Friday 21 June 2024

Internal Posting

Many companies using TrakIT have internal and independent profit centres. Until now, there was no way to allocate income and expense accounts internally in TrakIT.

With the latest update, we have introduced a new page called "Internal Posting" under the Finance menu. Income and Expense accounts in jobs can now be allocated internally. Internal Posts function similarly to Invoices and Bills, except there are no external entities involved. Additionally, the net total of accounts allocated to the posting must be zero.

Here are some key points about how Internal Posts (IPosts) work:

  • You can allocate Income and Expense accounts (not disbursements).
  • You cannot allocate accounts that are already allocated to an invoice or bill.
  • You cannot allocate accounts to bills or invoices if they are already allocated to an IPost.
  • IPosts can be approved only when the sum of Income and Expense accounts is exactly zero.
  • IPosts can be approved only if all allocated accounts are approved (or don't require approval).
  • Accounts linked to IPosts can never have taxes.
  • Sequence numbers for the IPost will be generated upon approval.
  • Permissions for IPosts can be defined in the Role Management section by SysAdmins.
  • Once synced to Finance systems, the FinRef field will be populated.


IPosts do not affect the profitability of a job, and they do not affect billing or invoicing. 


For any questions, concerns, or guidance, please contact TrakIT Support.

Thursday 23 May 2024

Enable Time-based OTP for Two Factor Authentication

TrakIT now supports time-based one-time passwords (TOTP) that can be generated by most Two-Factor Authentication apps.

To enable TOTP authentication for any user, modify the user's profile and select "TOTP".




Once enabled, TrakIT will ask the user to register their preferred authenticator app upon the next login.




The user can use any TOTP-based authenticator app like Google Authenticator, Microsoft Authenticator, Authy, Duo and many others. 

Once registered, the user will be asked for an OTP every time they successfully log in.





TOTP authentication is superior to SMS-based TFA, as it is more secure and doesn't require data or a network connection.


For any questions or concerns, or if you're facing any difficulty with setting up your TOTP based TFA, please contact TrakIT Support.

Monday 29 April 2024

Update Events from QR Codes

It is a challenging task to get drivers to update pickups, deliveries and other events using the TrakIT Mobile app as they may not be well-versed in how the app works.

With the latest update, we've made it extremely simple for drivers to update events in a work order by simply scanning a QR Code from the TrakIT Mobile app.


Set-Up

On any Work Order-based form (such as Pickup Order or Delivery Note), insert the QR Code in the place where you would like to display it. The code will contain the event that needs to be triggered. It is also possible to have multiple QR codes on a single form (one for each event). Ideally, a description of the QR Code should be placed below the code. An example (with a dummy QR Code) is shown below.



Trigger

Once the form is printed, the driver can open the TrakIT Mobile app, tap the scan button on the bottom right corner and scan the QR code. Upon successful scan, the event is immediately updated and the driver is notified of the same.

Any automation actions on the event will be triggered immediately - such as sending an email or SMS to the customer. If the event was already updated previously, it won't update again.

Please note that the validation rules in place for the event are still valid. If the event cannot be updated due to some other validations in place, the error message is returned to the driver.


Please contact TrakIT Support to help set up QR Codes for your forms or let us know if you have any questions.








Wednesday 27 March 2024

TrakIT Buyer's Guide

You heard about TrakIT, but are not sure if you should go for it or if it's the right fit for you. Well, you've come to the right place. We've compiled a list of common and frequently asked questions. We hope this will help you in your decision.

What is logistics workflow management?

Logistics workflow management refers to the detailed coordination of complex operations involving people, facilities, and supplies. It encompasses the planning, organizing, managing, and executing of all logistics activities needed to move goods, services, and information from the point of origin to the destination. This process is crucial for ensuring that the right items are delivered to the right place, at the right time, and in the most efficient and cost-effective manner. 


What's a workflow?

A workflow is concerned with the specific sequence of tasks that need to be completed to achieve a particular part of a business process. It’s about the organization and movement of tasks and can often be improved or automated to increase efficiency.

Let's say you are shipping cargo from China to the USA. There are dozens of steps, a large amount of data to be captured, documents to be generated, emails to be sent, reports to be generated, people to be informed, and so on... This must be repeated for each shipment. The "plan" for this entire process is called a workflow. Examples of workflows:

  • Ocean Cargo Import (or Export)
  • Airfreight Import (or Export)
  • Employee Onboarding
  • Truck Servicing
  • Financial Audit
  • Warehouse Management
  • and many more...

TrakIT allows you to build your workflows from scratch - with no limitations on the complexity of the workflow. Any number of routine tasks and reports can be automated. You can define your own rules and validations as well as generate any number of documents that you need.


What's a Work Order?

A work order is the smallest unit of cargo or a job that can be tracked individually by TrakIT. This typically relates to a single container or truckload. A job or shipment will consist of at least one Work Order. There may be hundreds of Work Orders under a single job.


Is my data secure?

Yes! We provide dedicated installations of TrakIT for each of our customers. There are no shared databases. All data transfer is secured by SSL and encryption. Our application as well as the organisation is ISO27001-2022 compliant.


Can I have the application on our own server?

We normally host TrakIT on Amazon servers in the US. If you wish to host TrakIT on your own server, you can do that. You will need to provide us access to the server at all times to maintain and update the application. TrakIT is built on the Microsoft .Net stack, hosted on IIS and requires an SQL Server database.


How much does it cost?

Ah! The most important question. Unlike other SaaS solutions, we pride ourselves on being partners rather than just software vendors. There are no charges for setting up the system and training your users. There are no "per user" charges and no limits on the number of workflows that you can create. There are no limitations in the system - all modules are available for use.

However, we do charge a tiny amount per work order. This means that when your business does better, we get paid a bit more. And when your volumes are low, we get paid less as well. Of course, there is a minimum charge required that depends on the volume of work orders you will create per month. Get in touch with us and we can send you a detailed proposal based on your needs.


What about integrations?

TrakIT provides its own APIs for external systems to consume data. We also integrate with finance systems, port authorities, shipping lines, GPS providers and any other system you want to interface with. If you require some custom integration we can develop that for you as well.


Do you have an app?

Yes, TrakIT Mobile is an Android app that complements the main web application. You can update your shipments on the go. Take and upload photos of cargo, and documents as well as get signatures directly from the consignees. GPS tracking can be enabled if used by your drivers. You can install the app from TrakIT Mobile - Apps on Google Play


Do you have a Customer/Vendor portal?

Yes, your customers can log in to TrakIT to see the status of their shipments, download/upload documents and also track the location of their cargo in real-time (provided GPS tracking is enabled). 

Your vendors can log in and submit their invoices by adding them directly to the system along with a scanned copy of the bill. This can then be accepted or rejected by your finance team.


Can you provide Track-&-Trace functionality?

Yes, we support APIs and plugins for your website to directly display a "Search your shipment" function. Let us know what you need and we can add it.


If you have any more questions, please connect with us a sales@trakit.in or support@trakit.in 


Sunday 18 February 2024

Automate Now!

Did you know that you can set up TrakIT to automatically take any number of actions after an event occurs? Automation is one of the system's core features.

Are you manually sending messages, documents, or reports to internal users, customers or vendors? Ask TrakIT Support to set up the system to automatically do what you need based on when you need it done.





Set up scheduled reports to send information to anyone based on specific filters.






Automatically send notifications and messages, as well as post documents to other systems via API or FTP. If there is something you need to do automatically, let us know and we will implement it.

TrakIT also supports TrakIT-to-TrakIT communication and updates. And provides webhooks for other systems to update data in TrakIT. We develop and implement custom integrations with external systems such as terminals, port authorities, and finance systems using any kind of file exchange format. 


Connect with TrakIT Support to learn more.



Monday 29 January 2024

Get Finance Notifications

With the latest update of TrakIT, you can now subscribe to the required notification for the Finance Module as well. This functionality is available for the sub-modules of Finance.

Go to System > Email Notifications > Finance tab.



Notifications can be received in the form of email, chat, SMS or WhatsApp. A user can only subscribe for notifications for themselves. 

For System Administrators, a list of all active users is displayed and the Admin can assign notifications for any user.

If the user has access to multiple companies, then the Company dropdown is enabled and displays the list of companies accessible for the selected User.

A user can only be subscribed for notification to any sub-module in case they have “Read” permission for that module. Otherwise, the checkboxes are disabled for that specific module.

Please note that SMS and WhatsApp notifications are enabled only if configured for your company and the selected user has their mobile number set in the user profile.

For any questions or concerns, please contact TrakIT Support.