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How To Keep Your Trucking Company Alive in 2023

Supply Chain Disruptions Caused Great Losses for Unprepared Companies

With inflation on the rise, it’s getting harder for small to mid-size businesses to stay afloat, let alone grow. Funny how it’s always the little guy who seems to suffer when the economy isn’t doing well. I guess the phrase, “too big to fail” has some truth after all.

As you look ahead to 2023, you have to be prepared. To be prepared, you have to have a plan. And, as we all know, logistics is mostly planning. If you have a poor plan for your drivers, trucks, loads, and routes, well, you probably won’t make it long in the industry.

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Despite what news outlets might tell you, the industry is still growing and trucking companies are turning a profit. Carriers and brokers are growing in these unstable times. It’s simply a matter of capitalizing where others are making mistakes.

Is your company consistently delivering loads on time?

Or maybe you slip up and lose business because you lost a sticky note that had the dock instructions written on it. Are you staying up to date on the latest pricing trends for your most successful lanes? Or did somebody on your team bid the job too high because the historical pricing spreadsheet was deleted by Jimmy on accident, and nobody created a backup of the file.

Let’s take a look at a few companies that are growing despite the current economic outlook.

The Lack of Logistics Software Integration Keeps You From Growing

TVA Logistics was able to scale from 70 trucks to over 100 in just over a year.

How did they manage this level of growth? For starters, they consistently deliver on time at a competitive rate, while maintaining good communication with customers. But, how do they do that? It boils down to workflow efficiency and leveraging the proper data at the right times.

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To have this data, they needed a good operating system. A transportation management system that became the backbone of their company. Now they get notifications when something is not right with a load. They know immediately which loads take priority or have issues that need immediate resolution.

Are You Struggling With Dispatch Planning and Check Calls?

They leveraged tools like a Dispatch Planner to see all upcoming shipments, appointments, driver, and truck availability. One view provides a bird’s eye scope of the entire operation. From this bird’s eye view, they are quickly able to zoom into a load and get detailed information about the dock, pick-up, and drop-off locations, reefer telematics, etc. They also use their system to quickly issue e-checks and handle all accessorial charges, while having that information updated in the accounting software on the fly.

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TVA has 19 dispatchers that dispatch approximately 6 trucks a day. If you’re doing things the old manual way, that means each dispatcher only knows about 6 trucks. What if a few dispatchers go out to lunch and the customer calls wanting information on their shipment, but the dispatcher who knows about that shipment is not available? That means a potentially angry customer. Especially if there is a tight deadline.

The good news is, TVA doesn’t manage their trucks manually. They have full visibility to all their assets thanks to their TMS. This allowed them to reduce dispatching time and check calls by approximately 30 minutes per load. They went from 57 hours of work dispatching daily down to about 2 hours of work. This frees them up to find more loads and scale their operation. Remember their growth from 70 to over 100 trucks?

Stop the Constant Manual Data Entry

Manually entering data is tedious and time consuming. There is just so much information attached to the load and then that information must be communicated to the proper parties involved promptly. 

Data entry has always been a huge time sink for trucking companies.

Skyline Transportation spent approximately 40 hours a week manually entering data for their shipments. A big portion of that manual data entry was for check-in and check-out logs requiring constant communication with drivers. This made their drivers feel micro-managed. Thanks to their TMS they don’t have to call drivers as often. They get automatic updates when a driver picks up a shipment, logs an accessorial, and drops off a shipment. The time savings are huge. It’s that simple.

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Their TMS is the one-stop shop for all the information they need. When a broker calls and wants to check on the load, it’s all right there on one screen. Skyline now receives more business from its broker network because they are so reliable and provide answers quickly. Since they are getting more business, Skyline has added 8 trucks to their operation and now has over 30 trucks total.

Another huge part of success in the logistics industry is keeping your drivers happy. Healthy, happy drivers make the engine of logistics move super smoothly. Skyline was calling its regional drivers 3-4 times a day to get load status updates. Now, because that information is already updated in the TMS automatically, they call 1 time, and some days, they don’t call at all. For their over-the-road long haul drivers, they don’t hear from them for 3 days. The best part is, they don’t have to. They are updated as the load moves. The drivers get more rest and have more autonomy over their daily schedule. It’s a win-win.

Get the Results You Want

Skyline Transportation and TVA Logistics had processes and workflows in place that worked, but they weren’t as efficient as they could be. They wasted time daily, and wasted time means the profit margins begin to slip. Their companies were profitable, but they weren’t growing. Being profitable to not good enough in today’s market. You have to seize the opportunities presented and capitalize on them.

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They achieved the growth they wanted with a solid TMS as the backbone of their operations.

If you’ve read this far, then you have what it takes to get your operation to the next level. Are you interested in growing your business?

If so, it’s time to try Alvys. Alvys is a leading TMS in the logistics industry geared for your growth. It’s time to reduce expenses and scale. You can replicate the growth that Skyline Transportation and TVA Logistics experienced, by trying Alvys today.