Ruckit releases real-time truck tracking tech

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Ruckit creates trucking management software to optimize the movement of bulk construction materials

Ruckit Inc. has created the construction industry’s first collaborative logistics platform designed for bulk materials producers, trucking companies and general contractors.

The system delivers supply chain optimization to a fragmented construction industry, where 80 per cent of the drivers are independent hired-haulers.

The platform includes a free mobile app for iOS and Android devices that enables companies to efficiently dispatch, manage and track trucks for a job in real time, regardless of whether the truck is company-owned, leased-on or third-party.

Ruckit ready

The bring-your-own-device approach requires no data plans or hardware in trucks to make them Ruckit-ready.

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The Ruckit platform digitizes construction workflows, which allows artificial intelligence to be layered into the program to increase material movement efficiency and eliminate waste.

As well, real-time route tracking allows dispatchers and construction managers to receive personalized trucking recommendations to improve loading/unloading times, optimize haul routes and make more informed dispatching decisions.

According to Ruckit, operations that have implemented the software have achieved up to one extra load per truck per day.

“Two of the top five bulk materials producers are using the Ruckit platform and are in various stages of rolling it out nation-wide, and one has already reported a 5 per cent improvement in truck utilization,” said Kyle Kinsel, Ruckit co-founder and CEO. “Higher utilization leads to truck drivers being paid more, fewer trucks on the road and lower transportation costs, which account for approximately 20 per cent of the total cost of construction.”

Easy collaboration

Ruckit was designed to allow companies to invite anyone in their network to collaborate on one platform. The flexible cloud-based platform and free driver app works for the three segments of the bulk materials transportation market — material producers, general contractors and trucking companies — and on every type of truck, regardless of whether it is owned, leased-on, or third-party.

With options like dispatching by the load or job, dispatchers are able to work quickly with all trucks on one platform and a mobile app, where they can dispatch from the field or home.

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The driver app uses GPS to receive loading and unloading locations from the device, without speaking to dispatch. Drivers can capture tickets in their mobile device and send them digitally to the office for processing, reducing lost or misplaced tickets, improving load reporting accuracy and reducing paperwork time for drivers and accounting.

At the jobsite, Ruckit’s mobile platform allows field supervisors to request material deliveries from across the network. The mobile app reduces phone calls, texts and emails to dispatch by allowing managers to see the real-time location and status of the truck on a map, ensuring on-time material delivery, minimizing truck wait-time and improving truck utilization.

Data driven

Ruckit is also able to leverage machine learning and artificial intelligence data to suggest changes in business operations.

By analyzing their trucking data, companies can improve many segments of their business. Ruckit helped a national aggregate producer uncover increased truck wait times at one of their plants during certain times of the day, which allowed managers to make changes and improve loading efficiency.

“One of the first trucking companies to use Ruckit grew by 400 per cent in their first year on the platform,” Kinsel said. “Those are the types of business results that we want to facilitate with Ruckit.”