Tuesday, 19 August 2014

TruckerTuesday Humor To Brighten Your Day

TruckerTuesday is a special day for the TruckLogics team. It is a time where you can forget that there are still 2 more days to Friday and appreciate an entire day dedicated to all those trucker things. TruckerTuesday is a day of advice sharing, special deals and discounts, memories, and my favorite-some good ol' trucker humor. Sometimes you just need a good laugh to get you back to a happy place and I have searched the endless depths of the internet to make sure a smile appears on your face. Would you do me the honor, and join me for a completely stress free moment in time and some epic hilariousness provided by your fellow Trucking Nation members?

Wonder what he's looking at out the window? I adore how accessories were added. If you look closely at the label below the window, you can see that this truck is Peterbilt. They really do last a lifetime..ba-dum tsh

Pinterest: windchimes76

This is just good quality comedy at its best. You think he left it on there when he went to deliver the load? I bet the guys at the loading dock still tell this story...Hey you ever see a Caterpillar 797 tied down to a flatbed? 


Oh the sweet soothing sounds of Jake Brakes. They should record this lullaby music for everyone to enjoy...said no one ever.  

Pinterest: normalee79

The shine of perfectly polished chrome and freshly waxed paint is enough to make anyone admire their truck for hours. It won't be clean for long, so cue up some I Will Always Love You  and take pride in your baby. 

                                                                                    Pinterest: PAM Transport

I know these trucks were blown over in some epic winds through Kansas, but the added caption just makes this image unforgettable. Every time I see this I still laugh so hard it hurts. It's just genius. 


Every now and then we are all in need of a good laugh. I hope you are all enjoying this beautiful TruckerTuesday and hopefully you spirits are lifted and you have an open road ahead of you. Stay safe out there Trucking Nation. 

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Tuesday, 12 August 2014

TruckLogics: Managing Your Trucking Business

TruckLogicsSome owner/operators are born DIY masters when it comes to their trucking business. But there is always something new when it comes to business management, and the latest creation made just for the hard working men and women of our trucking nation is here - TruckLogics. Join me on the scenic route through TruckLogics and see what it's all about...

TruckLogics: The Story
Like owner-operators, we are a privately held company that has great pride in the way we have built ourselves from the ground up. Our specialty is creating custom software and mobile application development to make managing your trucking business as efficient as possible. We believe every owner-operator deserves the highest quality management program available with the most affordable cost, and that is exactly what we have created.

The Features
The features we are about to review are only a few of the features available. There are so many this blog would never end and ain't nobody got time for that. Here are four highlighted features that will definitely streamline your business management process.

Our dispatch software is designed to be the core administering solution for your evolving trucking operation. You can track critical information as it flows in real time throughout each process of your business. Whether your needs include improving the basic flow of your operations, freight billing, or driver settlements, you can easily handle it all with this great feature.
  • Customer Management - You will always be able to quickly find customer information, and you can easily add or edit customer data in seconds. 
  • Equipment & Driver Information - Do you like knowing where all your trucks, trailers and drivers are whether you are in the office or out n' about? Well get ready to be the All Knowing Fleet Overseer with this features that allows you to know locations of your trucks and trailers in real time no matter where you are.
  • Load Data - With one click of your mouse, you can know are your load details and easily edit information including: pickup date, delivery date, location, charges and any specific instructions. 
Our Expenses feature shows exactly where your money is going. Spreadsheets have their place, but they lack the insight, efficiency and mobility you really need. You are a modern day cowboy and being chained to a desk to figure out your expenses isn't going to cut it. With TruckLogics you have the ability to track and manage all your expenses from anywhere the road takes you.
  • User-friendly interface - These are just fancy words to say a simple fact - It's Easy!
  • Auto fill Feature - No one wants to be wasting time double entering information or trying to figure out the Excel formula contraption to move information, I'm exhausted just thinking about it.  TruckLogics remembers and reuses information from previous expense entries so you can spend time doing more exciting things.
  • User-Defined & Managed Smart Lists - Again here are just some fancy words to describe an amazing feature. You can build your own smart lists of favorite and often-used hotels, restaurants, truck stops and other places. 
TruckLogics is exclusively designed for trucking companies that need an effective solution for planning and maintaining accurate record keeping. Maintenance records aren't simple things to keep track of, but we made it as easy as ABC. You have complete control to build service schedules and plan any upcoming maintenance that needs to be done.

  • Record Management - Enter all your maintenance information to track and know what is coming up in the future. Finding the information is a breeze with our custom sort and search option.
  • Equipment Tracking - Track all your equipment details including year, make, model and serial number.
  • Maintenance Planning - Every fleet is different and with TruckLogics you can create custom maintenance schedules based on their specific requirements. You can breakdown maintenance schedules by date, mileage and hours.
Talk about your tedious tasks, outdated invoicing and billing procedures waste precious time and leave a lot of room for error. Join the new generation of business management and see how TruckLogics can make this task take care itself.
  • Custom Invoicing - Create custom invoices when needed and all the information automatically generates in your Reports for easy tracking.
  • Invoice Alerts & Reminders - In your busy world, reminders can be a life saver. Our automated alerts will remind you when invoices are coming up, due or past due. It will be hard to forget when to send your invoices; clients will appreciate your promptness and professionalism.
  • Invoice Tracking - From dispatch to receiving payments, our system guides you every step of the way. You can quickly track due, date, payment and payment amounts all within your TruckLogics account. 
I could go on and on about all the amazing features and affordability of TruckLogics, but I can't do it justice like the wonderful Team of TruckLogics can. We are located in beautiful Rock Hill, SC and would enjoy nothing more than to speak with you personally and answer all your question. You can reach us via phone: 704.234.6946 Monday-Friday from 8-5 EST. 

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Thursday, 7 August 2014

ThrowBackThursday: Route 66

After reading the title to this blog, are you starting to sing out Bobby Troup's American classic - Route 66, followed by the rendition of I've Been Everywhere by the great Johnny Cash. This one stretch of road has inspired music, movies, and an entire life style. So join me as we travel back in time for a special edition TruckLogics ThrowBackThursday to the legendary Route 66.

On a stretch of land far, far away...
Established on November 11, 1926, Route 66 is one of the original highways withing the U.S. Highway system. It's design did not follow the traditional linear course, instead it laid out as a diagonal path connecting hundreds of predominantly rural towns in Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Teas, New Mexico, Arizona and ending in Santa Monica, California; enabling farmers to transport grain and produce for redistribution. The route connecting Chicago with the Pacific Coast ran along mainly flat prairie lands and had a more comfortable climate than northern highways, which made it perfect for truckers. The total distance of Route 66 covers 2,448 miles.

Corner of Route 66 and Glendora Ave, Glendora, California cir 1948. Photo courtesy: libguides.unm.edu
What makes Route 66 just a bit more special is that is was the first highway to be completely paved. And in the 1950s, this road was a main highway for vacationers heading to Los Angeles. The steep increase in tourism gave rise to many road side attractions, including: Jesse James hideout in Meramec Caverns, the first McDonald's, Wigwam Motels, U-Drop Inn, and many many more.

First McDonald's in San Berardina, CA. Photo courtesy McDonalds/Route 66 Museum

We are not going to go into the decline of Route 66 with the building of I-40; I don't want to depress anyone. We are just going to skip to the more exciting Revival Period.

Rail Haven Motel in Greene County Missouri ca 1950. Photo courtesy: missouristate.edu
Route 66 Associations were first founded in Arizona in 1987 and Missouri in 1989; numerous states followed soon after. The highway took on a new name, Historic Route 66, in many places along it's route. The first "Historic Route 66" is located in Springfield, Missouri on Kearney Street. Many of the old tourist stops and gas stations have been restored to their former glory. In 1999, President Bill Clinton even signed a National Route 66 Preservation Bill that provided $10 million in matching fund grants for preserving and restoring the historic features along the route.

Route 66 is a true American Legacy that truckers, travelers, and tourist alike will get to enjoy for years to come thanks to the efforts of preservation associations. There is so much history associated with this stretch of highway and it will continue to influence popular culture. What are your favorite stops or sights along Route 66?
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