Monday, 29 December 2014

TruckLogics App Update: New Features & More!

Breaking News, folks! Since we announced the launch of the TruckLogics App for Drivers a few months ago, there have been some huge developments!

First, and perhaps the most exciting development, *drum roll, please,* the app is no longer just for drivers! That’s right, now business owners can also login to the TruckLogics app from iOS and Android devices, for free of course!

This means that all TruckLogics account holders can use the App to access the most vital tools needed to manage your business on-the-go, tools like Check Call, Fuel Up, and the brand new Expense Tracking feature!

These features make the App the perfect companion to the full TruckLogics site, allowing you to continue keeping accurate records wherever the job takes you.

Let’s take a sneak peek at the exclusive features that drivers and business owners alike will have unlimited access to!

To log in to the TruckLogics app, simply download from the iTunes or Google Play store, then use the same username and password credentials that you use for the full site. If you’re a driver, check out this step-by-step guide to getting your login credentials from your company.

Update Check-Calls


All dispatches, active & completed, are visible from within your app. To add a Check Call and update the status of a dispatch, select the dispatch, and then click the Check Call icon. This will show the tracking details of that particular dispatch and allow you to update the status.




To add a new Check Call, select +Add Check Call, then choose the trip status from the dropdown menu. Next enter your location and the date & time, if applicable. In some cases, this information will be auto-filled for you. You can also add a Reason for the update, such as traffic delay, detour, or breakdown. Then hit save. Fin!

The update will automatically be sent to dispatch, as well as to the consignee. You can also edit the Check Call details by selecting the Pencil icon.

Fuel Up!


The Fuel Up tool will save your soul each and every IFTA quarter. You’ll never have to worry about losing a receipt or having disorganized trip sheets again. This exclusive feature makes it easy to keep all of your fuel transactions organized and in one place.




To log a fuel transaction, hit the Fuel Up icon within the appropriate dispatch, and enter the transaction details. Record the date, fuel type, quantity purchased, total of the sale, method of payment, even the address of the gas station. Any detail you could need for you records can be conveniently logged and organized. And the icing on the cake? You can upload a capture of the receipt too! Select Choose, then opt to take a photo or upload a previously snapped one!

Expense Tracking


If you need to record an expense other than a fuel purchase, this new feature has you covered! Within the appropriate dispatch, select Expense, and then +Add Expense to record a new transaction.




In a few seconds, your transaction will be recorded and synced with your Chart of Accounts in your main TruckLogics account! Enter the date, the Payee (select a vendor from your address book or add a new vendor), the payment method, amount, and attach an image of the receipt/invoice. Finally, select the Expense category from the dropdown menu to keep your finances organized.

It only takes a few seconds, and it keeps the accounting from piling up when you get back to the office!


All of the App features work in real-time with your TruckLogics account to give you a seamless, care-free experience across devices. That’s just one of the many benefits of using a cloud-based program. You can update your info anywhere, from any device, instantly!

But don’t forget, you do need a TruckLogics account to use the free app. If you need to sign up, now is the perfect time– we’re giving away free access for the New Year! Just sign up with promocode NEW for 30 days of TruckLogics with ProMiles free.

It’s the perfect way to kick off 2015 with a bang, and it’s the easiest, most convenient New Year’s resolution you could make!

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Tuesday, 23 December 2014

How to Create a Dispatch in 5 Minutes or Less!

What can you accomplish in 5 minutes? Or, even better, name one daily process in your business that you can complete in 5 minutes or less. Anything coming to mind?

There probably aren’t many day-to-day tasks that require such little time and effort–unless you’re using TruckLogics, in which case, 5 minutes isn’t the same 5 minutes you’re used to.

In TruckLogics, 5 minutes is all you need to create and send an invoice, settle a driver, or even to create a dispatch. In fact, most tasks can be completed in mere minutes within TruckLogics.

Instant gratification!

Don’t believe me? It’s natural to have your doubts, especially if you’re used to managing dispatches manually. But through the powers of technology, creating a dispatch really is that fast thanks our auto-fill feature that completes most of the fields for you.

So let’s walk-through dispatch creation step-by-step so you can see how simple it truly is. When logged into your account, select “Dispatches” along the top menu, and then click +New Dispatch on the top right to get started.

This will open up the Dispatch Board in which you can enter all of the details needed to create a new dispatch. Now you’re ready to begin!

1. Customer Info.




The very first step is to enter your customer or carrier information for this dispatch. Enter the name and billing address, or to save even more time, select the contact info from your Address Book. Just start typing the first few characters into the field, and the information will magically appear!


2. Shipper/Consignee Info.



Again, minimal typing will be required here as you can choose the shipper and consignee from your Address Book too! Noticing a pattern?

Just enter the name of the Shipper or Consignee, and the address of the business will pop-up for you. All that’s left is entering the date and time of the pick-up/drop-off, as well as any extra instructions you have for the driver.



And now you can add multiple stops in each dispatch too! To add another stop along the trip, simple click +Save and Add Another under the Consignee section, and repeat the process until all stops have been added.

3. Freight Details




An optional section, here you can just add any details about the load that you’d like your drivers to know about, or details you’d like to keep for your records. You can enter a description of the load’s contents, the weight or value of the load, and even check whether the contents are Haz Mat, Overload, Tanker, or Reefer.

We’re almost done!

4. Miles


In the Miles section, you have three choices for calculating the mileage for the trip: Google Maps, Manual (to configure it yourself), or- my personal favorite- ProMiles. ProMiles professional routing provides the most accurate address-to-address routing available.

When you choose to calculate your mileage with ProMiles, you can give your clients a quote with confidence knowing that the actual trip will not deviate from the route it provides. That’s because ProMiles takes road restrictions, low overpasses, and all of those other factors that inflate your costs into account, and it only provides a route that a truck can actually drive.



From this section, you can also optimize your route if there is more than one pick-up or drop-off in the dispatch. Just click View Routing Order on the right side of the mileage menu. From here, you can view all of the stops along the route, and drag and drop them into a different order to optimize and organize the trip before the dispatch is finalized.


5. Charges


Here you can add any Hauling fees, Fuel Surcharge fees, or accessorial fees to the dispatch. For hauling fees, you can choose to calculate the cost per mile, per bushel, per ton, per hundred wt., or just a flat fee. If you choose per mile, then using the mileage calculation from ProMiles or Google Maps, the Hauling charge will be calculated for you, because you shouldn’t have to!


6. Driver, Truck & Trailer


This is it! The final step, and it’s just as easy as each one before. It’s time to assign your driver and equipment to the dispatch. Here your Address Book, as well as Truck Zone, will save the day and save you from excessive typing.

It only takes a few clicks. Just select your driver, truck, and trailer from the drop-down menus, and Voila! You’re finished!

Just click the big orange button at the bottom “Create Dispatch,” and you’re finished!

You can also come back to this screen and edit the information at any time after. All in all, it only takes about 5 minutes, but once you get the hang of it, you could do it in 2 minutes or less!

Maybe we should hold Dispatch Olympics to see who’s fastest on the draw!


If you like what you see (and who wouldn’t!), but don’t have a TruckLogics account yet, don’t fret! It’s the Season of Giving, which is why we are giving away free 30 day trials with the promocode STELLAR! There’s no credit card required, and you’ll get 30 days of VIP TruckLogics access with ProMiles thrown in too!

And if you’d like to see what else you can accomplish in 5 minutes or less using TruckLogics, let our Support Crew show you! They provide free, live demos tailored to your business, all you have to do is ask! Email them at support@trucklogics.com or call them at 704. to set up a time convenient for you.

If we don’t hear from you before then, Merry Christmas to you and your family!


Ready for More?

-Check out how to manage your existing dispatches here: TruckLogics Dispatch Management.


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Monday, 22 December 2014

Big Rig Cooking: A Trucker's Christmas Feast

Merry Christmas Trucking Nation! All of us here at TruckLogics love the holiday season. The twinkling lights, eggnog, smell of Christmas trees, and the food. Oh my goodness, the food is what really makes the holiday season come alive, right? So I got to thinking...what about those hard working truckers that will be on the road during Christmas? They deserve something special. Then it hit me like I was in a V8 commercial... A Christmas Feast (including dessert) that any trucker can make on the road. Bonus, this meal is pretty healthy. If you are familar with my Thanksgiving Dinner I did for truckers, this meal is prepared basically the same way. So enough introductions...let's get cooking.


You can use a crockpot, electric skillet, or something similar. It just needs to have a lid. Here are the ingredients and they can all be found at any grocery store:


The Good Stuff                                                  Meat                                           The Other Stuff
Medium Tomato                                    Smoked Spiral Ham                                    Foil
Fresh (or frozen) green beans                                                                                    Knife
Frozen spinach                                                                                                           Honey                  
Baby carrots                                                                                                               Cinnamon
Apple
Pear
Orange Juice

Note: I used an electric skillet, so that is what I will refer to, but it would work the same way with a crockpot.

Now it starts getting good
Line your skillet with foil. Then set the temperature on low. While the skillet is heating up let's start the food prep.

Cut the pear and tomato into wedges. I got four wedges out of the pear and about 6 out of the tomato. For the apple, slice it into thin wedges that will fit between the ham slices.

Create a foil bowl for the pear wedges, leaving enough foil to cover the top. Then fill it with the pear wedges and drizzle honey over top. Sprinkle with cinnamon and close the top.

Place the ham in the middle of your skillet. Then put the pear bowl in (I did this step a little later in the process, and found that doing it at the beginning would be much better). Next up, toss in the carrots on one side of the ham. Then we are going to layer the greens and tomatoes on the other side. Start off with the green beans, then layer on your spinach followed by your tomatoe wedges on the top.







Here is a picture of the pear bowl with the honey and cinnamon.











Then take your apple slices and stuff them inbetween the ham layers. Trust me, this makes it so delicious and gives a special holiday flavor. Doesn't it just look so pretty? Oh, I love this meal.





Now to give the entire meal a little something special, your going to pour in about a cup, to a cup and a half, of orange juice. If you are a little apprehensive about the orange juice, have some faith, the food will taste amazing.








I did go in and drizzle as little bit of honey on the carrots, it was just a personal preferance and gives them a sweetened flavor. Before we put that lid on, admire your work as a Big Rig Chef, now cover it up and let the magic happen.







You can let this meal just simmer away for a few hours, basically until the carrots and pear can be easily stabbed with a fork, or whatever cutlery device you have laying around. I think I was only able to let it simmer for an hour and a half before the taste testers couldn't wait any longer.





This all in one skillet meal is one of my best. It was super easy to make and pretty healthy, especially if you use all fresh veggies. I didn't even need to add any salt or other seasonings. I really hope you enjoy this Christmas Feast and remember no matter where the road takes you, a really good meal will always bring you right back home.

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Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Grow Your Trucking Business with TruckLogics

This holiday season, what do you desire?

Is it a brand-spanking new truck–or how about a shiny new tech gadget? Maybe you like to keep it simple, and all you want is a peaceful break surrounded by the ones you love.

No matter what your heart desires, TruckLogics has a gift for truckers far and wide, naughty or nice. It’s the gift that will keep on giving throughout the year, and even in the years to come.

Time.

Time that you can use to spend with loved ones, or time to grow your business and make some more green! How you choose to spend the time is up to you, but one thing is for sure: unlike most gifts, this one is invaluable and irreplaceable.

For as little as $5 a month, you’ll have the keys to unlock all of TruckLogics’ time-saving, profit-increasing features.

Best of all, these features will not only save you time, they’ll also help you keep your records more organized than ever before, which in turn helps you maintain a good reputation and build stronger relationships with clients.

After all, strong relationships & word-of-mouth are the Number 1 way for transportation business to grow their client-base, and TruckLogics can help you fast-track both.

Here are just some of the ways that TruckLogics can help you grow your client-base and increase profit.

  • ProMiles: The most accurate professional routing available, we incorporated ProMiles into our program to give you access to a whole host of time-saving wonders.

    With ProMiles, you never have to worry about estimating mileage for a trip incorrectly or with providing clients with inaccurate quotes. ProMiles takes road restrictions for trucks into account, so you know the route it provides will be the route taken. ProMiles also facilitates faster trip sheets and IFTA filings, and who wouldn’t want those?!

  • One-Click Trip Sheets: Using ProMiles, your trip sheets can be auto-filled with the check of a single box. All that’s left for you to enter is fuel use. The time once spent typing in (or scribbling down) data each day can now be put to better use, like relationship-building.

  • Faster Quarterly IFTA Filings: We built-in IFTA features that will compile all of your trip sheets from each quarter into completed IFTA returns, ready to be printed and mailed. Now four times a year you can spend those hours taking more loads instead of calculating fuel tax.

  • Automatic Check-Calls: They say that the key to a good relationship is good communication, which is exactly why TruckLogics helps to improve communication, internally between dispatch and drivers, as well as externally between drivers and clients.

    With our free app, it’s easy for drivers to send Check-Call Updates with just a few clicks. Now dispatch and the consignees will always know the status of a load, from pick-up, to detours, to delivery, they’ll have peace of mind every step of the way!

  • Customized Email Templates: Whether you’re sending a quote, a BOL, or an invoice, TruckLogics makes it easy for you to send these documents in a professional-looking email, instantly. We have pre-written messages to fit each occasion, but you can also customize them prior to sending. Again, good communication is key, and we’ve got it in spades!

  • Accurate Invoices, Minus the Calculator: We tend to be anti-calculator, which is exactly why TruckLogics will auto-fill invoice details for you based on the order and load information you previously entered. You should never have to enter the same details repeatedly, and with TruckLogics, you won’t have to!

  • Easy Driver Pay: Again, no calculator is needed. TruckLogics will import the hauling charges and FSC fee from the order, and all you need to do is add any deductions or reimbursements. Based on those figures, TruckLogics will tell you the amount to pay the driver, AND it will automatically log the expense under payroll in your Chart of Accounts. 
I could go on forever, baby! But this is just a savory morsel of everything this program has to offer.

Every ounce of TruckLogics was designed for this singular purpose: to help business owners manage their time more efficiently and allow them to reinvest that stolen time in growing their business.

Grow your trucking business this New Year with TruckLogics’ exclusive features. We make it easy to get started. Sign up for a free trial, and use promocode STELLAR for 30 days of TruckLogics with ProMiles free. Our Support Crew is always more than happy to walk you through the set-up process, or even to give you a free, live demo of the program tailored to your business specifically.

Call them today at 704.234.6946 or email at support@trucklogics.com to set up your free demo...or just to make some new friends!
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Monday, 15 December 2014

Trucking Nation Podcast: The Holiday Episode

How are you Trucking Nation? I hope the road is treating you well this Holday Season. If you don't know, you will now, I'm Misty Noel your overly-holiday-spirited podcast hostess. This week's podcast is brought to you by the amazing business management program, TruckLogics, that helps you mangage your trucking business no matter where the road takes you. Ok, let's get on with the show...




Recap, Links, And Everything Else

18 Wheels of Christmas
If you are full of the Christmas Spirit, why keep it all to yourself? Overdriveonline.com is hosting their first 18 Wheels of Christmas. All you got to do is submit a photo of your rig all decked out for Christmas, or showing off how great you look in a Santa Hat while on the job. There is a prize for the most festive rig. I can't wait to see what y'all come up with.

A Truck Driver's Christmas Series
Oh my goodness, have you had a chance to read this amazing story, A Truck Driver's Christmas written by Steve Irick. It is posted on CDLlife.com and it will have you hooked from the first sentence. It is all about this truck driver named Brian and how he helps so many people just doing the right thing. Give it a read, I promise you will enjoy it.

Something Fun
Who doesn't love to test their CB slang knowledge? You can learn something new and challenge some friends at CBslang.com. They have a really fun quiz and every CB slang word you could ever imagine. Some of them I really want to work into my everyday vocabulary.

Thoughtful & Inexpensive Gifts
When you think gifts, most of us think of the money we have to spend. I travelled all over the internet looking at these gift guides for truckers, trucker's wives, a trucker family, and so on. Some of those gifts are real nice n' all, but they can be a bit expensive. So I thought to come up with some gift ideas for all of us on a teeny-tiny budget. Some of these gifts will only cost you a little bit of time, and that's it.

1. Read When....letters.
Can't remember exactly where I saw this, but this is a great idea for truckers to do for their wife or girlfriend, and kids, or vice versa. How it works: you write a letter for someone to read when they are doing something, or in a certain mood.
 Example. To my loving wife, Read Before You Make Your Morning Coffee. In the letter you can write a sweet note or something.
Example 2. To my favorite trucker, Read Before You Start Your Truck In The Morning.
Example 3. To my favorite trucker, Read When You Are Angry 'Cause That
   Guy Took The Last Parking Spot
Example 3. To my daughter, Read Before You Go On Stage for Your Christmas Play
Example 4. To my son, Read When You Make The Basketball Team

You can do them for any big moment you might not be able to physically be at, but you are still there, you know what mean. Someone mentioned they need to make one for the their wife before they go shopping to hopefully keep her from spending too much. These letters can be super sweet, hilariously funny, or so thoughtful it will make to reader cry.

2. Toys aren't just for kids
It always plagued me what to get my dad for Christmas. Then one day it hit me - my dad collects guns, I bet he would like some Nerf guns to fire in the house. Then the tradition of buying toys for my dad, uncles, and all the other men in the family started. Now of course you don't have to limit it to toy guns. It can be anything you think will put a big ol' smile on that trucker's face. And Trucker's these are great gifts for the wife/girlfriend too. I got one for my mom and the note read: Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to shoot Dad before he shoots you.

3. Recorded stories for kids
As a truck driver you probably spend a lot of time away from home. If you have little ones, one of those recorded story books is a great idea. It's a great way for your kids to feel like you are always there to put them to bed or just to hear your voice whenever they want.

Some New Favorites
I have just been loving The Trucking Podcast with Buck Ballard and Don the Beer Guy. Their podcast intro is one of my favorites. This father-son duo have a uniquely interesting view of the trucking industry and will have you entertained from beginning to end. They work in the industry and really know what they are talking about. Visit their page and give 'em a listen. I'm sure they will be one of your favorites too!

Reminders
Hey truckers, don't forget IRP, UCR, and IFTA license renewals are due at the end of December. If you don't want to deal with it on your own, Truck Services of North America and take care of it for you - and it's all over the phone. They can also handle everything else you need to stay compliant. Their customer service is amazing and you can reach them @ 803-386-0320.

Thank you so much for listening and supporting my adventure in the wonderful world of podcasting. I have some great one pot, holiday recipes I'm working on for you. I'll have those out soon. Stay tuned for Episode 6, you never know what we will talk about. Remember you get what you give in this world, so be kind and enjoy the ride. I'll talk to you soon Trucking Nation - Misty Noel



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Monday, 8 December 2014

Real-Time Order Tracking with TruckLogics

How do trucking companies make money?

It’s not a trick question. They need orders! And they need to deliver them safely and on-time. Having good communication with the shipper and consignee is also an added bonus, one that ensures happy customers and more orders in the future.

Seems simple enough, right? (Insert laughter here.) Anyone with even the tiniest insight into this industry knows that managing orders is a complex and overwhelming process…

Unless you’re using TruckLogics.

Contrary to what you’re used to, logistics doesn’t have to be a nightmare. Keeping order details organized, dispatching those details to drivers, keeping up with the status of the shipment, making sure the order payment has been received: all of these things can be put on auto-pilot with TruckLogics Real-Time Order Tracking.

With a single (and affordable!) program, you can simplify your operation and improve communication between dispatch, drivers, and clients. You’ll never have to wonder where your driver is, and you’ll never forget to invoice an order either.

Here’s how to do it, no messy clipboards or cork boards required!


Dashboard: Every Order At-a-Glance





Upon logging into your account, you’ll have all of the Order Status information you need within seconds. In a single glance, your Dashboard, the core of your TruckLogics account will show you all Pending Orders, as well as an Order Statuses chart.

The Pending Orders section will display your three most recently updated Orders. It’s essentially a streaming feed to keep you notified of your most recent order activity, whether a driver is held up by traffic, or an order was successfully delivered.

The Order Statuses chart is a convenient pie chart displaying the percentage of dispatched, completed, pending, and cancelled orders that your business currently has. In a single glance, this chart conveys the most vital information every business owner needs, but in a fraction of the time.

However, you may need to delve a little deeper and see details for each order. If that’s the case, it’s time to head over to the Orders and Dispatches section, where every detail you need is organized and ready for your viewing pleasure!


Orders & Dispatches Feature





To navigate here, simply click on “Orders & Dispatches” along the top left menu. From here, you can conveniently sort through all orders by five categories available on the left column.

You can view all Open Orders, those that haven’t been dispatched, Dispatched Orders, Completed Orders, Cancelled Orders, or click All Orders to see an archive of every order your business has logged in TruckLogics.

If you need to pull up a specific order, you can find it fast by typing the order number into the Filter bar in the top right.

In this section, you’ll notice that orders are listed with the most relevant details, such as the mileage, pick-up date, location, charges, and most importantly, the order status. This will show you the most up-to-date Check Call received from your driver! How convenient!

If you still need to delve deeper into the nitty-gritty details of the order, simply click anywhere on the Order to be taken to that specific order’s Order Board.


The Order Board





You’ve arrived at the third level of TruckLogics order tracking. Within each order’s Order Board, every detail you need about the order is readily available and easy to update yourself, if necessary.

Simply navigate the tabs along the top left.

The Order screen will show the most basic order details, such as shipper & consignee information and order charges.

The next tab, Dispatch, displays the driver and equipment information that have been assigned to that order. It will also show the driver’s pay rate and overall cost for that order. From this tab, you can also scroll down to add a Check-Call to the order to update the current status of the shipment yourself.

But here’s the beauty part! You won’t need to update the status of your orders, because your drivers will do it for you through the TruckLogics Driver App! The app is available for free download on any iOS or Android tablet or smartphone! All you need to do is send login credentials for your company to each driver, then they’re ready to roll.

The App will not only allow them to notify you, but also the consignee, of every order status update. Whether the driver has picked up the order, is enroute, or is stuck in a detour, the app will allow them to send an email with the update with just a few clicks.

Time saved for the driver, and a headache saved for you. Gone are the days of trying to constantly get in contact with your drivers for an update. Isn’t technology wonderful?!

And all of that is available in just the first two tabs of the order board! Moving right along, next up is money. With orders come income and expenses, and TruckLogics helps you manage it all with our built-in accounting features. You can view the order invoice, trip sheets, along with all trip documents, and your trip settlement. The Trip Settlement tab makes driver pay as easy as a few clicks, with no calculations for you! 



And at the very bottom of the Trip Settlement tab is the Trip Net Revenue Graph (above). It shows the totals for each income and expense category related to that order, but in a graph form that’s easily digestible.

Order Financials





For an overview of your order financials, the third section on the left menu is the one for you. Within Order Financials, you can view all Uninvoiced Orders, Invoiced Orders, and Paid Orders. This handy list makes it impossible to forget to send an invoice for your order, but it also helps you keep track of your income and keep an eye on your bottom line.

You can also edit and quickly email the invoice to your clients by clicking on the Pencil and Mail icons on the right-hand side. And as another time-saving bonus, TruckLogics is full of email templates for you to choose from, and they're already customized with your business name, contact info, and logo (depending on your settings!). No extra typing, hooray!



From order creation, to dispatching, to invoicing and remembering to collect a payment, TruckLogics makes order logistics more manageable.

To get unlimited access to this feature, and many more equally awesome features, sign up today and see what you've been missing this whole time! With price packages starting under $5 per month, it's a value that can't be beat! And if you sign up now with the promocode STELLAR, you'll get 30 days of TruckLogics with ProMiles professional routing free! 

For help setting up you account, or for a free live demo (or for anything at all!), give our Support Crew a call at 704.234.6946 or email at support@trucklogics.com. Let the Crew show you how TruckLogics can take the "Manic" out of your #ManicMonday through the power of technology!


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Thursday, 4 December 2014

Operation: Home For Christmas - We Need Your Help Trucking Nation

Oh my goodness, Trucking Nation it's almost Christmas! If you didn't know, you will now, I'm Misty Noel, your-too-excited-for-Christmas podcast host and blogger. I don't have a podcast episode for you this week, but I have one spectacular show for you that will be out next week. But I'm not here to talk about the show, I'm here to talk (well rather write) about how we need your help.


The TruckLogics Team got a very urgent call from the North Pole. Yes siree, Santa himself gave us a ring because the elves were all up in a hissy about which truck could make it to Rock Hill, SC first. Don't ask me how the conversation started, you know elves can be a bit crazy, all I know is there are 5 of the Trucking Industry's best trucks at the North Pole racing against each other to get here. 

We got Peterbilt, Mack, Kenworth, Freightliner, & Volvo in a race to our home for Christmas. They need your help to make the journey.

How To Make Sure Your Favorite Truck Makes It Home For Christmas

It's super easy, all you need to do is go to the TruckLogics Facebook Page, click that like button, and leave a comment letting us know you liked the page (because you are just so sweet and we want to thank you)  and which truck is your favorite. 

 - My Example: I liked your page and Peterbilt trucks are my favorite. I'm telling you, Santa drives a Peterbilt named "Santa's Sleigh".

We will post updates every Tuesday and Thursday to let you know who is in the lead. Right now it's Peterbilt! I've been a Peterbilt girl all my life (Peterbilt drivers run in my family so it's in my blood) and I hope we can keep them in the lead. 

Jump into that Christmas Spirit with the TruckLogics team and help us get our favorite trucks home for Operation: Home For Christmas.

Don't forget to check out TruckLogics.com, where you can manage your entire trucking business online wherever the road takes you. And it cost less than a drive-thru combo meal. Contact our amazing TruckLogics Team for more information where we can chat with you in English, Spanish, and Russian.

The Trucking Nation Podcast




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Thursday, 27 November 2014

Trucking Nation Podcast 4. Happy Thanksgiving Trucking Nation

Happy Thanksgiving Trucking Nation! I do hope you aren't having to work too hard on this day of thankfulness. I have a special Thanksgiving episode for you. And if you asked me what I am thankful for this Thanksgiving, I'm thankful for every trucker that keeps our great nation moving forward. Sappy, but true. Ok let's get to the show....


First up today, I had a lovely interview with Amber from Truck Services of North America. She shared a bunch of info on what TSNAmerica can provide for all of you in the Trucking Nation. And she was just so sweet. You can visit the Truck Services of North America website for more info; here is the direct link to all their services. And a big thankyou to Amber for stopping by the studio and answering a few questions. For her first interview, she was just fabulous. Might just have to invite her back, especially when it gets closer to the next IFTA deadline.

I briefly mentioned ExpressTruckTax.com, but if you need to file your 2290 HVUT quick, fast, and in a hurry, ExpressTruckTax.com is exactly where you need to go. If you need any assistance in Spanish or Russian, they got that covered too! You can contact their amazing customer support team, located right here in Rock Hill, SC via phone: 704-234-6005 or 24/7 email support: support@expresstrucktax.com

A Trucker's Thanksgiving
I love to cook, and at one point in my life, I had to learn to cook in a truck cab and I picked up a few tips & tricks along the way. I made a delicious Thanksgiving meal, including dessert, that any trucker can make in his cab. I would definitely have some extra bread because you will have plenty of left overs for sandwiches. I even have a secret ingredient (it's soda...but shhhh don't tell anyone). Check out the recipe and you won't believe how easy it is...

Big Rig Cooking: A Trucker's Thanksgiving

Before I let you go, you know I have to show the Trucking Nation some much deserved appreciation. In the podcast I read a poem I wrote for you all, sappy again but it's sweet, and I just wanted you know that myself and everyone here at TruckLogics is truly thankful for everything you thanklessly do to keep us going. I wish you a safe and Happy Thanksgiving, talk at you next week! - Misty Noel

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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Big Rig Cooking: A Trucker's Thankgiving

How are you Trucking Nation? The weather here in South Carolina is just dreadful. Even though the weather is not too great, I won't let it get me down today. I have just the thing to make you feel all warm and in the holiday spirit. What could it be you ask? The perfect Thanksgiving dinner you can make on the road; including dessert! Let's get started, so you can get cooking....

What you will need:
- An electric skillet or crock pot
- foil
- a knife to core the apple
- a spoon
- Fully cooked, pre-sliced turkey breast, or ham
- 2 fresh vegetables ( I used carrots and green beans) *you really want to choose fresh vegetables because canned veggies have a lot of additives that are not good for you.
- a can of Coke or Dr.Pepper

Only if you want to list:
- pre-diced onions to add on top of the green beans
- honey
- cinnamon

* I used an electric skillet, so that is what I will be referencing, but a crock pot would work the same way.

Prep:

To make clean up a breeze, line your skillet with foil. I did two layers in an X pattern for durability.
Set the temperature to a low-medium heat. And while that is heating up, you want to core the apple and wrap it in foil, leaving the top open.
Drizzle honey and sprinkle cinnamon in the center of the apple.


Let's Get Cooking:
The turkey breast I got is about a pound. It will be enough for 2 people plus leftovers to make sandwiches the next day (bonus!).
In your pre-heated skillet, place the turkey breast in the center, then place the apple in. Next throw in your veggies.


Now that's it for the cooking, but wait we haven't added the secret ingredient. To give everything a nice flavor and to keep the turkey moist, I pour in half a can of Coke. If you have never cooked with soda before, trust me it is delicous. Your food won't taste like Coke, I promise, but it will have a sweet and savory effect on the food.


After you pour in the Coke, just put on the lid and let it cook on lo-medium heat for about an hour, then you can just turn it on down to simmer and eat when you're ready.

It will look like this....Yummmmm


Super easy right? Everyone here in the office, couldn't believe how simple it was. Every ingredient can be found at any grocery store and you can mix things up the way you want. All in all this meal is actually pretty healthy, besides the Coke. I hope you enjoy this heart warming meal and have a Happy Thanksgiving.

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Monday, 24 November 2014

Driver Pay: Easy Trip Settlements with TruckLogics

It’s time for a #MoneyMonday blog!

With so many fees, percentages, deductions & reimbursements, settling your drivers and calculating their pay can be a huge headache, particularly if payroll and accounting aren’t your strong suit. (and unless you’re an accountant, why would they be!)


The TruckLogics Trip Settlement feature makes driver pay simple. It allows you to precisely calculate the total owed, without having to do any calculations yourself. 

And while calculating the pay, you can still itemize specific expenses for more accurate accounting. It’s the easiest way to pay your contract employees! Plus the pay automatically gets logged in your Chart of Accounts as a payroll expense, and is immediately visible in a Profit & Loss report.

Let’s dive right in.

First, head over to your dispatches and select the order that you’d like to settle. Once you’ve clicked on a dispatch, then select the “Trip Settlements” tab. From here you can update the driver pay details at any time.


1. Hauling Charges


To begin the settling process, enter the hauling charges. If you’ve already set-up your Driver Pay preferences in Driver Settings, this part will already be completed with the Driver’s standard rate. However, you can still alter the information if necessary.

If the driver pay is not already saved in your settings, then you can choose to pay per mile, a percentage, or manually. If you choose to pay per mile, you will also need to choose the mileage values: by dispatch miles, by trip sheet miles, or by the invoice. Once you’ve selected that, enter the rate, and TruckLogics will create a subtotal of the hauling charges.


2. Fuel Surcharge Fees


After entering the hauling charges, it’s time to enter a fuel surcharge fee, if necessary. If not, you can skip this portion of the settlement. Choose your FSC calculation method from the dropdown menu: flat fee, percentage, or per mile.




3. Accessorial Fees


The nice thing is, you can add as many as you need, or none at all. Select the kind of accessorial you’d like to add to the pay. We have stop off, lumper, detention, tarp, and more. Or you can always click “Add New” to create your own accessorial category. After choosing the category, enter the amount. If you need to add more than one, click the “Add Accessorial Fees” button on the left.


4. Reimbursements


Almost done! Time to reimburse your driver for tolls, parking, room & board, or whatever expense they incurred. Simply enter the reason for the reimbursement in the open field, followed by the amount. If you need to add multiple reimbursements, select “Add Another” as many times as you need.


5. Deductions


If you need to dock the driver’s pay for any reason, for a late delivery for instance, here’s the line to do it. Select the reason for the deduction, either “Advance” if you already paid the driver in part, or other to enter another reason. Then enter the amount to deduct, and TruckLogics will subtract it from the total.

Now that you’ve entered all of the fields, just hit save! You’ll see a neat little total at the bottom of the page, so you know exactly what to put on their check.



After saving, you can scroll down to “Upload Trip Documents” to save images of invoices, BOL, or receipts from that trip. Just click “Choose File” and select the file type to upload. To upload multiple files, just select +Add Another Attachment.

And to view your total income/expense details for that order in particular, just scroll to the bottom of the trip settlement page, and select “Trip Net Revenue.”




This will display an itemized graph of your income and expenses for the trip, as well as your total Net Revenue and Revenue per Mile for that trip.


And that’s how it’s done! In total, you can settle your driver and log all trip expenses in just minutes. The itemized expense will also be logged in your Chart of Accounts. You can view all of your driver settlements by going to your Expense Transactions, and sorting through them by the Expense Category “Payroll.”

To learn more about Driver Pay, adding Drivers to your TruckLogics account, or setting driver preferences, check out this handy video!

TruckLogics Driver Pay


If you aren’t a TruckLogics user yet, but this all looks good to you, then get signed up now. We’re offering a special Thanksgiving promocode for a limited time only. Just sign up with promocode THANKS and receive 45 days of TruckLogics with ProMiles free!

And if you need help getting set up, ask our Support Crew. They’re available at 704.234.6946. They’re also available for 24/7 email assistance at support@trucklogics.com. Or set up a free live demo, and they’ll walk you through the program and show you first hand all of the ways TruckLogics can streamline your business (and save you from nasty calculations!).

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Thursday, 20 November 2014

Trucking Nation Podcast 3 - Capitol Christmas Tree, Winter Survival Kits, & New Tech

How are you Trucking Nation? If you don't know, then you definitely will now, I'm Misty Noel and I'm back with another entertainment packed podcast; sponsored by the wonderful online business management program TruckLogics. I'm finally getting into the groove of things when it comes to this whole podcasting adventure I'm on, and I am so greatful I have you all along for the ride.


This Week
I'm already full of holiday cheer, it's a bit sickening, but I couldn't help myself. The holidays are my favorite time of year. To spread some of my holiday cheer, I have some fun facts about this year's Capitol Christmas Tree Tour. We're talking about the trucks, the trees, and all the happenings. For more information on the tour and everything else, visit the Capitol Christmas Tree webpage.

Better yet, watch the news coverage on the harvesting ceremony and learn some fun tree facts (you never know when it could come up in a conversation, or a trivia game) 


Winter Survival Kits
Most of you have winter kits tucked away safely in the cab, but when was the last time you check it to make sure you had everything you need in case of an emergency? It's already too cold for comfort here in Rock Hill, SC and my winter survival kit is definitely not up to par. A lot of trucking associations and Trucking Nation members recommend these items in your winter kit, you know - just in case stuff happens, like a blizzard that shuts down an interstate...remember last year:

- a shovel
- flashlight w/ extra batteries
- battery powered radio
- water 
- protein bars
- mini candy bars
- extra hats, socks, gloves, and blankets
- tow chains/rope
- road salt, sand, or kitty litter
- first aid kit
- emergency flares and reflectors
- fluorescent distress flag and whistle to attract attention

And if you want to take that one extra precaution, a portable heater is a great thing have in case of emergency. 

New Technology
Detroit (formerly Detroit Diesel) demonstrated a new safety system last week that uses radar to scan the highway in from of a truck to adjust cruising speed, alert drivers of fast closure rate, and break autonomously. Side note: I had to practice saying autonomously over and over again before the podcast; I learned if I said it in a british accent, it came out better. 

For more information on this new technology, check out the article on OverDriveOnline. They include a video that shows this new radar tech in action. 

Business Spotlight
I have talked about this business a few times in my previous podcasts, I just really love what they do for the Trucking Nation. Truck Services of North America is a full service processing agency that can handle all your compliance needs. And when I say all, I seriously mean everything you could ever need to stay compliant and operable. Check out their entire list of services and packages they have to offer. What truly sets Truck Services of North America apart from other business in their field, is their high standard of customer service. I have seen this team in action, most recently for the IFTA deadline, and they are always polite and respectful of their clients. Quality customer service is a dying artform and this company keeps it alive. Another great aspect of their services, is it is all done over the phone. Give em' a call @ 803-386-0320 for more information.

Well Trucking Nation, I have some great stuff planned for next week's special Thanksgiving Podcast! So be on the look out for that, and I can't wait to talk to you then. Y'all have a great rest of the week, I appreciate everything you do - Misty Noel ;)


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Monday, 17 November 2014

TruckLogics Dispatch Management: Streamline Your Operation

If dispatching an order takes you more than 10 seconds, I’m here to tell you, there’s a better way!

We at TruckLogics know, there’s more than one way to stuff a Turkey! (New hashtag, #MetaphorMonday! Catchy, right?) By “stuff a turkey” I mean there are many ways transportation companies manage their dispatches. But there can be only one best way.

Some go old school, just using a clipboard to organize dispatches. Some use an enormous dry erase board, while others prefer pinning to cork boards and maps. And still some use dispatch software that costs more than what you make in a month.

TruckLogics dispatch software combines the affordability of a clipboard with the efficiency of high-end software, all in one easy-to-use package! With TruckLogics, you can dispatch an order with just a few clicks. In fact, TruckLogics users have super buff pointer fingers because most tasks can be performed without any typing, just a bit of clicking. (We’re anti-typing and pro-auto filling!)

Start warming up that index finger, and get ready to dispatch in 10 seconds flat. TruckLogics Dispatch Management software will save you wads of cash, loads of time, and simplify communication between dispatch and drivers.

Unmatched Value


Typically, dispatch management software starts in the range of $30-50 a month and can skyrocket up to thousands of dollars per month! But not TruckLogics. TruckLogics’ price packages start at just $4.95 a month for 1-2 trucks and run up to $24.95 for 8-14 trucks. Fleets larger than 14 trucks can call to discuss pricing options–but you can still expect an unbeatable value!

All of our packages offer unlimited access to our line-up of exclusive features, plus a free 30 day trial with ProMiles! We strive to provide all of the resources your trucking company needs, but at a price your business can afford, no matter the scale of your operation.

Lightening Fast Dispatching


Order creation, dispatching, and invoicing come together in one fast, fluid process within TruckLogics. Our users can complete all three steps in under a minute! But dispatching itself only takes seconds.

And you can’t forget to dispatch an order either, TruckLogics won’t let you! All open orders are visible from the Dashboard, plus you can view all dispatches and their statuses under “All Dispatches.” From there, you’ll be able to see the status of every load with just a glance. You can also sort through dispatches by active, assigned, delivered, and cancelled.

To dispatch an open order, simply click on it to head to the order details screen. From there, select the Dispatch tab along the top. Here’s where it gets complicated-Not! This is where the TruckLogics Address Book & Truck Zone features save the day. Simply select a Driver, Truck, and Trailer from the drop down menu, or select +Add to enter a new driver or equipment to be saved in your account. When choosing from a Driver in your Address Book, you’ll also see their pay rate before assigning the order, again to help you make an informed decision.




When dispatching the driver and equipment, you can also assign a Helper from the same screen if you’re running team drivers, for instance. And at the very bottom of the dispatch page, you can add a Check Call to the order to denote the status, such as starting trip, at pick up, etc.

So we’re up to maybe 10 seconds tops here, perhaps 20 if you’re indecisive like me. But believe it or not, there are ways to make the dispatch process even faster and easier.

  • Customize Driver Preferences: TruckLogics is full of customizable settings that allow you to automate your day-to-day business affairs. Driver preferences is just one example. You can pair a driver with a particular truck and trailer so that when you dispatch, you simply choose the driver, and their truck and trailer will be selected automatically. To customize driver preferences, head over to your Truck Zone, and then select Driver Preferences.

  • Choose the Driver/Truck Closest to the Pick up: Run a Truck Report to view the last location of every vehicle. From there, compare with your Open Orders and their pick-up locations to select the driver/truck closest to the pick-up spot. When you dispatch smarter, it saves time and costs across the board!

  • ProMiles Integration: TruckLogics has integrated with ProMiles professional routing to bring our users the best address-to-address routing available! With the ProMiles add-on, you’ll have access to the most precise mileage estimation available before you even dispatch the order. This will help you better estimate your cost per mile based on the driver’s pay rate, which in turn will help you keep a closer eye on your bottom line.

    You can also supply your drivers with the ProMiles directions to help them keep to a strict itinerary and avoid out-of-route miles.

Driver App


Why waste time calling drivers or entering check calls yourself! With the TruckLogics Driver App, you can simplify communication between dispatch and drivers, and you’ll always know the status of the delivery.

Drivers can conveniently login anytime from their iOS or Android device to view all dispatches, along with specific order details and instructions.

They can also use the app to continuously enter a Check Call along their route, which will automatically update the load’s status in your system and notify the end client with an email. Upon delivery, driver’s can capture BOL and proof of delivery, all within the app.



With TruckLogics cloud-based Dispatch software and free App for Drivers, managing your dispatches takes only a fraction of the time, and you can do it anywhere! Our auto-filling features and driver check-calls reduce the amount of data-entry required from you, and help you keep up with your business in real-time.

Start using TruckLogics today for 45 free days of TruckLogics with ProMiles! Simply use promocode THANKS when signing up. Set up is easy, and our Support Crew is more than happy to walk you through it!

Call them at 704.234.6946 for immediate assistance, email them at support@trucklogics.com for 24/7 help, or call and set up a free live demo! They’ll show you how our Dispatch Management Software can help optimize your business operations, no matter its size!


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Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Trucking Nation Podcast 2- Pete The Planner, Technology Chat, & Life Observations

Trucking Nation, how y'all doing today? Misty Noel here, and I'm back with episode 2 of the Trucking Nation Podcast.


This episode is chock full of great information and topped with a big helping of entertainment. I had the amazing opportunity to interview Pete The Planner from HeathlyTrucker.net. He had some great financial advice that relates directly to owner-operators in the trucking industry. You can check out the HealthyTrucker.net YouTube channel to see more from Pete. Here are a few of our favorites:



Then I had a wonderful visit with Elena and Bryan from TruckLogics to discuss the latest technology for owner-operators to help manage their business. They related Pete The Planner's information about expenses and creating an emergency fund to a few of the exclusive features offered by TruckLogics. And if you are not sure exactly what TruckLogics is...it is an all-inclusive business management program for owner-operators and fleet managers that cost less than a regular sized combo meal. It's wonderful and seriously has the power to change your entire business management process. Check out the site - TruckLogics.com , and if you need more info, give em' a call @ 704.234.6948

Before Elena and Bryan left, I had them take the What Kind of Truck Are You? Quiz and they both got MACK. We are a bit sceptical that the quiz is rigged, so give it a try and let us know if you get a different truck. Post your result with #TruckingNation, or leave a comment below.

To finish out the show I shared a few life observations and a reminder about the upcoming UCR and IRP renewals. There is a fabulous processing agency called Truck Services of North America that can handle all your renewal needs, as well as any permit, IFTA Filing, authorites, basically everything you need to stay compliant.

Episode 3 is already in the works, and it's going to have some special holiday surprises! I appreciate everything you do Trucking Nation and I'll talk at ya next week - Misty Noel.

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Tuesday, 11 November 2014

A Veterans Day Tale

When this day comes every year, time almost stands still. I make a special call to my grandfather and thank him for his service. Our conversation never ends with my simple appreciation, it is only the beginning. Every year for as long as I can remember, my grandfather would tell stories of his service on Veterans Day. I have heard these stories over and over again and never tire hearing them. This morning, he told me one of my favorites and I would love to share it with the entire Trucking Nation as a special appreciation for our Veterans and to honor their service.

He always started with the same opening description of the day...

It was a quiet dark morning. The kind of quiet that can make a man go crazy.
I remember looking over at Sgt. Rosson while in the wheelhouse and noticing the ghost white color of his face. It was at that moment that it hit me. In just a few hours we were going to be in battle and that thought scared me to my core. My buddy Knox, who had been with me since basic, came up and put his arm around me. He handed my me a smoke and said "Here Lear, this might help ease your mind for a moment". It helped for a second, but the view of all the surrounding ships as we move closer to the beaches shocked my mind back to reality. I had to man up quick, because this was a war and I couldn't change anything.
I'm not going to get into the details of the events that followed, Hollywood has done a good job of that. But before we landed on the beaches, before the war really started for us, Knox took one last moment to talk to me. These were the last words he ever said to me, to anyone really, and I will never forget them, no matter how old or far gone my mind becomes.
He said, "Lear, take this letter. Now don't read it unless you know I ain't breathing. They are my final written words to my mother, and some instructions of what to do with my belongings back home. Well, that's the first page, the second page is for my son, make sure he knows I love him. I'm giving this to you because if I don't survive this, I know beyond a shadow of a doubt you will. You're too stubborn to die anywhere else but back in Tennessee. Oh, and I don't know if anyone has told you this, but you should smile more. For the only one in his entire hillbilly family to have all his teeth, you should show them off a bit more while you still can."

Only Knox could make me laugh at such a somber moment in time. I'd like to tell you I never read that letter, but PFC Christopher David Knox bravely fought and died for his country during WWII. When I got back home and opened the letter to know where to deliver it, the opening line was....

See, I knew you were too stubborn. Don't forget to smile hillbilly.

My grandfather still has that letter and opens it every Veterans Day and Memorial Day and just smiles. He tells me every time that he may be a Veteran and considered a hero, but Knox is his hero. He claims if it weren't for Knox, he wouldn't be here for me to call early in the morning every Veterans Day for a story.

To all our veterans, The entire TruckLogics Team and myself salute you for your service, sacrifice, and bravery. Thank you for everything you have done.

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Thursday, 6 November 2014

TruckLogics Maintenance Tracker: Schedule Tasks, Receive Reminders & Record Expenses

Let’s talk about Maintenance. It’s a dirty job, but everyone’s gotta do it!

From batteries to belts, to rotations and wiper blades, every square inch of your truck and trailer have something to be tweaked, tightened, or changed regularly!

And if you’ve got more than one truck, multiply all of that, and you’ve got a perfect storm of overwhelming details swirling around in your noggin. Quite the recipe for confusion and nasty non-compliance!

With so many details to remember, it’s absolutely vital to remain organized. Missing a single light check can lead to tickets, and even put your business in jeopardy. (You might say, it really puts a wrench into things.) When so much is at stake, you can’t risk relying on post-it notes–or worse–relying on nothing but the memory-capacity of the human brain!

If only there were one place to manage all maintenance tasks, and even better, a place to manage all aspects of your business! Oh right, there is–and we made it!

The TruckLogics Maintenance Tracker was designed to make maintenance maintainable. Whether you’re an owner-operator with one truck & trailer, or a fleet manager with dozens of trucks and trailers to maintain, you can keep track of it all with ease.

Have a gander at the pretty pictures. I’ll show you how to schedule maintenance, receive reminders, and check the status of maintenance tasks, all with a few clicks. Plus you can record expenses and vendor info all at the same time! Now that’s organization, baby.

Dashboard Reminders


From the Dashboard, you can conveniently view all upcoming maintenance tasks. To schedule a new task, click on the +Add New button on the top right, and then select the Maintenance icon. You can also navigate to the Maintenance feature by clicking “Truck Zone” along the top menu.


View Upcoming Maintenance Reminders on the Bottom Right of the Dashboard


Once you’re within the Maintenance Tracker, you can sort through tasks by four categories: Scheduled, Complete, Upcoming, and Past Due Maintenance. Simply select the category on the left-hand menu, and all relevant tasks for trucks and trailers will appear.


Scheduling New Maintenance Tasks


To schedule a new Maintenance Task, select +Add Maintenance button on the top right, then choose to add truck maintenance or trailer maintenance.

This will take you to a new screen to enter the maintenance details. You’ll first enter the Unit Details, which includes the truck or trailer information by simply selecting from your Truck Zone. For trucks, you’ll also enter the current odometer reading. This is important for receiving reminders, so be sure not to skip that step!

Next enter the maintenance Task Details. You can choose a task from our drop-down menu, but if you don’t see it there, you can always click +Add to schedule a new task. If you choose a task from our menu, simply check the box “recurring” if you’d like the receive regular reminders. You can also choose how frequently you’d like the task repeated, whether by date, length of time, or mileage.



If you’re adding a custom maintenance task, click +Add in the Task Details section. A pop-up window will magically appear, in which you’ll enter the task and the due criteria. Sounds fancy, but it’s super easy.

Choose whether you’d like reminders based on a certain length of time, a specific date, or at a certain mileage. OR, you can select the option “Both- whichever is lower” to receive a reminder when you hit 6 months or 5,000 miles, whichever it happens to occur first.




Almost done, just a few more waves of your mouse! Now that you’ve given the truck/trailer info and selected the task and its frequency, it’s time for enter the Last Maintenance details, like the date, odometer reading, and cost incurred from the last time this service was performed. Again, this not only helps you keep precise records for compliance, it also helps TruckLogics provide timely reminders!

Finally, enter the Vendor Details. Choose a preferred vendor from your Address Book, or click +Add to enter vendor details and save them for next time. Don’t forget to hit Save, and you’re finished! 

You can edit the task at any time by clicking the Pencil Icon or delete the task by clicking the trash can. The reminders for future tasks will appear on your Dashboard as the date or mileage marker approaches. You’ll never miss an oil change again!


Recording Completed Maintenance Tasks (& Expenses!)


Once you’ve completed the maintenance, record your victory by clicking the Complete Maintenance button. It’s the little wrench with a green check mark.

You’ll be taken to a new screen where you can enter Payment and Cost Details. To enter payment details, select the Payer from your address book, the method of payment, and the Vendor. Don't forget to update the odometer reading at the top of the page, if necessary.

Then enter the Cost information, which will automatically be recorded in your Chart of Accounts and Profit & Loss reports! Choose the cost type (Labor, Parts, Misc, or Other), then input a description of the part or service. Finally enter the cost.



To further itemize the bill, click Add Another Line at the bottom left of the page. This will allow you to record the itemized bill for future reference. Then enter any discounts or tax, and the total expense will be calculated for you. You can also upload a scan of the receipt by selecting Add at the very bottom of the screen.

Finally save, and not only will the Maintenance information be updated, but the cost will be recorded in your Expenses. Just head over to your Chart of Accounts to review the details.


That's the benefit of having all of your business info in one place. In TruckLogics, all of our features connect, working in tandem to eliminate typing and automatically updating information where it's relevant–across the board. 

Why have a separate calendar for maintenance reminders AND an accounting program for entering expenses AND an address book stuffed in your glove box for vendor information? Streamline your business and your life by bringing it all together. Record-keeping is much more manageable when you can efficiently upload all of the information in one fell-swoop. Especially when TruckLogics auto-fills most of the fields for you!

Start maintaining your maintenance today with TruckLogics! If you don't have an account yet, sign up for a 30 day free trial! You'll also get ProMiles free through the end of the year too. You can't beat that deal!

And if you've got questions, the Support Crew has answers. Call them at 704.234.6946. They’re also available for 24/7 email assistance at support@trucklogics.com. Or set up a free live demo, for a VIP tour through the program. 


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Thursday, 30 October 2014

The First Trucking Nation Podcast

Happy Hallows Eve Trucking Nation! I have a special treat just for you from the entire TruckLogics Team. Maybe I should wait to tell you...decisions, decisions. I'm too excited, I can't hold it in any longer. I am proud to annouce the most amazing, always positive, ultra informative Trucking Nation Podcast with your host Misty Noel - that's me if you didn't already know.

A Little Introduction For You All
Everyone in the trucking industry is part of the Trucking Nation, and I have been writing blogs for you all awhile now and y'all seem to love them so much I thought to myself - Self, there is so much more trucking news to talk about that a simple blog isn't cutting it. A podcast would be way more fun and give the Trucking Nation a chance to listen to everything that is going on in their industry without having to read through tons of text. 

A few days later the Trucking Nation Podcast was born.

What To Expect
We're a big happy family in the Trucking Nation, so we try and keep it on the lighter of side of things. Now of course I will update you on important trucking news and all those fun FMCSA updates, as well as, any extra tid bits you all need to know. We have tons of guests lined up to interview and offer their expertise on financial topics, technology, compliance updates, and trucking business information.

Check Out - Episode 1. We Are The Trucking Nation
Join me, Misty Noel, and special Guest - Jason of TruckLogics, for the very first Trucking Nation podcast. Stay tuned for Episode 2, coming soon to your nearest listening device!

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