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LoadPanel Update: Driver App Now Available!

May 31, 2019

LoadPanel Update: Driver App Now Available!

LoadPanel Driver App - Now Available

Our mobile app for drivers is now available for installation on both iOS and Android platforms. After many months of development our team has released the first version of the mobile app to compliment our LoadPanel environment. Our desire is that this app will simplify the communication process between dispatchers and drivers by providing up-to-date information about the assigned loads.

Load Details

Each assigned load is color-coded showing the Active, Pending and Completed trips. The quick reference card shows the pickup and drop locations as well as an estimated distances from the app user's location. Clicking the card reveals a detailed view of the assigned load.
 

Navigation

Each pickup and drop location presents an arial map view for quick familiarization with the facility. Detailed pickup or drop-off information is also available on this screen. A quick go-to button can send the address to the navigation app such as Google Maps for a complete turn-by-turn directions.
 

Communication

Each screen has a context-aware communication button in the upper right corner. When viewing a particular assigned load the button reveals all the necessary telephone and communication information - allowing dialing with a single push.

The built in messaging capability allows for chatting between the driver and dispatch. The centralized messaging provides for traceable communication and auditing of conversations. Each appointment location allows for quick in and out time updates by the driver for precise reporting and tracking. Anytime during the trip the driver may upload documents which will be available for dispatch to accept or reject after proper review. 

Earnings

The top porting of the home screen shows the number of trips, earnings and miles driven for the given time frame. Currently this is an experimental function which estimates both the earnings as well as the miles driven and should not be relied upon for any compensation. 

IN/OUT Times

The driver may choose to report in and out times through the app which will save time in having to make or answer tracking phone calls. The times are reported to dispatch and are displayed on the timeline. Color coding of the time stamp distinguishes between on time and missed appointments. 
 

Comments

Each trip allows for comments that can be both left by the driver as well as dispatchers. This function is not intended to be a chat function but rather a method to leave notes and updates about the trip for future reference.

Download and Enable

Download and install the app on your device of choice and enable it for each driver in their profile. Each driver needs a unique phone number and password set in the profile in order to login. 

Thank you to all who visited our booth at the 2019 Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, KY this year. We had an exciting three days, meeting hundreds of people and engaging in various conversations about the trucking industry and LoadPanel as a TMS of choice. 
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LoadPanel Update: Driver Settlements, Recurring Driver Expenses and More

February 27, 2019

LoadPanel Update: Driver Settlements, Recurring Driver Expenses and More

Driver Pay and Recurring Expenses

While we have not been consistent with our blog and newsletter updates, we have been busy this winter working on major updates and improvements to LoadPanel. One of the most frequent requests have centered around a driver pay feature. In the latest update we've added a Driver Settlements section. Keep in mind that this feature is still in beta and may contain minor bugs. Let us know if you find anything out of place or not performing as intended. 

Driver Settlements

This feature is not intended to be a complete payroll solution but rather is designed to satisfy most small business while complimenting those who have an existing accounting system. We've designed our pay periods to be adjustable and to fit any situation. The selection of multiple drivers allows for a single click payroll creation. The individualized payroll PDF reports/stubs can then be printed or emailed directly to the drivers.
 

Split Trip

In order to solve the issue of compensation for unfinished loads, we now allow splitting trips. Doing so, enables the administrator to choose the percentage of the completed trip that should be included in the selected pay period while retaining the remainder for when the load is finally delivered and completed. This method solves some of the struggles that companies have who pay drivers on a weekly schedule. 

Driver Expense Wizard

Another powerful tool that has been long in coming is the driver expense wizard. The special feature has the ability to create recurring expenses which can be applied immediately, repeated over multiple pay periods or scheduled to be added in the future. The various driver expenses and recurring payment on debt can now easily be tracked and billed. 
 

Quick Adjustments and History

The various driver deductions can be reviewed and adjusted before completing the payroll. Removing a scheduled expense does not remove it from the driver and will associate it on the next pay cycle. All the historical driver pay and the new expenses table have been added to the driver page. 

Final Note

Please let us know what you think of these features and how they are serving your needs. We continue to improve and desire to become the leading TMS solution for the small trucking business environment. 

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LoadPanel Team Update

November 06, 2018

LoadPanel Team Update

Learning Together

For the past two weeks our team has been part of the Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program (ICAP) under the Virginia Small Business Development Center Network which supports new startups. ICAP helps inventors and entrepreneurs take the right first steps in bringing new technologies and innovations to market.Thank you Bob Smith (https://www.linkedin.com/in/thebobsmith/) for leading the class and challenging us to get out of our comfort zone and interview our potential customer base.

The experience that we gained has given us a new perspective and revealed additional hurdles that we did not consider while bringing LoadPanel to the market. We are looking forward to having more conversations with the small trucking business owners on the challenges they are facing. Only through such experience can we evolve our product to serve the majority of the needs of small trucking companies.

Learn more about ICAP https://www.virginiasbdc.org/programs/icap/ and http://va4e.org/

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Let us know of your experience and struggle in the trucking industry especially in dealing with a software solution. We would love to have a conversation with you in order to understand your needs. While we may not be able to satisfy all of your requests, you can be sure that we take note as we develop a common solution for all. 
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LoadPanel Update: New Trip Setup Experience

September 04, 2018

LoadPanel Update: New Trip Setup Experience

New Trip Setup Interface

As summer comes to an end, we are shifting into high gear with improvements to the LoadPanel interface and additional new features. The trip creation and setup window has been transformed into an easy-to-use tool allowing dispatchers to visualize the trip on a map, calculate the CPM, and estimate the travel time. 

Quick Setup

The Add Stop button facilitates quick trip planning, giving dispatchers the option to enter a city and state or just a zip code. Stop options include Current Location, Pick, Drop, and Deadhead. The Recalculate button computes the distance between the entered locations and displays the mileage and the resultant Trip CPM based on the entered Rate.
 

Map Power

Further refinement of the travel route can be done by simply dragging waypoints on the displayed Google map. For ease of use, the map can be expanded to full screen using the button in the upper-right hand corner. Traffic information is overlaid for additional awareness and decision making. Switching to satellite or street view can assist with critical last-mile navigation. 

Additional Trip Information

A new trip can be created without filling out additional date or address information. For those who choose to do so, trip information can be added by clicking the Edit icon for the specific stop. Further updating and editing of the stop information can be done through the primary trip page interface.  

Did You Know About the Columns Button on the Trips page?

The default Trips view has a number of hidden columns that some may find useful. Recent updates have expanded the available choices to include more than 20 column options!

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LoadPanel Update: Trips View - Color Coding

May 23, 2018

LoadPanel Update: Trips View - Color Coding

Trips View: Color Coding Update

Ninety percent of information transmitted to the human brain is visual. Understanding this factor we have improved our color scheme on the Trips page. With a single glance, you as a dispatcher or administrator, can quickly be informed about the status of your loads.

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Trips Interface

Beyond the textual information, color options have been added to enhance the usability experience. Each status now has its own color and can be configured in the Settings -> General section. The following colors are set as default:

Trip # Cell Status Colors

  •  Pending : Trips that are scheduled and are not active are in a grey box.
  •  Active : Trips that are currently in an active state are colored yellow.
  •  Delivered : Trips which have al completed appointments are green.
  •  Completed : The color changes to blue once the trip is marked as completed. This state indicates that all documents have been received and processed and the trip is considered closed.
  •  Canceled : Trips which are canceled are marked red. 

Appointment Cell Colors

  •  Active : Green cell color indicates that the current scheduled appointment is on-time.
  •  Alert : Red cell color indicates that there is a potential concern with the appointment. Possible causes are late arrival, unacknowledged timestamp or potential late arrival based on ELD data and distance. 
  • Pending or Complete: No color coding is used for future or completed trips.

Appointment Text Colors

  •  On-Time : Green date and time text indicates an on-time appointment that was either registered automatically based on location or acknowledged by dispatch.
  •  Late Arrival : Red text indicates that the set appointment time has been missed, not acknowledged or has been estimated by the ELD and location data to be late. 

Document Colors

The boxes for documents are set to change color according to the rules and color options found in Settings. 
  •  CON : Confirmation documents checkbox
  •  BOL : Bill of Lading document checkbox
  •  INV : Invoice checkbox

Did You Know About the DOC column?

The default Trips view has a number of hidden columns that some may find useful. One such column is DOC. Enabling this column reveals a red icon which is associated with the uploaded confirmation file. Clicking the icon displays the document in a pop-up view allowing the user quick reference.

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LoadPanel Feature Added

May 02, 2018

LoadPanel Feature Added

New Feature: Trip Planner

Here at LoadPanel, we not only innovate new features and services but also listen closely to our users. The new Trip Planner is an example of a solution to the problem of planning trips visually. Take a look and explore this feature found under the Trips menu. 

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Trip Planner Interface

Each trip is blocked out for each driver on a vertical time-line.  Color coding of the trip boxes allows for quick analysis of trip progress. The dark-colored vertical bar indicates progress based on ELD and GPS data. Time spans between trips are displayed. Color coding on the appointment times is actively updated hourly.

Trip Information Panel

Clicking on any trip brings up a relevant information panel showing broker, driver, truck, trailer, pickup and delivery information. Enabled ELD trucks and drivers show relevant HOS information as well as the current location of the vehicle.

Compact and Mobile View

In addition we are continuing to improve our mobile interfaces for those who need to dispatch while on the go. In desktop mode the grey calendar button allows users to toggle between normal, compact and mobile views. 

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