The following stats will hardly surprise anyone. Out of approximately 310 million people living in the States, 250 million use mobile devices, according to comScore. It’s safe to guess that almost all of them will sooner or later buy a smartphone, or already have one. Various reports point out that at least 165 million Americans use active Android and Apple iOS devices, which amounts to 78% of the adult population aged 15-64.
Considering the abundance of smartphone users, it’s only natural that millions of mobile apps exist out there to help us organize our lives better, and make them easier in a way. A number of mobile apps come to the rescue of freight brokers and freight agents, too. Here are some of them.
Originally, the app was developed by Siri, Inc. a spin-off of SRI International, acquired by Apple Inc. in 2010. It is a personal assistant that responds to your voice commands. You can order it to send text messages or emails, schedule an appointment, or make recommendations. The app can even answer various questions and transfer your requests to relevant web sites for advice. It can be used also to find directions, and what’s even better, Apple claims that over time the software adapts to your individual preferences and personalizes search results.
Just so you know, Siri is a Norwegian word and means a “beautiful woman who leads you to victory”.
This app is powered by Internet Truckstop, and it’s perfect for your Android device. You can access your load board account from a distance to search for trucks or post your freight. Internet Truckstop is quite a popular load board for freight brokers and truck brokers and it’s also the largest in the industry. In addition, there is an option to use the Dial Direct function at all times, without leaving ITS Broker.
New York Times placed it on its list of “Top 10 Must-Have Apps”. The question here would be what this free and easy-to-use app cannot do. It’s multitasking in order to help you stay organized and to remember everything, consolidating data from all the devices you’re using. It can create task lists as well as save, sync and share files. You can take notes, plan a trip and make it keep track of plane tickets and passports. All files you created on your phone could be accessed from your computer. Evernote can even put your finances in order by keeping receipts, bills, statements and contracts on file. So wherever you go, you can access it no matter the network connection. No need to remember anything, really. It does it for you.
It’s powered by an online logistics freight matching site of the same name. The app is good for Android, and provides members with an easy access to its load board. You can search for available trucks and loads in your area at any given moment. The search is enhanced by a GPS system and allows for unlimited posting and bidding. Features such as Rate Index, Credit Info and PC Miler data are also within your reach away from your office.
Find My iPhone
Now, that’s precious. If you are using any of the Apple products and think you’ve misplaced it (or it was stolen), with this app you will have the unique chance to easily locate your iPhone, iPad or iPod. Whatever the case, you can remotely lock or erase your data, and find where your phone is by logging in to see a map that will show you immediately. Considering that freight brokers and freight agents conduct a great amount of business over the phone, the app can give them peace of mind.
Powered by Aviation Data Systems, that’s actually a weather radar. It’s great for both personal and professional use. It displays animated weather radar wherever you are, so you know what to expect. But you can also zoom in on any part of the States and find out what the weather’s like there. Freight brokers and agents would especially benefit from this mobile app, for they can trace weather patterns and try to predict any possible complications or service troubles due to bad weather. MyRadar provides data for the US, without Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico.