TrueNorth Companies Partners with EBE Technologies to Create "OverDrive"

posted by Outside Source on Wednesday, June 25, 2014





Integrated, Web Based Independent Contractor Insurance Enrollment and Management Solution Streamlines Processes While Ensuring Accuracy and Enhancing the Driver’s Experience

(East Moline, IL): EBE Technologies, the leading developer of enterprise business process management applications for the transportation industry, has partnered with TrueNorth Companies, the premiere risk management solutions provider to the transportation industry, to create OverDrive.  OverDrive is a paperless workflow based insurance enrollment solution for motor carriers that utilize independent contractor owner-operators.  OverDrive was designed to synchronize data in real time between the motor carrier, independent contractor owner-operators, TrueNorth, and the issuing insurance companies.

OverDrive can be used as a standalone solution or as a module within EBE’s recruiting and on-boarding solution.  When integrated with EBE, the entire driver experience from initial contact, recruiting, creating the driver packet, ICOA and insurance enrollment are all paperless.  This ability decreases the time needed from contracting to dispatching of the independent contractor, which increases driver satisfaction and profitability.

OverDrive has already been implemented in dozens of leading fleets including Oakley Trucking, Inc.  Oakley utilizes over 550 independent contractors, and with the implementation of OverDrive, Oakley was able to reduce their insurance enrollment and auditing labor overhead by 80 percent.  “TrueNorth‘s OverDrive system provides us 100% confidence that our operation system and our insurance provider have the exact same records. This automation reduces our labor costs, mitigates our risk of a coverage gap and enhances our owner-operators ease of doing business with Oakley,” stated Tommy Mitchell, Operations & Accounting Manager, Oakley Trucking.

“TrueNorth’s vision of the relationship and services required by an insurance provider for their motor carrier clients is right on the mark,” says Larry Kerr, President of EBE.  “I think the traditional relationship with an insurance provider is transforming to one where the provider offers solutions to lower costs, improve retention and help mitigate risk.  As an example, I was amazed to learn from TrueNorth how much uncollected premiums some motor carriers write off because of a lag time of driver termination data being conveyed to insurance providers, and unsophisticated brokers and systems that are unable to identify, let alone solve for this problem.  TrueNorth and OverDrive set the standard for such efficiencies,” adds Kerr.

“Over the past 25+ years, our team has created a very unique practice within our Transportation Division of providing risk management solutions to ‘asset-light’ transportation providers,” says Trent Tillman, Practice Leader of TrueNorth’s Asset-Light Risk Solutions Team.  “We understand that IC insurance program administration - if done appropriately, with a system and process - can not only bring instant efficiency to a motor carrier, but also maximize that business’s risk management structure.”
“We were involved in the creation of a first generation administrative tool in the early 2000’s that took us from paper files and manual spreadsheets, to automated spreadsheets with a common interface.  As time progressed and technology evolved, we identified that an entire new generation of capabilities existed which could bring significant additional value to our clients.  EBE’s impeccable reputation of creating workflow automation platforms made them a perfect partner for the creation of OverDrive.”  
“After 36 months of development, testing, and implementation, we are excited to have the majority of our clients transitioned to this next-gen platform.  The efficiencies that we have measured just in the transition from our old system are incredible, and the new capabilities that are just beginning to be utilized have us all very excited.”

About TrueNorth Companies  
With headquarters in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and locations throughout the U.S., TrueNorth specializes in helping transportation companies architect and manage sustainable, cohesive risk management platforms.  

TrueNorth’s Mission Statement is “To assist Transportation Companies and their People with Protecting and Maximizing Assets, Resources, and Opportunities.”  By staying true to that Mission, the team at TrueNorth has built an industry leading Transportation Risk Management practice that over the last 25+ years has earned them the opportunity to partner with thousands of the highest quality Transportation companies in the nation.

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About EBE Technologies  
Founded in 1973, EBE has evolved as a leading provider of integrated business process management solutions designed specifically for the trucking industry.  EBE’s expertise in imaging and transportation specific workflow applications led to the development of its enterprise solution, SHIPS. Utilizing a unique related applications Automated Decision Support (ADS) and eWorkforce technology. 

EBE’s blue-chip customer list includes more than 530 leading transportation companies in North America.  Headquartered in East Moline, Illinois, EBE Technologies is a privately held company and has experienced consistent growth and profitability allowing it to reinvest in its people, products and integration partners. For additional information, visit or call 1-800-447-0612.

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EBE Contact: Cindy Nelson, VP, Marketing & Business Development | EBE Technologies | 309.792.5550 |

TrueNorth Contact: Matt Kain, Client Solutions Architect | TrueNorth | 319.739.1261 |