Truck TMS

Introducing the CarrierPoint API Suite

Our goal at IntelliTrans is to drive successful outcomes for shippers, and helping carriers and 3PLs better serve our shipper customers is a key part of that mission. That’s why we’ve released an API suite to extend CarrierPoint functionality to carrier and 3PL apps, platforms, and enterprise systems. Its REST architecture allows you to do things like gather load details, accept and decline contract loads, and provide location updates.

Traditionally, these types of integrations have involved extensive development time, complex requirements, and significant upfront fees. But with CarrierPoint API suite, we help abstract the complexity so you can start moving freight and scale more efficiently.

What you can do with it

You can do just about anything you can do using the CarrierPoint app. For example:

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  • Search for loads and pull full load detail

  • Accept and decline contract loads

  • Place and revoke spot bids

  • Upload important documents like delivery receipts, signed BOLs, and damage photos

  • Provide location updates and delivery confirmations

  • Accept and decline fixed-rate offers

How to Get Started

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We have detailed documentation to set you on the right path and we are more than happy to help you get started. Contact us here to get started!

What’s Next

This is just the beginning. We’re excited about what this new development means for our IntelliTrans customer community, and we can’t wait to see what you build with this new set of capabilities. Please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Use a TMS to Improve Service and Reduce Cost

2018 - the year of the capacity crunch – has been a challenging year for freight shippers. Not only have they faced significant upward cost pressure, but also declines in service. And, these market dynamics likely won’t let up anytime soon as new and existing environmental factors emerge and persist:

  • Fuel prices and uncertainty around future prices increase.
  • Economic growth increases demand for freight transport, especially road transport.
  • Service challenges in other modes shift more freight to road transport.
  • Driver shortages continue and increasing qualifications make it harder to become a driver.
  • Regulatory initiatives like the ELD (electronic logging device) mandate are introduced.
  • Financing terms on truck and equipment purchases increase with interest rate hikes.
  • Tighter monetary policy leads to fewer bank loans for smaller, less credit-worthy carriers.

Needless to say, there are quite a few uncontrollable factors at play. Shippers can, however, take a fresh look at how logistics consumers can achieve better customer service without significantly exceeding their budget.

It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.
— Epictetus

What’s in Your Control? Harnessing the Power of People, Process, and Technology.

Relationships will always matter, especially in the logistics industry. It’s important to treat your drivers and carriers well – whether capacity is tight or not – and you might find a competitive advantage in carriers working harder to cover your shipments when times get rough. Using a TMS, particularly one with dock scheduling capabilities, is a great way to improve your relationship with carriers. Easy ways to book appointments, update those appointments, and ensure minimal dwell at origin and destination can attract carriers to accept your freight before others - all other parameters being equal. And, if you can audit and pay carrier invoices quickly (with transparency), you are well on your way to becoming a shipper of choice.

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For manufacturers and retailers whose costs and quality of service are important, it’s imperative to have processes in place to ensure loads go to transport providers offering cost-competitive rates and high-quality service for each lane. And, to do so quickly and efficiently with minimal administrative cost. Booking a load easily and “instantaneously” is critical; otherwise, the carrier might book a competing load with the same equipment and driver. Which is why having an automated tendering process that gives visibility to an ever-expanding set of carriers in a structured, defined order is one of the best ways to optimize coverage and cost.

Using the IntelliTrans TMS to Drive Information Accessibility, Visibility, and Efficiency

The IntelliTrans Transportation Management System (TMS) is a web-based software solution comprised of shipment mode modules that can be used individually or in combination to allow command and control of shipments across all modes of transport.

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The truck module of the IntelliTrans Transport Management System (TMS) will assist with procurement, coordination of all transport activities, and execution of loads – reducing time-consuming, error-prone business processes. Administration to manage your needs is simplified, which results in minimal effort in contacting providers, tracking loads, monitoring carrier performance, and ensuring invoice accuracy. The road transport element helps streamline truckload and less-than-truckload operations, optimize carrier selection, maximize carrier capacity, and reduce truckload spend.   

The TMS records complete, timely, and accurate data backed-up by data specialists who ensure each shipment has complete data. We also provide interactive data visualizations and data-driven alerts, giving you the ability to ask deeper questions and deliver more meaningful insights in areas like shipment visibility, cost control, and tendering automation. Whether you’re an operator looking to manage shipment exceptions or a strategic, long-term planner, you’ll be able to quickly spot outliers and trends across complex datasets.

Let us show you what we can do for your business! 

Our Truck TMS Integrates with North America's Largest Freight Match Service

Our web-based truck transportation management system (CarrierPoint) is fully integrated with TransCore's flagship DAT® freight match products, enabling shippers and third-party logistics providers (3PLs) to use a single system, not multiple systems, to manage contract freight, private fleets and spot market moves.

By coupling our TMS and DAT freight match service, which processes more than an estimated 4.6 million load postings per month, we simplify and reduce the number of steps necessary to tender a load. Instead of having to open several applications, a shipper can now open a single frame and view all the necessary information with immediate access to various functions.

“This enhancement fulfills a fundamental component of our acquisition strategy to merge disparate systems and reduce inefficiencies in transportation systems,” said the president of TransCore. “In a market where capacity is scarce, this simplified design will allow shippers and 3PLs access to a vibrant spot market and increase their asset utilization. Likewise, brokers will have greater capacity selection.” 

Ever-Expanding Tendering

The CarrierPoint (Truck TMS) ever-expanding tendering process gives visibility to an ever-expanding set of carriers in a structured, defined order to optimize coverage and cost. Ever-expanding tendering offers substantial savings vis-à-vis competitor systems that remove the load from each carrier after their time to review has expired. We found that average savings from expansive tendering alone were 12% or approximately $110 per load!

Tender Visibility

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  • Multiple levels of visibility ensure maximum load exposure to carrier capacity.

  • You control who sees your loads and equipment.

  • Fleet assets can act as the 1st level of distribution.

  • Continously expanding visibility

Tendering Strategies

Use tendering algorithms and templates to automate tendering to:

  • Corporate Fleets
  • Dedicated Carriers
  • Contract Carriers
  • Current Carrier Bids
  • Spot Market (DAT/GetLoaded/Link Logistics)

 

 

 

Available Tendering Methods

All of our methods can be combined to meet the requirements that your transportation department needs.  Methods can be used across your enterprise, for parts of your business, or only for a specific a specific lane.  Available CarrierPoint tendering methods include:

  • Least-cost: offers each of your loads to the carrier(s) with the lowest rate on the lane first and expands the offer to additional carrier on a configurable timeline.
  • Auto-award: assign shipments to certain carriers or your fleet.
  • Allocations: award volume on contractually-committed percentage (i.e., 60% to Carrier A and 40% to Carrier B) or by number of loads (i.e. 10 loads per day to Carrier A, 5 loads to Carrier B).
  • Service-based: award loads based upon service level of carriers, which can be calculated through CarrierPoint’s automated scorecard process.
  • Customer-based: award loads based on customer preference for carriers (i.e., all loads to Customer X must use Carrier C).
  • Spot bids: allow carriers who do not have a rate on the lane provide a bid to take that load.
  • Spot networks: post loads to freight-matching load boards like DAT.

Mock Process

In the offer timeline below, assume that the load is covered at 4:00 pm eastern.  This means all carriers up to Averitt Express can see and accept/decline the load at this time.  In other systems, only Averitt would be able to see it at this time.  If Decker Truck Line, Inc. takes the load at 4:00pm then CarrierPoint has provided cost avoidance of about $2160 ($5,086-$2,928).

Dock Scheduling

The Challenge

The trucking industry estimates it is losing approximately $1.3 billion a year waiting at customer facilities to pick up or deliver cargo. One of the top reasons for driver turnover in the trucking industry is wasted time sitting at warehouse docks; for truckers who get paid by the mile, time is of the essence. And truckers are not the only ones losing. Lost productivity for truckers results in higher rates for shippers.

The Solution: CarrierPoint DockMaster

CarrierPoint's dock door scheduling tool, DockMaster, is a Web-based application that provides the real-time visibility necessary to make scheduling dock appointments easier and more accurate. By using DockMaster, shippers and carriers can improve communication and reduce errors, improve labor planning and use reporting tools to measure performance.

  • Shippers can use DockMaster to schedule pick-ups and deliveries by their selected carriers, routing them to a pre-assigned loading or unloading door
  • Carriers can schedule dock appointments quickly and easily via DockMaster without having to make time-intensive phone calls. (Most shippers and consignees estimate their schedulers spend at least 40% of their time on the phone scheduling and managing appointments)

Features

  • Automatic or interactive scheduling (your choice)
  • Efficient, real-time visibility and communication
  • Customizable business rules
  • Advance shipping notifications and proofs of delivery
  • Cycle time and other types of performance reporting
  • Configure an appointment book for any location in minutes based on that location's business rules
    • 2 doors or 200 doors
    • 4 hours per week day or 24 hours 7 days per week
  • Allow carriers to schedule directly from their browser or require approval for the requested appointment
  • Allow inter or intra company visibility of load status - a boon to customer self-service
  • Use scheduling as part of a comprehensive CarrierPoint solution, or use it as a stand-alone
  • Use outbound and subsequent inbound scheduling to provide Advance Shipping Notification and Proof Of Delivery up and down the supply chain
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Benefits

  • Easy to use.
  • You can access it from anywhere you have an Internet connection
  • Carriers: keep your drivers on the road and not waiting around at the docks
  • Shippers: achieve labor cost savings, reduce administrative costs, and reduce detention charges from carriers
  • Gain efficiency and reduce congestion at the docks
  • Improve communications with business partners
  • Maximize the use of dock assets
  • Improve labor planning

One shipper went from 64% of loads subject to demurrage to 15%, in the first month!

Please contact us today to see how we can help you achieve similar results.

CarrierPoint in Action

Goal:

Reduce distribution costs and improve the bottom line.

Scope: 

Customer in the forest products industry that ships approximately 12,000 truckloads per month.

Solution:

CarrierPoint was deployed to enable them to automate their business processes, improve least-cost carrier utilization, diversify their carrier base, and institute an automated payment process.

Results:

  • Least-cost carrier utilization savings of approximately $2.9M annually
  • Carrier diversification of $450K annually
  • Manual labor reduction of $300k annually (redeployment of personnel) 

Total Annual Savings: $3.65MM

Please contact us so that we can show you how CarrierPoint and our associated services can help you achieve your distribution chain objectives.