Auto transport technology company Ship.Cars USA says that for too long, shippers, carriers and brokers have struggled to make their operations thrive.
The company adds that drivers, dispatchers and owner-operators have been “drowning in paperwork,” looking for ways to select loads online and process multi-vehicle orders.
“Shippers have been searching for a viable method to rapidly replenish inventory with a few simple clicks,” the company said in a news release.
In response, Ship.Cars USA is releasing what it describes as a “powerful, omnichannel suite of products for shippers, owner operators and brokers, and carriers with multiple trucks as well as owner operators. The company said it is uniting the car-hauling industry around the banner of “Ship Cars Smarter.”
Ship.Cars describes itself as having a strong commitment to customer-centric services for smarter, faster shipping. The company says it is transforming the way vehicle loads are processed, priced and delivered.
The company says its digital platforms for shippers and carriers allows more flexibility and transparency along with an improved customer experience. It is doing that by using automation to complete various time-consuming tasks.
“Designed as a fully integratable and scalable solution for any sized business, our digital tools and platforms create seamless connections that delight customers, open markets and break down existing barriers,” Ship.Cars chief executive officer Ravi Adatrao said. “This ensures customers spend less time in their business, and more time on their business.”
The company said that for the broker and shipper community, it has initiated digital transformation in the form of a suite of software applications that it says optimizes the load posting and management experience and more efficiently moves vehicles.
It describes Shipper TMS as a platform to help auctions, dealers and brokers efficiently eliminate paperwork, manage orders, automate payments, post loads, negotiate terms and dispatch and deliver.
The company says “Market” is harmoniously integrated into Shipper TMS. It describes Market as a modern online digital marketplace where carriers can procure the best loads posted by shippers and brokers.
Ship.Cars adds that dealers and small brokers can use a stripped-down version of the load board called Shipper Lite to post loads. The Shipper Suite includes the next-generation quoting engine and pricing calculator called Calcatron. The company said the calculator gives users a competitive edge while maximizing margins.
The company goes on to note that the Carrier Suite provides auto transport services to carriers, including dispatchers, drivers and owner operators. Ship.Cars provides a driver delivery app called Driver ePOD, in addition to the order and driver management capabilities built into the Carrier TMS platform.
The company said that with dispatchers and owner-operators having access to Ship.Cars’ Market Load Board, they can connect with brokers in a “bustling online car-hauling marketplace teaming with loads.”
"This industry is primed for innovation,” Adatrao said. “We are at an inflection point. Using next-generation technology, we are creating solutions that meet the evolving demands of the auto transportation industry. Secure, transparent, reliable transactions are a must, and there is absolutely no room for uncertainty or inefficiency.”
In an effort to help dealers with their “time to line,” ACERTUS this morning released its latest proprietary transportation management system (TMS) technology for automotive shippers
The tech-enabled automotive logistics and services company highlighted that its new solution dubbed, VINlocity, is designed to simplify and streamline auto shipping with instant quotes, seamless ordering and real-time visibility into shipments, spend and claims.
The company explained this release builds on ACERTUS’ history of supplying advanced, proprietary software and services to manage automotive logistics. VINlocity offers comprehensive functionality, including:
● Quick, free quotes
● Standard and expedited shipping rates
● Easy ordering
● Real-time tracking and notifications
● Robust analytics
VINlocity also has mobile-optimized design, an intuitive user interface, enhanced data reporting and API compatibility for seamless integration with existing operating systems. ACERTUS insisted that usability and efficiency are at the heart of this platform.
“VINlocity, powered by our data lake, helps customers turn data into actionable insights that help them run their business more efficiently,” ACERTUS chief information officer John Heimann said in a news release. “Intentional in design, the user interface makes adoption easy so dealers can spend more time selling vehicles, not moving them.”
ACERTUS co-founder and chief executive officer William Billiter added, “Since our founding in 2010, ACERTUS has maintained a steady focus on developing industry-leading technology to serve the needs of shippers, carriers, drivers, and other stakeholders in the automotive logistics industry.
“As a technology-enabled company, we are focused on continually improving the user experience through significant product innovation. ACERTUS will continue to deliver solutions that shippers and carriers need to thrive in today’s on-demand market,” Billiter went on to say.
Mark Anderson says strategic acquisitions over the past six years have resulted in an expanded U.S. and Canada footprint for finished vehicle logistics provider United Road. That has allowed United Road to open new markets and expand capacity, said Anderson, who is president and chief executive officer of the company.
“Having a strong relationship with our third-party carrier partners is essential to our ability to move more vehicles for our customers,” Anderson said in a news release. “In turn, our third-party carrier partners have mobile access to more loads, to and from more locations through Haully.”
Haully refers to the latest launch from United Road, which on Thursday announced the debut of the mobile-based logistics technology platform. Haully, United Road says, is designed to help third-party carriers find and book vehicle loads, including backhauls, in their preferred lanes 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days per year.
The company said it projects moving approximately 4 million vehicles in 2019. It said it built the proprietary platform, Haully.com, to grow its business and strengthen relationships with its more than 4,500 third-party carrier partners.
Based on carriers’ feedback expressing their needs, United Road’s team of car-hauling and IT experts built Haully. The company says 24-hour, seven-days-per-week hassle-free mobile access to quality vehicle loads without delay is a main benefit. United Road said other benefits of Haully include:
— Loads, including backhauls, in preferred lanes;
— Real-time notification of desirable loads, lanes based on carrier profiles;
— Less paperwork;
— Timely payment;
— Financial and tracking tools that can help them grow their business and profits.
Haully replaces United Road’s AutoLoads, and United Road says it optimized Haully for multiple devices, from cell phone to desktop. Carriers can click from screen to screen to find and claim a load, assign drivers, and manage payments and paperwork, and that includes updating insurance. Haully also notifies carriers when new hauls are posted in their preferred lanes.
“Haully is more than a technology platform,” Anderson said. “Haully is about investing in relationships with our third-party carriers. Our goal is to make it easy for our third-party carrier partners to do business with United Road.”
Lots of people like vehicles such as the Chrysler Pacifica, Honda Fit and Jeep Wrangler.
According to Autotrader, pets and pet owners like those vehicles, as well.
Autotrader says those and other vehicles on its Best Cars for Dog Lovers list this year are safe and comfortable for those pets and their owners.
Celebrating National Dog Day for the sixth year in a row, Autotrader has revealed its list of Best Cars for Dog Lovers. For this year’s National Dog Day on Monday, Autotrader has also created limited-edition goggles for dogs that it says will keep those pets safe and stylish during car rides with the windows down.
Autotrader is offering a special-edition website, Dogtrader.com. At that site, dog owners can enter for a chance to win the limited-edition goggles through Sept. 12.
Autotrader will donate funds as part of the program to Adopt-a-Pet.com, which works to help homeless shelter dogs move into loving homes.
Stating that it is “committed to shining a light on dog adoption,” Autotrader says that on its Dogtrader.com site, dog lovers can search for local puppies and dogs in their area and help with the real mission of National Dog Day: to get homeless dogs out of shelters and into loving homes.
Editors at Autotrader produced a list of the best vehicles for shoppers looking for the perfect new car for traveling with their four-legged companions. Autotrader says that although comfort is an important factor in your vehicle choice, safety is most important. The features of the cars on this list, such as a level cargo floor and rear air vents, are geared toward keeping human and canine passengers safe.
One of those vehicles is the 2019 BMW X2, which Autotrader says features comfortable faux-leather front seats for driver and pet. In back, a large cargo area with seats can be folded flat. The large hatchback door helps with loading, and several BMW pet-friendly accessories include rear-seat protectors and various sport bags that hang from the front seat headrest. These bags work well for storing treats, toys and water bowls, Autotrader said.
“At Autotrader, our goal is to help people navigate the car buying process through our extensive lists of vehicles that suit consumers’ various needs,” Autotrader executive editor Brian Moody said in a news release. “With this in mind, we came up with a list of cars that offer both comfort and convenience features pet owners should consider if they're buying a car.”
Those cars on Autotrader’s list of 10 Best Cars for Dog Lovers of 2019 are as follows, unranked and in alphabetical order (2019 model year):
— BMW X2
— Buick Regal TourX
— Chrysler Pacifica
— Honda Fit
— Jeep Wrangler
— Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
— Subaru Crosstrek
— Tesla Model 3
— Toyota RAV4
— Volvo V60 Cross Country
JMN Logistics’ nearly $3 million investment into 16 new automotive transport trucks marks the company’s largest single capital investment into its fleet.
JMN said it made the investment, announced on Tuesday, to meet increased demand for its core transport business. Deliveries of the new assets for the automotive transport company have begun, with plans for delivery completion by year-end.
The company said it has selected several cab manufacturers based on its customers’ needs. JMN, which is privately owned and operated out of the St. Louis area, also said it plans to equip the cabs with Cottrell trailers.
“This is an exciting time for JMN, as we are expanding our fleet to keep up with demand,” JMN chief commercial officer David Larson said in a news release. “Plus, it is always exciting to hand over the keys to these beautiful new rigs to our valued drivers. As an asset medium based company, it is great to know that we are able to allocate revenues re-investing into our fleet and drivers.”
The company said in a news release that the asset investment is a continuation of JMN’s commitment to the automotive transport industry. JMN also said it is actively hiring drivers to support the investments, and it added that it is also investing in offering “attractive benefits to its valued transportation team.”
Transportation management system company Super Dispatch says that with its new end-to-end car shipping platform, shippers, brokerages and carriers can connect and communicate “where other technologies have failed them.”
Super Dispatch is aiming for its new platform to become a one-stop-shop for effective communication between car transport carriers, brokers and shippers.
With the new platform, the company says that shippers and carriers will be able to post, price, offer, accept, track, inspect, invoice and pay for loads. And they will be able to do that all in one place.
In releasing the platform, Super Dispatch notes that the auto transport industry over the past decade has expanded, and demand for car shipping has increased. But transportation management technologies have unfortunately not caught up to the speed and accuracy required of carriers and shippers.
Super Dispatch says that comparable products have historically served as in-house software products for auto transport’s largest companies.
Included in the new platform are the existing Carrier TMS, a connected Shipper TMS and a smart load board.
The company said that as the marketplace grows, through the use of various industry-specific technologies, millions of cars are found, assigned, inspected, and delivered.
Super Dispatch said that many management systems exist for shippers, brokers and carriers, but their communication with other technologies is often inadequate.
With Super Dispatch’s end-to-end platform, all auto transport companies will be able to run their businesses internally and experience more direct communication with each other.
“We are creating a better way to transport cars with new technology that solves major problems for companies in auto transport,” Super Dispatch chief executive officer Bek Adullayev said in a news release.
KAR Auction Services says the new consumer-direct vehicle transportation and logistics services business of its CarsArrive Network will provide services directly to consumers. Those consumers can be individuals or corporate/commercial clients.
The retail relocation business is called CarsArrive Auto Relocation, and it will allow consumers to ship their car anywhere in the United States. Consumers can visit CarsRelo.com and use the services from any desktop or mobile device.
Across the country, a network of CarsArrive’s more than 150 service centers offer secure locations. The locations feature paved lots and 24-hour surveillance for vehicle marshaling and storage.
The five levels of transportation services for CarsArrive Auto Relocation — or CarsRelo — are Carrier Direct Service, Service Center to Service Center, Service Center to Door, Door to Service Center or Door to Door.
CarsArrive director of business development Erin Almand said in a news release that CarsRelo.com offers instant quotes along with pricing and timing transparency. When visiting the website, customers can choose the type of service they want and also receive a quote. They can book the order, and after they schedule dates for pickup or drop off, they will see delivery of their vehicle in 14 days or less. A comprehensive protection plan covers all vehicle moves.
CarsArrive Auto Relocation performs more than 2 million vehicle relocations a year and has handled more than 10 million vehicle moves. Its vehicle carriers ship cars, trucks, SUVs and motorcycles. CarsArrive Network’s North American network of automated vehicle transport services includes more than 4,500 registered carriers representing more than 30,000 trucks.
“The benefits to the consumer are enormous,” Almand said. “We have the resources to deliver a personal experience — when a customer calls, they are connected to a person right away. We have the most shipping options in the industry, and we transport your vehicle safely and efficiently.”
“Individuals need access to dependable transportation services for their personal vehicles, whether they’re moving across the country or across the state,” said CarsArrive president and chief executive officer Michael Briggs. “CarsRelo meets that need for consumers, and our end-to-end services make shipping your car with us faster, safer, and easier. We bring the strength and confidence of the entire KAR platform to help us deliver value, convenience, and exceptional service.”
Projected growth in plug-in electric vehicles means challenges and opportunities for distribution utilities, according to Navigant Research. If PEVs are not managed intelligently, they can threaten overall grid reliability. But if they are aggregated and optimized with smart controls, they can offer grid services under new business model platforms such as microgrids and virtual power plants.
A new Navigant Research report says PEVs could become a viable enabling technology for microgrids and VPPs within the next five years.
“While the primary purposes of these platforms differ — resiliency versus bidirectional value exchanges — they share the common goal of extracting value from distributed energy resources portfolios,” Peter Asmus, research director with Navigant Research, said in a news release.
The report, “Implementing EV-Based Grid Services for Microgrids and VPPs,” covers the best methods of developing a strategy to best extract grid services embedded in plug-in electric vehicle batteries, charging loads and charging infrastructure to help support microgrid and VPP deployments.
For PEV ecosystem stakeholders to succeed in the market, they should support the development of communication standards, shape regulations on frequency regulation services and study new energy as a service (EaaS) business models, according to the report.
At the same time, the report says, microgrid ecosystem stakeholders should study the value that PEVs provide internally to the microgrid during emergency islanding and pair PEV fleets with stationary storage devices. VPP ecosystem stakeholders should use advances in artificial intelligence, the report says.
Those stakeholders should also advocate for market reforms and look for distributed energy resource management system market opportunities.
The report covers how to develop the best strategy to extract grid services embedded in PEV batteries, charging loads, and charging infrastructure to help support microgrid and VPP deployments.
The study also:
— defines the grid services possible from PEVs,
— showcases global deployments that tap PEVs as DER for microgrids and VPPs, and
— identifies lessons learned from deployments that point to market opportunities.
In addition, the report provides actionable recommendations for PEV, microgrid, and VPP stakeholders when implementing PEV-based applications within the next five years. An executive summary of the report is available for free download on the Navigant Research website.