Are HOS Regulations Causing Truck Stops To Fill Up? TripPak MOBILE™ Solutions Work Anywhere

The whole idea behind the updated Hours of Service (HOS) regulations is to improve safety, but is it causing ­truck stops to fill up? Have you had problems finding a spot to park at your favorite ­truck stop since the new HOS regulations went into effect July 1, 2013?

truck stops 300x200 Are HOS Regulations Causing Truck Stops To Fill Up? TripPak MOBILE™ Solutions Work Anywhere The most significant HOS regulation that might cause ­truck stops to fill up is the 34-hour restart provision. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), a driver may restart their 7/8 consecutive day period by taking 34 or more hours off duty, this time must include two periods from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. based on home terminal time. (Drivers can’t have more than one 34-hour restart in a 168-hour period, so they must plan their schedules accordingly.)

With just about every commercial motor vehicle (CMV) driver required to comply with these HOS regulations, it’s no surprise that ­truck stops are filling up earlier than usual. Have you noticed an increase in the number of drivers pulling into ­truck stops at the same time? If your favorite stop has been more crowded lately, how has it affected your ability to complete daily paperwork?

If you’re worried about the effects overcrowded ­truck stops could have on your ability to submit paperwork on time at the truck stop, rest assured that the TripPak MOBILE™ solution works anywhere. You’re not tied to a ­truck stop to take care of your document submission. You don’t even need to visit a ­truck stop to submit your documents after you deliver your load.

This is possible because TripPak MOBILE enables you to capture images of your documents and submit them to your fleet electronically, via your smartphone or tablet device. The app includes auto-focus, auto-cropping, document scoring and other image enhancement tools to ensure a quality image makes it to your fleet. Signature-capture technology prevents you from needing any additional hardware to scan and submit work documents.

This means you can ditch the crowded ­truck stop and pull over at a quiet rest stop, empty parking lot or even the roadside and use your smart phone, laptop or tablet and the TripPak MOBILE app to ensure your paperwork is completed and transmitted on time.

Want to learn more? Then visit the TripPak website today. Be sure to find us on Facebook and Twitter as well to stay up to date with the latest mobile technology for truck drivers.

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TripPak MOBILE 7.0 Release/Update

If you already love using TripPak MOBILE™ to scan your documents, here’s some good news: TripPak SERVICES® is unveiling the latest update—TripPak MOBILE 7.0—to further improve the truck driver experience.

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What is TripPak MOBILE?

This mobile application makes it possible for drivers to use their tablet or smartphone to perform a number of tasks, including:

  • Update trip status
  • Confirm pick-up and delivery with signature capture
  • Submit trip documents

In short, TripPak MOBILE is the most convenient way for truck drivers to submit high-quality trip documents and increase cash flow.

Existing Features                                                                    

Even before the TripPak MOBILE 7.0 update, the application boasted several exceptional features designed to assist truck drivers with document submission. These top features include:

  • Image enhancement tools—such as auto-focus, auto-cropping and document scoring—to ensure drivers submit only the best-quality images to the fleet.
  • Image recording and customized indexing by document type makes it easy for drivers to find and access digitally stored copies of submitted documents.
  • 100 percent end-user technical support is available to answer any questions a driver may have.
  • Signature-capture capabilities allow the entire document submission process to take place digitally.
  • Built-in load tracking provides visibility to fleets for each trip.

What’s New for TripPak MOBILE 7.0?

With so many excellent features in place, how can the latest TripPak MOBILE update possibly offer any more? With the following upgrades, you’ll find the app is even easier to use and navigate:

  • Reduced number of steps needed to capture and submit a document.
  • Refreshed, updated user interface for easy navigation.
  • Even more integration options and index fields for drivers to select and detail trips, including driver code, trailer number, fleet number and any customized field the fleet requests.
  • Indexing options that can be customized by the fleet based on specific document types they request.
  • Customized shortcuts or links to web-based driver tools specific to the carrier.
  • Bar code reader and form integration alongside the electronic signature capture capability.
  • Custom app development is also available with TripPak MOBILE.

If you’re ready to experience TripPak MOBILE 7.0, or you have any questions, please visit the TripPak SERVICES website. Then, find out more by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Making the Most of Your Downtime – Mobile Solutions for Today’s Truck Driver

Thanks to mobile solutions such as TripPak MOBILE™, truck drivers now have more time for rest and relaxation at the end of the day. This mobile app is the key to turning in paperwork faster than ever so you can move on with your day.

Truck Driver 300x200 Making the Most of Your Downtime   Mobile Solutions for Todays Truck DriverIf you’re unsure whether TripPak MOBILE is worthwhile, consider your current habits. If you’re like 73 percent of truck drivers, you use a smart phone to stay in touch with family and friends, browse the web, take pictures, check your email, and more. TripPak MOBILE is simply another app you can use to take images of your trip documents and submit them to your fleet. This convenient option offers the following benefits:

  • Spend less time sending in paperwork manually.
  • Complete paperwork submission wherever you want, whether that’s in the cab of your truck immediately after making a delivery or while relaxing after dinner. In fact you can use TripPak MOBILE anywhere!
  • Never submit paperwork by traditional shipping methods ever again; you’ll avoid delays, lost paperwork and other problems that can occur when you send documents through traditional shipping methods.
  • Save time and money by never traveling a mile off your route to submit documents (a benefit that both truck drivers and fleets enjoy with TripPak MOBILE).

So how exactly does this mobile solution work? It’s really quite simple. If you have ever taken a picture or sent an email using your smart phone or other mobile device, you can use TripPak MOBILE without difficulty. The app is worthwhile because of advanced features that guarantee a quality image every time. These features include:

  • Auto-focus, auto-cropping, document scoring and other image enhancement tools
  • Signature-capture technology
  • Indexing and doc type options
  • A refreshed user interface that reduces the number of steps to submit a document

Submitting paperwork has never been smoother, quicker, or easier. Why not enjoy more downtime by adding TripPak MOBILE to your arsenal of truck driver tools? To learn more, please visit the TripPak website. Then, stay up to date with what truck drivers are discussing on Facebook and Twitter.

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Most Important Questions to Ask Your Fleet

Are you considering starting a truck driving career with a particular fleet? With so many motor carriers to choose from, how do you narrow the field of potential employers? The trick is to know what questions to ask.

What is your home time policy?

fleet 300x300 Most Important Questions to Ask Your Fleet This could be one of your most pressing questions. Fleets that offer over-the-road (OTR) truck driving jobs may require you to be on the road for days or weeks at a time as you travel thousands of miles across the country. Regional or local driving jobs may promise weekly or even nightly home time. Ask for specifics before you get too involved in the application process, and make sure you set reasonable expectations.

What is the pay?

The demand for drivers is strong in the truck driving industry, meaning fleets are offering competitive pay to attract quality drivers. Keep in mind that you may need to build up a résumé and prove your driving abilities before you’re earning the best income in the industry. With that in mind, track down a motor carrier that pays in the top 10 percent so when you have the right amount of experience under your belt, you can be one of those top earners.

What type of equipment do you have for truck drivers?

Especially if you choose OTR work, you want to make sure the fleet offers comfortable, state-of-the-art equipment. Ask for specifics on sleeper size, air-ride suspension and other in-cab features.

What kind of training do you offer?

Look for training opportunities that include one-on-one time with a driving instructor behind the wheel. You’ll undoubtedly need to spend a little time doing “bookwork,” but find out if that portion of the training can be completed online at your convenience.

Ask if the fleet offers Command Solutions, a web-based driver orientation and training program that benefits fleets and truck drivers alike with advantages that include:

  • Reduced travel, housing and per diem costs
  • Improved learning retention
  • Condensed hiring cycle
  • Documentation against litigation

Do you offer mobile scanning?

Inarguably the fastest, most convenient and reliable way to submit trip documents is with a mobile device. TripPak MOBILE™ allows truck drivers to capture and submit documents to the fleet mere minutes after delivery. The app saves time, reduces out-of-route miles and provides faster pay for truck drivers, which is why you should look for a fleet that offers this exceptional option.

To learn more about why the fleet you drive for should offer Command Solutions and TripPak MOBILE, please visit the TripPak SERVICES® website. Then, find out more by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Fleets Visit TripPak at TCA

Every year in the early spring, fleets gear up for the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) Annual Convention. The event this year is scheduled for March 23–26 at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, Texas. Past attendees laud the TCA Annual Convention as an outstanding value, and it’s already shaping up to be an extraordinary event again this year.

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The convention is geared toward industry suppliers and for-hire fleets, and attendees can expect to learn about the latest industry updates and technologies through workshops, speakers and panel discussions. One of the general sessions features NFL Football legend Emmitt Smith, the NFL’s all-time leading rusher and a 2010 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee.  He is sharing his insight on winning, discipline and leadership and how these attributes can help you in running a trucking business.

Fleet executives and other members of the transportation industry are encouraged to attend the educational exhibits and stop by booth 548 to learn all about TripPak MOBILE and how the solution can increase cash flow. Carriers that already use TripPak MOBILE, as well as those who are interested in mobile technology, will be interested to learn about the new features added to the mobile app. These include:

  • Reduced number of steps for document capture and submission
  • Refreshed user interface
  • More integration options for trip selection and detail
  • Customizable indexing options
  • Customized shortcuts and links to important carrier-specific driver tools
  • Barcode reader and form integration with electronic signature

TCA has a rich, 73-year history of dedication to truckload carriers. The member-driven organization provides benefits and services to all association members, and this annual convention is the premiere event for the organization.

If you’re interested in attending the TCA Annual Convention this year, please visit truckload.org, and visit the TripPak SERVICES® website for more information about TripPak MOBILE and other solutions for fleets and drivers. Then, find out more by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Truck Drivers Visit TripPak at MATS

trippak 02 300x300 Truck Drivers Visit TripPak at MATS Truck drivers who have attended the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) in past years agree: this acclaimed event is more than just an annual trade show. It’s common knowledge that if you want to network within the trucking industry, you had better attend MATS. This year, the event is scheduled for March 27–29 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky. TripPak is proud to announce they will be exhibiting at the event again this year.

Why is it so worthwhile for truck drivers, fleet managers and others in the transportation industry to attend MATS? As the largest annual heavy-duty trucking industry event in the world, MATS attracts more than 70,000 attendees and 1,000+ exhibitors to the Kentucky Exposition Center every year. MATS is the best opportunity anywhere to explore the latest industry products and services, network with fellow attendees, and meet new exhibitors from around the world.

At MATS 2014, TripPak is at booth 69045, located in the southwest corner of the Kentucky Exposition Center’s West Wing. Truck drivers who stop by will have the opportunity to see the latest version of TripPak MOBILE in action.

Just what does TripPak MOBILE have to offer? In a nutshell, this mobile solution enables truck drivers to scan trip documents with their smart phone or other mobile device. Image enhancement tools ensure a clear image is sent to the fleet, and documents are indexed and doc typed based on the carrier’s specific requests. There are no special hardware requirements; all drivers need to have is an iOS or Android device and they have everything necessary to submit documents without incurring any out-of-route miles.

Some of the features in the latest TripPak MOBILE update include:

  • Reduced number of steps for document capture and submission
  • Refreshed user interface
  • More integration options for trip selection and detail
  • Customizable indexing options
  • Customized shortcuts and links to important carrier-specific driver tools
  • Barcode reader and form integration with electronic signature

If you’re interested in attending MATS this year, please visit truckingshow.com, and visit the TripPak SERVICES® website for more information about TripPak MOBILE. Then, find out more by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

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How is Mobile Technology Changing the Face of Trucking?

The trucking world is seeing a wave of technological change as mobile technology continues to evolve. No matter which way you look at it—from the fleet, driver or customer’s perspective—mobile devices guarantee ease of access and facilitate faster information transfer. Here’s a look at just how mobile technology is changing the nature of trucking.

Limitless Data

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New mobile technology and apps give fleets flexible and convenient access to data, including fuel consumption, driver behavior, traffic conditions, weather forecasts, and even real-time trailer connect and disconnect events. With this actionable intelligence from the field, fleets can make effective business decisions with confidence.

With all the mobile technology available today, drivers need to remember that these advancements can cause distraction.  Drivers should never operate any mobile device (phone, tablet, or computer) while their truck is moving. Take advantage of these services on downtime or idle time.

Quicker Document Submission

One prominent mobile technology that’s taking the trucking world by storm is TripPak MOBILE™ scanning. This solution enables drivers to update trip status, confirm pick-up and delivery, and submit trip documents—all using their smartphone or other mobile device. Drivers love TripPak MOBILE scanning because it speeds up the payment process, saves time, and prevents out-of-route miles. Fleets love this solution because they can rest assured they will receive high-quality documents. It’s a win-win situation for everyone.

Comply or Fall Behind

Carriers have options when it comes to mobile technology, and the reality is mobile is here to stay. Physical paperwork and pencil scratching are things of the past; the Internet and mobile apps are today’s tools for getting things done.

For more information about TripPak MOBILE scanning and how mobile technology is changing the face of trucking, please visit the TripPak website.

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TripPak | How Are Your New Year’s Resolutions Holding Up?

TripPak 223x300 TripPak | How Are Your New Years Resolutions Holding Up? If the enthusiasm for keeping your New Year’s resolutions has faded since January 1, you’re not alone. Most resolutions fizzle out after just a few weeks. However, TripPak wants to inspire you to keep your resolutions alive throughout the year and beyond. Here’s how to keep three of the most popular resolutions alive as the year progresses.

Eat Healthier on the Road

As a truck driver, eating healthy can be tricky. It’s easy to stop for fast food every meal of the day, but that’s one quick way to throw your resolution to eat better out the window. Use these tips from TripPak to eat healthier every day:

  • Fill a cooler with healthy perishable snacks, such as hardboiled eggs, fruit, vegetables, yogurt and sandwiches.
  • Stock up on non-perishables, too, such as beef jerky, nuts, fruit leather, and protein bars.
  • When you eat out, choose healthier items from the menu. More restaurants and fast food joints list nutrition information on the menu or have a pamphlet you can glance at upon request.

Quit Smoking

It’s easier said than done, as you have probably come to realize in the few weeks since the New Year dawned. However, it’s definitely possible if you put your mind to it! Try these tips:

  • Get advice and support from family and friends. Confide in them and go to them when you need help.
  • Join a support group, find an Internet-based program, or seek counseling.
  • Write down all the reasons you want to quit. When you feel like lighting up, refer to that list to help fortify your conviction.
  • Consider e-cigarettes, which, according to Medical News Today, have about the same success rate as nicotine patches. These battery-powered devices deliver lower levels of vaporized nicotine through the mouth. You feel as though you’re smoking a cigarette, but you’re actually helping yourself quit.

Get Paid Faster

You may think you have no control over how fast your paychecks arrive, but TripPak offers a solution that can help you accomplish your New Year’s resolution to get paid faster:

  • TripPak MOBILE takes away the need for any hardware at all, besides your tablet or smartphone. The camera on these devices serves as the means for capturing document images and submitting them to the fleet.  And with TripPak’s quality and document scoring features, you can be sure your fleet with receive quality images.

With the ability to submit trip documents immediately, you don’t waste time or fuel traveling off your route to mail paper documents. Plus, you can get paid faster instead of waiting days or weeks for the payment to go through after making a delivery.

To learn more about TripPak and how our scanning solutions can help you keep your New Year’s resolutions, please visit our website. Then connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.

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Don’t Think Truck Drivers Are Tech Savvy? Think Again

You might think truck drivers aren’t as tech savvy as the general public, but that notion is incorrect. Especially with a growing number of young people joining the transportation industry, apps and online resources for truck drivers are increasing. Plus, since drivers spend much of their workweek away from home, most are comfortable using mobile devices to surf the web, check email and watch videos online.

truck drivers 300x238 Don’t Think Truck Drivers Are Tech Savvy? Think Again According to a May 2013 Randall-Reilly Market Intelligence Survey, 86% of truck drivers check email or surf the web while away from home. In addition, 92.5% of drivers have watched an online video in the past 12 months. Here’s a look at how these drivers spend their time online and what devices they use.

What device do you use to surf the web?

  • 47% use a smartphone
  • 44% use a laptop
  • 8% use a tablet
  • 1% use another method

Which device do you use to check email?

  • 53% use a smartphone
  • 40% use a laptop
  • 6% use a tablet
  • 1% use another method

Which device do you use to watch videos online?

  • 32% use a laptop
  • 28% use a desktop
  • 24% use a smartphone
  • 16% use a tablet

Where do you usually watch online videos?

  • 48% watch online videos at home
  • 39% watch online videos in the cab while the truck is stopped
  • 9% watch online videos at truck stops
  • 4% watch online videos in other places

When was the last time you watched an online video?

  • 28% watched an online video today
  • 21% watched an online video yesterday
  • 22% watched an online video sometime this week
  • 10% watched an online video within the past two weeks
  • 3% watched an online video sometime this month
  • 6% watched an online video sometime last month
  • 10% haven’t watched an online video for awhile

Which types of online videos do you watch?

  • 17% watch online videos that are 30 seconds or less
  • 22% watch online videos that are 1 minute or less
  • 24% watch online videos that are 5 minutes or less
  • 16% watch online videos that are 5 to 10 minutes long
  • 10% watch online videos that are longer than 10 minutes
  • 11% watch full-feature TV shows and movies online

With so many truck drivers already using mobile devices on the road, it’s easy for them to start using TripPak MOBILE™ if the fleet offers it. With the potential to save everyone time and money using the devices truck drivers already own, TripPak MOBILE offers a win-win situation that all fleets should utilize.

To learn more about TripPak MOBILE, please visit our website. Then connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.

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The Most Cost-Effective Document Shipping Methods for Your Fleet

Which shipping method is best for drivers and fleets? Many motor carriers, particularly small ones, rely on traditional shipping methods. This is logical, since everyone even outside the transportation industry is familiar with regular mailing and shipping services.

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What many fleet managers don’t realize is that they often spend substantially more than they need to on shipping services. That’s why, when it comes to providing a way for drivers to submit original trip documents, fleets should offer a more affordable, convenient method—like the solutions offered through TripPak.

TripPak EXPRESS® provides much lower rates than conventional shipping methods, making any shipment more convenient and cost-effective for drivers and fleets alike. These shipping solutions are:

  • TripPak EXPRESS Inbound: Drivers simply drop off their paperwork in a TripPak EXPRESS drop box. The documents are scanned and sent to fleet managers electronically while the original documents are safely stored for archival purposes. This saves drivers and fleets time, space and money.
  • TripPak EXPRESS 2nd Day: Compared to traditional shipping methods, TripPak 2nd Day is an affordable alternative. Paperwork is picked up from TripPak drop boxes and delivered to fleet managers in just two business days.
  • TripPak EXPRESS Next Day: This is the easiest way to ship documents with expedited overnight delivery.
  • TripPak EXPRESS Consolidated: For fleets that prefer to hold onto originals but still want to save money, TripPak Consolidated is the right solution. As with the other TripPak EXPRESS solutions, drivers still drop off documents in any TripPak drop box. Then once a week, TripPak sends the fleet a consolidated collection of paperwork, making billing and payroll more organized and less expensive.

If you’re ready to stop worrying about the limitations of traditional mail and shipping options, TripPak EXPRESS is the option you should consider. To learn more about the shipping methods TripPak offers fleets and drivers, please visit our website. Then connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.

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