McLeod Software has introduced Version 18.2 of its LoadMaster TMS software, including a new, improved Detention Management module that automatically warns a customer of potential detention problems before they happen and when detention time limits have been reached. This module has been improved to better display, track, bill, and pay the driver when he/she is held at a shipper’s or consignee’s location past their allocated time. By tracking driver detention at every location, carriers can evaluate loads based on the expected detention at either end. The module has the separation of two vital aspects of the detention process, billing the customer and paying the driver.
McLeod’s new Detention Management Module is now available for PowerBroker, as well. By providing the ability to create detention records from manually dispatched moves and integrated data from a load tracking vendor’s system directly with McLeod’s Symphony Mobile Communications module, brokerage users can now capture arrival and departure data to effectively calculate, bill, collect for, and pay detention events.
McLeod says several important elements of its Digital Freight Matching strategy come with the release of PowerBroker Version 18.2, starting with the introduction of Integrated Carrier Search as part of the base product. PowerBroker users can now combine two or more carrier search methods into one comprehensive search using an Integrated Search profile. Integrated search results provide a list of carriers sorted with these search weights set by the user. The higher ranked carriers in this integrated search are more likely to be in the best candidates for the load.
Waterfall Tendering, another element of McLeod’s Digital Freight Matching strategy, provides users with an automated way to cover freight by using prioritized and qualified carrier search results to automatically send a load offer to carriers who match a specific load. Each carrier who receives the load offer has a fixed amount of time to respond before the offer will expire, then the load be offered to the next carriers in the priority list.
McLeod recently introduced the Capacity Creator product for brokers, which takes all of those emails sent by carriers about their available tractors, and turns them into structured data about available trucks for purposes of Brokerage Planning. Inside the Capacity Creator website, the available orders sent from PowerBroker are matched with this new structured data about available tractors, and automated load matching emails are provided to the carrier, or to the PowerBroker carrier salesperson.
New and Enhanced Integration Solutions
McLeod Software continues to welcome new mobile communications partners, and is introducing expanded integration solutions with a wide range of existing partners to give customers more choices. A new integration with Samsara will integrate driver’s hours of service information and GPS position data into LoadMaster. McLeod has also enhanced the interface with Blue Tree mobile communications to retrieve vehicle speed, direction, ignition status and hub readings into LoadMaster.
PowerBroker users have a new choice for brokerage tracking interface with project44. Users can setup carrier tracking on individual shipments using project44’s ELD or driver cell phone tracking. Positions from the carrier driver are automatically updated in PowerBroker for check call records.
Version 18 of McLeod’s DocumentPower Enterprise and FlowLogix
Version 18 includes a wide range of new features for both of these products, along with significant enhancements to Rendition Billing, Access Administration, FlowLogix, and the Logix Anywhere tools used to develop mobile solutions.
DocumentPower now includes reporting and analysis tools that will allow customers to both manage and monitor process performance in ways that will improve task productivity, clear out bottlenecks, and clean up aging tasks.
The Rapid Alert Notification System (RANS) in LoadMaster or PowerBroker can be used to trigger the execution of FlowLogix workflows, making any specific event or alert condition the system detects the initiator of sophisticated or simple business process automation for a wide range of circumstances and pre-defined events detected by the system.
FlowLogix workflows can now be initiated with a simple click of a “Magic Button,” created by customers using McLeod’s Field Marshal, from any LoadMaster or PowerBroker screen.
The McLeod FlowLogix eForms Designer has been consolidated into the FlowLogix Designer product and the user interface has been simplified to make it intuitive. An eForm template can now be created directly from a MS Word or PDF document, allowing customers to modify an existing template they may already have.
All new Robotic Process Automation (RPA), part of the McLeod FlowLogix Designer tool set, allows for automating repetitive data-driven activities across applications, portals, and websites.
Using FlowLogix Designer, McLeod has been able to offer mobile apps, such as McLeod Anywhere Mobile Capture and McLeod Anywhere Short Haul Processing, to bring in workflow driven task oriented screens to most mobile platforms including iOS, Android, and Windows.
New Business Process Productivity Reports will give managers a clear picture of each user’s productivity and help them identify resource bottlenecks. These reports include various grids and bar charts that let managers analyze data about specific business processes and users.
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