Not many women would relish the task of taking on the male-dominated trucking world on their own, but to also fight to the top in the domestic freight-forwarding delivery management industry at the same time takes a lady of tenacious drive and positiveness in her strengths, and her product.
Kathy Ross, CEO of iCOSLIVE, is one such woman who is showing truckies and transport firms how to run their businesses and rigs better.
Based in Albany, once a satellite village at the northern-most border of Auckland’s North Shore renown for its orchards and strawberry farms, but now a hub of major industry and innovation, iCOSLIVE is breaking barriers and borders with its innovative software.
National fleets such as Booths, Halls Refrigerated Parcels and a host of other national and regional carriers are using the software developed by iCOSLIVE and all are experiencing significant revenue-saving and smarter delivery management with a reduction in logistical loss.
iCOSLIVE is the brainchild of Kathy Ross. For the past 10 years she has poured her heart and soul, and her bank account, into her vision and it is reaping rewards. iCOSLIVE is the proof a sound idea can become a industry-shaping tool.
This small New Zealand company over the past 12 months has branched out taking on the supply-chain industry on the highways and byways across Australia with iCOSLIVE’s software already influencing Australia’s massive trucking industry.
The software’s paperless track and trace solution is creating results for Queensland-NSW trucking company ScuzzTrans, which specialises in container shipping in Queensland and northern New South Wales.
A staunch advocate of iCOSLIVE, ScuzzTrans received industry acknowledgement of its operational improvements, winning the Queensland Supply Chain Management Award in September last year and going on to receive a “highly-commended award” in their section at the Australian Supply Chain & Logistic’s awards in Sydney late last year.
The impact of iCOSLIVE and its integration with Teletrac Navman on ScuzzTrans has been significant, streamlining the company’s operational processes both in the truck and office. In very short time, the firm’s business has grown some 35 per cent through increased container movement, effective loading and offloading and smarter vehicle routing – all without increasing its fleet or staff.
And, late last year iCOSLIVE showed just how size isn’t everything, particularly when it comes to recognition.
In a national Australian supply-chain award iCOSLIVE tangled with industry heavyweights such as Toyota and Kathmandu and ranked alongside them as one of three finalists.
The plucky Kiwi company placed runner-up with the highly commended award, making some of the global giants of logistics and freight sit up and take notice – while major trucking and freight forwarding companies are keenly interested in iCOSLIVE’s innovative real-time tracking software.
Since the company’s selection as one of 49 entrepreneurial businesses to accompany then-Mayor of Auckland, Len Brown, to Los Angeles on the first of three Tripartite Economic Summits in 2015, things have been somewhat of a whirlwind for iCOSLIVE.
The company’s client base is burgeoning with now large New Zealand corporates dictating their sub-contractors utilise iCOSLIVE as it gives them total transparency of their logistic movements.
One New Zealand client, Smart Express, a 2016 Westpac Business Awards finalist, is heralding a 300 per cent increase in their business over the last 18 months, the company’s improvement assisted in part by their utilising iCOSLIVE’s online transport management.
With an Android App specifically designed for tablets and smartphones, it now means transport and delivery companies can manage jobs and shipments at driver-end, instantly knowing of delivery completion with real-time shipment tracking. To further enhance the service, iCOSLIVE gives freight companies the ability to seamlessly integrate with their sub-contractors.
iCOSLIVE’s eco-digital system integrates with a range of partners, including Teletrac Navman, which provides GPS satellite fleet management positioning, eRoad RUC’s advanced technology platform delivering electronic road user charges and compliance and it also interfaces with many accounting packages, but shines when integrated with XERO and MYOB’s online accounting services.
iCOSLIVE’s market-leading advantage is that users not only know where their trucks are, but what freight is on-board in real-time – a feature that is unique
The small Albany-based software company is rapidly transforming the transport and logistics industry, with most companies utilising iCOSLIVE’s package experiencing drastic reductions in revenue leakage.
Having already achieved success in Australia, going global is squarely in the company’s sights.
“Mighty oaks from little acorns grow” is an old-saying, but it cannot be a more apt description of Kathy Ross and iCOSLIVE.