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As a member of the trucking industry, we know that one of your major concerns is driver retention. Truck driver retention, and the lack thereof, is plaguing the industry. We know you want to grow your business, and keeping your drivers is a large part of that. So what can you do to improve driver retention and become the best trucking company to lease onto? Get the App Designed To Boost Truck Driver Retention
At Trucklogics, we understand the need to keep growing while keeping costs down, which is why we built the #1 driver retention app specifically with the needs of your drivers in mind.
Many truck drivers list poor flow of information as a reason why they were dissatisfied enough to quit. TruckLogics eliminates miscommunications––if you and your leased owner-operator both subscribe to our cloud-based software and app, you can both streamline your record keeping like never before. Power In the Palm of Your Leased OperatorYour leased operators can track their income, run monthly and yearly Profit & Loss reports, and keep accurate, detailed compliance records relating to their maintenance and trip information. But, most importantly, it enables your driver to reconcile settlement statements.
TruckLogics aims to boost truck driver retention by offering your leased operators:
Unlimited Income and Expense Entry
Fuel Purchase Tracking
Monthly Profit & Loss Reporting
Maintenance Recording and Automatic Reminders
Year-End Tax Reports
Tax Compliance Reminders
How This Retention Tool Works for YouJust like we assisted Mercer, you too can be one step closer to being the best trucking company to lease onto. Reports and settlement integration will become a breeze when you subscribe to one of our fleet owner packages. Minimize miscommunications and record keeping discrepancies by enrolling in TruckLogics and receiving features that enable you to:
Have Unlimited Multi-User Access
Generate and Send Invoices
Access Chart of Accounts
Address Book Capabilities
Create Profit & Loss Reports
Unlimited Mobile Access
Combined with your leased driver’s TruckLogics, app, these features become the ultimate retention tool.
Become the Best Trucking Company to Lease OntoPoor truck driver retention can be a thing of the past with the settlement integration and tracking offered by TruckLogics, but it is important to remember that miscommunication is often only part of the reason truck drivers decide to leave.
Other factors that often influence driver departure are low levels of trust and recognition. While TruckLogics’ retention tool can go a long way towards verifying trip data, it is still up to you to build that baseline of trust with your leased drivers. And every so often, don’t forget to tell your drivers they’re doing a good job.
As an owner-operator, finding the best loads to haul is an essential part of running a successful business. Your success is based on running as many loaded miles as possible to maximize your profits. A great way to find profitable loads is through load boards.
However, with so many options on the market today the trick is finding the one that meets your needs so you can start saving time and money.
What To Look For in a Load Board?1. Free Trial OffersBefore settling down on one load board, look for one that offers a free trial so you can take it for a test drive to see if it fits your needs. Be wary of load boards that fail to offer free trials, as this could waste your time and money.
2. User-Friendly Other than the price this is probably the most important aspect to consider. Is the program easy to use and navigate? Look for a solution that won’t waste your time searching for loads, posting your vehicles, or using other valuable features.
3. Cost-EffectiveFind a load board that fits within your budget! A good load board will pay for itself after just a few loads. Don’t be afraid of comparison shopping.
You will find lots of load boards with a variety of features and varying prices from free to $100+ per/month. Be warned that a free load board will not have the security, quality loads, or advanced features that a membership load board has to offer.
4. Mobile AppAs a driver, you’re always on the run, so you need a load board that provides the same level of access and ease of use on your phone or tablet as you would expect from your computer.5. Notifications
You will want a load board that sends 24/7 alerts and notifications to your phone or email. This way you never miss out on another opportunity.
6. Number of LoadsWhen you are looking for the right load for your vehicle in a preferred area you need a lot of loads to choose from. Make sure you are using a load board that provides both volume and variety.
7. Constant Updates A load board isn't much good if it isn’t updated regularly. Loads come and go quickly, so check how frequently the board is updated before settling on one. Look for loads with real-time updates and results.
Our Pick For #1 Load Board: DATSave time hunting down loads with freight matching services such as DAT’s TruckersEdge and Power Load Board. DAT has been the trucking industry’s most trusted spot marketplace since 1978. They are the biggest and best load board available! See where the most loads are and what they pay.
Something wicked this way comes. That’s right! Just when you think you are safe after filing your HVUT Form 2290 here comes the International Fuel Tax Agreement. Your 3rd quarterly IFTA Tax report is due on Wednesday, October 31st, 2018. To help you get all your documents in order here is what you need to file your IFTA quarterly taxes.
IFTA Tax Requirements:
Total miles traveled per jurisdiction
The total amount of fuel purchased per jurisdiction
The total amount of fuel consumed per jurisdiction
The current tax rate per jurisdiction
The amount of tax paid per gallon of fuel per jurisdiction
Need to generate your IFTA quarterly report? Well, your friends at TruckLogics have the perfect solution! Our sister product, ExpressIFTA make generating your IFTA fuel tax report a snap. Say goodbye to the day s of complicated calculations. Their IFTA software will accurately calculate your IFFTA fuel tax rate and IFTA taxed based on the information provided. Never worry about over or underpaying again.
Plus, their built-in diagnostic error audit can be run on your reports to catch any fundamental filing errors based on your estimated miles per gallon. It will recognize when miles traveled aren’t between adjacent states, and if you purchased fuel in a state you have not traveled in.
When is the IFTA Due Date?Your July through September third quarter fuel taxes are due by July 31, 2018.
April - June
July - September
October - December
Change The Way You Generate Your Quarterly IFTA ReturnMake TruckLogics your new home for IFTA record-keeping. Access your IFTA records anywhere, and update or edit your records as needed. You can even generate IFTA reports each quarter from your trip sheets. Email or print these reports, and use the totals to correctly complete your IFTA return.
We are also integrated with our sister product, ExpressIFTA. So now your IFTA Fuel Tax experience can be simple and easy.
Within your fleet, you have a lot to keep up with. Drivers, bills, loads, and more. You will drive yourself mad if you try to remember everything on your own! Don’t let deadlines and payments slip through the cracks, or you might lose your independent contractors.
Simplify your trucking business with TruckLogics! We have the ultimate web-based business management software available. This program is designed specifically for the transportation industry with account plans to fit the needs of fleet manager, leased owner-operators, and owner-operators alike. Save time and money by managing your entire business from any connected device.
Here are just some of the innovative features TruckLogics has to offer.
Managing Independent Contractors With TruckLogics When you set up your TruckLogics account, you can grant multi-user access to your employees with different levels of permission. So now they can access important record or record business information within the shared account. Your drivers can also access their settlements at any time to know how much they were paid and when.
Driver Settlements It’s quick and easy to create driver settlements. The driver’s pay will be automatically calculated based on your settings. You can choose to pay your drivers per mile, loaded mile, with a percentage of the revenue, or manually, and the hauling charge will automatically be calculated.
Your fuel charges can be calculated based off of mileage, the percentage of revenue, or from a flat fee, You can also add accessorial fees. To save time we have listed a few to choose from, but you can also create a customized fee.
You can also add reimbursements and deductions to the settlement at any time, and we will automatically calculate the balance for you. If you need to advance your drivers’ pay, you can deduct the cost and add the reason for the deduction to keep clear and concise records.
Need to charge someone for your services? No problem. You can instantly create a professional invoice with TruckLogics. Based off of your settings the invoice will be auto-filled for you and the calculations will be automatically totaled to save you time.
You can also edit the load, rates, and add memos at any time. Your invoices can be downloaded and shared with your clients, printed, and sent via email, so you can easily get them to where they need to go.
You’re a busy person, you shouldn’t have to worry about remembering each of your invoices– that’s why TruckLogics provides reminders when your invoices are approaching their due date, are due, and past due.
Effortless Dispatching Assigning loads to your employees can be done with just a few clicks with the ability to instantly create dispatches online. You can assign drivers to dispatchers that include the pickup and drop off location as well as any special pickup instructions and contact information for the pickup and drop off points, so the drivers have everything they need.
Plus, with TruckLogics check calls have never been easier. You can instantly update your clients on your progress and location, and you can capture and send your BOL and proof of delivery to simplify your daily check-in.
Try TruckLogics NowSign up for your free 15-day trial and see the difference TruckLogics can make in your trucking business. Our program can help you save time and simplify running your entire operation, especially when it comes to independent contractors.
Joining the ranks of owner-operators in the trucking industry isn’t for the faint of heart. Your limits will be tested daily but once you learn how to survive, a prosperous future quickly follows. Currently, there are approximately 350,000 owner-operators in the US.
If you don’t have a solid business management plan, then the learning to survive part will be almost impossible to accomplish. TruckLogics is the best web-based solution designed to simplify the management of your evolving trucking business while on the road. Our program includes all the tools necessary to make your life easier, from dispatches, expense reports, quarterly IFTA reports, and so much more.
Organizing Your Trucking BusinessLike your truck, your business has a lot of moving parts that keep it going. Keeping everything organized and accessible is what will save you from becoming a stress-fueled ball of fury. TruckLogics keeps all your dispatches, invoices, expenses, payments, customers, equipment, documents, maintenance schedules, renewal deadlines, and everything organized and accessible from any location.
One aspect of your business that can turn into a big mess real quick is your documents. TruckLogics has a document library were all your documents can stay organized and be quickly sent to customers or added to dispatches.
IFTA Records & Reports - YouTube
The Importance of TrackingWho doesn’t want to know where their money is going, or the status of a dispatch/invoice? All the moving parts of your business need to be meticulously tracked so you always know what is going on. TruckLogics will track all your financial information so you can see where your business stands at any moment. Your miles are also automatically tracked from dispatch to dispatch, making IFTA filing a breeze. TruckLogics even has a wide range of report features that allow you to quickly view reports including Profit & Loss, Customer Revenue, Fuel Tax Summary, Unit License Expiry, Trip, Fuel, and so much more.
The TruckLogics mobile app makes recording and tracking your expenses a dream while on the road. For thorough documentation, you can capture your receipts and the image will automatically save with the associated dispatch. The mobile app also displays your dispatch information, special instructions, routing, and check call updates.
Dispatch Tracking - YouTube
Planning Starts NowYou want to know what is coming up so you don’t get caught off-guard, and more importantly, so you don’t go unpaid. Your load history is going to tell you a lot about how to plan your loads for the future. With TruckLogics, you can view your past loads and income to pinpoint your most profitable routes. This information will also help you determine how much revenue per mile you will need to turn a profit for the rest of the year.
But planning doesn’t just stop at your loads. Maintenance schedules are one of those things that have to be planned out so you can keep your maintenance expenses under control. Generating a Profit & Loss Report, under the accrual basis of accounting, is going to show when income will be coming in so you can plan your larger maintenance expenses, know when to schedule longer hauls, and stay up-to-date on your cost/profit/revenue per mile. Planning out a month in advance or more seems tedious, but with TruckLogics, it’s simple.
Travel Planner with Fuel & Route Optimization - YouTube
National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, September 9 -15, 2018 is when America takes the time to honor all professional truck drivers. At TruckLogics we would like to say thank you for all your hard work and commitment to moving America forward.
Seventeen years ago, terrorists stunned America when they brought down the World Trade Center towers in New York City by flying two airplanes into them. Plus, crashing two separate planes to create more fear and destruction. To this day this remains as the most horrific attack on our soil, wiping out 2,764 innocent civilians and 343 first responders.
Today, we all need to take time to remember and cherish our loved ones.
The passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93 overpowered the terrorists and kept their plane from hitting its target. This time each year I revisit the bravery of the firefighters and police officers who put the lives of others over their own. The medical personnel who worked tirelessly to assist those injured in the attack and the average American who set up places to eat and rest for those refusing to leave while there was hope of survivors.
Responders and volunteers from every state in the nation converged on New York to help dig to find victims buried in the rubble. They never slowed down looking for survivors until there was no hope. However, through it all, our flag waved proudly.
So please take a moment of remembrance today to think of the brave men and women who serve and defend our freedom and liberty.
You can’t be a trucker without a truck. Heck, it’s the most crucial part of the word! Whether you are a company driver, leased, or own your own fleet, they are more than essential to your job. So it should go without saying you need to keep your vehicle(s) adequately maintained. This way you’ll get every penny out of your rig and give it a good long life So, let’s take a look at what needs regular maintenance on your truck the most to ensure long life and prepared for the CVSA Brake Safety Week.
Preventive Maintenance Checklist For CMVs
Air Compressors Function and Condition
Brake cylinders, levers and, forks
Chassis frame and cross members
Discharge lines and hoses.
Dirt on batteries, leakage attachment, the exact gravity of battery acid, fluid level connections and battery box
Discharge lines and hoses.
Fault codes displayed in the vehicle instrument cluster
Fluid levels in windshield wiper reservoirs
Front shock absorbers
Front wheels and bearings
Fuel tank, hoses, pipes venting and mounting
Fuel water separator, and draining of condensation
Hinges, locks, doorstops, and sealing strips
Hood attachment and locking devices
Oil level in hubs for oil lubricated wheel bearings
Oil in the front drive axle
Oil level in manual transmission given your truck is a manual
Oil in retarder
Oil level in power steering
Radiator fan, bearing tolerance, fan cover, bolt unions, and fan ring with rubber seal
Rear spring bolts
Rear wheels and bearings
Rear view mirrors and reflectors
Transmission oil cooler hoses and connections for leaks
Keep On Truckin’Make sure your brakes are working properly. If you have questions be sure to consult a professional about brake adjustments. Sometimes automatic adjusters don’t correctly adjust your brakes. It’s also important to check your brake lines to make sure that they aren’t being blocked and are clear of debris. Also, your brake lines also shouldn’t be leaking.
Just remember if you perform regular preventative maintenance and give it the care it deserves you’ll increase the longevity and quality of your truck's life. Your vehicle is an essential business tool that you have, so take good care of it! Also, avoid any unnecessary fines from the CVSA during the upcoming