|You have a lot of money invested in your log hauling trucks, and you
spend a lot of money maintaining those trucks. But do you have the tools you
need to take those costs into account when bidding for a new job? Do you
know if you made money or lost money on the last contract you accepted? And
do you know if you are earning a positive return on your substantial
Knowing the financial performance of your business is simply non-negotiable
in today's marketplace. The Trucker's Edge is a Windows based application
designed to help you run your log hauling operation more profitably by
giving you the tools you need to make more informed business decisions.
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Imagine how much more effectively you could run your business if you could:
Track the profitability of your fleet of trucks by job/contract.
- Track your maintenance expenses and mechanic activities for each
truck so that you can proactively schedule routine maintenance.
- Generate cycle time reports.
- Manage overloads.
- Generate detailed reports of loads by destination or driver
Just think of how much time you'd save if you could:
Automate the creation of employee contractor settlements and other types
of delivery and costing reports with the click of a button.
Create your fuel rebate filing without pulling out your hair.
Import load slips electronically from your mills or contractors, rather
than re-key the data from hand-scratched load slips.
Store all load data, truck information, and rate information in one
single database rather than countless spreadsheets, enabling you to
uncover opportunities for making your business more efficient.
The Trucker's Edge is a
management cost accounting
program designed to work in tandem with your regular accounting system.
For many trucking operations, accounting systems such as Simply Accounting, Quickbooks,
or ACCPAC are essential tools, but are limited in their ability to handle some
of the more important aspects of the trucking business. Caribou’s
trucking contractor software – The Trucker's Edge
- is designed to fill that need.
Critical Features Missing in Many Accounting Packages include:
Ability to Handle Load Tickets -- from the complex nature of the load
attributes to the calculation of volumes to the payment of multiple vendors/employees.
Ability to Import Load Slip and Time Slip Data -- mills can usually provide
a data file with your loads that can be imported in our system.
- Ability to Track Deliveries by Source and Destination Mill
- Ability to Track Revenues by Truck
- Ability to Cost your trucks on a Tonne-Hour basis
- Ability to Track Truck Operating Costs from Out-of-Pocket Expenses
(read FUEL) to Maintenance
- Ability to Track Truck Utilization and Costing -- time is money tracked
by type, whether it is hauling time, down time or maintenance time.
These are just some of the key functions that are not handled sufficiently by
accounting packages. That's where The Trucker's
Edge comes in: we fill the gaps in traditional accounting
packages for trucking businesses.
What Can the Trucker's Edge Do For You?
The Trucker's Edge Manages Your:
The Trucker's Edge handles your load
slips and lets you pay all your employee drivers or
subcontractors for all phases related to hauling logs. You can have an
unlimited number of pay phases, such as hauling, loading, and fuel
adjustments. You can pay different rates based on such variables
as conventional versus self-loading trucks, or haul type. You can
also pay multiple people in connection with any given load. For
example, you can pay separate truck owners and/or
drivers for loading versus hauling.
The Trucker's Edge tracks and reports
loads to the job or block level and to the destination level.
Cycle time reporting allows you to analyze the turn-around times for
your trucks and drivers. You can also generate reports on a
driver's hours based on average cycle times.
The Trucker's Edge can track
distances between jobs and destinations. There are reports that
allow you to analyze your cost per kilometer or per load or per tonne (or cord
or M3 if necessary).
The Trucker's Edge has a
robust overload tracking system that allows you to track and deduct pay
for overloads either based on mill policy or based on your own policy.
Overloads can be based on gross or net weights and deductions can be
made at a flat rate or a rate based on the weight over the allowable
The Trucker's Edge allows you
to automatically keep track of on-highway and off-highway kilometers for
filing for a refund of your off highway fuel usage. Administrators
at the BC Taxation
branch have welcomed filings from our users, commenting that the fuel
rebate reports generated by
The Trucker's Edge help
streamline their review process. In fact, they would like to
encourage more automated submissions like the ones provided by our
The Trucker's Edge produces payroll
and accounts payable and receivable entries that can be input into your
accounting system (or automatically transferred if you use Quickbooks as
your accounting system). Know your revenues and expenses for your
other operations, such as low-bedding. With just a few keystrokes, you
can generate the information to pay your drivers and any subcontractors,
and you can review revenue earned on a truck-by-truck basis. In
fact, you can even calculate your expected revenues from each customer
using our system, so that when you receive your cheques, you can balance
your expected revenue with your actual revenue.
The Trucker's Edge handles your time
slips and pay all your employees and subcontractors for phases such as
log hauling, loading or maintenance/mechanic time.
The Trucker's Edge allows you
to track all time spent by your mechanics on each truck. You can have any number of
entries for your
mechanics for a day, reflecting all the different activities performed
and/or trucks worked on that day. You can then generate reports
showing what maintenance and repair work was done by whom and on what
date so that you can proactively manage your maintenance scheduling.
You can also generate reports showing the costs of both your mechanic's
time spent on each truck, as well as all external costs associated with
repairs and parts for that truck.
The Trucker's Edge uses your
to track your standard costs for hauling jobs. You can
set up standard costing rates and then calculate your costs by activity
and by work area. Your costing can be based on: weight (tons),
distance (kilometers or miles), distance and weight (tonne-kilometer). Just
recently, we've added the ability to cost your trucks on a tonne-hour
The Trucker's Edge comes with
a costing worksheet that allows you to build up your standard costs
for each truck based on operating expenses (fuel, maintenance, repairs, etc), and
ownership costs, such as depreciation, insurance and interest.
The Trucker's Edge is a
application that gives you easy access to your business data.
One Database for Single Point of Entry
The Trucker's Edge uses
Microsoft Access as its to store its data. What does this mean to you? It means:
All your data is stored in one place -- no more searching for the
right MS Excel file
Data is keyed in once. For example, if you enter a load slip once,
you can then generate employee/contractor pay statements for that
load, you can generate an accounts receivable entry for that load,
and you can report on the turn-around time on that load, all based
on one single entry of the ticket. No more handling of the
information numerous times to complete numerous tasks.
Changes cause all related entries to be updated automatically. For example,
change an employee's name or employee number, all time slips for the
employee are automatically updated.
You cannot make keypunch spelling errors. The database will NOT save data
that are not valid. For example, you set up employee Bob Trucker with employee
number 1010 -- you cannot save a time slip with Bob's last name
accidentally spelled Trukker or with his number being 1100 instead of
With The Trucker's Edge, we can configure
your load tickets and daily employee time tickets so that they have only
those attributes that you want. What's more, we can name these
attributes anything you
want. You get to dictate the terminology used in The Trucker's Edge.
The Trucker's Edge supports
all different types of weight or volume measures so you can track or pay on
any basis needed (e.g., tonne, M3, BDT, per load).
formats? The Trucker's Edge uses
whatever setting you have for your computer.
Easy to Use
The Trucker's Edge has an intuitive
layout with easy to use data-entry and reporting. The Trucker's
Edge uses default entries to make Time Slips and
Load Slips quick and simple to enter. A split-view window allows
users to quickly look and choose an appropriate value for a field or
sort a group of existing data any way you'd like.
The Trucker's Edge
provides the combination of performance and ease of use to allow you
to maximize your profitability and productivity. It gives you
you need in today's competitive marketplace!