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Transportation management systems

How Can Transportation Management Systems Help the Environment?

Can transportation management systems help the environment while improving your bottom line?

Consider this: The 2020 “Ship Responsibly” report from Convoy says that each year 61 billion out of 175 billion trucking miles in the U.S. are empty — resulting in 87 million metric tons of CO2 emissions. Heavy-duty vehicles are the largest mobile source of nitrogen oxide, a pollutant linked to heart and lung disease, according to an article by the Washington Post.

The report from Convoy also points out that truckers, carriers and the environment suffer from environmental, economic or time losses due to empty miles.

How can transportation management systems help reduce pollution and lost revenue?

Axele is trying to improve both the environment and truckers’ lives by making it easier to find loads and avoid empty miles. With the easy load selection provided by Axele’s optimization and integrated load boards, carriers can quickly find loads to fill gaps in their drivers’ schedules.

Watch this video to see how easy it can be (click on the gif below):

In addition, Axele’s ELD integration allows carriers to be sure their drivers are operating within the Hours of Service requirements.

Plus, not only can your TMS help the environment, but it could help avoid additional regulation if the industry is addressing the problem. In January 2020, the EPA announced that the agency was moving forward with a “Cleaner Trucks Initiative” aimed at further reducing highway emissions of nitrogen oxide and other pollutants from heavy-duty engines. Nitrogen oxides, or NOx, have been linked to a number of respiratory problems, particularly asthma, and can react with sunlight and other chemicals to form smog according to the article.

So with an optimized TMS like Axele, carriers stand to improve the environment, avoid excessive regulation, make drivers happier and make more money. Sounds like a win-win-win-win.

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