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Employment History

Global Logistics Media

ARISS Entertainment Inc

Managing Director

iCOS LIVE Online

Sales Manager

AEI

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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.

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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.
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According to Kathy Ross, that's typical of her customers. "I had one customer tell me that within six months of putting in Icos Live, with no new customers, his bottom line grew by 33 per cent, simply because of the added efficiencies and by plugging revenue leakage."
Freeing up precious time for business owners is another considerable benefit. Ross says that many of the firms using Icos Live are smalltime mum-and-dad operators, whose owners have traditionally had to work 24/7 just to keep their business afloat. "One of my customers in Australia has been in business for 17 years, and 18 months ago they went on their very first holiday."
With her company now numbering 11 staff and climbing, Ross has serious ambitions to sign up 10 per cent of the domestic fleet, plus a similar proportion in Australia. The UK is also in her sights.


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Kathy Ross Managing Director


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Kathy Ross

CEO
Originally founding the company ICOS GROUP (Integrated Cargo Operation System), Ms. Ross and her partner set out to revolutionize the freight management industry. In 2003, her partner passed away and in 2008, the company felt the effects of the economic recession. In order to revitalize the company, she redeveloped it from the Integrated Cargo Operating System, to the Internet Cargo Operating System. This change allowed her to track and trace real-time job orders and monitor proof of deliveries. The company is now known for taking the paper heavy world of managing transportation, and transforming it to a paperless world.
Kathy recognized that many transport companies consisted of husband and wife teams, who were understaffed or under-sourced. Her experience of working in the freight and logistics industry have helped her to address the needs that arise with the problems these transport companies face. She has proven her worth to the company after putting everything she has on the line for it, from mortgaging her house and sacrificing the time with her family. She has been recognized for her hard work by receiving Westpac Awards. In order to better serve her company, she participates in several organizations, including, Road Transport New Zealand, Women in Transports and Logistics Australia and Itec.
In the coming years, Ms. Ross endeavors to take the company internationally. She plans to branch out to the United Kingdom and then the United States. With her business practicality, she intends to bring her software to more people. She leads by example, managing the company to support charity work, such as the Central Finance South Island Charity Cycle Ride for the Rural Support Trust organization.


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Kathy Ross, CEO of iCOS Live


Blog Archives - iCOS LIVE

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Photo: From left, Abby (Developer), Kathy (CEO), Claire (CFO).

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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 [...]

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