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Why Driver Quality of Life Matters

Posted by TMW Systems on Feb 07, 2019

When it comes to recruiting and hiring new drivers, the first thing recruits most likely look at is the pay rate. But, what happens when multiple companies have competing offers? At that point, secondary perks become more important. These are perks that will improve drivers’ quality of life, such as better in-cab conditions, good equipment and comfort items.

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Topics: Driver Retention

XaaS: Considering Everything as a Service

Posted by TMW Systems on Jan 31, 2019

We’ve all become familiar with SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) and PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service) cloud computing models that are used to provide a range of software and other applications. You may have even come across the term IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service), which allows companies to configure and deploy virtual technologies that are hosted in a data center and managed remotely.

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Topics: Cloud Based Trucking Software

What a Driver Scorecard Can Do For Your Business

Posted by TMW Systems on Jan 24, 2019

One of the hardest parts about running a business is hiring and retaining qualified employees. In the transportation industry, that means hiring employees who drive the trucks and others who manage those drivers. It’s especially important to find the right people because the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) scores affect how the business operates.

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Topics: Trucking Regulations

It Takes a Platform to Platoon

Posted by TMW Systems on Jan 17, 2019

Motor carriers with regional and long-distance operations may soon be using a technology that can increase the fuel efficiency of semi-trailers by 7% on average.

A “confidence report” published by the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NAFCE) in 2016 lists the fuel savings of two-truck platooning technology at 4% for the lead vehicle and 10% for the following vehicle.

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Topics: Transportation Technology

Canada’s Economic Outlook:  Opportunity on the Western Front?

Posted by TMW Systems on Jan 10, 2019

Local and regional freight haulers cannot afford to bet their business success on forecasts about national economic activity. Despite rosy forecasts for the Canadian economy, transporters of oil and lumber in western provinces are dealing with falling volumes driven by North American and international factors.

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Topics: Transportation Technology, Transport Economy

California’s ABC Test: The Fundamentals

Posted by TMW Systems on Jan 03, 2019

California. Great place for movie stars, techies and wine lovers. But not such a great place if you’re an owner-operator or motor carrier that relies on them, thanks to the California Supreme Court’s 2018 decision in Dynamex Operations West, Inc., case.

Essentially, in what is being labeled a landmark decision, it classifies all independent contractors (ICs) as employees unless companies can demonstrate otherwise based on the so-called ABC test. Unfortunately, this won’t be an easy test to pass for most of California’s 70,000+ owner-operators. That puts drivers and motor carriers in the Golden State in the dark about what to do—or if they should do anything at all.

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Topics: Trucking Regulations

2018 in.sight Ovation Award Winners:  Learning from the Best

Posted by TMW Systems on Dec 20, 2018

When Trimble announced the winners of its Ovation Awards at the 2018 in.sight user conference + expo, the honor recognized customers that have best-leveraged technology through innovations in integration, custom-tailored applications, process implementation, training methods and more.

Award winners will be joining Trimble Transportation for exclusive webinars. Now is your opportunity to hear from them firsthand. Below is a list of the winners, why they won and where you can register for each webinar. Attend as many as your schedule allows for a well-rounded experience.

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Topics: in.sight

2018: Our Year in Review

Posted by TMW Systems on Dec 13, 2018

  

You’ve Made Our Blog Award Winning!

To our subscribers and to other readers, your interest and social media shares for topics related to transportation services have gained us added notice and credibility. Thank you. For 2019, we encourage you to check us out weekly. Interact with us; make your voice known in the comment section of the blogs you read. And, please continue to share our thought-provoking, relevant work with your colleagues.

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Topics: Transportation Technology

TMW Implementation: From Change to Continuity

Posted by TMW Systems on Dec 06, 2018

What’s your business endgame?

Perhaps it’s improved asset utilization and customer satisfaction, or you’ve decided to focus on compliance and ensure you’re fully on point with government mandates.

Most carriers would list all these points and add some of their own. Factor in owner and shareholder expectations, and it’s clear that, whatever the objective, fiscally successful companies need procedures that reduce unnecessary labor, drive revenue and have a universally positive effect on the bottom line.

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Topics: Transportation Management Software

An App for That

Posted by TMW Systems on Nov 29, 2018

 

Is it hard to remember life before handheld mobile devices and even harder to imagine life without them?

Today, beyond calling, texting and even checking e-mail, we’re all using our phones and tablets for a growing number of reasons. In a hurry? “We have an app for that” say food and coffee vendors. Just place your order on a device and pick it up without slowing down. Need a last-minute gift, some household or office supplies? No need to stop at the store. Use the app on your phone and your order will be delivered, even on the same day in some cases.

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Topics: Trucking Mobile Apps