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Thunder Funding Partner 123Loadboard Adds Document Capturing and Load Status Updates To Its Digital Freight Matching Platform

We’re not sure if you’ve heard, but our partner 123Loadboard has enhanced its loadboard workflow by adding extra automation features to improve cash flow predictability and reduce costs for its truck drivers. Some of these added features include document scanning, capturing, and storage to seamlessly integrate its load booking and delivery process.

Carriers are now able to efficiently aggregate relevant documents for any load in the 123Loadboard app and submit them to 123Loadboard's factoring partner, Thunder Funding, or their current one, at the start of the transaction process to accelerate payment. By ensuring a steady flow of funds into your business (and, not chasing down payments from customers), you can focus on growing and maintaining your fleet, building relationships with shippers, and driving your business goals.

123Loadboard also returns some power and control over the delivery process back to the carrier with its new load status feature. For every phase of the freight transaction, drivers can now visually control the delivery sequence and each stage’s associated documents.

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Topics: Trucking Technology

What Is Freight Factoring?

Freight factoring is a popular form of financing in the trucking industry that converts unpaid invoices into immediate cash for fleets for a small fee. Thus, fleet owners have the funds they need to pay for fuel, their truck drivers, vehicle repairs, and more. For example, Thunder Funding is a freight factoring company and we buy invoices for freight that you’ve already delivered. In a nutshell, this is cash that is advanced to you based on your accounts receivables. Our freight factoring services ensure steady cash flow so that you can keep your trucks rolling.

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Topics: Freight Factoring

6 Smart Ways To Grow Your Trucking Business


If you’re the owner of a small trucking business, then you’ve definitely felt the growing pains of competing with larger fleets. More trucks rolling means you have better leverage when it comes to pricing deliveries, garnering more favorable discounts from suppliers with bulk orders, attracting and hiring better drivers, and more. 

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Topics: Grow Your Fleet

3 Simple Truck Driver Sleep Solutions

Image courtesy of Jim Allen, 365trucking.com

Consistent lack of sleep is not fun. It impacts our mood, our ability to focus, our ability to think logically, and even our motor function. In fact, irregular sleep patterns have been linked to diabetes, migraines, weight gain, heart disease, high blood pressure, mood disorders and shortened life expectancy.

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Topics: Truck Driver Health and Wellness

Truck Maintenance Technician Training Is Transforming

When OEMs improve and upgrade their product offerings, new diagnostic procedures are required. This means your truck technicians need to stay up-to-date on troubleshooting best practices. In our opinion, investing in ongoing technician training should be a part of any carrier’s training program.

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Topics: Truck Maintenance

Reducing Truck Driver Stress Ensures Everyone Wins

Regardless of whether or not you love what you do, every job has its stressful moments. In the short-term, you may experience increased pressure to meet certain deadlines, deal with difficult team members, or juggle multiple responsibilities from different areas of your life. It’s when work-related stress becomes chronic that we see the real problems unfold. You know what we’re referring to here. Ongoing, unrelenting feelings of stress can lead to serious issues in one’s physical and emotional health.

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Topics: Truck Driver Health and Wellness

8 Key Learnings From The 2019 State Of Logistics Report

The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), released its State of Logistics Report on June 18th. This annual report tracks and measures all costs associated with moving freight through U.S. supply chains and, most notably, showed a significant increase in U.S. business spending on logistics in 2018.

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Topics: Trucking Trends

All It Takes Is 30 Minutes: Smart Pre-Trip Inspections

The CVSA’s three-day International Roadcheck may be over, but the inspections will continue every single day, without fail. Every truck driver has been trained on how to do a pre-trip truck inspection. But, do they actually take the time to go through this process every time they hit the road? Maybe. Maybe not.

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Topics: Truck Safety, CVSA International Roadcheck

CVSA’s International Roadcheck 2019: Are You Ready?

From June 4-6, the CVSA’s International Roadcheck program will inspect 17 commercial vehicles every minute over the course of 72 hours across North America. During International Roadcheck, certified inspectors will conduct the North American Standard Level I Inspection, a 37-step procedure that includes an examination of driver operating requirements and vehicle mechanical fitness. Inspectors may also opt to conduct the Level II Walk-Around Driver/Vehicle Inspection, Level III Driver/Credential/Administrative Inspection or Level V Vehicle-Only Inspection. Are you, your drivers, and your trucks prepared?

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Topics: Truck Safety, CVSA International Roadcheck

Keeping Up With New Fleet Technology

After coming back from the Mid-America Trucking Show, we’ve got new fleet technologies hot on our minds. After being in business for as long as we have and working with as many fleets as we do, we know all about the tight deadlines -- and, tight margins -- the industry has to deal with. Driver turnover, retention hardships, and recruiting challenges also impact the bottom line. This means fleets must get creative in how they manage budgets while also making sound investments on the latest technologies designed to make their operations more efficient.

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Topics: Trucking Technology