Rand McNally enhanced its IntelliRoute and MileMaker commercial trucking solutions to provide more customization in freight rating and truck routing, more specific routing in Mexico, and up-to-date U.S. ZIP and Canadian postal codes, weigh stations and toll costs.

IntelliRoute Dock2Dock software, announced in September, provides street-level routing in Mexico. Carriers and shippers can now route on city and inter-neighborhood streets throughout North America. Rand McNally's cartographers and GIS experts enhanced the company's own proprietary data with datasets from Navteq, provider of digital map data. This level of data helps drivers on Mexican roads navigate more efficiently, avoid "out-of-route" miles and fines, and deliver more loads on time.

Carriers and shippers can use IntelliRoute and MileMaker software to customize their routing options for trailers that are 48 feet or less in length across all of Rand McNally's standard routing methodologies: HHG, Practical, Dock2Dock and Lowest Cost. As a result, customers can negotiate freight rates based on accurate, truck-drivable routes tailored to individual truck configuration or type of goods carried. According to a June 2008 report from C.J. Driscoll & Associates and GE Capital Solutions, accurate routing can produce an 8 percent savings in fuel costs. This can result in hundreds of thousands of dollars for large carriers, such as those in the tank truck industry.

Rand McNally also collaborates with government agencies such as the United States Postal Service and state and provincial departments of transportation, as well as toll facility operators, to provide its customers with current data each quarter. This keeps customers current on data that will affect their routes such as updated and new toll roads and costs, new U.S.Zip and Canadian postal codes, as well as new ferries and costs.

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