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Women in Workboots

Women in Workboots Book Cover

Kwik n Kool Refrigerated Couriers Director in Brisbane, Australia becomes entrepreneur with the release of her book  “Women in WorkBoots” – How was this possible?

Lynette and her husband Trevor are owners and operators of Kwik n Kool Refrigerated Couriers in Brisbane, Australia. A family business they have built up and been operating jointly for the last 17 years.

The first holiday together as a family was over 7 years into their business, they literally had to close their  business for a week in order to have time off. Consequently, holidays were simply out of the question. They changed their accounting system to XERO, then discovered iCOS LIVE, an add on partner to XERO and from then on their lives began to change.

Two years ago, they set off again to the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. They left their team in charge and on arrival, they received a call to say they were a dispatcher and one driver down. No way were they going home or was there any need to shut the office this time. Lynette had taken her laptop and Android tablet with her and as their customers were booking online, jobs were being entered automatically, enabling her to dispatch new jobs and transfer the absent driver jobs to an alternative driver tablet for delivery.

Their customers have visibility online, of all of their consignments and their status, so they can self serve, to know where their products are, where they have been delivered to and by whom, dates, time signatures, temperatures, longitudes and latitudes.

As job data is pushed directly into XERO from iCOS LIVE, Lynette could get her invoices out on time with a click of a button.

This was all achieved whilst she sat and watched her lovely boys fish for their dinner.

The following year Lynette noticed she didn’t need to work from daylight to dusk like she had to in the past, and when her boys were sick, she could stay home with them, thanks to these two innovative products, iCOS LIVE and XERO.

Lynette became intrigued with Kathy Ross’ CEO of iCOS LIVE Amazing Story of Success and went out and met with many other women, who have broken through the barriers too.

Lynette is now an international author, entrepreneur in her own right – it’s just amazing what this lady has achieved with the release of her book “Women in Workboots” – women who have broken through the barriers in male dominated industries.



Kathy Ross from iCOS LIVE features on chapter 4, if you would like a copy give us a call!


iCOS LIVE helps transport and logistics companies be more effective with their operations and efficient with their time case-study

Talley’s Group Limited

Prior to 2012 Talley’s Group ran a manual diary to manage all its freight and runs trucks internally around the South Island. Since the implementation of iCOS LIVE – a web based transport and logistics management system we have been able to track and trace all our freight between our factories and customers in real time. We have had substantial freight growth internally and iCOS has made it possible for us to continue doing this easily and efficiently. We are now operating 75 trucks internally carting the groups products. Read more “Talley’s Group Limited”

iCOS News

ScuzzTrans Partner With Country Star Jayne Denham

ScuzzTrans And Jayne DenhamOne of our australian customers ScuzzTrans Container Transport Company is proud to announce their partnership with country music star Jayne Denham.

The Queensland based business who specialise in transporting shipping containers are also well known for their award winning flagship Western Star truck ‘NED’. This head turner is a symptom of Scuzzy’s passion for trucks and his transport business. It’s this combined passion which brought Jayne and the ScuzzTrans team together. Check out ScuzzTrans and Jayne Denhams page for more info.


iCOS News

iCOS LIVE – Pure Advantage Clean Green and Efficiencies

Kathy Ross knew there had to be a better way of sending freight around our cities. In partnership with her late partner Chris Grace, the founder of Auckland-based Icos Group, Kathy spent twenty years servicing transport operators with one-off software solutions, more than enough time to discern an industry pattern of inefficient routing, needless trips and revenue leakage before founding Icos Live.

“A lot of operators I saw were cash-flow and time poor. They all lost revenue and didn’t even know it, because important consignment papers would be flying out truck windows, being stomped on by drivers or having coffee spilt on them. And there was no track-and-trace going on, no signature capture, no date-and-time stamping”

TrucksOnTheRoadHer ‘Aha moment’ arrived in 2009, in the depths of the recession, when pilferage began emerging as another industry headache. Why not just take the whole thing online, she thought?

Backed financially by an aunt, Ross launched Icos Live (the name is an acronym for Internet Cargo Operating System), a web-based, software-as-service solution for transport and logistics firms that handles everything from online ordering through to electronic proof of delivery. Five years on the business is thriving, with 1000 trucks in New Zealand signed up, and 50 in Australia. “We’re transforming the way transport operators do business, taking them into a totally paperless world,” says Ross.

Importantly, the benefits are not being felt solely by her customers. More efficient truck movements means less fuel wasted, and less traffic on our streets.

“Our scheduling system enables jobs to be assigned to trucks in priority order, which helps the efficient routing of vehicles,” says Ross. “Trucks aren’t being driven here, there, and everywhere, which is definitely saving on fuel and emissions and reducing congestion.”

The key word there is ‘efficiency’. From a world where orders were keyed-in by a dispatch team, an error-prone and time consuming process, Icos Live customers are able to book online, with updates relayed back in real time. Dispatchers can organise jobs more rationally, eliminating the old industry blight of short-shipments and lost consignments. Out in the field, drivers receive their job orders and capture signatures for proof-of-delivery on tablets and smart phones.

Tony Gare, General Manager of Dunedin-based transport and logistics firm Icon Logistics, says his firm is living proof of the green benefits. In combination with a fuel-efficiency focused driver education programme, introducing Icos Live helped to save 6000 litres of diesel over a four month trial period, says Gare.

See full article by Matt Philip, Author at Pure Advantage


iCOS News

iCOS LIVE gets on the International Radar

kathyandmayoriCOS LIVE was recently selected to be part of a delegation lead by Auckland City Mayor Len Brown to attend a Tripartite Summit in Los Angles along with companies from various other industries.

NZ owned and operated iCOS LIVE was chosen for its ‘Innovation in Transport’ approach to business. This just happened to be one of the subjects that was discussed at the Summit. According to iCOS LIVE CEO Kathy Ross, Eco systems aren’t something for the future, they’re here now! iCOS LIVE in building their own Eco system in partnership with same technology companies such as Xero and EROAD are at the forefront of this new wave of business development.

Kathy Ross is extremely forthright when it comes to plotting a future for her company. Quite simply she wants iCOS LIVE to become a household name for transport not only in New Zealand but worldwide. “Receiving a personal invitation from Mayor Len Brown to be part of the delegation was a great privilege, I felt very honoured,” she said. “I had no idea of the possibilities when I accepted the invitation. However within hours of returnining home from Los Angeles I received two invitations from people I had met requesting further information on the iCOS LIVE system.”

“The networking opportunities were incredible and I left there feeling as though I had been able to forge some great friendship amongst not only our own team but also with a wide range of participants from other parts of the world. An example of the togetherness experienced at the summit was the willingness of everyone in the New Zealand delegation to deliberately seek out and introduce people who they thought would have compatible business interests.”

“A personal highlight for me was being introduced Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti who is being talked up by the press as being a future United States President. He may not be everyone’s favourite but in forging a strong association between the two cities, Mayor Len Brown has done a great job of building a relationship with current incumbent Eric Garcetti and out going Los Angeles Mayor, Tom LaBonge. Len also has developed a bond with Chen Jianhua the Mayor of Guangzhou from the Peoples Republic of China which with that sort of relationship must be worth millions of dollars of exports in the years to come,” said Kathy
iCOS LIVE have been gaining traction in the Australian market, but now, having been on this recent US trade delegation the  opportunity to expoit new markets such as Los Angles and Guangzhou has presented additional growth prospects for the company.

iCOS LIVE is transforming the way transport companies operate by taking them to a paperless world using smart technology. This has allowed transport companys to streamline their processes and give them control and total transparency . Plugging revenue leakages as a result of lost dockets, reducing resources and double handling of information has been just some of the other benefits achieved by using the iCOS LIVE system.

Online transport and logistics management is all about offering a real time track and trace facility that provides electronic booking through to dispatch and proof of delivery. Integrated with Xero this offers a seamless paperless solution. Integrated with EROAD, it provides freight tracking at its best as Eroad know where the trucks are and iCOS LIVE knows what’s on them. Creating an end to end digital transport solution has enabled small business owners to compete with the “BIG BOYS” .Its  self -service at its best, 24/7 via the Internet at a price that’s affordable.

In the near future iCOS LIVE hopes to provide the complete domestic transport solution with the release of their 3PL , container devanning and export loading online offering. Currently  the iCOS LIVE software caters for general freight, refrigerated freight, container management and tracking, bulk haulage dry and liquids , stock and  panels.

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by Press Release on 2015-07-03 01:57:46

iCOS LIVE helps transport and logistics companies be more effective with their operations and efficient with their time case-study

Tom Ryan Cartage Ltd

Tom Ryan Cartage have enjoyed using iCOS software since 2001, having most recently deployed iCOS LIVE across 10 hiab trucks in our Auckland masonry fleet. iCOS LIVE takes real time tracking, binds it to job management and turns it into LIVE FREIGHT TRACKING after all that is what clients want to know – “Where is my delivery?”. Read more “Tom Ryan Cartage Ltd”

iCOS LIVE helps transport and logistics companies be more effective with their operations and efficient with their time case-study

Kwik ‘n’ Kool Refrigerated Couriers – Australia


“We have been operating our business for over 15 years. The first holiday together as a family was after 10 years and we had to close the business for a week in order to have time off. Consequently, holidays were simply out of the question. When I discovered what iCOS LIVE had to offer and their vision I knew instantly that it was what I was looking for.

Read more “Kwik ‘n’ Kool Refrigerated Couriers – Australia”

iCOS LIVE helps transport and logistics companies be more effective with their operations and efficient with their time case-study


iCOS LIVE has streamlined the company’s processes and reduced resources. All of our drivers have an in-cab smart tablet, which acts as a portal for information sent from the office computers directly to the tablet. iCOS LIVE is integrated with Navman Wireless for GPS tracking.

Andrew ‘Scuzzy’ McSweeny, Director – Australia Read more “ScuzzTrans”