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On a mission to make trucking industry better and more efficient.

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Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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Your time wasted at shippers and receivers. Anyone cares?

How much of your time have shippers and receivers wasted in the past month? What about past year? Entire career? Have you ever wondered how much truck drivers time is being constantly wasted because some companies cannot create a solid logistics management at their locations? My modest calculations start with several millions man-hours per year. Just so you know, it took 7 mln man-hours to build Empire State Building.

Right now this roughness in company vs. truck driver interaction is there, but there is no real solution for it. What can one driver (dispatch manager, owner of a carrier) do to improve the way company works? Call and tell their logistics people that they suck? Write a feedback to headquarters telling how they can improve their locations? Only the most dedicated people would go for these methods, most would just feel some anger for the lack of professionalism in this world and move on. And problem will be waiting for another driver to come and be trapped. And the cycle will keep on repeating itself.

My name is Anton and since the beginning of 2014 I've dedicated myself to solving the problem that truck drivers have with shippers and receivers. Together with a carrier from Illinois, active truck drivers from all over the U.S., developers, designers and content-managers from literally all over the world we created a platform and named it Loadingspot. Besides desktop version, we created iOS and Android applications. At the moment I'm writing this post, we've added 66,666 profiles of different shippers and receivers. And we keep adding more every day. As a registered user, you can add new companies (if they are not in the database yet), write reviews, check companies for additional info - overnight parking, appointment policy, lumper service. We have a goal - to gather under one roof all the knowledge about shippers and receivers (good and bad sides of them). So that truck drivers will know a lot more about a company prior to coming over. We have a dream that one day a shipper/receiver will pay attention to what drivers have to say and tune their performance based on driver's reviews.

There is something that I would like to ask you all about. Please give me a reason why you don't care about Loadingspot. If you have more than one reason - feel free to dump all of them in comments below. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts.

Thanks.

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Please tell your opinion about this illustration

Funny, MRC beat me to the punch. Stereotypical beard = slob, lazy, unkempt, DIRTY. CLEAN-shaven is a term used for a reason, hence, you are CLEAN if you shave. Damn those Romans. At least the Greeks could rock a beard without being looked at as uncivilized. Little history lesson there.

Let's get back to rocking a beard - EVERY ABLE MAN!!!!!

Seriously though, you want marketing input / advice Anton, I'll give it to you. Your service will only apply to owner operators or independents. Company drivers have no choice where they are sent. So, honestly, your service is pretty much irrelevant unless you're reaching out to drivers that have a choice where they are dispatched, viz. o/o or independent truckers. Are there more company drivers than independents? If so, then now you're really limited.

This website is not really the place to reach out to your targeted audience. If anything, the moderators on this forum strongly advise new drivers to NOT pursue being an owner operator. You should find forums and websites where independents and owner operators congregate. There's your audience and potential client base.

I appreciate your thoughts, input and advice. The reason I asked everyone for opinion - see how people react and what they think. By the way, person on the left is not sloppy, and I honestly think that his beard is well taken care of. He is just tired of the inefficiency in the trucking industry, which makes him sad..

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Please tell your opinion about this illustration

Another thing that I'm interested in - does this illustration catch your attention or leave you indifferent?

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Please tell your opinion about this illustration

Heres my opinion, its the same guy. Pic on right is him getting loaded, then he stopped at every all you can eat buffet on the way to receiver. Gained 40 lbs, Never shaved or showered and ran out of good clothes. He was so late they took foever to unload him.

What do you think about the quality of the illustration? Do you like it or you don't?

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Please tell your opinion about this illustration

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The stereotypical truckdriver being a slob with a beard, compared to the more often portrayal, of a clean shaven, uniformed driver, usually figured as union worker. The beard comment was a Joke, dude. I get the premise of an unkept driver, How many days have you felt like driver #1 after driving your brains out to get to an appt. time, just to get put into a line. What is the diff? It is the individual that determines there own fate. If I show up at a receivers on time and looking like I just ran through the bowels of hell, as long as I have the attitude of, "Here is your shipment, Sir" I should be treated like the "Pretty boy" .wtf-2.gif right?

Seems like there are no problems with understanding the issue that this illustration is communicating. Would you visit an online service that tells you an average waiting time at locations after seeing this ad?

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Please tell your opinion about this illustration

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What do you mean?

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Please tell your opinion about this illustration

Hello everyone - tell your thoughts and critics about this illustration. Do you understand the idea that this image is trying to communicate? All opinions are welcome. Thank you

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Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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Working on making trucking industry better. Need your help - looking for answers and opinions.

Hey Anton, I am starting to get a better picture of where you are going with this. I am intrigued. I still wonder about OPSEC (OPerational SECurity though. Maybe I`m over thinking it.

What about OPSEC? Could you please give me example of what you mean?

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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I had thought of this same idea myself a while back but I haven't tried to execute on it. I figured I could use crowdsourcing (drivers entering information) to get directions, hours of operation, and comments on things like which entry to pull into, whether or not they have overnight parking, are they appointment only or first come first serve, and things like that.

The main challenges I thought of were:

1) The scale - this would be a massive amount of information to collect. Even with a rather large army of drivers it would take a considerable amount of time before you had enough information for the app to be helpful. It could take years.

2) Unmoderated user feedback from the general population is complete junk. You would have to verify every piece of information that came in because inaccuracies would make it useless. So this would require heavy moderation.

3) The major trucking companies already have this. They have directions to their customers, comments, hours of operations, and all sorts of information in their systems already. But there are still plenty of drivers on the road without this at their company.

4) Drivers have access to so much already for free on the Web with Google Maps, business directories, existing apps, and the like.

The scale is the main problem. I just don't know how you'd get enough shippers and receivers into the system with quality information that people find helpful and can't find easily anywhere else. It's certainly not an impossible task, but from a business standpoint I don't see how you'd make money from it. You can't consider selling the app until the app has a great reputation and it won't have a great reputation until it's filled with useful information. So how do you get the information in there in the first place? You'd have to hire an army of drivers to take your blank slate and start filling it in. That will either take years to pull off or a really large up front investment to pay everyone. Sure, you can fill in the basics from business directories to get the ball rolling but that isn't helpful, unique information. So all it would be is a Phone Book in the beginning. You couldn't even release that publicly because it would get slammed by low ratings.

I don't know man.....this would be a tough one from a business standpoint. It would likely take years to build it into something really effective and it would take a huge pile of time and money. If done really well it would be incredibly helpful. But getting it built up to that point would be challenging.

Brett, thank you. All of the challenges listed above make sense. But. Having considered this idea yourself, you admit that problem exists. Now the question for me is - what strategy to use in order to create this product? I agree about quality of information - it is the main value of the project. There should be a way to make data flow into project.

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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Working on making trucking industry better. Need your help - looking for answers and opinions.

I don't care if you make a million dollars off this info or use to to wall paper the white house. Either way it's no big deal. Your going to be dealing with truck driver opinions. And you might get some facts but they will be colored by the opinions of the person you are talking to.

One of the number one complaints of all or almost all refer drivers is any and all Walmart dc's is wait time. Now you ask someone that actually knows how Walmart dc's work and I will tell you it's not that bad. Sure the wait times can be long but most trucks come in with 2k to 3k of different products and Walmart wants to make sure it's all there and the got what they paid for. Can't blame them. Hence the long times. So no I don't thing it's that bad.

You have millions of businesses trucks delivery to everyday. And yes I said millions. Even if you could get around the issues of people giving you opinion versus fact how would you go about even getting a quarter of them?

Here is another issue. We have all been to the same places time and time again. Or we know other people that have. We talk to each other about places and share what we know. Whether you do a book or website or whatever form of media you will use how will you make your products so much better than actually talking to our peers about this info?

How would you market it to make people want to spend money on it verses turning on the cab radio and getting that info for free?

We already have apps on our phones that do this sort of thing you are speaking about. We have truck stop apps to rate truck stops. Yelp is a awesome app to read how other people rated a place. There are tons of rating and opinion giving website that are with in reach of our fingers on our smart phones.

I know this is not what you wanted coming here but I felt you needed to know what your up against.

We say here on this website all to offer that one person's experience is theirs alone and it will not be the same for anyone else. A prefect example. I drive for Werner. Hardly anyone has anything good to say about them but I happen to think they are an awesome company to drive for. I get more than enough miles and some I can't do which is a good problem to have. Excellent insurance. Great equipment. Great support staff. But then again that is my opinion based only on my personal experience.

Now if your going to base your research off of truck drivers opinions and views..... Well good luck cause there are about 3.5 million drivers and you will never hear the same view on a subject more than once.

Well however you plan to market it I wish you good luck and perhaps we shall see this project of yours in a few years.

Guy, thank you. Have a question. You said it is easier to call your peer and ask about location you are going to. And you also mentioned huge number of businesses out there. How likely is that your peers know about a shipper you are going to now? Unless you all are going to the same places all the time.

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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Working on making trucking industry better. Need your help - looking for answers and opinions.

Would any of you write reviews for such project? If yes, why? If no, again, why?

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I don't put a whole lot into Yelp. I think it's a false analogy to use Yelp, a place to visit for a meal, and your product, apparently a tool to use for a driver to base a decision on whether or not to take a load (if they even have that option w/ their company) in order to make some money. To me, the ability to choose whether or not to take a load, is definitely something that could make your idea "nonsense," as you put it.

Maybe you can sell your idea to O/O. Best of luck.

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I would think that if you knew that a certain shipper/receiver had a reputation of delays, it would help in because you could factor the delay in your pre-plans, and since you expected it then you wouldn't be so impatient/frustrated. Just a thought!!!

Yes, thank you Serah, great thought! Less unknown, less stress, better planning.

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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Sorry Anton, you caught me on a day when I'm feeling a bit ornery and argumentative. I honestly don't see the business magic in your idea, at least in how you first presented it and then argued for it, but what does that matter? It's your idea.

I appreciate your thoughts, 6 string rhythm. I am here to present idea and listen to any feedback I can get. By arguing I am trying to explain idea from other angle and see if it makes sense to you.

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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Working on making trucking industry better. Need your help - looking for answers and opinions.

I don't put a whole lot into Yelp. I think it's a false analogy to use Yelp, a place to visit for a meal, and your product, apparently a tool to use for a driver to base a decision on whether or not to take a load (if they even have that option w/ their company) in order to make some money. To me, the ability to choose whether or not to take a load, is definitely something that could make your idea "nonsense," as you put it.

Maybe you can sell your idea to O/O. Best of luck.

Thank you

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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In this case of this site - it is pretty much dedicated to "new entrants" in the industry.

1 - Would be interesting to see a product like this - but…

2 - 99.9% of site users here are "company drivers" running "forced dispatch". Highly unlikely that a driver could (or would) tell their DM/FM that they refuse the load, because the shipper/receiver sucks.

3 - See #1

It is a common problem in the industry, that drivers are the "low man on the totem pole". While wait times, etc., have been looked at and commented on, at the regulatory level - I doubt that anything is going to change to our (the drivers) benefit.

Rick

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Thank you, Rick. What do you by "but..."?

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I wasn't trying too be a "downer" on your project.

Was just venturing a few observations based on:

This post/topic was your first on the board. My take on it was as either soliciting suggestions (a good thing), or marketing.

My response to you was based on the fact that - a compilation of shipper/receiver data is an interesting proposition. I won't debate the viability of data/storage capabilities raised by you elsewhere in the thread (being in IT myself), but…

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1 - A "full guide" based on whose input for data? As many of us observe on other boards - user input can be "somewhat biased". A daunting task to say the least - to assemble accurate and current info for every shipper/receiver in the country. Again, wasn't trying to be a "bummer" on your project, just that much if this info is provided by the carrier.

2 - Again, by my original comment - company drivers (which are what you are going to find on this board) are typically "forced dispatch" - so the premise of question #2 in your original post - is of no consequence. I know of some horrible places in my area to be dispatched to - but as a company driver, if I'm sent there - I GO - whether I want to, or not.

I'm not trying to argue or debate this with you - you asked for opinions - I expressed mine.

Rick

I started this thread with only one thought - ask for opinions, get opinions, think about them and use them to make this world a little bit better. I don't believe in the marketing you suggested I might be doing - very little help from it. It is just not worth it. I believe in good quality of product, which is the best marketing possible.

Full guide. What I mean by that is that when you get to such database, you will find: directions to difficult locations (where gps is of no help), information about location (in case they have specific procedure to follow - step A,B,C - in order to make loading/unloading smooth and leave no space for stress neither for driver nor for staff at location), contact information (in case you are late and want to arrange agreement on this issue) etc. Input of such sensitive data is made internally by the project's staff. This is where I have to make sure project provides correct information. Reviews, of course, are to be written by drivers. This way it will show clearly how come there is room for inefficiency in shipper/receiver-driver relationship.

Company drivers. I see a problem in what you say, and possibility at the same time. You know horrible places, and you forced to go. This is not how it supposed to be. There should be a choice, there should be smart choice (why would someone want to go to horrible place? do they pay 10x more than others?). Based on reviews, company dispatchers can make choices. What if we talk about small carrier companies, who actually care where to send their drivers? They can't possibly keep all the opinions of their drivers in their heads - there might be some help to have one central source of knowledge based on reviews. There is even a chance for shipper/receiver to learn more about its own business based on general picture from truck drivers point of view. And decide to fix if there is anything wrong.

Rick, I am very glad you keep this conversation alive. And I am thankful for all remarks you made - this is the only way for me to make sure I do smth worth doing. Let me know if there anything you can think of to doubt what I have mentioned above.

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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Even if you can get such a thing together, I would have to be wary of the accuracy. I will give a couple of reasons:

1. Company A has a contract with shipper B. How is C going to find the details needed for such a database? My experience at the shipper may be completely different from yours based on several criteria. Who pays detention, lumpers, loads expedited?... and so on.

2. OPSEC. Sure would be convenient for a bad actor if he had access to this info.

I`m not trying to throw a wrench into your idea machine, but, there are a ton of things to consider.

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My thoughts as well. Besides wondering how and from where such data could be pulled, what about the objectivity of it? Is that even possible since it will be based off subjective experiences? And then there's the question on whether it is even a good business idea. Who are you selling this to? Company drivers that are forced dispatched? Would a driver really consider turning a load down because of another driver's experience? Would ANY driver consider turning down a load because of another driver's experience?

So yes, Anton, based on what you've said, I think it sounds like not only a HUGE undertaking, but a service that might not be in high demand. But I admire your desire to better the trucking industry, even if for profit - nothing wrong w/ making a living while making a positive impact. Good luck!

Let's consider Yelp as an example. It is completely on subjective experiences. Why so many people decide on which place to visit based on what other people have to say? We all know, that we all have different tastes - so why would I care about someone writing bad things about the way meat is cooked at this place unless I try by myself?

Now about Business idea. If product/service is helpful, it means that there is adequate business idea behind that product/service. When I asked whether such resource (with directions, guidelines, reviews etc) makes sense for you all here, I was trying to understand whether you would be using it when it exists. You haven't said anything that makes that idea nonsense yet - so I assume in case it is here on the market, you are going to use it. How to make money out of it - that is another question, and I don't want to discuss that here. There are so many ways to make money on smth that has value to people.

About turning down a load. What if we talk here not about drivers who have no control over there load choices, but about owner operators and dispatchers, who actually think before they choose any load? Would you say it makes sense for them to turn down a load that will most likely let their truck wait for 20 hours instead of being on the road and making money? Think about that for a second.

Thank you all for participating in this conversation. I actually have that project started, but I'm not sure whether I can share the link here with you. Am I going to be banned for doing so? That wouldn't be advertising, I just want to make sure I do something that you guys will use for your benefit.

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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Anton,

May I suggest you speak directly to Brett Aquila. He's the owner of this site. Scroll down to his photo on this page and click on the blue box that says "read more." You can communicate directly with him about your project. Your ideas sound very helpful and maybe there would be a way for you to gather information from truckers who go to a delivery or drop site and write reviews or fill out a survey that describse a terminal or drop-off, where they've just been, giving advice about that area to other future drivers going there so they could then pull that up and read about it before they go.

For the most part, this website is for truckers advising/supporting other truckers but your vision may provide a very useful tool and maybe there would be a way to integrate what you have to offer into what we're doing here.

Talk to Brett.

Thanks, -mountain girl

Thank you, mountain girl, I will definitely talk to Brett.

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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Working on making trucking industry better. Need your help - looking for answers and opinions.

Would any of you participate in such project by writing reviews about shippers/receivers you are going to? Creating smth like Yelp, but for trucking industry?

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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How would this individual even begin to compile such an enormous amount of data? How many shippers and receivers exist nationwide? The whole idea seems preposterous. But Rick S. makes some very practical points. This forum is probably not the ideal audience, it being a site mostly for rookies.

Why would you say that this idea is preposterous? Because it is bad idea or because you can't imagine this kind of data storage to exist?

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Working on making trucking industry better. Need your help - looking for answers and opinions.

In this case of this site - it is pretty much dedicated to "new entrants" in the industry.

1 - Would be interesting to see a product like this - but…

2 - 99.9% of site users here are "company drivers" running "forced dispatch". Highly unlikely that a driver could (or would) tell their DM/FM that they refuse the load, because the shipper/receiver sucks.

3 - See #1

It is a common problem in the industry, that drivers are the "low man on the totem pole". While wait times, etc., have been looked at and commented on, at the regulatory level - I doubt that anything is going to change to our (the drivers) benefit.

Rick

Thank you, Rick. What do you by "but..."?

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