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Will trucking software really help my company succeed?

05/22/09

Will trucking software really help my company succeed?

A fair question to ask today is, "Will trucking software really help my company succeed?" Ask 20 trucking company owners and you will get 20 different answers. The answer lies in the ability of the trucking software to perform at or above your expectations.

There are many programs on the market today that claim to be all-inclusive, the "we-have-everything-you-need" kind of software, but the price doesn’t reflect that at all. The old adage “you get what you pay for” is as true when buying software as when buying trucks. No one would spend $5000.00 for a 1969 MAC single axle yard dog and expect to go over-the-road pulling a 3-axle refrigerated trailer. No, there isn’t a sleeper on the MAC, nor does all of the electrical work. You’ll have to install mud flap holders and mud flaps, a new wiring harness, and have the dent in the right-side fuel tank punched out. Even then, it’s probably not the safest and smoothest ride you have ever driven. Would your business be successful if you relied on this kind of equipment?

The opposite is also true, no one would spend $200,000.00 plus on a 2009 Volvo with a full size condo on back, enough marker and running lights to rival the Las Vegas strip, and an engine big enough to pull a train, just to deliver Styrofoam sheets to all of the WalMarts within a 200 mile radius of the house. Yes, it's beautiful, has power and everyone know where you are, but it is a bit of over kill. Again, I ask, would your business be successful if you relied on this type of equipment?

Buying software is the same. Some software packages can be purchased for a few hundred dollars and they let you dispatch a truck. Of course, you will need to purchase QuickBooks or some other accounting package in order to create invoices, receive money, and other accounting processes. You will also need a maintenance program if you are going to setup, track, and take care of preventative, regular, and emergency maintenance items. In the long run, one ends up spending $50-60,000.00 for a whole host of programs that don’t even talk to each other. This means entering the same information not once but twice, three times, four times or more, depending on what programs you are using. Now, I ask again, how successful would your business be if you spent all of your time on the computer working with software?

There are software packages that cost over $100.000.00 that do everything but drive the truck, but would your business be successful with that kind of overhead?

Enter TruckMaster Logistics Systems’ TM2000 Trucking Software System, a system priced for the consumer and has all of the integrated modules needed to run a full scale trucking company – Dispatching, Billing, Accounting, Driver Settlements, Payroll, Carrier Settlements, Safety, Maintenance, and more. The price is based on the number of people using the system at a time, so a small company gets all the advantages of a full transportation management system for a low cost, a mid-size trucking company gets all the advantages of a full transportation management system for a cost that fits within its budget, and a large trucking company gets all of these advantages as well without expense cost overruns.

At the outset of this article I asked, "Will trucking software really help my company succeed?" The correct answer depends on you. If you would like to see what TruckMaster Logistics Systems can do for you and your company, if you would like to see how easy, versatile, and efficient a superior trucking software package can be. Please visit us at www.truckmaster.com, contact us here, or call us at 888-891-9550 and our knowledgeable sales staff will tell you all about us.

Dale Clark
TruckMaster Solution Provider
TruckMaster Your Trucking Company

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