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Top 5 Gadgets For Truck Drivers 2020

   

Inclement weather, challenging driving conditions, health and wellness concerns while on the road -- these are all things that truck drivers deal with every time they head out for a short or long haul. While it may not be easy being a trucker navigating through today’s driver landscape, there are certain things we CAN control that can increase our creature comforts and safety. Check out Thunder Funding’s top 5 gadgets for truck drivers for 2020:

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Topics: Trucking Technology, Trucking Lifestyle

Recruiting Women as Truck Technicians

According to a 2015 Bureau of Labor Statistics study, the trucking industry will need to recruit 67,000 new technicians by 2022 due to growth and to replace the men and women who are slowly starting to retire. Additionally, the study indicated the industry will need to potentially recruit another 75,000 diesel technicians just to keep up with market growth. Added on top of that, the economic boom in 2018-2019 led to a record number of commercial trucks sold. Why does this last point matter? Because newer trucks are so much more advanced compared to older models. Fleets are now going to need truck technicians who are technically sound enough to service these more sophisticated vehicles.

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Topics: Women In Trucking, Trucking Technology, Truck Technicians

COVID-19 Lessons Learned From Fleet Owners

This month we decided to take a look at how fleets have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. We think it’s safe to say the trucking industry has never experienced anything quite as disruptive as COVID-19. Yet, through it all, fleets have certainly learned some new lessons and many have become stronger and more resilient because of it. Let’s take a look at some of these lessons learned:

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Topics: Trucking Technology, Coronavirus

Simple Technologies Can Help Truckers During Coronavirus

Image credits: Suppose U Drive

The coronavirus pandemic has made one thing clear as the trucking industry deals with supply chain issues across the country: The need for digital tools and resources is as essential for business as it is for staying fit and connected to loved ones. 

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Topics: Trucking Technology, Coronavirus

The Truck Technologies Fleet Owners Should Keep An Eye On

Like we’ve mentioned in previous blogs, keeping up with technology can be extremely challenging -- especially if you’re a smaller fleet looking to grow strategically. Timing and resources are everything. If you adopt one as soon as it hits the market, you could end up paying more than necessary AND may subject yourself to an unreliable technology with too many bugs. On the flip side, waiting too long could mean that you lose the competitive advantages these new technologies could provide your fleet. Having a good partner as your back office, like a factoring company, who has its eye on new technologies can reduce that risk and allow you to focus on the business of moving freight.

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Topics: Trucking Technology

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.

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Topics: Trucking Technology

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

3 Truck Technologies You Need Right Now

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Ask anyone who’s been to a truck conference and they’ll confirm there’s an endless sea of technologies fleets could place in their trucks if they were so inclined. But, let us first acknowledge that adding anything into a truck isn’t a simple decision. Trucks are expensive assets and some fleets have a lot of them. Equipping trucks with a new technology across their entire fleet can take years, and often requires professional installation and ongoing maintenance. We’re looking at a lot of time and money here, Folks.

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Topics: Trucking Technology