January 17, 2022No Comments

Carrier accounting improves with new Kamion features

Bookkeepers have been asking for two new features within Kamion to help them be more efficient with their time: aging reports and 1099 reports. 

Aging Reports

Kamion has transformed its invoicing feature to be more robust and in consideration of the needs of our carriers. Our carriers can now register the amount paid for each invoice with this new feature. Based on this, the invoice status will be assigned:

  • Not paid: the invoice was sent, but no payment was identified yet;
  • Short-paid: the invoice was paid but partially;
  • Paid: the invoice was fully paid;
  • Overpaid: the amount paid was greater than the original invoice amount.

Carriers can now check the original amount, the amount currently paid, and the outstanding amount for each invoice. They are able to filter the invoices by status and check how long an invoice remained open until being paid or, if the invoice was not paid yet, how long it has been open since it was sent.

They are spending less time on tracking payments and more time booking loads. All of this puts control back into the hands of our Kamion customers. Not only does this create more control over invoices, but carriers will have the ability to build aging reports for their customer's debts. 

1099 Reports

Just in time for tax season, Kamion has added a new section within the truck management system to allow for a more streamlined 1099 process. These forms come with an immense amount of data, and in order for them to be accurate, carriers have to perform several necessary calculations, taking up a lot of their time. 

There are many types of 1099 forms since there are various ways to earn non-employment income. In trucking, owner-operators are 1099 drivers. A 1099 driver is not a company driver. 1099 drivers pay their own taxes and must report their own income to the IRS. 

Carriers must generate 1099 reports for owner-operator drivers, informing how much they paid to them in the previous year. The 1099 forms filled by the carriers also must be sent to the IRS too. It can be painful, especially for carriers with a significant number of 1099 drivers in their fleets and/or a considerable number of delivered loads in the previous year.

This new, centralized section helps carriers save the time of collecting and calculating all the data from loads and statements to help them build their 1099 forms. Kamion makes it easier by aggregating the data and showing them how much each owner-operator driver in their fleet received from them throughout the previous year. This leads to a stress-free process of filing these crucial tax documents. 

Are your bookkeepers looking for ways to streamline their responsibilities and provide instant and accurate reporting? Then request a demo of Kamion with the form below!

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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.

January 5, 2022No Comments

Kamion Truck Management System consolidates top load boards all in one place

Kamion, a truck management system that empowers small and medium-sized motor carriers to operate more profitably, announces the launch of its consolidated freight view, powered by integrations with prominent load boards and broker boards. The integrations enable dispatchers and fleet managers to seamlessly find and book loads from multiple load boards all in one place.

Loadsmart, a leading freight technology company, recently announced the acquisition of Kamion to help carriers increase efficiency and profitability by reducing empty miles and enabling better, more informed decision-making. Kamion’s consolidated load board is a prime example of how Kamion’s capacity insights coupled with the Loadsmart platform give customers unprecedented transparency for the optimization of freight. 

The consolidated load board aggregates loads from premier networks like Loadsmart, C.H. Robinson, and DAT, with more integrations slated to come in 2022. Kamion’s platform provides carriers with real-time visibility into their available capacity by tracking the location of equipment and drivers’ hours of service. Combining those capabilities with the newly integrated freight networks in the Kamion system, carriers of all sizes can search for and select the right loads for their fleet.

“Kamion’s consolidated load board is a first of its kind, combining some of the largest and most dynamic freight brokerages and load boards into one simple solution,” said Zach Fredericks, group product manager at Kamion. “The simplified load search process makes dispatchers' jobs easier and allows carriers to operate with more agility.”

All Loadsmart loads available in Kamion will have a fixed 8% margin and complete rate transparency, meaning carriers will see exactly how much shippers are paying on every Loadsmart load. 

“We believe that to solve the deep-rooted inefficiencies in logistics, we must work to re-establish trust and mutual respect between freight brokers and motor carriers,” Giovanni Battistella, VP of Product at Loadsmart said. “Providing transparency into the rates and margins of Loadsmart opportunities within Kamion is a first step to achieving that goal. But it’s just the first step — and it’s one of many we plan to take to address supply chain inefficiencies and rebuild a more sustainable transportation network, particularly for the small- and medium-sized carriers that are so vital to domestic trucking.”

In the multi-load board feature in Kamion’s fleet management dashboard no load board or brokerage is favored over another. Carriers see every load that fits the search criteria they select, as well as the broker offering the load, the gross rate, and other relevant load details. 

For desired loads from digital brokerages, dispatchers simply click the “Book Now” button, and the load is automatically populated in the Loads section of the Kamion portal. With a click of a button, dispatchers can quickly dispatch the load to their drivers via SMS text message, or email — with no information inputted manually by dispatchers.

The aggregated load board functionality is available now to all carriers using the Kamion platform. Other brokers and load boards will be integrated into the system in the coming months.

Sign up for the webinar to see how your fleet can save time and increase profits with Kamion's load board.

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December 15, 2021No Comments

Driver Career Paths Improving Recruitment and Retention

For Rollzi, a growing fleet based in the Pacific Northwest, the struggle to recruit and retain good drivers is a top concern. As the consequences of the driver shortage become more apparent and dire, carriers have doubled down on existing recruiting methods without success. They’ve increased sign-on bonuses or raised the price per mile but don’t see results. The driver shortage at its current scale is a new problem, and it requires unique solutions. Damien Hutchins, Co-founder, and CEO took this to heart when he launched his company in early 2020 and set out to empower drivers beyond the driver’s seat.

While increasing sign-on bonuses may yield short-term results for some carriers, Damien takes the long view. First and foremost, Damien upskills his drivers. At Rollzi, drivers don’t just drive; they do billing and file invoices, so they’re exposed to the fundamentals of the back office. As such, drivers at Rollzi are Operational Specialists (employees who also drive commercial vehicles). This equips them with the tools to succeed in the trucking business and allows them to truly imagine a career path. While having a career path is important, nothing is more important than spending time with family, so Damien ultimately measures his success on his ability to create routes and schedules that get drivers home for the weekends and allow them to plan for the holidays.

When Damien found Kamion, a truck management system, it changed the world for both Rollzi and the Operational Specialists. This software allowed the OS to have practical tools at their fingertips, no matter where they are. It was easy to implement this software in the back office and within the fleet with a consumer-level app interface. Allowing the Operational Specialists to bill clients and track loads gave them the opportunity to gain skills outside of driving. By building up their career and experience, Damien was able to tackle driver retainment. Without even trying, it solved his recruitment problem as well, as drivers were recruiting other drivers to join. Turns out, happy drivers want to stay and bring in more people to help.

Kamion delivers a unique solution built by a carrier for carriers.

The benefit of Kamion goes beyond saving companies time and money–it impacts lives. Kamion was built by a carrier for carriers so the importance of creating career path opportunities is baked into every facet of the platform.

Watch here the fire-side chat with Rollzi to hear the entire conversation and learn more about this unique solution.

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.


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Kamion Truck Management System consolidates top load boards all in one place

Kamion, a truck management system that empowers small and medium-sized motor carriers to operate more profitably, announces the launch of its consolidated freight view,...

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For Rollzi, a growing fleet based in the Pacific Northwest, the struggle to recruit and retain good drivers is a top concern. As the consequences of...

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

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

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

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

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