McLeod Software has added significant reporting functionality to its LoadMaster IX base software system to help carriers better identify and manage their key operational metrics.

Referred to as "Vital Signs," the reporting function provides an interactive and powerful way for managers to easily monitor and review critical business indicators in their daily operations 24/7.

The new capability allows end users tremendous flexibility in configuring their Vital Signs to fit the specific operating characteristics of a company or a division. Their Vital Signs reports provide management the ability to set goals and standards within the system, then monitor their metrics throughout the day against these measurements and, ultimately, monitor their overall progress toward achieving those goals.

A wide range of operations-related and productivity metrics can be monitored and measured using Vital Signs, including: revenue, distance and deadhead by tractor, driver or other factors; utilization indicators such as number of tractors and/or trailers being used at any one time; safety and related metrics that include driver turnover rates, OS&D (Over, Short & Damage) claims, service failures and others. Various aspects of these measurements can also be monitored by company division, fleet segment and even by a day of the week timeframe. Vital Signs reports also provide the ability to drill down from a metric listed in the report to its source information for further detailed analysis.

Vital Signs metrics can be reported as text, charts and graphs. Charts and graphs provide a "picture" for easy analysis and can be shared effectively with staff via a projector or large common TV monitor to ensure that everyone works together to achieve the goals set by management.

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