TruckingOffice began as a small trucking authority in 2002. The owner, Allen, tried to manage everything with a combination of paper logs, spreadsheets, and Quickbooks. This was very hectic and caused some issues. Although Quickbooks is a great tool for accountants, it doesn’t help track dispatching, which is one of the most important parts of any trucking business. Allen soon found himself in a disorganized mess.
After spending some time in the hospital in 2006, Allen discovered that no one could understand his company’s records but him. He knew things had to change. His dad was a software engineer and starting designing a software to help him with his business. The software became known as TruckingOffice.
At first, TruckingOffice just focused on dispatch. Other tools like invoicing and maintenance were later added. Allen found that his software worked very well and kept him organized. He could use it for everything from daily tasks to audits. It helped his business thrive.
Allen and his dad decided to share TruckingOffice with other companies in 2010. Since then, the software has only gotten better. It offers many different features that can help anyone, from a rookie to a veteran trucker, run a business. Here are some of TruckingOffice’s main services.
The main thing that TruckingOffice offers is its trucking management software or TMS. TMS is a system that helps trucking companies keep track of all their data. Never again will you lose the only copy of the paper that held last week’s delivery schedule. Everything is saved online for quick and easy access.
TMS also helps with accuracy. No more spending hours slaving over logbooks, checking and double-checking your addition. TMS does all the math for you. It makes trucker drivers’ work lives easier and less stressful. TruckingOffice’s TMS software includes interstate fuel tax agreement (IFTA) reporting, dispatch tracking, invoice tracking, driver tracking, expense tracking, maintenance tracking, truck tracking, premium routing, and team driver tracking.
In order to collect all this data, TMS relies on an electronic logging device or ELD. This is a super helpful tool that helps keep your records accurate and up to date. Here’s how an ELD works:
1. A vehicle interface device (VID) is plugged into the truck’s electronic control module port.
2. The VID communicates with the truck’s computer or ECM (electonic control module).
3. Information is automatically recorded in the ELD via Bluetooth on the mobile app.
The best part is that with TruckingOffice, your ELD isn’t a new device. In fact, it’s whatever you already own – tablet, smartphone, etc. Simply download the app and hook it up to your VID to start collecting data. The app is easy to use, as its design is based on the paperwork truckers have used for decades. TruckingOffice respects its clients’ privacy; its VIDs and ELDs never gather information you don’t need for your business.
The interstate fuel tax agreement, or IFTA, can be a huge cause of stress for truck drivers. It is easy to miscalculate and end up over or underpaying, which can lead to large fines. With TruckingOffice, you don’t have to worry about the IFTA anymore. Your TMS and ELD will automatically track and record the information needed to figure out this payment. TMS will even calculate it for you, so you pay the right amount every time.
How Does TruckingOffice TMS and ELD Help Truckers Save Money?
Now, let’s look at how our TMS and ELD work together to help you save money. Besides the time saved on route planning, you’ll also enjoy seeing an increase in profits.
The goal of a TMS is to gather all your key data in one place. You’ll be able to make informed decisions in all areas of your operation. The purpose of an ELD is to improve driver safety and ensure HOS compliance. With these technologies combined, day-to-day administrative tasks will become less tedious and more accurate.
One of the first ways you’ll save money is by spending less time doing paperwork. This time that can be better used on the road, building your business. Trucking software and electronic logging devices can help you make money in many other ways:
- More efficient load and dispatch management.
- Automated invoicing so you get paid quicker.
- Up-to-date reports for costs and profit monitoring.
- Better communication with drivers prevents costly errors.
- Tracks IFTA reporting and payments to avoid fines or penalties.
- Vehicle maintenance alerts and tracking to help drivers to prevent costly repairs.
- Improved customer service helps to increase profits and client base.
Try TruckingOffice Today
With years of personal experience and a software system like no other, there’s no reason you shouldn’t try TruckingOffice for your trucking company. They even offer monthly no-contract subscriptions, so you can cancel at any time with no repercussions. Call (800) 253-9647 to order or learn more.