How the Cloud is Transforming the Trucking Industry

Of all the technology innovations to hit the market in the last few decades, one of the most transformational technologies in recent memory has been the advent of the cloud. As companies look for ways to improve efficiency and increase profits, many are finding that cloud solutions are an easy way to get started on digital transformation. The cloud can help trucking companies comply with new regulations while also gaining efficiencies that increase profits.

Trucking has been a staple of the US economy since post-WWII, but until recently it was slow to adopt any new form of technology.

The industry has been dominated by small to mid-sized trucking companies that have struggled to adopt new innovations and technologies.

However, recent trends indicate that this is changing with cloud computing and mobile applications providing new ways for the trucking industry to operate more effectively and efficiently.

Today, trucking is becoming more and more like other major industries in which companies use cloud solutions for their data and analytics needs.

The trucking industry is adopting cloud solutions to become smarter about their operations, comply with new regulations, and gain efficiencies that increase profits.

As the backbone of the U.S. economy, trucking has been slow to adopt new technology—logbooks are still used by a majority of truck drivers. Not using electronic logging devices (ELDs) can be costly and time consuming for companies and drivers alike.

Trucking companies need to embrace new methods of improving efficiency and safety to stay ahead.

If you’re looking to improve efficiency and safety in your trucking operations, perhaps it’s time to look at cloud-based solutions:

  • Cloud services can reduce costs by automating mundane tasks or consolidating data. This includes using automation tools like machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI), which can analyze data to make predictions about future trends or events before they happen.

  • Cloud services help companies stay compliant with ever-changing regulations. They help ensure that all records are properly stored—and some even offer secure document sharing between companies across different industries, allowing them to more easily share sensitive data with their customers and partners without having to worry about regulatory compliance issues.

  • For a small fee, EMDECS by BrightOrder, stores data from the dash-cam to prevent any potential lawsuits.

An estimated 80% of truck drivers still use paper logbooks, despite digital solutions being available to them.

Paper logbooks are inconvenient, but many drivers still use them. While a paper logbook may be easy to carry around, it’s not very convenient for anything else. It can take up valuable space in your truck, be damaged by weather or other environmental factors, and it’s hard to keep track of when you need it most—especially if you’re driving long distances.

A digital solution is far more practical than a paper alternative because you can access your data when you need it most, no matter where you are. They require less maintenance than traditional solutions, they contain less waste, and they cost less money over time.

Not using electronic logging devices (ELDs) can be costly and time consuming for carriers and drivers alike.

The trucking industry has been slow to adopt electronic logging devices, but it’s a necessary step to ensure that carriers are compliant with federal regulations and can enjoy all of the benefits that come along with tracking their drivers’ hours.

Carriers must use ELDs for two main reasons: to satisfy FMCSA regulations, and because they can help increase safety and efficiency in their operations. First of all, if you’re not using ELDs as required by law, you could be fined by the FMCSA for your failure to do so—and more than $1 million has been collected from companies that violated this rule since 2014. Additionally, because new ELDs have built-in safety features such as geofencing (which prevents drivers from exceeding speed limits), they can help reduce accidents caused by distracted driving or fatigue on long hauls across multiple states or countries.

Here are some ways cloud solutions can help the trucking industry comply with new regulations while also gaining efficiencies that increase profits.

  • ELDs (electronic logging devices) can help companies comply with new regulations. It’s no secret that many trucking companies are struggling to meet the rules set by FMCSA regarding hours of service and ELDs. But these problems don’t have to be an insurmountable obstacle. With help from a cloud solution, a company can easily integrate their existing equipment into its fleet management system for better tracking and reporting.

  • ELDs can help companies gain efficiencies that increase profits. When it comes to making decisions about business operations, every company wants to make sure it’s doing things as efficiently as possible—and this is especially true when it comes time for budgeting or staffing decisions for next year’s taxes. If you already have some data captured through your cloud solution platform, this information will provide valuable insight into where your strengths lie so you’ll know which areas deserve more attention moving forward—and which ones may need extra resources devoted towards improving efficiency before they become too costly because of poor performance later on down the line. ELDs can help companies improve safety by providing accurate information at all times (no more surprises!).

The cloud is helping the trucking industry get smarter about their operations and driving growth for businesses that innovate.

As a cloud services provider, we’re passionate about helping companies like yours get more out of the technology they are already using. We know that when you can use your existing infrastructure and resources more efficiently, you have more time to focus on other areas of growth.

Here’s how EMDECS by BrightOrder can help:

  • Save money: Cloud computing has a smaller upfront cost than on-premises solutions while reducing operating expenses over time.

  • Improve safety: Drivers can access important information in real-time so they don’t have to spend as much time behind the wheel looking up information or pulling over to check something in their logs or manuals. This also improves safety by allowing drivers to remain focused on driving rather than having to stop their route for information retrieval purposes.

  • Meet regulatory requirements: By storing data in one global location instead of multiple locations throughout the world, it becomes easier for companies like yours to meet compliance standards across multiple jurisdictions at once without having duplicate data sets scattered across different countries (and possibly continents).

Conclusion

Trucking is an industry that has historically been slow to adopt new technology, but that’s changing fast. The cloud is helping trucking companies make their operations more efficient and safer for both drivers and their vehicles. It also gives them the tools they need to comply with new regulations and keep their businesses running smoothly. By embracing these new methods, carriers can stay ahead of the curve—and in business for years to come!

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