Tech news and briefs for the week ending September 18:
McLeod Software having the 2021 banner
At McLeod Software’s user conference September 12-15 in Grapevine, Texas, the company reported a record number of new customers in 2020. In 2021, sales of its transportation management software used by carriers and freight brokers increased 58% from the previous year. year. McLeod currently has over 1,100 customers and 550 employees.
McLeod announced a new DataFusion framework extending its traditional EDI services that its customers use to communicate electronically with their business partners. DataFusion gives McLeod customers the ability to connect to their customers’ supply chains in new ways, such as with Web API services.
The company also introduced a new product to help carriers automate tasks and speed up the process of onboarding, orienting and preparing drivers for shipment.
On the business intelligence front, the company has a new version of McLeod IQ with faster data refreshes and an improved personalization process. Users can cut out metrics to identify root causes and trends. Another addition to McLeod IQ is that LTL carriers track pickup and delivery details by terminal.
P&G uses Trimble for supply chain sourcing
Trimble has formed a strategic relationship with Procter & Gamble that will improve the way shippers and carriers team up during the transportation procurement process, the companies said. The initiative will result in the development of a collaborative agile transportation procurement platform from Trimble.
“We look forward to working closely with P&G to leverage their extensive supply chain expertise to improve the procurement process for shippers and carriers through technology,” said James Langley , senior vice president, Trimble Transportation.
P&G will inform the development of a platform focused on provisioning transmission capacity by building closer relationships with shippers and carriers and helping each find the right partners. The platform will also speed up the procurement and integration process to improve the speed of transactions and the profitable movement of freight.
“This collaboration allows us to combine P&G industrial intelligence with Trimble’s deep experience in transportation technology,” said Michelle Eggers, vice president, Global Logistics Purchasing, for P&G.
Transflo launches an automation suite
Transflo has launched a suite of document automation services, Transflo Intelligent Automation (TIA), for carriers, freight brokers, factoring providers, shippers and freight auditors.
TIA extracts data from digitized freight documents such as bills of lading, proof of delivery, freight invoices, maintenance reports and service hours logs. Document capture can be performed quickly by drivers on the road using the Transflo Mobile + application or at 2,500 truck stop locations in the Transflo Express network.
The extracted data is automatically processed and delivered to pre-selected fleet personnel and integrated into accounting, invoicing, maintenance reporting and transportation management system (TMS) platforms.
The documents are then automatically categorized and indexed, then uploaded for long-term storage in a web-based dashboard, the Transflo portal, which serves as a single point of contact for invoicing, settlements, driving tools and integrations with TMS platforms.
Bluewire creates a security sharing platform
Bluewire has developed an online community, Bluewire Connect, to help the trucking industry fight nuclear verdicts. The proprietary platform is for all US transportation and commercial auto liability insurance industries to exchange trucking safety and defense information and share experiences on a secure platform.
The company says the platform provides trucking professionals in defense litigation, security, risk management, a centralized industry news aggregator, discussion forum, source of continuing education and a resource repository of complainant documents that will serve as an incubator for new ideas and procedures.
Trucking professionals can join Bluewire Connect (Bluewire.ai) to submit a membership application. Bluewire claims that it controls all applications and grants exclusive access to valid subscribers only to ensure the highest level of security.
Clockwork secures $ 5.5 million in seeds
Clockwork Logistics Systems has closed a $ 5.5 million funding round from leading logistics investors. Clockwork is designed to bolt onto an existing shipper operating system to see carrier performance metrics at the driver level. The platform can also be used by carriers and truck drivers to capture proof of delivery (POD) data.
S2Q Systems launches quote automation for carriers and brokers
S2Q Systems has a new email workflow automation platform, Speed to Quote, which helps transport logistics companies to quote in less than seconds. The system is fully integrated with messaging platforms. The new startup aims to help carriers and freight brokers instantly analyze and respond to inbound email quote requests without sacrificing the human element.