[WEBINAR] The First Steps Toward Digital Transformation In Freight

With a tumultuous year nearly behind us, heading into 2021, transportation leaders are asking, “how can we be more prepared next year, and where should we invest resources?” 

Transportation is becoming increasingly efficient as shippers embrace digital transformation and integrate systems and processes.  

By taking an agile approach toward adopting freight technology, shippers eliminate operational inefficiency and avoid costly pitfalls – even in extraordinarily strained markets.

In this webinar, learn how to:

  • Eliminate overpaying for freight by building upon your TMS
  • Customize routing guides to mitigate high tender rejection – recently hovering over 25% nationally
  • Automate better and more profitable business decisions

Loadsmart Partners with Opendock for Integrated Dock Scheduling

Integration offers new capabilities to improve on-time service and eliminate a traditional bottleneck in the movement of freight

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., and NEW YORK – June 10, 2020 — Loadsmart, a leading digital freight technology company, today announced a technical and strategic partnership with Opendock, a market leader in centralized dock scheduling software for shippers and carriers. The API-enabled integration of Loadsmart’s digital freight platform and Smart Scheduling technology, with Opendock’s dock management software, enables shippers to simplify and accelerate the scheduling process by identifying and booking the best possible appointment with minimal human intervention.  

For most shippers and carriers, scheduling has long been a time-consuming, manual process that typically requires multiple phone calls and emails to book an appointment. This process becomes even more problematic when appointments must be rescheduled due to a change in the driver’s estimated arrival time. Recognizing this challenge and the potential of leveraging artificial intelligence, the two companies have forged this collaboration to automate appointment scheduling for the more than 1,800 warehouses that utilize Opendock.

“Shippers are increasingly looking for new ways to leverage technology to eliminate bottlenecks and improve the efficiency of their supply chains,” said Ricardo Salgado, CEO and co-founder of Loadsmart, “The integration of our Smart Scheduling technology with Opendock’s centralized dock management software enables us to remove friction and streamline the appointment scheduling process for our shared customers.”

Shippers will immediately benefit from improved efficiency and better service. The integration allows Loadsmart’s Smart Scheduling technology to instantly select and book the best possible appointment by using artificial intelligence to analyze travel time and other factors. Should a driver’s ETA change while en route, the integration even enables Loadsmart to automatically reschedule the appointment in seconds. 

“We are excited to be partnering with Loadsmart and their Smart Scheduling capability. It’s impressive how they are using technology to simplify and streamline what’s historically been a very complex and time-consuming process, ” said Bob La Loggia, CEO of Opendock. “With this partnership, we’re eliminating a traditional bottleneck that impacts efficiency and on-time service.”

Loadsmart has completed phase one of the integration with Opendock and is already seeing positive results, including a substantial improvement in on-time performance. The company plans on continuing to enhance and expand integration touchpoints to make even more use of Opendock’s scheduling capabilities. 

Ready to learn more?

Join Loadsmart and Opendock June 18th at 2PM EST as they discuss the partnership and joint solution. Register Now.

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.

About Opendock:

Opendock is based in Scottsdale, Arizona. It is utilized daily by every major freight carrier and broker, including C.H. Robinson, Schneider, JB Hunt, Werner, and others. Additionally, thousands of warehouses use the system for managing their dock availability. Warehouses range from small operations to 3PLs to some of the largest shippers in the world, such as International Paper, Cargill, Owen & Minor, Pepsi, ADM, and Unilever. To learn more about Opendock dock scheduling software, visit http://www.opendock.com.

Loadsmart Launches Multimodal Services to Enable Maximum Visibility From the Port to the Road

New Solution Adds Transload Services and Powers Instant Execution and Seamless Transparency Across Full Shipment Lifecycle

Loadsmart, a digital freight technology company, today announced the launch of its Multimodal Services offering, which bridges port drayage, transload and over-the-road truckload shipping. Shippers will now be able to instantly execute multimodal shipments and obtain full transparency across their entire lifecycle—from the port, to the transload facility, onto the vehicles, and, ultimately, to their intended destinations – all from a single digital logistics partner.

Transload refers to the point in the supply chain where containers from the port are unloaded at a distribution warehouse and the goods are then transferred to one or more trailers. Transload providers are often siloed from other transportation segments, including the carrier providing over-the-road services, ultimately causing limited visibility and inefficiency. The absence of integration amongst multiple providers results in a blind spot for shippers, who lack the necessary granular insight. Loadsmart’s Multimodal Services solution brings complete visibility for shippers, consignees, and other interested parties during the entire shipment lifecycle, down to the single package level. 

“Loadsmart is one step closer to becoming the go-to platform for intelligent logistics execution,” said Felipe Capella, co-founder and president at Loadsmart. “Through direct integrations with leading transportation management systems, port terminals and now warehouse management systems, we have programmatically wired a big part of the supply chain to arm shippers with the real-time execution and visibility they need.”

Transparent and accurate data helps shippers proactively and effectively manage transportation costs and outcomes. By gaining increased transparency, shippers can develop a transformative and timely strategy for the organization.

“We want to empower planners and logistics professionals on the customer side to be 10 times more efficient than before. Giving them the ability to work with a single vendor for executing and tracking their multimodal shipments makes their job that much easier, especially when many are still working from home.” Capella added.

Traditionally, obtaining visibility from the warehouse through the rest of a shipment’s life cycle has been a challenge for 3PLs and their shipper customers, due to the sheer variety of warehouse management system (WMS) vendors. To address these inefficiencies, Loadsmart’s Multimodal Services offering is designed to be warehouse agnostic. Warehouses can now opt to integrate their WMS with Loadsmart, or alternatively, use Loadsmart’s free web-based platform to manage containers, assign goods to trailers and arrange inland pickups. All of this can be done by simply logging on to a web interface — no integration required. 

Growing customer expectations for increased speed and transparency have made reducing complexity and improving efficiency an imperative for modern supply chains. Nowhere is this more apparent than for multi-modal shipments, where shippers are forced to navigate a tangled web of different vendors and technologies. With its Multimodal Services offering, Loadsmart is uniquely positioned to transform the way companies manage their multimodal freight, offering a single source for shipment execution and unparalleled visibility from the port to the final destination.

Ready to learn more? Contact us at sales@loadsmart.com

Which “Ice Road Tuckers” Star is Coming to MATS!? Find out here

Double Coin and CMA (a tire manufacturer) is bring Alex Debogorski to MATS March 26-28! Debogorski will be signing autographs from 2-5pm on Thursday and Friday (3/26+3/27) and from 1-3pm on Saturday (3/28) at booth #18068. Besides being on the History Channel reality show, Debogorski is a journalist, blogger, and author of the best selling book “King of the Road”

LoadSmart.com will also be at MATS at booth 74196, where we will be giving out free stuff and giving sneak peaks on our awesome product!

Here’s a little preview ABOUT US!

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TMW upgrades with Dynamic Route Mapping Technology

Yesterday LoadSmart wrote an article on How to use Technology to Prevent Delays in Holiday Deliveries and this is the technology we were talking about. TMW systems are being upgraded and trucking companies using the TMW software will now be able to use real time mapping software to plan their trucking routes more efficiently. The updated software technology actually comes from ALK technologies which, like TMW, is owned by geo-service giant Trimble.

Benefits of Using Upgraded TMW Technology

Up-to-date rerouting options based on other variable.

Interactive Street-level maps with satellite.

Real-time traffic and speed data.

Hazardous materials routing.

Post-trip analysis.

Data on rerouting percentages.

Review Driver Performance.

For more go to It Jungle>>

Load One’s Tips to Keeping your Drivers Loyal. Hint: It Involves Technology

Load One is growing at an annual rate of 22%, these are impressive numbers and Load One believes that it all has to do with keeping their drivers engaged and invested in their company. How do they keep their drivers satisfied and engaged? Here are some tips:

Technology. Technology. Technology

-Personalized Training Program: Using an online training program that is modified for that drivers specific needs. It gets the drivers on the road two days later and makes the driver feel more like an individual than a number.

– Mobile App on the road training: Once they are on the road, Load One still gives them training material on demand through the drivers mobile devices. You don’t have to drag them in the office if they break a safety violation, training automatically commences and they have 48 hours to complete it. Not forcing a driver to come to be reprimanded and educated inefficiently.

-Reward System: Load One uses “Drive for Gold” a reward program that incentivizes the drivers to stay at Load One. They get rewards for safety, birthdays, and every 6 months that they stay at Load One. Drivers who log in to Drive for Gold at least twice a month have a 30% less turnover rate.

-Value their Opinion: Taking Survey about Load One’s facilities is a smart but simple way to show the drivers you care about their opinion, especially if you implement some of the changes.

– Other more commonly known way to satisfy your drivers is with navigation and in-cab scanning & wifi. Load One is also working on converting their entire fleet to automatic transmissions.


Investors Looking for the Next Big Start Up Logistic Company

The trucking industry in the US brings in over $600 Billion in gross freight revenue and employes 6.8 million people. With the technological advances that are occurring exponentially the consumers are demanding their e-commerce goods to arrive faster from shippers. With the rise in demand of e-commerce goods, shippers are looking for more efficient ways of send their loads. With this being common knowledge, start up logistic companies have been popping up and although investors have been investing, they seem to believe the next big logistics start up company hasn’t arrived yet, with their investments being a bit reserved. There are some companies with backers that are popping up with potential like Shippo, Cargomatic, Traansmission, OneMorePallet, ShipHawk, and Peloton. For more info on these companies go to Tech Crunch>> 

Congressmen tell FMCSA errors in sleep apnea testing

Congressmen are concerned about FMCSA’s recommended training organizations who are incorrectly teaching medical examiners how to test sleep apnea on truckers. How to handle sleeping disorders are being argued by many. Although it was first recommended to strengthen it’s guidance by medical examiners, the trucking industry was concerned because that decision did not clearly state what the responsibilities of motor carriers and other employers would be. The new recommendation is to write a new rule that not only covers  the new developments on sleep disorders but an understanding on the impact of such a rule, including its cost and benefits which is estimated at $1 billion a year by the American Trucking Association. Trucking Info>> 

Driver accuses trucking company of falsifying logs. It’s a bigger issue…

LoadSmart knows the reality of the trucking industry and falsifying logs. Although it is currently the reality it is not right to the driver. It needs to evolve or hours of service will continue to correlate with another huge issue which is driver shortage. We need to fix the trucking industries model. For more information on the drivers accusation of a topic that we know is all over the trucking industry, falsifying logs go to NBC>>

The US- Mexico trucking agreement not likely to continue after three year pilot pact expired yesterday

Only thirteen mexican carriers were participating in the trucking agreement prior to yesterday when the trucking pact expired. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said they had expected to attain 316 participants by the end of the three years. After falling short of those expectations they do not look too excited to extend the pact.

Not only was there a lack of participants. The inspections of loads by the FMCSA (according to The Owner-Operators Independent Drivers Association) were conducting  to validate the programs performance were being done on only two of those mexican carriers 81% of the time. Making it difficult to analyze the mexican truck fleet as a whole.

DC Velocity>>

Zonar Systems has developed app to minimize truck MPG. Should we accept tracking in our trucks?

Zonar Systems zfuel app is still being developed. They have been working with a fuel manager and installed 300,000 telematic tracking devices and started collecting data. It actually shows you the amount of gas being lost by less the optimal driving.

LoadBooks Question is how truckers feel about smart “connected vehicle” technology? In a time when technology is evolving more and more, should the trucking industry stay in the past or accept tracking and GPS systems tracking their loads. These are all systems we have already accepted in our phones, social media, and other apps. Now can we accept them in on our loads?
Tell us in the comments.

CCJ Digital>>

Today’s Problem: DOT is being sued for inadequate driver training. A: Driver Simulators

For years safety groups have been fighting to get DOT to imply some safety driver training. After no success they have decided to sue.

American Shipper>>

Do you think truck training is not up to par? What is your opinion on Driver simulators. Well for those of you that are using driving simulators lets look at 7 ways to get the most of this trucking technology.

Trucking Info>>