ELD And The Benefits Of Choosing Matrack

The last chance to make the switch to ELD compliant devices is knocking at our door.  The final deadline to be ELD compliant is less than a year away and it’s crucial to allow time both for device installation into your trucks and also for drivers to familiarize themselves with the new devices before the actual deadline hits.  Matrack knows what matters most for fleet managers and their drivers.  We are here to provide you with affordable options, 24/7 friendly technical support, and personalized care.

Let’s take a look at what MaTrack can offer you:

  • Affordable Prices

Some GPS companies charge large amounts of money for the ELD device and monthly fees.  Matrack knows that at the end of the day the ELD mandate just adds up to be another cost for fleet managers.  That’s why Matrack ensures you the best price out there in the market, both for the device and monthly fees.  

Here’s what our satisfied customers have to say about our prices,

“MaTrack has pretty competitive pricing. Some companies want an upfront cost of $300 just for the device, which is crazy! MaTrack is very reasonable.”—JT, Fleet Manager for Golden Gate Express

  • User-Friendly Devices and Apps

The switch from paper to electronic logs may be a difficult change for many drivers. Even skilled and veteran drivers may lack confidence when it comes to technology.  As fleet managers, make sure you provide them with user-friendly ELD compliant devices and Apps.  At Matrack we understand drivers’ concerns about technology. We are here to offer drivers easy to install, and easy to use ELD compliant devices and Apps, and 24/7 friendly and reliable technical support.

Have a look at what trucking companies have to say about devices and tech support: 

“I was coming from paper log to ELD and now I like it. Everyone likes the (MaTrack) devices.  They are easy to use”—Prem Sodhi Fleet Manager for Continental Carriers LLC

Rui Ariosa, fleet manager of Skyway Trucking says,

 “From 1-10, I would give MaTrack a 10. If I have a problem, MaTrack Tech Support immediately solves it and tries to help out. One time I was near JFK and the GPS didn’t work.  I called MaTrack Tech Support and they told me how to fix it by telling me that there was a jammer near the airport. They knew that when I left the area, it would work again.”

  • Personalized Care

Here at MaTrack we understand that no two trucking companies are the same.  Each and every company has its own distinct and evolving needs and concerns when it comes to freight transportation throughout the country.  We pride ourselves in the personalized care of each and every one of our customers.   

“We (Skyway Trucking) have been in business for 18 years. To be honest, when I spoke with MaTrack, I liked the way you answered my questions. I could see that MaTrack was really willing to cater to all my needs.”—Rui Ariosa 

The ELD deadline is just around the corner.  Don’t miss out on this chance to save money and time by enjoying our user-friendly devices, timely tech support and customized personal care at Matrack.

Check out our amazing deals on ELD compliant devices today at Matrack.

The Future Smart-City; Quayside, Toronto

Alphabet Sidewalk Labs, Google’s parent company, is collaborating with the Canadian government on a high-tech project that would transform Waterfront Toronto’s dock and industrial land into the future smart-city; Quayside.  The Wall Street Journal reported that the 12-acre development is expected to cost $1 billion dollars. Alphabet Sidewalk Labs plans for Quayside to have autonomous cars, high-speed internet, robots doing work such as mail delivery underground, and embedded sensors that would track energy usage.  The network of sensors would also gather data on everything from air quality to noise levels.  According to Sidewalk Labs, some of the benefits of the Quayside neighborhood would be “sustainability, affordability, mobility, and economic opportunity.”  The preliminary illustrations of the neighborhood include bike-share systems, apartment housing, bus lines, and parks.  The planned self-driving shuttles could form a transit system that doesn’t rely on private cars, and the neighborhood’s renewable energy system could act as a blueprint for other locations. Check it out for yourself on YouTube and see if Quayside will be the model city of the future.

America’s Truck Driver Crisis

 Without truck drivers, shelves in the grocery store would run empty, clothes would begin to disappear from display racks in department stores, and convenient online shopping would cease to exist. Have any of us thought of the important role that truck driving plays in each and every one of our lives?   It’s an essential profession to ensure the timely transportation of goods and assets throughout our country.  Yet America has an ever-increasing truck driver shortage; which is turning into a crisis. At the end of 2017, America had a shortage of 51,000 truck drivers. That number had skyrocketed from a shortage of 36,000 drivers in 2016.  It’s expected that the truck driver storage may even triple by 2026

What exactly is causing the truck driver shortage crisis in America?

  • Low Income

Drivers spend day and night on the road in difficult living and working conditions, yet receive little pay.  According to a study done by The Business Insider, it revealed that since 1980, on average, median wages for truck drivers have decreased by 21%. In some areas, they’ve declined as much as 50%.  With salaries plummeting so low, many truck drivers feel the inconvenience of the job doesn’t match the salary; thereby causing a large turn-over rate in the industry. The truck driver turn-over rate with large carriers (those with more than $27 million in annual revenue) went up in the second quarter of 2018, rising 4 percentage points to an annualized rate of 98%. That’s the highest rate since 2015.

  • Increased demand

With the advent of 2 days guaranteed shipping from companies like Amazon, it has made it possible for consumers to have packages delivered straight to their door within 48 hours or less. Yet, do we as consumers even consider how this convenience is made possible to us?  With the high demand for such services, the result is an increased demand for drivers.  Last Christmas, America saw the highest retail sales in years as freight-volumes soared at record-breaking levels.  With a shortage of drivers to meet such high demands, according to the New Food Economy, the American Trucking Association fears the shortage will rise even higher this year.

  • Dangerous Working Conditions

According to a study done by The Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016, truck drivers had the highest number of fatal injuries compared to any other job.  It proves to be more dangerous for those operating transportation vehicles on the roads, compared to water or rail transportation. Most eighteen wheelers, without any oversize weight permits, weigh in at a massive 80,000lbs.  That is a big responsibility for truck drivers to manage while trekking cross country at about 70 mph on the freeway.  Even if they themselves are extremely cautious and alert, they cannot control other drivers’ reckless and negligent behavior.  Also many drivers on duty face extreme weather conditions like blizzards, high winds, freezing rain, and searing heat.  This causes some truck drivers to feel that the risks of truck driving are not worth the pay.

  • Loneliness

Truck driving essential equates to sacrificing your personal life; spending extended time away from family and friends.  For long-haul drivers, this may not just mean a few days or weeks even.  Unfortunately, it could be months before they see their families again.  When it comes to mental health concerns for truck drivers, loneliness is at the top of the list.  According to The Business Insider, nearly a third of drivers say being alone all day and away from their families is a significant issue that affects their overall well-being.  According to one survey, it was found that of the 3,500 truck carrier personnel surveyed, 41% of drivers leave to spend more time at home, and another 21% leave because of health-related reasons.

With online shopping and consumerism as a whole on the rise, we cannot expect the demand for truck drivers in our country to decrease anywhere in the near future. To ensure the continuation of the timely delivery of affordable goods throughout our country, the trucking industry must recognize the challenges that their drivers experience while on duty.  Drivers should be compensated with proper wages and more flexibility in work schedules to allow drivers to have both improved working conditions and overall quality of life.

Top Reasons ELD Compliance Saves Money

We all know that being compliant with the ELD mandate is something that is on every trucking company’s mind.  As the saying goes, “time flies” and the December 16, 2019 deadline will be here before we know it.  While many might fear that installing ELD devices in their trucks will mean a big cut in their budget, in reality, ELD device installation may actually save companies large amounts of money in the long run.  Let’s take a look at it.

Top 3 reasons how ELD compliance saves you money:

  1. Avoid Heavy Fines:

Making sure that you have an ELD compliant device installed in every truck is key to saving money and protecting your business. Non-exempt drivers are facing severe penalties for not complying with the ELD mandate. Fines for ELD violations could range from $1,000 to $10,000. According to the North American Transportation Association, a failure to comply with 395.8(a) has an average fine of $2,867. By using Matrack’s ELD devices, you can make sure your drivers are keeping up with all FMCSA requirements, so when the DOT audits them, no money will be wasted on unnecessary tickets.

  1. Save Money on Fuel:

It’s been observed that idling, speeding and aggressive braking can all lead to unnecessary fuel consumption and wear and tear on the vehicle, thereby wasting money as well.   Idling can consume large amounts of fuel.  According to The US Department of Energy, “Idling a heavy-duty truck consumes about 0.8 gallons of fuel per hour. Even when diesel costs as little as $2.50 a gallon, fuel for just one 10-hour rest period will then cost $20. Typically, a long-haul truck idles about 1,800 hours per year, using about 1,500 gallons of diesel. Argonne National Laboratory estimates that in the U.S., rest-period truck idling consumes up to 1 billion gallons of fuel annually at a cost of around $3 billion.”  Aggressive driving such as speeding, rapid acceleration, and braking also wastes gas. According to a study done by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, it can lower gas mileage by roughly 15% to %30 percent at highway speeds and 10% to 40% in stop and go traffic.  This can equate to losing about $0.25 to $1 per gallon.   It’s literally not just the gas that is guzzled, but money as well.  By using one of Matrack’s ELD compliant devices you will be able to track the speed, braking, idling and more of your drivers in real time and make sure that money is no longer wasted.

  1. Cut Insurance Costs

The use of ELD compliant devices will keep a better check on drivers and improve driver safety.  Insurance premiums are currently based largely on CSA scores.  ELDs are connected directly to the truck’s engine which allows carriers to monitor driver safety and identify risky behavior that results in higher CSA scores.  In addition, ELDs can provide the insurance industry with additional data to consider when determining risk models.  This can reduce the impact CSA scores have on insurance premiums.   Lastly, using ELD compliant devices will automatically make sure that drivers don’t exceed their driving limit which will ultimately prevent accidents due to driver fatigue and save endless lives and money.

Don’t waste time, the ELD deadline is just around the corner check out Matrack’s ELD device and find out how you can save time and money too!

Fleet Management Nightmares And How To Avoid Them?

Fleet Management software revolutionized the way we do business and manage our assets. Fleet owners are now realizing that it’s one of the most important tools that can drive additional profit and allow them to take control of their fleet and manage costs.

If you’re a fleet manager, here are three fleet management nightmare situations that you can avoid before they happen.

  1. Fuel Costs – One of the greatest challenges is the cost of fuel, but there are a number of measures you can take to help keep fuel costs in check. Smart planning, budgeting and mitigating the variable cost of fuel will help.  Add Matrack’s GPS technology to the mix as it will let fleet owners monitor their drivers’ behavior, preventive maintenance schedule, and determine optimal routes; allowing them to take action and save money on fuel.
  1. Regulatory Compliance – Enforcement of regulations are increasing, and you and I can expect more regulations to come. Take ELD as an example.  ELD mandate is intended to make it easier and faster to accurately track, manage, and share records of duty status (RODS) data. Some drivers and fleet owners are going straight for the ELD, but they are missing out on the freedom that comes with choosing the automatic onboard recording device (AOBRD) regulation. Matrack will help you stay in compliance – all the time. Matrack clients will also benefit from their free upgrades policy – that means that when the mandate hits the ELD phase in December 2019, Matrack has you covered!
  1. Paperwork – Last but definitely not least, is the good old paperwork.

                    …Did you check, monitor and track each vehicle’s odometer for preventive maintenance?…

                    …Are you keeping tabs on receipts, fuel logs, and state mileage for taxes?…And…

                     …Are you still having fun?…

These are the stuff that nightmares are made of! But seriously, paperwork doesn’t have to be paper-based and Matrack solves all this with accurate, reliable and real-time data that you can access at your fingertips.

Get in touch with Matrack now and banish all of your fleet management nightmares… letting you sleep soundly

(just don’t let the bedbugs bite) 😊

Our Technical Support; Our Lifeblood

Excellent technical support and customer service is the lifeblood of any business.

At Matrack, we pride ourselves with great customer service since day one. We strive to provide you with the best products and excellent support in the industry. But don’t just take our word for it, here’s what our customers have to say:

Wow! Well, the service is great.

“Wow! Well, the service is great. I would tell everyone about it. It’s a great way to keep an eye on the kids and for other things as well.”

— Patrick Cavanaugh, Metroplex Gifts

I am really happy with this company

“Just want to say first and foremost that I am really happy with this company I would not go to a different company.  The customer service is excellent every time I need something they are right on it I will keep adding more GPS systems to my company. These people have never let me down. They are always there for technical support, customer service, whatever I need they’re there for me I am recommending this company to anyone out there that’s interested in a GPS.”

— David

Excellent customer support

“Must emphasize the excellent customer support which is invaluable to a well-crafted product! Value for money and a happy customer!”

— Raj

Focusing on providing a great experience isn’t just Matrack’s protocol, it’s in our culture. Visit us at MatrackInc.

Matrack’s AMEX Fuel Card; Turning Your Expenses Into Profit

Introducing Matrack’s AMEX Fuel Card; Turn your Expenses into Profit Center

Matrack’s Amex Fuel Card is a simple, yet powerful solution for drivers and fleet owners.

Credit cards or cash are the easiest way to keep paying for fuel but fuel cards offer more benefits for you and your

drivers. What is it that makes fuel cards a better alternative? 

  • Online Transactions

All transactions are recorded online, no need for upfront payments or to worry about receipts.

  • Control 

You will have the ability to specify which driver can buy fuel.

  • Hassle free 

Fuel cards can have more benefits than just simply getting a discounted fuel. You and your staff will spend less time

tracking expense forms, trying to figure out who paid for what.

  • Tracking fuel usage 

With a fuel card, you can monitor your fleet together with your GPS management software, such as their routes,

mileage, and where and how often they are stopping.  This is very important in analyzing the data for you to figure

out the quickest route for your fleet; thereby saving you more money in the process.

It doesn’t end there!  Some Fuel cards, such as Matrack’s Amex Fuel card, offers a 1.5% early pay discount, gives

you up to 60 days to pay with no interest,  provides you with real-time fraud alerts, helps you identify credits,

refunds or exemptions for your fleet… and a lot more.

Head over to Matrack fuel card to find out why fleet owners and drivers think Matrack’s Amex

Fuel cards are one of the best.

The Benefits Of Geofences In GPS Tracking

One of the main reasons for fleet owners to have GPS tracking is Geofencing. To put it simply, Geo-fence tracking is a feature in a software program that uses GPS to define geographical boundaries. It’s like an invisible wall that allows fleet managers to mark off designated areas on a map. The Geofence feature also helps businesses to track and monitor their employees’ adherence to safety and route boundaries. This technology can be used in more than one way and will result in increased company profits. 

Here is the top of the benefits of Geofencing:

Reduce Fuel Cost

Using Geo-fencing data will allow fleet owners to determine how a fleet is performing. Fleet managers can set alerts and will receive real-time notifications if an employee goes out of their route and inappropriately uses the vehicle. Take action if required and save money on fuel.

Productivity and Efficiency

Geo-fencing empowers fleet managers to determine if workers are on the right track and are using the most optimal routes. Fleet managers can also check who is the nearest person to call for help in case of emergencies, saving them time from having to call each worker and ask their location. Also, performance improvement is observed once employees know they are being monitored.

Safety and Protection

We can’t stress enough the importance of asset management. Geo-fencing reduces the risk of company vehicles being used outside of work that would result in higher fuel costs and maintenance. Geo-fencing helps prevents fuel and equipment theft by monitoring vehicle movements, allowing fleet owners to take action before it happens.

Using a Matrack’s GPS system will allow fleet owners to take control of their fleet, set alerts and get notifications, thereby saving them more money in the process.

Check out Matrack and get to know why our customers love our Geo-fence feature.