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Demo: Courier Price Calculator With Multiple Vehicles

TransitQuote Courier Calculator WordPress Plugin With Vehicle Selection

A question we are often asked is: Can TransitQuote automatically charge different rates for different vehicle types?

With the TransitQuote Pro WordPress Plugin, presenting your customer with a choice of distance-based prices is one of many features that come as standard.

To see how this works you can view our demo on this page which shows the plugin configured with 3 vehicles.

This demo is set up on a standard WordPress installation using the latest official WordPress theme “Twenty Nineteen”.

Demo link: https://www.transitquote.co.uk/demos/vehicles/

Behind the scenes in the WordPress Dashboard we have added 3 vehicles, each with a different name and description.

Setting Up Vehicles

The description is optional. When enabled, the description text is displayed in the order form and will change depending on the vehicle selected.

You can also enable a “View vehicle” link for each vehicle. This will link to another page or post where you can include more details information about the selected vehicle.

While setting up a page per vehicle is optional, it has advantages for marketing and search engine optimization and will help customers find your business via Google and other search engines.

The more pages your website has which contain information relevant to your customer’s Google search, the higher up the search results your website will be, so setting up vehicle pages will increase your chance of being discovered.

A well designed vehicle page can also be shared on social media to attract attention to your transportation business and encourage people to visit your website.

Each vehicle is associated with a different set of rates. Each set of rates can use any combination of price per mile, set amount and price per hour.

Setting rates for vehicles

Distance boundaries can also be set so that different price calculations are used to generate the customer quote if the total journey length is over the boundary distance.

When your customer changes the vehicle selection drop down on the order form a new price is calculated and displayed based on the journey distance and the selected vehicle’s rates.

Stress Free Dispatch Management With TransitTeam

TransitTeam Dispatch Management WordPress Plugin

Introducing TransitTeam

Managing a transportation business can be stressful.

As your client base grows so do your responsibilities.

More jobs to complete means taking on more staff.

More staff means more to organize, more communication, less time for you and often more stress.

As you hire contractors, part time staff and full time staff it’s essential to make sure the right person has the right information at the right time.

This is true of any business, but it is especially the case when each job has a tight deadline.

Fast communication combined with automation can go along way to easing your growing workload and reducing the stress of managing  your business.

TransitTeam is a new WordPress plugin designed to get new transportation job requests from the web to your team as quickly as possible.

How TransitTeam Works

The following is an example workflow for a courier company. A similar process can work for any transportation business whether that is freight transportation, taxis, limo hire or personnel transportation.

A New Job Request Is Received

Business begins on the web. If your customer needs something delivered, the first step will be to search for a local business that offers the service they need.

For example: A courier is required to bring confidential documents from a business office in the east of the city to the head office in the west.

The secretary responsible for the task does a quick google search and finds your courier business has an attractive WordPress website.

Time is everything so they click on Quick Quote, enter the business addresses into your easy to use online form and see an automatically calculated delivery quote.

Happy with the price, the secretary proceeds to checkout and pays your fee.

Arranging The Job

You receive a notification on your phone that a new delivery request has been booked and paid for.

You log into your online Dashboard and check the deliveries for the day. Each delivery is assigned to a driver so you can see at a glance who on your team is available.

You see a driver that is free so you select their name from the drop down list of driver names.

Simple Delivery Job Assignements with TransitTeam for WordPress

Your job is done!

Job Lists For Your Drivers

TransitTeam Mobile Job List For Delivery DriversWhen you assign a job to a driver they recieve an email notification on their mobile phone.

The driver logs into a mobile optimized secure page on your website.

On this page they see a list of all jobs that have been assigned to them.

Clicking each job reveals the full details needed to complete the delivery including customer contact details and a link which opens the Google Maps App and shows driving directions for pick up to drop off locations.

The driver taps the screen to change the job status to “In Progress” and sets off to the collection address.

After the pickup, the driver changes the job status to “Collected” and after drop off to “Delivered”

The job status is visible on your management dashboard and can optionally be viewed by your customer on your delivery tracking page giving them confidence that their delivery is on the way.

 

Fast Communication For a Fast Moving Business

Today is an amazing time to be running business. Every customer and every employee has the Internet in their pocket.

To run and grow an efficient modern business there is no longer any need for complex desktop applications or expensive IT infrastructure.

The courier system above runs on a simple WordPress website and a mobile phone.

All you need are a few plugins to turn your website from a simple point of contact into a simple and efficient machine for managing your incoming jobs from beginning to end.

Our goal is to help you grow your transportation business using simple affordable tools to streamline and simplify your day to day business processes.

The TransitTeam WordPress plugin is an add-on for TransitQuote – our transportation quote calculator which uses Google Maps and your quote calculation to provide instant online quotes on you business website.

TransitTeam is in the final stages of development and will be released this month.

If you would like more information about TransitTeam or would like early access to try out an online demo, just contact us using the form below and one of our team will be in touch.

 

TransitQuote Pro: Half Price January Sale

happy new year from the transitquote team 2019

2019 is going to be a huge year for us at TransitQuote. We are accelerating through our product roadmap and preparing to release some much requested add-ons and upgrades to help you grow and streamline your business.

To celebrate the new year we are having a half price January sale with a 50% lifetime discount on all TransitQuote Pro Licenses.

You can use TransitQuote Pro to:

  • Automate your online delivery or transportation quotes on your WordPress website
  • Accept orders online
  • Accept advance payment online using any WooCommerce compatible payment service
  • Keep track of the job and payment status in our user friendly dashboard

TransitQuote Pro Sale Prices

  • Pay Monthly and TransitQuote Pro is now $19.99 per month – normally $39.99 per month.
  • Pay Yearly TransitQuote Pro is only  $12.50 per month – normally equivalent to 24.99 per month.

Licences includes all software update and priority email tech support.

Discount Code

To take advantage of this offer just use the following discount code at checkout.

FBA71A3B

 

Streamline Your Business For 2019

January is the best time to upgrade and streamline your business and prepare for a prosperous year ahead.

  • Save time answering phone calls with an automated on-line quote process.
  • Save money on fuel by using the exact driving distance to calculate the price for each job.
  • Receive payment on-line and in advance.

Accelerate your business in 2019 with a WordPress website and TransitQuote Pro.

2019 – Accelerating Into The Future

happy new year from the transitquote team 2019

New Year’s day is a special time. The frenzy of pre-holiday activity is over. The celebrations are winding down. This is the perfect time to take stock of the past year and consider all the possibilities the next year will bring.

2018 was an exciting year here at TransitQuote. We have taken great strides towards our goal of making TranistQuote Pro the fastest way to set up an automated online quote, ordering and payment system for the transportation industry.

Here are some of the highlights of our year.

 

WooCommerce Payment Integration For TransitQuote Pro

In March 2018 we added WooCommerce integration to TransitQuote Pro. This gave our customers the possibility of using any payment provider to process online payments, not just PayPal express checkout as we had before.

Payment providers include Stripe, Square, WorldPay, PayPal and many more. Each company offers a unique service so whether you run a courier business, provide a limo hire service or transport freight you can choose the type of payment service that works best for your business.

My personal recommendation is Stripe who’s simple set up process will have your business accepting online card payments in no time.

 

Order Form Themes For TransitQuote Pro

2018 was the year we introduced themes for the TransitQuote Pro order form. We restructured the plugin to allow our customers to select between our old grey classic theme and the new Light theme which is now the default.

This opened up the possibility of creating custom themes as part of our setup service. Your company can now have a unique order form with exactly the layout and aesthetics that work for your transportation business website.

We are currently making further refinements to the way form themes work in TransitQuote Pro to provide more flexible customization options. The upgrade will also make themes simpler for us to build so we can provide a faster turnaround when we re-launch this service in 2019.

 

The TransitQuote Website Was Launched

In mid 2018 we quietly launched the website you are now reading. The website launch marked a change in direction as we doubled down our focus on making automated delivery quotes our core focus with the TransitQuote range of WordPress plugins.

We are still  building our parts of the website and will be introducing some free online tools for our customers in 2019 as well as more comprehensive demos and support facilities.

 

Many New Features Added To TransitQuote Pro

Development of new features are driven by listening to our customers. Features which are frequently requested are added to the main product. The capabilities of TransitQuote Pro continue to grow and you can find our complete feature list here. https://www.transitquote.co.uk/transitquote-pro-complete-feature-list/

 

Many Custom Versions Created

Before the launch of the TransitQuote website we offered a number of set-price setup and customization services. We worked with clients in the UK and across the globe in countries such as Australia, the USA, Kenya, Germany and more. This helped us understand more about our customers needs as well as helping refine our project management and software development processes.

 

TransitQuote Pro Add-Ons

In 2018 we completed two add-ons which will be released very soon.

TransitTeam allows your business to assign jobs to team members such as your drivers, who can view there job list on a secure mobile friendly web page and update the status of the job.

TransitTrack provides an attractive delivery tracker page for your customers to check the progress of their delivery.

 

A Productive Year

This year we have been busy. 2018 was not without the challenges that business growth entails.

We are constantly improving our processes and software  development techniques to provide an efficient service.

We use agile techniques such as Kanban and more recently TDD (Test Driven Development) to help our distributed project teams work efficiently together.

Continuous improvement is the only way forwards in the fast moving world of software development. With each project we learn and with each release we improve.

 

2019 – Accelerating Into The Future

We are living at an incredible time in history. So many technologies accelerating and evolving, bringing new opportunities to our lives and businesses.

What does the future hold for your business. Will you soon be adding drone delivery as a service? Perhaps your fleet will soon be fully electric and your drivers will be managing autonomous vehicles from home?

The Internet is evolving too as we move from a desktop to mobile-centric web. Voice user interfaces are here via Alexa and Google Assistant on the phone, in the home and the vehicle.

The road ahead lead to many new and exciting destinations and it can begin with a simple WordPress website. We look forward to travelling with you in 2019.

 

Happy new year to all our customers, friends and collaborators. 

 

Andrew van Duivenbode.

Creative Transmissions Owner & TransitQuote Lead Developer.

TransitQuote Pro 4.2.8 Released

TransitQuote Delivery Calculator Business Area Restrictions

The latest release of TransitQuote Pro transportation quote calculator includes a number of small but important improvements based on customer feedback.

Area Of Business Restrictions

If your transportation or delivery business operates in a specific geographical area such as a city or district, you can now set up a radius from your center of business operations and prevent job requests for customers from outside of this area.

We have always had a geographical restriction in place for the list of addresses that appear in the drop down addresspicker using Google’s “location biasing”  which prioritizes nearby addresses over those far from your business area.

This update will enforce the restriction so no addresses can be entered if they are outside of the radius you specify.

To enable the radius search limit:

  1. Make sure you have a Business Location entered in the Map Options dashboard tab.
  2. Enter a radius in kilometers in the Search Radius option in the Map Options dashboard  tab.
  3. After saving the settings page you will see a preview of the area on the settings page map so you can confirm the area is correct.

Improved Compatibility with WooCommerce Customer Account Login

We started using WooCommerce as a payment gateway at the beginning of this year and have had a lot of great feedback on the additional flexibility it provides.

WooCommerce is an incredible ecommerce tool with many useful features other than just processing payments for your delivery company.

WooCommerce includes a customer login feature, where customers can log in to view their orders and invoices. Until now TransitQuote was not compatible with the option to allow customers to log in on the checkout page.

In TransitQuote Pro version 4.2.8 we have fixed this problem so if you use the customer account feature in WooCommerce you can give your customers the option to login as a returning customer on your website.

New Download Area

If you have already purchased TranitQuote Pro you can download the latest version from a new download area on this website called My TransitQuote.

Download area logins have been created for all customers with a monthly, annual or lifetime licence.

If you have not yet received an email advising you of your login details, just go to the login page and click the “Lost your password?” link. Your username will be the email you entered when purchasing TransitQuote.

In the download area you will find links to download the newest version of all products you have purchased and instructions on how to install the updates.

If you need any help accessing your download area or with updating the plugin please contact us via our contact page.

Save 40% On Your Pro Subscription With the TransitQuote Referral Scheme

Introducing The TransitQuote Referral Scheme

Would you like to reduce your monthly TransitQuote Pro subscription fee by up to 40% for as long as you use our software?

All current customers with a TransitQuote Pro monthly or annual licence can take part in our referral scheme to earn big discounts for all future subscription payments.

How It Works

Do you know someone with a business that would benefit from using TransitQuote Pro?

When you recommend our software to someone else who then buys a monthly or annual licence for TransitQuote Pro, we will give you a 20% discount on your own monthly or annual payments.

We also give you a discount code to give to the person you are referring so you can help them out with a 10% lifetime discount when they sign up.

Each TransitQuote Pro customer can do this twice for a maximum discount of 40% on all monthly or annual subscription payments.

  • Refer your 1st customer and your monthly payment will be reduced to $31.99
  • Refer  your 2nd customer and your monthly payment will be reduced to $23.99

How To Refer a Customer

  1. Send us a quick message requesting your referral codes via our Contact Page
  2. We send you two discount codes – one for each customer you refer to us. Each code can be used only once.
  3. When we see that one of your discounts codes has been used, we will enable a %20 discount for all future payments on your subscription.
  4. The discount will be applied to all your future subscription payments.

Everybody Wins

In summary:

  • You receive a 20% discount for each customer you refer
  • The customer you refer receives a 10% discount
  • Each additional subscription allows us to invest more and speed up the development of future versions of TransitQuote, improving the software for everyone.

TransitQuote Pro 4.2.7 Release (Complete Feature List)

TransitQuote Pro is constantly being updated with new features is chosen based on feedback from our customers.

Updates in this weeks release include:

Fully Customization Form Labels For Light Theme

To help businesses that wish to use TransitQuote Pro for an audience whose first language is something other than English we have now made all form labels customizable in the Order Form settings tab.

This will also help companies for which the standard text is less suitable for their brand or business model.

Date and Time Fields Now Optional

Requesting a collection date and timeslot may not be a requirement for your business. If you prefer to contact your customer to suggest a date and time for a job, you can now disable the date and timepicker fields in our Order Form settings.

Quote Only Mode

If you prefer not to accept bookings with TransitQuote you can now select “Quote Only” in our Order Form settings and allow your customers to get an instant quote but will not prompt them to enter their job information.

Improved WooCommerce Tax Integration

You can now choose to use WooCommerce tax calculation as an alternative to or combined with the tax calculation within TransitQuote. This allows for more flexibility in the way the WooCommerce checkout can be configured when itemizing customer orders.

Complete TransitQuote Pro Feature List

A complete list of TransitQuote Pro features is now maintained at:

TransitQuote Pro Complete Feature List

If your business requires a feature not included in TransitQuote Pro we are always happy to hear you suggestions.

Features useful to all TransitQuote Pro customers will be added to future releases. For more specialized requirements we build add ons or custom versions of the software as required.

October Offer: Save $199 With a Free Setup Service

To celebrate the launch we will be giving away a free setup service normally priced at $199 the first 10 customers that purchase a monthly or annual TransitQuote Pro licence before the end of October.

The setup service is a complete done for you service which includes:

  1. Installation of TransitQuote Pro
  2. Setting rates as per your requirements
  3. Resolving any conflicts with other plugins or your website theme
  4. Adjustments to the form appearance so the quote calculator fits seamlessly with your website theme
  5. Setup and testing of payments with WooCommerce.

TransitQuote Pro comes with a money back guarantee. If you are unable to use TransitQuote on your website for any reason we will cancel your subscription and issue a full refund.

To be eligible for this offer just visit https://www.transitquote.co.uk/transitquote-pro/ and purchase a monthly or annual subscription for TransitQuote Pro.

Please note that free setup services will be scheduled in the next available development slot only after we have reviewed your requirements.

Ready To Launch Your Website?

As business owners we all want to make the best impression possible when a potential customer discovers us for the first time.

In the online world we want our customers to take one look at our website and instantly know they have found a highly professional transportation company that will efficiently complete the task at hand.

These are commendable goals to work towards.

Throughout the life of your business website you will always find ways to improve your customers experience, streamline their journey through the website pages and make your online booking process faster and easier.