June 15, 2021No Comments

Stop Switching Between Multiple Load Boards By Switching On Our DAT Integration

The technology revolution has created an insatiable consumer appetite for convenience. Whether it’s the all-inclusive resort, shopping at Walmart and The Home Depot, or your iPhone 12, people now expect to have everything they want and need at their fingertips.  

This transformation–and the expectation of convenience that follows–is just starting to take hold in the truckload space. We believe that truckload carriers of all shapes and sizes will soon expect to find everything they want and need to manage their fleets in one platform. Platforms have tried and many have failed to create this experience because of their inability to replicate the external loadboard inside carrier operating systems.

That’s why we are excited to announce our DAT integration into the First Digital Carrier Platform. Our customers are excited about the possibility of creating a convenience never before seen for carriers in the truckload space.

The Kamion - DAT integration–and others like it–will provide carriers:

  • A single entry point to most of the demand available nationwide (via DAT and Loadsmart today, Uber and CH Robinson soon)
  • Sort & filter loads using criteria relevant to your operation such as truck and load number, pickup and dropoff info, status, rates, weight, mileage and deadhead
  • Instantly accept loads you find without having to manually build them (from marketplaces that offer this such as Loadsmart)
  • See suggestions of follow-up loads for your trucks based on their location and availability
  • Automatically post available capacity to DAT and other load boards to reduce asset idle time
  • Create load price benchmarks making it easier for trucking companies to train their personnel on which one is the best load. 

With this functionality operators are spared precious time and headspace otherwise spent switching between multiple loadboards. By filtering loads to find the most interesting rates in the shortest time, carriers should expect to improve their productivity and dispatching experience, resulting in higher profit margins.

We also integrate with Loadsmart, a loadboard provider that allows you to programmatically accept loads. This further reduces transaction times through digital communication to the broker of the operator's intention to accept the load, and simultaneously adding that load's information into the Kamion dashboard.

About Kamion

We are logistics lifers obsessed with making carrier lives easier through technology. We give small and mid-sized fleets access to the First Digital Carrier Platform so they can make sense and actually use their own data to improve operations. This means easy planning, zero-effort tracking, stress-free dispatching, no more safety headaches, and dedicated Carrier Consultants to guide you along the way. For more information, please visit: kamion.io.

May 14, 2021No Comments

Tracking In A Nutshell: It’s A Hard One To Crack

We live in a world where customers check their FedEx and Amazon tracking numbers incessantly and monitor their GrubHub and DoorDash food deliveries in real-time. If these services exist for consumers and in such high demand, why is it so difficult to replicate them in the Full Truckload industry? 

MacroPoint, Fourkites, and Project44 are a few players who have actually replicated this experience in some way, enabling load tracking and facilitating communication to the end customer, but the list is much shorter than it should be. Many have failed and many more haven’t tried at all because connecting a shipper to its real-time truck location is harder said than done. There are a several fundamental challenges that stand in the way of a shipper getting an accurate picture of where a load is:

  1. Tracking the driver's cellphone requires the driver to agree to a third party tracking. The location of the phone is recorded by downloading an app, and drivers don't want to do that. In many cases, drivers simply download the app for a moment and later delete it. 
  2. ELD tracking requires the trucking company to accept a third-party app to track all their trucks. Carriers agree to accept these integrations because it is good customer service, but also because it helps lower the tracking call volume. ELD data, however, is hard to match with load data in carrier trucking platform or customer software. If the information goes through a 3PL company it becomes even harder.
  3. Lack of trailer tracking may surprise some folks, but the cargo is actually inside the trailer and not inside the truck with the ELD. The trailer detaches from the truck, so if a company tracks only the truck, it does not track the load. The majority of trailers on the road are without GPS devices, so companies "track" the truck that pulls the trailer. What happens when the trucking companies use a drop yard for their trailers? 
  4. Geofences are limited in their effectiveness by thousands of addresses without clear property coordinates. When a truck enters the circle around the address, it is recorded at the address, but drivers sometimes drive by delivery companies on the way to the nearby truck stop. The geofence recognizes that the driver was at the location, but then it also acknowledges that the driver left the location flagging the load as delivered. 

The Kamion Platform was designed to address these fundamental challenges and more:

  • Kamion Integrates with tracking providers and feeds them with organized tracking data. It’s also integrated with ELD and trailer tracking providers (including reefer temperature tracking).
  • Driver, truck, and trailer and their relationship are managed on the platform by the carrier back team. That means information is matched to each load and customer, so Kamion is well-positioned to send data via API with truck, trailer, driver, and load temperature info. 
  • The Kamion platform does not read driver cellphone locations. Kamion instead reads the GPS of the truck and trailer, automatically matching it to a load, and communicating the right information to the customer or tracking providers. 
  • If the carrier does not have GPS devices in its trailers, Kamion reads the data from the truck that is attached to the trailer with the load. If the load is inside trailer 5301, which is pulled by truck 500 driven by Joe the Driver, Kamion updates the load with the location of truck and trailer. 
  • Finally, Kamion provides a tracking link that not only shares the current location of the load, but also miles left to deliver, time in and out for pickup (and deliveries once the load is finalized), and all load related documents/files. 

As an added bonus: the platform communicates the temperature of the reefer loads during transit. How many times has a produce customer asked you what the reefer temperature is during transit?  

About Kamion

We are logistics lifers obsessed with making carrier lives easier through technology. We give small and mid-sized fleets access to the First Digital Carrier Platform so they can make sense and actually use their own data to improve operations. This means easy planning, zero-effort tracking, stress-free dispatching, no more safety headaches, and dedicated Carrier Consultants to guide you along the way. For more information, please visit: kamion.io.

May 19, 2020Comments are off for this post.

Macropoint Integration with Kamion Software

Kamion Software is a new generation truck management system. It allows its users to automate and integrate with almost every other software that has open API connectivity for true operation transparency and process automation. One example of that is our load tracking integration with Macropoint.

Most of the drivers are not happy when they receive a text message for load tracking. At the same time, the customer is not happy when it does not know where is the freight. Unnecessary friction arises between the 3pl carrier rep and the trucking dispatcher. There are never-ending questions "Where is the truck?", "Why doesn't the driver want to accept Macropoint?", "Why do you want to charge me $100 for not accepting Macropoint?", etc.

Kamion Software solves for that by integrating directly with Macropoint. The system already integrates with the ELD and the Trailer location providers of the trucking company. Kamion matches that data with each load and customer and sends the updates to Macropoint.

As a result, the trucking company customer is happy for the constant updates directly in their system. The driver is not upset that someone will track his or her cell phone. We reduce the friction between the "bad drivers" - "bad brokers", and the industry can return to blame the traffic and the "damn four-wheelers who forgot how to drive when it rains" for any load delays.

November 10, 2019Comments are off for this post.

How complicated is load planning?

It is a shame that in 2019 load planing is still done for the most part by people. The process is quite complicated and ripe for being "digitalized", but it is hard to let go. While in 2017 the trucking industry finally installed ELD devices on most of the trucks, companies are not data-driven and don't know what to do with it.

The current process when choosing a load in the trucking company is for the dispatcher (a human being) to call at least ten different people for a given lane and get a “feeling” of the market. Such a process can’t be more archaic, yet it is how over 98% of the trucking companies do business and set prices. That process can’t be more inefficient. Even with technological advances of the 3Pl companies, it is still time-consuming and still boils down to humans making a decision. To put it in perspective,  the US has 135 different freight markets, which equals to 18225 different lanes with the price for each lane. The three main modes of freight are Flatbed, Dry Van, and Reefer, so each lane has three different prices, which make 54675 different combinations. Since the market often changes on average every month, we need to multiply that number by 12, and we will have a whole freight cycle. Each dispatcher needs to know not only the 18k different lanes, not only the price for each lane but also to chose how to line them up, so the truck generates the highest revenue for the period.

All these numbers do not include nuances of the day of the week or if the load is hazmat, requires step-deck instead of flatbed, or needs additional time requirements that will add up to the price. Also even there is the right load for the right price, the driver may not have enough hours on his clock to perform the load. The load planner needs to consider all these factors before making a decision on how to schedule the truck.

Image shows what are the best 3 lanes out of the Houston Market.

That process is complicated and difficult to scale. It requires extensive training and even the good load planners are people and sometimes they make mistakes. They not only think about one lane, but they think about a couple of lanes in advance.

May 31, 2019No Comments

2019 International Roadcheck is Coming!

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s International Road check 2019 will take place on June 4-6. During this time, over 10,000 U.S. federal, state, local and Canadian provincial officers will perform Level I inspections. Inspections will be around the clock for 72 hours. The inspections involve a comprehensive 37-step procedure. These inspections could result in violations and fines for unprepared fleets and their drivers.

This year’s Road check will focus on steering and suspension systems.

"Steering and suspension are safety critical systems for any commercial motor vehicle. Not only do they support the heavy loads carried by trucks and buses, but they also help maintain stability and control under acceleration and braking, keeping the vehicle safely on the road," said Jay Thompson CVSA president and chief with the Arkansas Highway Police. "Furthermore, they keep tires in alignment, reducing chances of uneven tire wear and possible tire failure, and they maximize the contact between the tires and the road to provide steering stability and good handling."

What to Expect

During International Roadcheck, CVSA-certified inspectors will primarily conduct the North American Standard Level I Inspection, a 37-step procedure that includes an examination of driver operating requirements and vehicle mechanical fitness. Inspectors may opt to conduct the Level II Walk-Around Driver/Vehicle Inspection, Level III Driver/Credential/Administrative Inspection or Level V Vehicle-Only Inspection.

The vehicle inspection includes checking critical inspection items such as: brake systems; cargo securement; coupling devices; drive-line/driveshaft; driver's seat (missing); exhaust systems; frames; fuel systems; lighting devices (headlamps, tail lamps, stop lamps, turn signals and lamps/flags on projecting loads); steering mechanisms; suspensions; tires; van and open-top trailer bodies; wheels, rims and hubs; windshield wipers. Additional items on buses, motorcoaches, passenger vans or other passenger-carrying vehicles include emergency exits, electrical cables, and systems in the engine and battery compartments, and seating (temporary and aisle seats).

Requirements

Drivers will be required to provide their driver's license (operating credentials), Medical Examiner's Certificate and Skill Performance Evaluation Certificate (if applicable), driver’s record of duty status and vehicle inspection report(s) (if applicable). Inspectors will also check drivers for seat belt usage, sickness, fatigue, and apparent alcohol and/or drug impairment.

If no critical item violations are found during a Level  I or V inspection a CVSA decal will be applied to the vehicle. This will indicate that the vehicle successfully passed a decal-eligible inspection conducted by a CVSA-certified inspector. However, when a rear impact guard is required and violations are present, a CVSA decal shall not be issued.

“Aside from the increased inspections, we are not doing anything different than any other day. The inspections performed during International Roadcheck are the same inspections that are conducted the day before International Roadcheck starts and the day after it concludes, as well as any other day of the year,” said Thompson. "It's important to remember that inspections are conducted 365 days a year. We publicly announce the dates of this three-day enforcement and awareness initiative in advance because we want all vehicles on our roadways to be safe and compliant."

KAMION: HOW IT CAN HELP YOU

Kamion software can help prepare you for important events such as this upcoming road check! This Trucking management system is built with a helpful reminder tool that allows you to create reminders. Take a look at the example below:

You can upload images for example of tires that you had serviced.
Set dates and times and important information.
This is an example of how uploading an image to the platform would look.
A view of the revision history page allows you to see any updates made each time.

October 22, 2018No Comments

Key Data the ELD is Pulling and How it Affects Trucking Fleets

The ELD mandate requires that carriers and drivers move from using paper logs or logging software to a registered ELD. Companies using AOBRD’s will have two years to convert once the mandate goes into effect December 16 of this year. Read more

October 8, 2018No Comments

How You Can Benefit From the ELD Mandate Requirements

Electronic logging devices (ELDs) were established to digitally record a driver’s Record of Duty Status (RODS). In other words, they were created with the goal to replace the paper logbooks drivers carried to record their Hours of Service (HOS) requirements. Read more

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The technology revolution has created an insatiable consumer appetite for convenience. Whether it’s the all-inclusive resort, shopping at Walmart and The Home Depot, or...

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We live in a world where customers check their FedEx and Amazon tracking numbers incessantly and monitor their GrubHub and DoorDash food deliveries in...

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Macropoint Integration with Kamion Software

Kamion Software is a new generation truck management system. It allows its users to automate and integrate with almost every other software that has...

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It is a shame that in 2019 load planing is still done for the most part by people. The process is quite complicated and...

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The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s International Road check 2019 will take place on June 4-6. During this time, over 10,000 U.S. federal, state, local...

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Key Data the ELD is Pulling and How it Affects Trucking Fleets

The ELD mandate requires that carriers and drivers move from using paper logs or logging software to a registered ELD. Companies using AOBRD’s will...

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Electronic logging devices (ELDs) were established to digitally record a driver’s Record of Duty Status (RODS). In other words, they were created with the...

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