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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, 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.

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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.

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