TDS Press Releases

Transportation Data Source prides itself on the services we provide and the value we add to our customers’ businesses. Take a look through these press releases to see updates on services and added features from TDS.


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Transportation Data Source Announces TDS Reports

Salt Lake City, UTTransportation Data Source, or otherwise known as TDS, has created TDS Reports, an all-in-one platform that enables insurance underwriters to perform a detailed risk analysis of motor carriers. It is available for immediate use.

 

TDS Reports was born from the most robust motor carrier monitoring database in the industry. Transportation Data Source unmasked a blaring gap in insurance underwriters’ tools for risk analysis and sought to fill that gap. Never before has an insurance underwriter been able to operate so quickly with such ease, low risk and high accuracy.

 

TDS Reports is now blazing a path in the risk analysis field by ensuring underwriters receive the most relevant, up-to-date, and inclusive data in an easy-to-use and customizable format. Features of the service include full motor carrier details such as authority types and status, time in business, operating radius and lanes traveled, fleet size, including full VIN, year, make and model of Inspected equipment, inspection records, main address and contact information. Users can also see motor carriers’ BASIC’s and ISS scores, in-depth service violations of drivers and their equipment, their current and past safety ratings, shippers and commodities carried, and many more details. The platform and all data can be customized and filtered so underwriters only see exactly what they want to see.

 

TDS Reports allows all this information to be quickly compiled in an easy-to-understand format, then produced in either a PDF or spreadsheet so users can easily pass off this information and increase their productivity. This platform is leading the technology revolution in automating workflows, improving consistency, and increasing overall efficiency in the end-to-end risk evaluation process of underwriters and insurers.

 

“Quality reporting created within seconds in an easy-to-use format is priceless in this industry. Current options available to underwriters today can take hours to evaluate. Not having all the details or having out-of-date information can cost an insurance company huge sums of money and can completely ruin an underwriter’s credibility.  We wanted to fix that and I’ll thrilled to say that we have done just that.”

 – Lyn Simon, President of TDS Reports


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Automation Solutions Boost Safety, Efficiency And Underwriting In The Transportation Sector

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

A tool exists that helps make it easier for agents, brokers, program administrators, and underwriters as they’re looking to properly and adequately insure trucking firms. “When it comes to thoroughly analyzing the risk of a motor carrier, many data points need to be covered,” says Lyn Simon, president of TDS Reports. “As agents and brokers know, gathering all this data and covering the essential pieces can be very time consuming and frustrating.”

TDS Reports brings all the data together under one system. “We offer our customers the ability to select from multiple data points and choose those that matter most to them,” Simon explains. “This saves time they would otherwise have to spend looking through unwanted information. In addition, it saves money, since they can make quicker and better decisions, and it saves frustration from having to hunt for data over many different sources.


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Transportation Data Source (TDS) Announces Lane Search Functionality

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Transportation Data Source (TDS), an industry-leading provider of motor carrier information services, today announced the release of Lane Search, an exclusive TDS feature that helps shippers, brokerage and logistics companies speed freight transactions by locating qualified carriers within specific lanes.

With this latest enhancement to TDS — the transportation industry’s most complete database of motor carriers with more than 1.8 million registered DOT numbers — companies who are seeking carriers can search for capacity in any lane by entering the city names or ZIP codes for the origin and destination.


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Transportation Data Source Announces Carrier On-Boarding Product

Transportation Data Source, a provider of motor-carrier information services, has announced a product that gives freight brokers an automated evaluation and approval process for third-party carriers.

TDS Carrier OnBoarding collects, validates and maintains motor-carrier qualification information using the TDS database, surveys and onboarding websites that TDS provides to brokers as part of the service.

The company said the product verifies information including carriers’ insurance coverage, CSA scores, operating authority and roadside inspection violations. TDS said it sends notifications of any changes to carriers’ qualification data.


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CPCheck Changes Name To Transportation Data Source

Carrier Performance Check (CPCheck) announced that the company has changed its name to Transportation Data Source (TDS), which will also be the name of both of its original two products: CPCheck and TurboSearch. The name change allows TDS to expand its monitoring and search features within the transportation industry.

TDS is a fleet search engine and database that provides an easy and efficient system to qualify and monitor fleets, access CSA scores, authority history, safety ratings, insurance information and certificates, create due diligence reports, CSV files and more. In addition, TDS provides a search function for companies looking for contact and demographic information on individual fleet operations across North America.

From verifying safety ratings and CSA scores to viewing and managing fleet insurance certificates, TDS says its tools help users make timely and informed decisions — and provide peace of mind. Users can customize qualification and alert settings to allow immediate notification when a fleet has any safety or insurance changes.


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Transportation Data Source Unveils Tool To Help Brokers Locate Qualified Carriers

Transportation Data Source has launched a new tool designed to help brokers find carriers within specific lanes and qualify those carriers quickly.

The Lane Search enhancement to TDS, a database of motor carriers with more than 1.8 million registered DOT numbers, helps companies who are seeking carriers search for capacity in any lane by entering the city names or ZIP codes for the origin and destination.

TDS Lane Search uses the most recent equipment roadside inspection data to identify carriers that operate in the specified lanes. When used in combination with other TDS search functions, users can identify carriers in each lane by equipment type (van, reefer, flatbed, etc.) and those that meet custom qualification standards for insurance coverage, CSA safety scores and roadside inspection violations. Carriers are identified by name, address, VIN numbers and MC numbers.


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Clio Announces Integration Partnership with Transportation Data Source

March 15, 2016

Instant Search Function Provides a Cloud-based Discovery of Motor Carriers

A new integration partnership gives an upper hand to lawyers that specialize in mergers and acquisitions, accidents, freight claims and disputes involving trucking companies.

Clio, the leading cloud-based law firm practice management platform, announced an integration with Transportation Data Source (TDS) that provides users vital information and statistics on individual motor carriers.

TDS maintains the most comprehensive database on trucking company accidents, federal DOT violations, insurance details, safety ratings, fleet size and more. Through the integration, Clio users get instant search results simply by entering the name or DOT/MC/MX number of any US, Canadian or Mexican carrier that operates in the United States into their mobile and web-based applications.

Clio’s powerful management platform helps lawyers mobilize and modernize their practice through the benefits of cloud-computing.  The integration with TDS provides the most recent and relevant information on motor carriers for discovery and other important processes.

TDS uploads vehicle and driver inspection data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on a daily basis. All violations in the data are assigned uniform FMCSA codes. Searches can identify violation patterns, by code, during a specified time period.

A few examples of how lawyers can use the new integrated search functionality are to:

  • Identify fatalities and major violations of fleets in vehicle maintenance, speeding, driver fatigue and other areas.
  • View a graphical history of a fleet’s safety performance as measured by FMCSA’s CSA program.
  • Verify a fleet’s insurance information is current and coverage amounts.
  • Size fleets up by the number and age of trucks, trailers, flatbeds, vans, etc.
  • Obtain the names and phone numbers of company principals and corporate locations.

“We’re pleased that Clio has selected TDS to provide its user community with the largest and most robust information services for motor carriers,” added Lyn Simon, president of TDS. “With this integration, lawyers that specialize in transportation will enjoy a more efficient workflow and an information advantage.”

 

About Clio

Clio is the most comprehensive cloud-based practice management platform for the legal industry. Produced with the cooperation and advice of Bar Associations and Law Societies worldwide, Clio is web-enabled, mobile-friendly, and built specifically for the legal profession. It delivers all the tools modern law firms need to run a successful practice: calendaring, time tracking, note-taking, document management, task management, legal accounting, bookkeeping, and billing.

Through the power of cloud computing, Clio eases the process of time tracking, billing, administration, and collaboration for law firms of all sizes. Clio also integrates seamlessly with other popular applications such as email, Google Apps, and Dropbox. As more and more legal professionals use Clio to save time and work more efficiently, Clio continues to evolve and innovate using digital technology to help update and improve legal practices, saving thousands of lawyers millions of hours around the globe.

Founded in 2007 by Jack Newton and Rian Gauvreau, and headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, Clio employs over 120 employees and has opened offices in Toronto, Canada and Dublin, Ireland. Learn more at http://www.clio.com

 

About TDS

Transportation Data Source (TDS) provides unique, detailed information about motor carriers in easily accessible formats tailored to benefit a wide range of users, particularly third party logistics providers that specialize in brokerage. In addition, insurance companies, government agencies, trade associations, OEMs and suppliers can use TDS to satisfy their carrier information and marketing requirements. TDS’s Web site is http://www.tdsource.com


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TRANSPORTATION DATA SOURCE HELPS BROKERS AND MOTOR CARRIERS FROM BECOMING VICTIMS OF IDENTITY THEFT.

Carrier Identity Theft begins by a fraudster who, is usually a motor carrier with one or two trucks calling a valid motor carrier pretending to be a broker. They will offer a better than average load with a great rate. The “broker” sends the carrier what appears to be the industry standard documents, Motor Carrier Brokerage Agreement, copy of their brokerage authority and surety bond and asks the carrier to fax or email their standard documents, copy of their authority, insurance certificate and references.

Then the “broker” calls the carrier back saying something like, “someone else in their office just covered that load and they will keep them in mind for future loads.” This is a very common scenario and no one thinks much of it.

Now the fraudster contacts a valid broker and pretends to be the motor carrier that just sent over their credentials and secures a load of a commodity that can be easily sold on the black market and that usually has a three or four day transit time. They may even ask for and receive a fuel advance. They send their own truck to the shipper to pick up the load. They diligently make daily check calls (from a mobile phone) so the broker doesn’t have to call them. They may even call to say they have delivered the load.

Sometime after “missing” the delivery appointment the receiver will call the broker asking them where their load is. The broker now inquires with the “real” motor carrier and each are astounded that they have not actually done business together. By this time the product has been sold.

Procedures for a valid Broker to follow to protect their customers’ freight:

  1. When they receive a call from someone representing a motor carrier the broker employee needs to pull up the carrier in TDS. Within seconds all of the valid motor carrier’s information appears on their screen.
  2. The broker needs to be asking leading questions, “which office do you work out of, how many trucks does your company operate, which states does your company operate in” and make note of the caller ID name and phone number. If the caller doesn’t answer the questions correctly the broker should discontinue the conversation. If the information is questionable, the broker should ask the caller to hold, dial the valid carrier’s phone number provided on the TDS screen and confirm whatever information the caller has given. Or they can tell the “carrier” they will call them back. If the caller is a fraudster they will end the communication with the broker.
  3. Using the TDS Search Similar feature – The Search Similar feature scrubs daily all 2.1 million DOT numbers (current amount) to see if any of them share same or similar contact information. The broker can check this information instantly while the carrier calling in is on the phone with them and then ask the appropriate questions.
  1. The broker can check the carrier’s lane history by utilizing the Inspection Mapping section on the carriers profile page. This will allow the Broker to visually see all inspections mapped for the carrier and compare the provided data to the lane the carrier is calling in about.
  2. The broker can check and compare total trucks operated (size of fleet), to the total trucks operated provided on the MCS-150 data, along with the total number of trucks inspected in the last 24 months in TDS. This will allow the broker to make sure the carrier’s information is accurate and consistent.
  3. The broker can check the carriers insurance and authority history to see multiple issues and historical timeline when the carrier went into business and historical changes in insurance and authority.

Procedures for a valid Motor Carrier to follow to protect their corporate identity:

  1. When they receive a call from a broker offering a load the carrier employee needs to be not so quick to send over their documents that allows their identity to be stolen.
  2. While the carrier has the “broker” on the phone they need to pull up the broker in TDS. Within seconds all of the valid broker’s information appears on the screen.
  3. The carrier needs to be asking leading questions, home office address, which office do you work out of, how long have you been in business, etc.” All information that can be verified on the TDS website in seconds. If the caller doesn’t answer the questions correctly the carrier should discontinue the conversation. If the information is questionable, the carrier should ask the caller to hold, dial the valid broker’s phone number provided on the TDS screen and confirm whatever information the caller has given. Or they can tell the “broker” they will call them back. If the caller is a fraudster they will end the communication with the carrier.Employees of each type of company should be made aware of corporate identity theft and need to be trained in the procedures above. It is easy to understand why these procedures do not get followed. When equipment capacity is tight brokers are thrilled when a carrier calls offering a truck. Conversely, when freight is tight carriers are thrilled when a broker calls offering a load. In addition, not being receptive on the telephone goes against common customer service principals.By utilizing the information available in TDS’ database and following the procedures mentioned above corporate identity theft and cargo theft can be avoided.

 

About TDS

Transportation Data Source (TDS) provides unique, detailed information about motor carriers in easily accessible formats tailored to benefit a wide range of users, particularly third party logistics providers that specialize in brokerage. In addition, insurance companies, government agencies, trade associations, OEMs and suppliers can use TDS to satisfy their carrier information and marketing requirements. TDS’s Web site is http://www.tdsource.com


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Transportation Data Source (TDS) Announces Carrier OnBoarding

New product helps brokers build and maintain carrier networks

SALT LAKE CITY, Sept. 18, 2016 – Transportation Data Source (TDS), the industry-leading provider of motor carrier information services, announces TDS Carrier OnBoarding, a new product that gives freight brokers an automated evaluation and approval process for third party carriers.

TDS Carrier OnBoarding gathers, validates and maintains accurate motor carrier qualification information using the complete TDS database as well as surveys and the private-branded onboarding websites that TDS provides to brokers as part of the service.

The product can be quickly configured to match the existing workflows of brokers to accelerate the onboarding process, specific to their needs.

“In response to tight capacity, freight brokers are looking to expand their network of carriers while improving the quality to grow their businesses,” said Lyn Simon, president of TDS. “TDS Carrier OnBoarding provides accurate, up-to-date information on carriers to confidently move freight, faster and more efficiently than before.”

The product instantly verifies insurance coverage, CSA scores, operating authority, roadside inspection violations and more based on custom business requirements. TDS continues to validate and monitor carrier qualification data, sending instant notifications if any changes occur.

The Carrier OnBoarding package comes with the full TDS database, a dedicated account manager and training. An instant search feature in the TDS database, Lane Search Plus, compliments the onboarding process by identifying carriers that operate in specified lanes by equipment type.

“Brokers that use Carrier OnBoarding with Lane Search Plus can build and maintain a database of qualified carriers to eliminate time-consuming searches,” added Simon. “This all-inclusive package costs less than what other companies are charging just for carrier monitoring services alone.”

The TDS database comes with a web-based user interface. Through optional integration capabilities, the Lane Search Plus, Carrier OnBoarding and other features can be embedded in transportation management software (TMS) systems to further streamline workflows.

About TDS

Transportation Data Source (TDS) provides unique, detailed information about motor carriers in easily accessible formats tailored to benefit a wide range of users, particularly third party logistics providers that specialize in brokerage. In addition, insurance companies, government agencies, trade associations, OEMs and suppliers can use TDS to satisfy their carrier information and marketing requirements. TDS’s Web site is http://www.tdsource.com

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