Trucking has always been a low margin business. The most efficient operations generally only realize profits of just a few cents on a dollar. Even something like a spike in the price of fuel can be the difference between red and black ink on a carrier’s balance sheet.
It’s normal in everyday life to wing it. Sure, you may play it by ear when you’re going out with friends on the weekend or fly by the seat of your pants when driving to a vacation destination. But not often do you do it off the top of your head at work, especially when it comes to implementing a complex software solution. For transportation companies, that intricate solution is most likely a Transportation Management System (TMS).
We all fall into certain habits: Whether it’s the time for rising each day, our breakfast choices or the way to tackle our work. Sometimes it’s good to have a steady routine. Other times, a routine can be static and prevent us from living life and performing business tasks more efficiently.
At the 2018 in.sight user conference + expo, two customer companies presented their experiences with searching for a dock management solution and how implementing Trimble’s ConnectedDock created more efficiencies. During “A Case for ConnectedDock” representatives from both Maritime-Ontario and Carlile Transportation explained the importance of using robust, hand-held devices to streamline cross-dock operations and eliminate misdirected freight.
It can be tough to make the right move when you don’t see the whole playing field. Managing your business is a high-stakes strategy game that pits you against a huge number of obstacles, and it’s up to you to overcome them in the smartest way possible. If you want to win, you need to understand all of the pieces in play, what cards you have in your hand and what moves you can make.
Learn how to lead your fleet to victory by checking out our latest infographic about the numbers game that is trucking:
Just how much freight do 3PLs or brokers move for tens of thousands of shippers every day? Here’s an interesting fact: The $166 billion third-party logistics industry is 1.5 times the size of the beer market and four times larger than the market for candy.
Maybe your company employs a team of brokers to secure transportation after filling out order forms.
Suppose your vehicle is not operating at peak performance. Naturally, you would start looking under the hood, but due to the complexity of modern engines the cause will not likely be visible.
Shipping capacity is the last thing millions of Texans have on their minds as residents begin rebuilding following the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. After making landfall August 25, 2017, the Category 4 storm soaked areas in and around Houston with 50-plus inches of rain. Lives were lost; homes flooded; businesses and their equipment destroyed. As flood waters recede, experts predict recovery and rebuilding costs will top $150 billion.
It takes a lot of paper to manage a trucking, brokerage or logistics operation.
There are order intake forms:
- Bills of lading
- Proof of delivery
- Invoices and other financial documents
- Scale tickets and lumper receipts
- Driver settlement
- Motor vehicle records
- Medical and training details
- Equipment specification and maintenance records
- Customer information, and much more.