Inexpensive Software for Fleet Operators

Inexpensive Software for Fleet Operators from Switchboard

By: Switchboard  08-07-2016
Keywords: logistics, trucking, tmw, tmw systems, fleet management, tms transportation, freight broker software

In the age-old industry of trucking, one historically did not need anything but their truck to run loads and make money. However, the industry appears to be changing. With an ever growing focus on squeezing out efficiencies in logistics, people need to dial in their operations more tightly. Keeping your trucks loaded, drivers happy, and managing costs and revenues are complex tasks that only get more complicated as your fleet grows. Trucking software has traditionally been expensive and inaccessible for anyone other than large companies. Often these systems have to be customized and were only made for fleets that could pay huge sums of money. Although expensive, these companies realized that the software helped streamline their operations so that they could actually increase profit. But what about the smaller fleets? For fleets with less than 75 trucks, these carriers cannot afford the larger and chunkier customized systems. There has not been a solution for these carriers who can benefit greatly from software to keep their operations running efficiently. Until now. There exist very inexpensive solutions for smaller fleets that provide GPS tracking, paperwork management, job dispatch, and record keeping. Take Switchboard (www.onswitchboard.com) for example. Switchboard provides the ability for carriers to maintain a digital copy of their jobs, as well as dispatch jobs with their drivers using a cell phone application. By using the newest software technologies, there is no need to install any equipment or hardware in the cab, which is why carriers do not have to fork out a large amount of money for tools that keep carriers’ operations smooth and efficient. Using newer software, carriers can speed up the time to invoice their customer, and get paid quicker. Fleet managers or dispatchers no longer have to wait for drivers to return back to their office to drop off paperwork; newer applications provide drivers with the ability to capture paperwork using his or her smartphone cameras to send a clear paperwork scan back to the office instantly. Dispatchers are also constantly keeping tabs on their drivers to ensure that deliveries are made on time. Instead of spending money on expensive satellite hardware, there are mobile apps that take advantage of your mobile smartphone to provide location data. No longer do dispatchers have to constantly call, or purchase satellite hardware to keep track of their drivers while they’re on the road. Time and effort spent on managing office work is time that could have been spent finding better loads or customers. As your fleet grows, it also means more people having to be hired to manage the mountains of paperwork piling up. As we move forward, fleet operators have more access to tools that help them keep on top of things, which saves money as well as time instantly as well as in the long run. Getting started now doesn’t have to cost you. For more information contact Michael Ip by email at [email protected], by phone at 778.960.2399 or visit www.onswitchboard.com.☚

Keywords: logistics, trucking, tmw, tmw systems, fleet management, tms transportation, freight broker software