"Because costs are kept low and there's no initial investment, Aljex for Carriers is the most cost-effective management solution available," according to the company.
"Hosted apps are not new, but a hosted dispatch app is," says company spokesman John Bendel. "It offers all the benefits of hosted software: access any time from anywhere, no software maintenance, etc. But since it's on the web, Aljex for Carriers is available not just to dispatchers, but also to drivers and customers. That means drivers can be dispatched over the web. They can also access settlement and other information. Similarly, customers can have access for load status and more. It's all there. No installation, no company web site, no backups, no hassle. One package, one price."
Aljex Software, in business since 1996, is a leading software provider for freight brokers, 3PLs, air freight forwarders and intermodal carriers. Aljex for Carriers was developed at the request of and in close conjunction with successful Aljex 3PL customers who operate truck fleets and had tried available trucking solutions but were dissatisfied.
"They wanted their trucking software to work as well as their Aljex brokerage software," says Tom Heine, president of Aljex. "So we went to work with trucking people and created the hands-down best trucking software on the market - and in a form that brings carrier, driver and customer together on the web."
An Aljex-connected carrier needs nothing more than an Internet connection and free web browser software such as Internet Explorer to do the job. That computer can be a desktop in an office, a laptop at home or a laptop in a truck cab.
Once Aljex sets up a carrier account on its servers, access is available around the clock to whomever the carrier grants it. Authorized users enjoy a wide array of standard features, such as dispatch and operations management, integrated e-mail, customer management, Google mapping, quotes, load board access, invoicing, accounts receivable, accounts payable, fuel surcharge management and much more.
There are also numerous options available including an EDI (Electronic Date Interchange) interface, which makes it possible to communicate electronically with large corporate and 3PL customers - a major plus for a carrier that intends to grow. Other options include factoring, a Quickbooks interface, document image management and graphical manifesting.
Document image management ensures that critical document images such as bills of lading will be kept with customer and shipment files and will be instantly accessible. Graphical manifesting enables carriers to visualize multiple shipment loads. Icons for individual load-to-ride shipments can be dragged and dropped in a representation of a trailer. When the load appears optimal, a manifest reflecting load order is printed.
For more information, visit www.aljex.com.