If you’re managing a truckload business (TL) in 2021, choosing the most up-to-date technology and optimization tools is a great way to grow your business, optimize your assets, and cement strong relationships. And a transportation management system (TMS) designed to optimize TL freight is an essential tool as we enter 2021 in a market beset with tight capacity.
But what do you look for if you’re only familiar with TMS products of five, ten, or even 15 years ago?
New flexible, configurable, cloud-based TMSs provide a whole host of intelligent features and benefits to increase productivity and optimize your business.
Increase TL efficiency, productivity, and profitability with technology.
Want to locate the best loads with the highest dollar per day or highest dollar per mile using an automated search of loads available in load boards? Optimization tools like smart trip planning let you schedule drivers from pickup to load; calculate hour-by-hour trip plans of drivers considering their (HOS); and do intelligent quote evaluation to find the best driver within seconds considering drivers’ HOS and current load assignments.
A cloud-based TMS for TL provides an integrated platform to manage transportation:
- Connects with all your systems. With a TL-specific TMS, you can search loads and post your truck availabilities to multiple load boards. It also enables you to track your trucks, drivers, and hours-of-service. The TMS can be used for load planning, to sync all your TMS accounting data with QuickBooks, and to share a live tracking link with customers for the load’s location and ETAs at pickup and delivery.
- Automates essential tasks to save time and increase efficiency and freight volumes. When you’re managing TL freight, features likecentralized load management improve your efficiency. Centralization enables you to manage every stage of the load life cycle: load confirmation, dispatching, document collection, invoicing, and driver settlement. Further, the live dispatch board lets you track all your drivers, assets, and loads on maps and visual timelines with live load updates. Efficient back-office functions allow you to manage invoicing, driver payments, IFTA, and documents easily. Additional safety features help carriers remain compliant with DOT rules.
- Provides extreme visibility and helps you deliver outstanding service. Tools with real-time visibility provide automatic updates on the truck’s location and load—data you can share automatically. If you have new customers in mind, offering them real-time, digital load tracking enables your customers to, in turn, better manage their resources and identify inefficiencies in their operations.
Grow Your Truckload Business
Want to build your business in 2021? Work with Axele, the first intelligent TMS for TL carriers. Our parent company, Optym, has over 20 years of experience applying automation and optimization technology to the world’s largest airlines, railroad, and less-than-truckload companies. Learn more about how using Axele TMS helps you find optimal TL loads that lead to an increase in your bottom-line profits. Contact us for more information.