Bulldog

Vol. 3 2015

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2 0 1 5 V 3 | BULLDOG | 1 7 ON BUSINESS 7 apps for fl eet owners App up your workday Smartphone apps have revolutionized the way many people spend their free time and consume entertainment products. Now they're quickly making inroads in the worlds of business and industry – with some bridging the personal-professional divide. The transportation industry is ideally suited for gains in effi ciency, connectivity and productivity through mobile- app technology, as evidenced by the more than 40,000 trucking-specifi c apps in the Google Play store alone. Here is a small sampling of the apps that attempt to make life easier for drivers, fl eet owners and construction contractors. TransFlo Mobile transfl omobile.com at Google Play Cost: Free, but you need to obtain a fl eet ID or broker ID from an authorized broker or Pegasus TransTech What it does: With this app, drivers can send paperwork to carriers and carriers can send paperwork to brokers, speeding payment times. Take photos of documents, then index and doc type them before submitting. An image-optimization feature allows the app to handle even car- bon-copied documents and those with light gray text over a colored background. Popular feature: Scan and send multiple documents together. User review: "A must-have app for the trucking industry." – Lynn Hensley Download at: Google Play, iTunes McLeod Anywhere mcleodsoftware.com at Google Play Cost: Free for McLeod Software LoadMaster and PowerBroker customers; use of the app requires purchase of a server-side component What it does: McLeod Anywhere gives you up-to-the-minute access to your customer and driver informa- tion, delivery receipts and the status of dispatched orders, trac- tors and trailers. You can fully manage the order lifecycle from pre-assigning equipment to dispatch to setting driver/carrier pay. Popular features: Messaging drivers and sending wire codes for cash User review: "Must-have application! Great tool and invalu- able. Highly recommended this application if you use McLeod's transportation management software." – Paul Erickson Download at: Google Play, iTunes REVEAL manager app fl eetmatics.com at Google Play Cost: Free; users must be Fleetmatics customers What it does: The REVEAL app provides full-function access to your Fleetmatics fl eet-tracking account. Monitor each vehicle's per- formance and compare it with benchmarks, locate any driver in your mobile workforce, investigate incidents in the fi eld and receive real-time activity alerts and notifi cations. Popular feature: Find and send the nearest technician to an urgent job. User review: "I love this software." – Douglas Tiller Download at: Google Play, iTunes

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