“We want to grow our company, but we’re taking care to do that slowly and steadily, and Prophesy is really helping us do it with success. The software allows us to take on new opportunities as they open, at our own pace and on our own terms.”
- Irman, Co-owner
General Trucking, Inc. of Warren, Michigan, was founded in November 2006 by two friends and relatives raised within the transportation industry. Both sons of veteran owner/operators, Irman and Emil used their trucking experience to form a new company with only a single truck and the ambition to achieve something great. The partners have since transformed the company into a full-fledged carrier and broker serving the entire US, predominantly the Midwest, South, and East Coast. The company primarily hauls automotive parts, with additional business in general commodities, bulk materials, and produce.
Irman and Emil searched for a new solution to integrate the pieces of their trucking and brokerage operation. They looked at several popular software packages but were put off by the overwhelming costs common to enterprise-level solutions. Many would require an initial fee, a monthly fee, and even per-load fees, which would prove too costly for the growing company’s tight budget. Finally, they found the Prophesy DispatchSeries trucking software suite and saw a promising solution that would meet their every need at a set cost that was far less than comparable systems.
For their company’s dispatching and accounting, Irman and Emil initially invested in Prophesy Dispatch with QuickBooks® Interface including the SQL upgrade for speed, as well as the multi-company and brokerage add-ons to handle their brokerage operation. They also purchased modules for fuel tax reporting, commercial mileage and routing, driver log auditing, driver management, and online load posting. A six-user license allowed them to fully equip each of their office staff with the tools they needed to stay on top of the daily operations of the business.
With the Prophesy solutions implemented, General Trucking has overcome all of its past restrictions. Its fleet of 30 vehicles is no longer a burden to handle, but a smoothly running means to deliver services to customers and bring in steady revenue. The fleet can now be scaled up indefinitely without running into bottlenecks in the software. The office staff is also enjoying improved productivity and communication due to the seamless integration of the Prophesy modules, which minimizes data entry and ensures that any needed data is always at everyone’s fingertips. The company is now taking on more customers as well as additional business from existing customers. For the future, General Trucking is currently reviewing Prophesy modules to handle fleet maintenance, mobile communications, and document imaging for their company.
Irman concluded, “We want to grow our company, but we’re taking care to do that slowly and steadily, and Prophesy is really helping us do it with success. The software allows us to take on new opportunities as they open, at our own pace and on our own terms.”Get Instant Access to the Full Case Study