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.


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.


August 24, 2021No Comments

Drive Safely This Brake Safety Week And How To Cover The Blitz Better Next Year

When you’re planning for the year August 22 -  28 looks like any other week. Even if you did mark it on your calendar at the beginning of the year, most carriers can barely look up from their desk today, let alone toward next week, next month or next quarter. Brake Safety Week, as a result, sneaks up on carriers each year.

Last year that meant 12% or 5,156 commercial motor vehicles of the 43,565 inspected were placed out of service for brake-related violations and removed from roadways due to brake violations. According to CVSA, inspectors will be checking the the brake system and its components; an inspector will:

  • Check for missing, non-functioning, loose, contaminated or cracked parts on the brake system.
  • Check for S-cam flip-over.
  • Listen for audible air leaks around brake components and lines.
  • Check for improper connections and chafing of air hoses and tubing.
  • Ensure slack adjusters are the same length (from center of S-cam to center of clevis pin) and the air chambers on each axle are the same size.
  • Ensure the air system maintains proper air pressure.
  • Look for non-manufactured holes (e.g., rust holes, holes created by rubbing or friction, etc.) and broken springs in the spring brake housing.
  • Mark and measure pushrod travel.
  • Inspect required brake system warning devices, such as anti-lock braking system malfunction lamp(s) and low air-pressure warning devices.
  • Inspect the tractor protection system, including the bleed-back system on the trailer.
  • Ensure the breakaway system is operable on the trailer.

We believe that you should have everything you need to scale your fleet in one place. When you separate your drivers on the road from your back-office, you run the risk of getting sacked this week next year for a safety violation.

Kamion offers alerts for all of your driver, truck and trailer needs–so that you never forget to update documents for drivers and trucks before an audit and miss a maintenance upgrade–in the same place you communicate and dispatch with your drivers.

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 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.

July 13, 2021No Comments

Trade in your Paper Stacks for a Tech Stack: Sync your Invoices with Quickbooks

Quickbooks is a square peg in a round hole if you're a carrier; it simply wasn’t built with you in mind. Quickbooks–and off-the-shelf solutions like it–are great for general bookkeeping, but don't consider the specific operational nuances of trucking invoices or payroll.

One customer we recently spoke to told us that it “takes an entire day to input all the information necessary into Quickbooks.” When there is freight abound, days should be spent dispatching and when the market tightens, days should be spent finding the right freight. The market will go up and down, but one thing remains true–your time is better spent on tasks other than bookkeeping.

The challenge is rooted in lack of communication between where carriers do their bookkeeping and Quickbooks. If you're tracking accounts by hand, you have to then manually input what you’ve recorded into the software, doubling your time and effort. If you are invoicing in a TMS you may be able to pull your revenues into Quickbooks automatically, but–with so many specific expenses to keep track of– accounting solutions have difficulty making sense of what is what. 

Even if you have found a workaround to the above, if you are a small carrier you don’t have the resources to do day-to-day-accounting that the tool really requires to function at its best. For many, as a result, what was supposed to be a time saving software solution is now actually a time added pain.

We believe that you should have everything you need to scale your fleet in one place. Kamion integrates directly with Quickbooks, allowing you to avoid any manual entry of invoices from Kamion into Quickbooks.

And we’ve mapped our income boxes and the chart of accounts to what exists within Quickbooks so:

  • Updates to Kamion invoices are automatically reflected 
  • All revenue tracked in Kamion is properly associated with each account 
  • Invoice data automatically matches in Quickbooks with one click
  • The transactions are recorded instantaneously, saving time and money

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 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.


July 6, 20212 Comments

Iffy on IFTA? Get Free, Instant Reporting Before The Q3 Filing Deadline

It’s September, are you prepared to file your IFTA next month? If this question makes you cringe, create an account, connect your ELD, upload a fuel statement, and instantly generate an IFTA report. We’re offering our IFTA solution free of charge in Q3 if you create a Kamion account before the November 2, 2021 deadline (fill out the request a demo form at the bottom to have someone reach out to set up an account for you). If you’re unsure how this can help your business keep reading to learn more about why you’re owed money and how to get it.

IFTA stands for International Fuel Tax Agreement. The state in which you fuel up assigns that tax to you because it assumes you are using it in state. This of course doesn’t take into account that you may fuel in Chicago and drive through several states before your next stop in Los Angeles. In this scenario, Illinois is required to give back some of the tax you paid since you did not use all of the fuel there. Enter IFTA– it makes sure that states are paid only what they’re owed: for the fuel used for miles driven in state.

While IFTA gives back money to carriers, it doesn’t make it easy. Carriers need to track gallons of fuel purchased per state and miles driven per state and this information comes from different sources. Five years ago, IFTA miles were impossible to organize, but good ELD providers (like Samsara and Keep Truckin’) now provide a state mile report broken out by truck and state. Even still, state gallon tables need to be combined with the state mile tables, which is a complicated and not always accurate Excel exercise.

Some carriers opt to use their fuel cards to keep track of these data points. They pull a report with all gallons purchased for the quarter, but it doesn’t take into account how the funds are distributed across the mix of owner operators and company drivers that most small companies have. 

You may be asking ‘all of this for a feature that will be used four times a year?’ The answer: yes–wrong reporting can result in audits and fines and potential revoking of trucking authority. 

We believe you should have everything you need to scale your fleet in one place:

  • Kamion integrates with your ELD provider and records the miles for each truck. 
  • Kamion integrates with your fuel card provider to receive information around fuel purchases. 
  • These processes are occurring without your intervention so once the IFTA month comes, our users need to only click a button and the report is ready to be filed with the state. 
  • To ensure the bill is distributed equitably, in a couple of clicks IFTA report can be filtered by truck with all miles driven and fuel purchased by that truck. 
  • The report is easily sharable so you can send or print the report to provide the owner operator of proof.

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 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.

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.

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 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.

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