Shippers get new dry-bulk tool, The Roger App
Roger LLC, an Omaha, Neb.-based technology company for the dry-bulk industry, has created an app tool to assist dry-bulk truck shippers become more efficient by streamlining their supply chain from planning to payment, company officials said.
The new digital tool, called Roger, offers dry-bulk truck shippers and carriers digital ticket capture, integrated settlement and payment submission, and “hyper-accurate GPS load tracking,’’ according to the company.
By consulting with trucking and the dry-bulk freight shipping industry Roger was created and has been used to ship more than 150,000 loads of 45 different commodities for dry-bulk shippers such as The Andersons Inc., Cargill, Consolidated Grain and Barge Co., Koch Fertilizer and The Scoular Co.
“Shipper and carrier relationships are important in our business,’’ said Jeff Schreiner, chief executive officer of Roger. “The key to success is being able to build additional business relationships and then use data-driven insights to make informed and profitable business decisions. Roger does just that. It is a neutral and secure solution that uses technology to organize data, create efficiencies, and connect shippers and carriers in a new, more transparent way.”
The new app allows for more efficiencies by improving communications and reducing paperwork.
“Roger has improved our communication with carriers and partners,” said Jeannie Frana, global process owner, Cargill Transportation and Logistics. “We’ve been able to reduce phone calls, cut back on paperwork and pay our carriers faster. It’s a win-win for Cargill and our carriers.”
Roger is a universal technology that can be integrated with existing systems and used across the entire industry, its creators said.
Tools on the Roger Trucking app include:
- Roger onrRamp: It creates a single profile to store insurance, DOT, license and other certifications, which is immediately available to shippers when a new connection is made.
- Roger Deals: A hub for all available loads and capacity. Carriers and shippers can receive multiple bids, accept an offer in one click and use track-able negotiation tools.
- Roger Hauls: Gives shippers the ability to dispatch loads directly to carriers within the app, along with all details regarding the haul. Carriers can take a photo of origin and destination tickets and upload directly into the app.
- Roger Locators: Provides shippers real-time map views of truck locations and ETAs, while Google Maps integration gives carriers origin and destination locations.
- Roger IQ: Produce a real-time shipping status dashboard that offers a visual into how business is performing.
- Roger Transmissions: Offers direct integration with accounting systems, transport management software and fleet management systems for both shippers and carriers.
- Roger Exchanges: Once a haul is complete, carriers can request payment directly from shippers within the app, reducing paperwork.
“The visibility of our carrier’s location allows us to make real-time logistical decisions,” said Ryan Napier, grain merchandiser at Scoular. “While the paperless billing streamlined the flow of information from carriers to customers, increased our payment turnaround and enabled almost real-time information flow to our customers.
“The level of transparency and trust Roger offers is unlike any other platform we’ve used. Our customers can instantly see the location of their load and the information we have on the load; see as soon as a truck scales out of our facility when it scales into the destination and when the load is delivered. It has improved the level of customer service we can provide tremendously.”
Roger LLC, based in Omaha, Neb., develops digital tools to help shippers and carriers create more efficiencies within their bulk freight networks by digitizing the entire shipping process, from dispatch to payment. Roger’s ecosystem was developed working alongside more than 500 trucking companies and the company’s initial charter members, The Andersons Inc., Bushel, Cargill, Consolidated Grain and Barge Co., Koch Fertilizer and The Scoular Co.