The Annual Load Book was designed by a 3rd generation owner operator with serveral years as both a fleet owner and an owner operator. It has been my experience that you have to know what you are doing first to be able to stay on top of your program and not wake up one morning out of business. The Annual load Book is a tool that helps me stay on track.

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A while back Anthony had asked me if we could add an option to add a photo of a receipt to a data option. I was concerned about how much data that would take up on the server where your data is stored. Great news we can do that now as working with the technitions at the server company, they have been able to set the images so that they do not overload the server.

  What I have done is added an Expense column. It is located where the Cost per Mile option was. I moved the Cost Per Mile view up to the Menu at the top left. The Expense option is there for you to use as you want to, so simply add the expense categories that you want to use and track. As of right now you can add these expenses however they will not calculate the totals until next year 2017. But it is my suggestion that you start adding the expenses that you want to track anyway.

Another addition to the Expense column is the ability to add an image of the receipt right to the data information. Simply tap the camera icon on the bottom of the expense you added and select take photo or add an image from your gallery

 

 

Coming in 2017

 

In 2017 the summmaries will change so that they only summarize 2017 Data for revenue, miles, cost per mile, Expenses and a NEW Gallons per mile summary (suggested by app user Anthony ). Some of these changes will take place throughout the year, however I will strive to have them done as soon as possible

 

Please contact me if you have any concerns or ideas about the App and what would make it more valuable to you to use

 

Sincerily

 

Jack Bates

 

 

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 Whether you lease purchase a truck or are an independent owner-operator you still enter into a legal agreement with the transportation company that you signed the lease with. The phrase "Riding for the Brand" has never been more right than now.

As an independent, you are the face of the brand that you are riding for. It is you that the shipper and receiver talk to and associates with. So you are the representative of the brand you are riding for.

What this means is that what you say and do while there will be what they remember so as a rep of the company always have the focus to grow the company you are with. Make a positive impression while you are working because for every shipper that you help to keep is one you can return to. Many times you will load at shippers that are customers of the company, so while there try to grow their presence there. Ask the shipper how we have been doing and report what you find out to your load coordinator.

From time to time, you will load for a shipper that we are not a customer for. This is your opportunity to ask them if we could load directly with them in the future. Find out who your company needs to talk to and it is helpful if you have some business cards from your coordinator to give them. But don't stop there because you are the face they know, so let them know that they can request you back and eventually you will have another good place to load.

Remember that whenever you can haul directly with a shipper the line haul revenue will always be higher. By being the face of your company wherever you go will benefit you and help your program be more profitable.

Happy Trails

Jack Bates

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The Points of Interest view is open to everybody. The information here is shared amongst all of the Annual Load Book app users. This is a handy place to keep all of those holes in the walls that only you know about because of you been there before. So share these places with other drivers and they will share their places too. 

This tab started because I kept losing the notebook that I was writing this information down. It's the concept of AnnualLoadBook. A more convenient place to keep that information that has always been elusive. I have been a driver for 30 years and I know well the difficulties that we all go through doing our job. For me, the app makes my job a little simpler and it has made me a better manager of my career.

Happy Trails

Jack Bates

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July 16th is quickly approaching. That is the launch date for the new dynamic version of the AnnualLoadBook for Truckers.

The new app version will offer a more dynamic way for you to view your data.

You will be able to customize reports Dynamic Analyticsthat will sort and display your data in a more robusk way that will help you understand where yoiu are going financially in your program.

The Load view will be sortd and summarized by the month. I notised that this way of looking at my loads let me see the totals and seperate loads for eah month in one view, that convenient. The data you have in thhe current version will propigate to the new app version so your data will always be available.

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