November 16, 2021No Comments

Managing your IFTA reporting for quicker and accurate accounting.

IFTA has finally finished, or has it just begun again? As a carrier, the IFTA (International Fuel Tax Agreement) cycle never really ends, it just restarts every quarter; which makes accurate tracking of fuel usage throughout the three months crucial. If it isn’t, carriers risk filing incorrectly, which can lead to fines, audits, and potential loss of license. The carriers who’ve avoided these must check their IFTA reports thoroughly–down to the last mile and MPG–because carriers need to be able to know exactly what fuel was used where, when, and at what rate.

The need to constantly track the rate at which you use fuel is arduous and doesn’t feel like it’s worth the effort needed to do it successfully. Carriers who fall into this trap of a mindset are putting their freight business at risk.

Understanding when your vehicle falls out of the average range of MPG can be even harder to tackle than fuel usage. Starting today, our carriers receive an alert when they breach above/below 7.5 and 5.5 MPG. Now you have the information you need at the moment when the fuel consumption rate is not in line with your standard, not when you are compiling your report at the end of the quarter. 

You will get alerted when your MPG falls out of range

Resolving the issue of misreported fuel consumption is now quicker and more streamlined than consistent manual check-ins. This makes your IFTA report more accurate, allowing you to be more specific with how fuel was consumed/spent in a fraction of the time it used to take you. 

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About Kamion

We are logistics lifers obsessed with making carrier lives easier through technology. We give small and mid-sized fleets access to an Intelligent Trucking 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.

November 5, 2021No Comments

Acquisition of Kamion Intended to Drive Carrier Profitability; Accelerate Platform Enhancements

Earlier this year, Kamion announced it had entered into a strategic partnership with Loadsmart, a logistics technology platform that enables shippers, carriers, and brokers to efficiently manage an automated supply chain. This partnership has enabled Kamion to realize its vision of optimizing drivers’ time on the road. Kamion and Loadsmart understand that if carriers don’t succeed, no one in the supply chain will succeed. Thus, the goal of Kamion and Loadsmart’s partnership has always been to maintain the long-term health of the carriers in our network. We believe that carriers who have access to the right technology can be more efficient, drive fewer empty miles and become more profitable. 

To ensure carriers continue to have access to the tools they need to compete in the modern logistics marketplace, Kamion agreed to be acquired outright by Loadsmart. We view this acquisition as an investment in the carriers who use Kamion by adding standalone value to their daily operations without any downside of carriers. Through this new ownership arrangement,  Kamion will benefit from Loadsmart’s full set of resources as we continue to create an agnostic, best-in-class digital marketplace where carriers can fully optimize dispatch and reduce overhead cost by making better decisions. 

Kamion will remain open to other carrier-side platforms to gather data and distribute loads. As a commitment to transparency and to encourage continued marketplace participation in Kamion, Loadsmart will shift to a 8% fixed margin on all Loadsmart loads booked through Kamion.

With the dedicated focus of the talented Loadsmart team, Kamion will be able to further help carriers reduce the amount of revenue spent on overhead while also reducing the number of miles that trucks run empty.

About Kamion

We are logistics lifers obsessed with making carrier lives easier through technology. We give small and mid-sized fleets access to an Intelligent Trucking 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.

About Loadsmart

Transforming the future of freight, Loadsmart leverages artificial intelligence, machine learning and strategic partnerships to automate how freight is priced, booked and shipped. Pairing advanced technologies with deep-seated industry expertise, Loadsmart fuels growth, simplifies operational complexity and bolsters efficiency for carriers and shippers alike. For more information, please visit: https://loadsmart.com


October 12, 2021No Comments

Track fuel spend without spending time figuring out how with fuel provider integrations

The need to track fuel spend and miles is imperative to the success of your business. Spending time figuring this out should not be. 

IFTA is just around the corner, which means time to start generating those reports to get money back. Are you manually calculating all of your fuel spend for individual or groups of trucks? You know you're wasting valuable time and potential accuracy, and time is money and inaccuracy can lead to fines, audits, or worse: revocation of trucking authority.

You can accurately track spend and miles all in one place by connecting the existing technology your business leverages to run your operations. Fuel cards allow you to track when, where, and how much fuel is bought and your ELD allows you to see where that fuel is used. The combination of the two accurately generate IFTA reports.

You can calculate IFTA per truck or for a group of trucks

This combination is dependent on bringing the right integrations into a single place. Kamion accepts transaction reports from fuel card providers. It matches each transaction to a driver, which makes the payroll process fast and more accurate. The fuel is matched with the miles of the trucks, for accurate IFTA reporting. 

We are rapidly expanding our fuel card integration provider partners. You can start today if you have:

  • EFS/FleetOne/WEX
  • Multiservice
  • Pilot Flying J

The result? You'll get a consistent file format, be able to report fuel expense by truck and driver, splitting fuel transactions between company drivers and owner operators, and match fuel expenses with drivers and deducting the amounts from their statements

In short, get more money back, save more time, and have the peace of mind knowing that your IFTA reports will be accurate and on time for when the quarter ends. 

Request a free trial to stop logging in and out and start saving time

About Kamion

We are logistics lifers obsessed with making carrier lives easier through technology. We give small and mid-sized fleets access to an Intelligent Trucking 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.

September 29, 2021No Comments

Stop logging in and out and start saving time. Introducing Multi-MC Management.

Americans have a password problem and carriers might have it the worst. Research shows that the average American has 100 passwords. In fact, that same survey showed Americans had an average of 70-80 passwords just a year before. How many passwords do you have? If you’re a carrier or dispatcher you may be thinking: “only 100?” Their password problems aren’t exclusive to the privacy of their own home; they have a whole set of new ones waiting for them when they get to the office.

Some of our customers offer sourced services like dispatching, safety, or accounting to multiple small carriers or owner-operators. Others manage their own fleets under more than one entity. An MC number, for example, does not cover an operator in the same way as a USDOT number that allows you to operate in or outside of any state. This means that most–if not all–of our carriers lose valuable time and gain grey hair logging in and out of accounts.

Google allows users to easily toggle between multiple Gmail addresses and YouTube accounts, and Netflix does the same between profiles. Carrier solutions, however, still tie operators to their MC number, forcing them to log out and back in several times every day to run their businesses, which is both annoying and unproductive. Now you can use the same functionality that helps with your personal password problems for your professional ones:

A look at how to toggle between carrier spaces with the QuickSwitch feature

Kamion allows you to quickly switch between all "carrier spaces" you have permission to operate. These permissions are not one size fits all to take into account that you might have different responsibilities for each MC. Permissions are scoped by the carrier, which means that the same person can be a full admin in one organization, but only have access to dispatching features in another, fluidly switching between them at their convenience.

Request a free trial to stop logging in and out and start saving time

About Kamion

We are logistics lifers obsessed with making carrier lives easier through technology. We give small and mid-sized fleets access to an Intelligent Trucking 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.


September 14, 2021No Comments

Create room on your calendar like you did in the industry: Three of today’s most important timesavers

Women make up 41% of the supply chain workforce, according to the 2021 Women in Supply Chain Survey by Gartner. It marks the highest percentage since the survey started in 2016. For the first time, you can feel and see representation. So, what's next? How will you lead your operations and continue to break ceilings for women in trucking?

An understanding of technology is prerequisite for leaders in business today. In logistics, it's essential for the continuous improvement this volatile market requires. It also empowers leaders to make instant decisions around rates, dispatch, safety, accounting, and more.

Among the most important advancements are the ones that save you time. If you are new to a leadership position, you now have even less time time on your calendar; you're responsible for managing people's careers in addition to keeping operations running smoothly.

Real-time tracking, instant back-office reporting like IFTA, and integrations across accounting, load boards, and ELDs are the three of today's most important time savers.

1. Real-time tracking really saves you a lot of time

Trucking companies today need to report the location of their goods to customers while in transit. In the past, this meant more customer service, which meant more people making more phone calls. Trucking software makes those calls for your via API, funneling communication from truck, trailer, and driver directly to your customer. They also produce tracking links that share the current location of loads, miles left to deliver, time in and out for pickup (and deliveries once the load is finalized), and all load related documents. 

2. Take back time for your back-office

Take IFTA reporting, for example: carriers need to track gallons of fuel purchased and miles driven per state across several sources. These processes can occur without intervention so IFTA is ready-to-be-filed with each quarter at the click of a button. With this structure you can also ensure the bill is distributed equitably: reports organized like this can be filtered by truck to see miles driven and fuel purchased. 

Keeping track of safety milestones throughout the year can also be a costly, manual time suck, particularly in the weeks leading up to and during periods of heightened crackdowns, like Brake Safety Week. Trucking platforms offer alerts for your driver, truck and trailer needs so you can update documents before an audit in the same place you communicate and dispatch with your drivers.

3. The Rise of the Integration

It's important you understand where to create connections in your business. For example, do you need better communication between driver and back-office or driver and customer?

Clean Up Your Books By Making Them Digital

Logistics leaders often tell us it “takes an entire day to input all the information necessary into Quickbooks.” The market will go up and down, but one thing remains true–your time is better spent on tasks other than bookkeeping. Trucking platforms can now integrate directly with Quickbooks, allowing you to avoid any manual entry of invoices.

Stop Switching Between Load Boards By Switching on Integrations

Load board integrations are a hot topic these days. This type of integration creates a single entry point to most of the demand available nationwide and allows you to sort, filter, and instantly accept loads without having to manually build them. There are also a number of other time saving elements like having follow-up load suggestions for your trucks and ability to seamlessly post capacity to load boards to reduce asset idle time.

Make your ELDs Work for you, Not the Other Way Around

ELD integrations can automate manual tasks that take way too much time and better inform your decisions on how you manage fleets and fill trucks. The key is organizing the ELD data and connecting it seamlessly to the areas of your business that can use it, like safety and dispatch.

Request a free trial and start saving time now

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.


September 8, 2021No Comments

Your Ominitracs ELD can more easily be connected to your back-office, dispatchers, and more

The ELD mandate, which became mandatory at the end of 2017, was greeted by a chorus of resentment from across the country’s truck drivers. The flexibility that trucking had allowed for many drivers seemingly vanished overnight, leaving many unsure if they could support their families. Today, an echo of this sentiment remains: drivers hate ELDs. But it doesn’t have to be that way

When used correctly, ELDs actually create more flexibility than before, automating manual tasks that take way too much time and better informing your decisions on how you manage fleets and fill trucks. The key is organizing the ELD data and connecting it seamlessly to the areas of your business that can use it, like safety and dispatch. This, however, is easier said than done, which is why many negative feelings still exist today. 

Kamion is a digital carrier platform, a multidimensional tool that creates connections between many parts of the business. Now, the data your Ominitracs ELD tracks in a truck can more easily be connected to your back-office, dispatchers, and more. 

An ELD monitors a vehicle’s engine to capture data on whether the engine is running, whether the vehicle is moving, distance driven, and duration of engine operation. With seamless access to data points like these and others, carriers can save time and money by ensuring compliance with several norms including Hours of Service (HoS) and fuel tax reports (IFTA).

Knowing the location of your fleet also helps dispatchers predict and act on potential downtime more accurately. Additionally, customers tend to call carriers multiple times per load cycle to request tracking information.

When all of this data is collected in Kamion via integrations with Omnitracs, you can:

  • Stop making safety personnelle copy/import data into fragile spreadsheets 
  • Use location information so dispatchers and managers can see their entire fleet's real-time positions directly from Kamion's truckboard
  • Be reminded automatically about safety alerts via HoS info 
  • Automatically massage mileage reports and location breadcrumbs into instant IFTA report sheets

Submit the form below and request a free demo right now

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 planningzero-effort trackingstress-free dispatchingno more safety headaches, and dedicated Carrier Consultants to guide you along the way. For more information, please visit: kamion.io.

August 27, 2021No Comments

Put your ELDs to work and take back time for your back-office

The ELD mandate, which became mandatory at the end of 2017, was greeted by a chorus of resentment from across the country’s truck drivers. The flexibility that trucking had allowed for many drivers seemingly vanished overnight, leaving many unsure if they could support their families. Today, an echo of this sentiment remains: drivers hate ELDs. But it doesn’t have to be that way

When used correctly, ELDs actually create more flexibility than before, automating manual tasks that take way too much time and better informing your decisions on how you manage fleets and fill trucks. The key is organizing the ELD data and connecting it seamlessly to the areas of your business that can use it, like safety and dispatch. This, however, is easier said than done, which is why many negative feelings still exist today. 

Kamion is a digital carrier platform, a multidimensional tool that creates connections between many parts of the business. Now, the data your ELD data tracks in a truck can more easily be connected to your back-office, dispatchers, and more.  

Here’s How

An ELD monitors a vehicle’s engine to capture data on whether the engine is running, whether the vehicle is moving, distance driven, and duration of engine operation. With seamless access to data points like these and others, carriers can save time and money by ensuring compliance with several norms including Hours of Service (HoS) and fuel tax reports (IFTA).

Knowing the location of your fleet also helps dispatchers predict and act on potential downtime more accurately. Additionally, customers tend to call carriers multiple times per load cycle to request tracking information.

When all of this data is collected in Kamion via integrations with Omnitracs, Keep Truckin', Samsara, and ELD Rider (with many more coming soon!), you can:

  • Stop making safety personnel copy/import data into fragile spreadsheets 
  • Use location info so dispatchers and managers can see their entire fleet's real-time positions directly from Kamion's truckboard
  • Be reminded automatically about safety alerts via HoS info 
  • Automatically massage mileage reports and location breadcrumbs into instant IFTA report sheets

Don’t see your ELD on the list above? Our team is constantly identifying and building new integrations. Let us know in the form below.

Submit the form below and request a free demo right now

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 planningzero-effort trackingstress-free dispatchingno more safety headaches, and dedicated Carrier Consultants to guide you along the way. For more information, please visit: kamion.io.


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Managing your IFTA reporting for quicker and accurate accounting.

IFTA has finally finished, or has it just begun again? As a carrier, the IFTA (International Fuel Tax Agreement) cycle never really ends, it...

→ Read More

Acquisition of Kamion Intended to Drive Carrier Profitability; Accelerate Platform Enhancements

Earlier this year, Kamion announced it had entered into a strategic partnership with Loadsmart, a logistics technology platform that enables shippers, carriers, and brokers...

→ Read More

Track fuel spend without spending time figuring out how with fuel provider integrations

The need to track fuel spend and miles is imperative to the success of your business. Spending time figuring this out should not be. ...

→ Read More

Stop logging in and out and start saving time. Introducing Multi-MC Management.

Americans have a password problem and carriers might have it the worst. Research shows that the average American has 100 passwords. In fact, that...

→ Read More

Create room on your calendar like you did in the industry: Three of today’s most important timesavers

Women make up 41% of the supply chain workforce, according to the 2021 Women in Supply Chain Survey by Gartner. It marks the highest percentage since...

→ Read More

Your Ominitracs ELD can more easily be connected to your back-office, dispatchers, and more

The ELD mandate, which became mandatory at the end of 2017, was greeted by a chorus of resentment from across the country’s truck drivers....

→ Read More

Put your ELDs to work and take back time for your back-office

The ELD mandate, which became mandatory at the end of 2017, was greeted by a chorus of resentment from across the country’s truck drivers....

→ Read More