in the popular Trucker Tools smartphone app

With over $700 billion in revenues, the trucking and logistics industry is a big target for opportunists of all types, including fraudsters and cybercriminals.

Logistics service providers (LSPs) may be called intermediaries, but many have moved to the front lines in the industry’s battle against fraud and cybercrime.

One of the nation’s top third-party logistics firms, Choptank Transport, shared the technology and strategies it uses to secure its freight transactions and protect its business, customers and carriers. A full-service logistics provider, Choptank Transport specializes in truckload and less-than- truckload shipments of refrigerated and dry freight as well as flatbed and intermodal transport. Below are five areas where its technology helps to quickly identify and defeat modern threats.

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Freight agents say Load Track technology helps differentiate their services

Trucker Tools reports a surge in demand from companies looking to differentiate their services with next-generation mobile technology.

As freight tracking software becomes more common in the transportation and logistics industry, Trucker Tools reports a surge in demand from companies looking to differentiate their services with next-generation mobile technology.

Independent freight agents are a segment of the market where Trucker Tools says it is seeing increased demand for its Load Track platform. Agents often have access to competing freight tracking products from transportation companies whose FMCSA authority they operate under, but prefer using the on-demand Load Track platform.

“Load Track stands out among other freight tracking products because it eliminates the friction in freight transactions for shippers, brokers and carriers,” said Prasad Gollapalli, founder and chief executive officer of Trucker Tools. Load Track is embedded in the free Trucker Tools driver smartphone app and captures continuous, real-time shipment visibility. The tracking process automatically begins when a driver is dispatched on a load and continues to final delivery.

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Scout Logistics chooses automated Load Track platform from Trucker Tools

Canadian 3PL gains real-time visibility of domestic and international shipments

Toronto, Canada, May 15, 2017 — Scout Logistics Corporation, one of Canada’s largest non-asset transportation providers, has chosen the automated Load Track platform from Trucker Tools to gain real-time visibility of its domestic, trans-border and international shipments.

Founded in 2011, Toronto-based Scout Logistics specializes in handling time- and temperature-sensitive shipments for customers in the United States and Canada. The company has grown rapidly and today transports more than 500 million pounds of fresh produce and refrigerated goods annually.

“In terms of technology, the Load Track platform from Trucker Tools is the biggest change I’ve seen in the transportation industry in the last 25 years,” said Lorne Swartz, founder and president of Scout Logistics. “We can instantly track hundreds of shipments we have on the road right now.”

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3PL Choptank Transport chooses Load Track system from Trucker Tools

Choptank Transport, one of the nation’s top third-party logistics firms, announced it has chosen the automated Load Track platform from Trucker Tools to achieve higher levels of shipment visibility, customer service and carrier satisfaction.

Choptank Transport is a full-service logistics provider that specializes in truckload and less-than-truckload shipments of refrigerated and dry freight as well as flatbed shipping and intermodal transport.

“Trucker Tools understands the fast-paced, rapidly changing logistics industry. They have been very responsive to our needs as we continue to evolve our supply chain visibility technology,” said Geoff Turner, president and chief executive officer of Choptank Transport, based in Preston, Md.

Turner is the immediate past Chairman of the Transport Intermediaries Association (TIA), an organization for 3PL professionals in North America. Choptank Transport recently added Load Track to its freight tracking service options and found the platform offered more frequent location updates with precise tracking methods as compared to some of the others it has used.

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