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Samsara

Samsara is a cloud-based fleet management solution that offers features such as GPS tracking, trailer tracking, dashboard camera, routing and dispatch, reefer monitoring and more. It is designed to help small and midsize fleet bus... Read more

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Verizon Connect

Verizon Connect Reveal is a cloud-based electronic logging device (ELD) and fleet management platform that provides GPS fleet tracking to help businesses gain a 360 overview of all fleet management operations. High-resolution maps... Read more

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Recent recommendations: 21 recommendations

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Rose Rocket

Rose Rocket TMS is a transportation management software built for modern trucking companies and brokerages. The software helps you input orders, generate contracted rates and spot quotes, track & trace shipments, manage documents,... Read more

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TracxTMS

TracxTMS is a cloud-based logistics solution designed to help carriers and brokers manage all processes related to trucking and dispatching of consignments. The platform enables agents to quickly assign and track shipments, driver... Read more

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Recent recommendations: 14 recommendations

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Trimble TMS

TMW Enterprise Transportation is ideal for LTLs, private fleets, bulk carriers, third-party logistics providers, and truckload carriers. This system be integrated with any ERP to see the full benefits of a robust TMS.... Read more

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PCS TMS

PCS TMS is a transportation management system that helps businesses leverage artificial intelligence (AI) technology to handle and streamline shipping operations. Professionals can optimize routes, control inbound/outbound transpo... Read more

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FreightPath

FreightPath is the easiest-to-use TMS system built specifically for the needs of freight brokers and 3PLs. Not only does it help you book shipments, automate manual paperwork, and track your loads—it takes your brokerage digital ... Read more

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Teletrac Navman DIRECTOR

Teletrac Navman provides a cloud-based fleet management platform designed to help businesses capture fleet performance data including driver safety analytics, location tracking, job management, vehicle maintenance and compliance w... Read more

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Recent recommendations: 8 recommendations

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Dossier Fleet Maintenance

Dossier Fleet Maintenance software provides a robust fleet management system so that users can accurately track all vehicles and equipment, while quickly importing data and tracking maintenance histories.... Read more

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Recent recommendations: 6 recommendations

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Axon Trucking Software

Axon is a cloud-based and on-premise platform that helps small to large businesses in the transportation industry monitor and streamline fleet operations including maintenance, dispatching, billing and fleet accounting. It provide... Read more

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DriveCam

Lytx is a fleet management solution that offers video telematics, analytics, safety and productivity solutions for commercial and public sector fleets. Lytx also offers a Driver Safety Program, powered by their DriveCam Event Reco... Read more

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HorizonGo

Melton Technologies' newest cloud-based software is helping empower trucking companies all over the world. HorizonGo is cloud-based which gives you the flexibility to access your TMS outside the office. HorizonGo can be accessed... Read more

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TRUX

TRUX is a dump truck logistics platform designed to help material producers, trucking companies, and contractors manage all trucks on a single platform. TRUX streamlines trucking planning, scheduling, driver communication, and bac... Read more

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Degama DTMS

Degama Dynamic Transportation Management System (DTMS) is a trucking management solution that helps businesses streamline operations related to routing, billing, fleet maintenance and more on a centralized platform. The order mana... Read more

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KeepTruckin

Over 55,000 fleets of all types, from field services to trucking, use KeepTruckin fleet management for GPS tracking, cost control, safety, and compliance. With KeepTruckin, you can: Track drivers, vehicles, and assets and equipme... Read more

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ITS Dispatch

ITS Dispatch by Truckstop.com is a cloud-based fleet management system designed with small to midsize fleets and freight brokerage firms in mind. It features a suite of fleet management applications, including dispatch and schedul... Read more

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Route4Me

Route4Me is a cloud-based fleet management solution designed for small, midsize and large businesses. Primary features include route planning and routing guides. It allows users to type-in or upload customer addresses and plan a r... Read more

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Fleet Complete

Fleet Complete is cloud-based fleet management solution for businesses of all sizes. The solution is used in a wide range of industries including oil and gas, government, construction, manufacturing and many more. Fleet Complete o... Read more

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AscendTMS Logistics Software

AscendTMS is a cloud-based supply chain management (SCM) solution designed for businesses of all sizes. Key features include load management, accounting, finance management, branch management and payment management functionalities... Read more

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GPS Trackit

GPS Trackit is a cloud-based fleet management solution designed for small and midsize businesses in industries including government, health care, automotive and construction. GPS Trackit offers features including GPS tracking... Read more

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Buyers guide

We wrote this guide to help you determine what kind of system will best suit your organization. Trucking software helps land-based shipping companies and private fleets increase their operational efficiency through effective tracking, management and reporting of relevant data.

In order to help you navigate the trucking software market, we created this guide to help buyers like you in their quest to identify the best trucking solution among the dozens available.

Here’s what we’ll cover:

What Is Trucking Software?
Common functions of trucking software include:
What Type of Buyer Are You?
Market Trends to Understand

What Is Trucking Software?

Truck dispatch and routing software helps reduce trucking company operation costs by supporting you in tracking your assets and inventory, optimizing delivery routes and schedules and reducing risk factors associated with the freight and logistics business.

Real-time routing screenshot in WorkWave Route Manager

Real-time routing screenshot in WorkWave Route Manager

 

Common functions of trucking software include:

Dispatch and scheduling Assists with critical back office operations to monitor driver logs, schedule shipments and maintain other records.
Route planning and optimization Can identify the most efficient routes for drivers making multiple stops, often updating in real time to account for accidents, construction and bad weather.
GPS tracking Provides real-time updates of a driver’s physical location to the back office.
Asset management Assists users with tracking the physical assets—such as trucks, beds, parts and tools—in their operation.
Fleet maintenance Assists with tracking and scheduling maintenance for a company’s fleet. It can be setup to notify the back office when a truck is due for regular maintenance.
Compliance management Assists with monitoring driver habits such as their driving time, driving speed and frequency of stops. It can also assist with tracking drug tests for drivers.
Load optimization Assists with making the most use out of a truck’s cargo capacity by determining the most efficient ways to store physical goods without wasting space—think Tetris, but for trucking.
Accounting Most trucking software suites include accounting modules to assist with  processing invoices, receipts, expense tracking and International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) reports. Often these modules will integrate with standard accounting applications such as QuickBooks.

(Note: If you're part of a towing operation, see our tow truck management software guide.)

What Type of Buyer Are You?

In our experience, there are basically three types of buyers for trucking management software and dispatch programs:

Third-party logistics (3PL). Firms that transport cargo for other businesses tend to need software suites that offer all or most of the above listed applications and features. 3PL firms that specialize in LTL shipping typically need more advanced functionality from route planning and load optimization software. Larger 3PL firms typically need a more robust transportation management and/or warehouse management suite if they operate warehouses in addition to their fleet.

Private fleets. Firms that don’t outsource their transportation need a different type of solution than a 3PL firm. You may wish to consider an enterprise suite that’s targeted less on trucking and dispatch and more on the company’s core business (but still includes trucking management capabilities), or if you do decide to focus on trucking management, make sure the inventory control and accounting tie into the company’s other systems. You may also consider a suite developed specifically for fleet management.

Owner-operators. Truck drivers that own their own trucks and independently contract typically only need light software to assist with route planning, IFTA reports, expense tracking and load optimization.

Market Trends to Understand

When evaluating trucking company software, these are the market trends understand. You should be familiar with these trends as you evaluate trucking software reviews:

Regulatory compliance. In recent years, the federal government has enacted stricter regulations on the trucking industry, from reducing the number of hours that truck drivers can be on the road to increasing the frequency of drug tests they must take every year. Complying with these regulations is critical for trucking companies, so it is imperative that prospective buyers ensure that the software they select will help them stay on top of them all.

Business intelligence. More and more trucking software programs are offering intelligent analytics that identify cost saving based on internal and external data. For example, larger fleets can use these features to reduce the number of trips their drivers take by consolidating shipments and reducing the number of “empty” miles driven.

Mobile devices. Mobile applications are becoming increasingly valuable to trucking companies. They allow drivers to stay in constant communication, call ahead with estimated delivery times, upload delivery verifications and provide dispatch notes.