McLeod Software Announces the Release of LoadMaster® Enterprise and PowerBroker™ Version 11.1
McLeod Software is now shipping version 11.1 of LoadMaster® Enterprise and PowerBroker™. This release of the product family includes more new functionality than any previous release of these industry leading application software products.
Feasibility for Planners
LoadMaster Enterprise now offers a powerful new tool to help planners identify the best driver for a load being planned, based on the real world constraints of any driver’s current position, current load, and available hours of service (HOS). This new function called Feasibility checks the driver’s available HOS and estimated time of arrival for dropping the current load underway, estimates detention time based on historical averages, and then the run required for picking up the load being planned. This function helps the planner determine if a specific driver can take the load and make all of the appointments, including pickup, stops, and delivery for a particular load, on time and within the driver’s availability determined by HOS rules. Feasibility sets both the planner and driver up for success by allowing a quick analysis of whether or not it is feasible to put that driver on that load.
Office Telephone System Integration
This new module for LoadMaster and PowerBroker creates an interactive interface with digital office telephone systems. Outbound calls are as simple as clicking on the number inside the system; the phone will autodial. For inbound calls, each individual LoadMaster or PowerBroker user can be configured based on their role. The telephone system integration module will read the inbound caller identification information and the destination extension in order to determine the correct context for the call. Based on this context, it will then provide pop-up menu buttons for the user. The pop-up menu buttons allow the user to select from several options specific to this context for the call, even before they have answered.
Based on the user’s selection, the appropriate screens and tabs will then open and populate on the user’s screen. The context identified for the inbound number can be a customer, shipper, carrier, carrier driver, or a company driver. Depending on the role of the person being called, the system may offer buttons for the user to pull up different functions and populate them. These functions include orders, locations, movements, customer/carrier/driver master files, call-in screens, and planning or dispatch screens. The speed at which inbound calls can be managed, and appropriate information populated based on context saves significant time and keystrokes for handling those calls and getting the appropriate information at the user’s fingertips.
Offer/Order Capability to Automate Broker-Carrier Interaction
The offer/order function in PowerBroker has been expanded to provide valuable automation. Now brokers can send and receive rate confirmations or terms acceptance electronically with carriers. The outbound process for carrier offers is now available as a “one click” solution for carriers who want to accept an offer. This facilitates the goal of many brokers of “being easier to do business with” for their carrier network. The order/offer process has live history tracking. This means that everyone who needs this information can view outstanding offers, the history associated with that offer, the source for the carrier to whom the broker sent it (i.e.: identified from a load board), how many carriers were contacted or called, and how each carrier responded, if there was a response.
Tracking for carrier offers allows brokers to track all carrier offers and avoid duplications. This helps in environments with teams and “pods” that may be working on the same orders. The history being captured for these carrier offers will allow brokers to create their own analysis. For a particular lane, a broker might want to explore pricing history’s relationship with how many carrier offers were required to cover an order, perhaps to get a better sense of what the real pricing in that lane should be, in order to cover loads quickly.
Expanded Capabilities for the McLeod Mobile Applications
The McLeod Mobile Applications introduced at our 2010 Users’ Conference continues to grow by leaps and bounds. This year, version 4 of the application has greatly expanded the set of mobile device functions and capabilities. The application runs on both Android and Apple iOS devices. It gives McLeod PowerBroker and LoadMaster users secure access to their systems, alerts, and vital information when they are away from the office. There is a demonstration version of this application available on the Lenovo Ideapads distributed at the conference.
Enhancements for LoadMaster® LTL
McLeod Software has developed substantial new functionality for our LoadMaster LTL dispatch and operations system that is being released as part of this 11.1 version of our products. The system has been unified with McLeod financial systems, driver, tractor, trailer, and safety systems in the core LoadMaster Enterprise system. New visual cross docking capabilities and visibility for inbound tractors are included in this version of the product. We are also releasing a new integration solution for our LTL product with Qualcomm’s mobile communication and workflow offerings.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Integration
A new off-the-shelf integration solution for companies running the Microsoft Dynamics GP financial system is now available for LoadMaster and PowerBroker customers. This robust integration solution employs Microsoft’s Web Services and e-Connect tools to deliver a seamless integration solution supported by McLeod Software. The integration maps the appropriate master information in the McLeod system, such as customers, payees including agents, carriers, and owner-operators to the master data in Dynamics GP. Billing transactions (detail, summary, or miscellaneous) are transferred to Dynamics GP as a receivables record. Settlement transactions (payroll, settlement, and/or deduction) are transferred as a payables record. In order to maintain customer credit limits at time of order booking, customer balances are also imported from Dynamics GP. This very tight off-the-shelf integration solution means that McLeod customers can take advantage of the features in the Microsoft Dynamics GP solution, while keeping the tightly integrated transactions in their LoadMaster and PowerBroker systems intact and traceable.
About McLeod Software
McLeod Software is a leading provider of transportation, brokerage and document management systems. Specifically developed for the trucking industry, McLeod’s advanced management solutions and services enable transportation companies to increase their efficiencies in all areas while reducing costs. McLeod Software’s integrated best-in-class software products include LoadMaster®, PowerBroker™, DocumentPower™ Enterprise, HirePower™ and the McLeod Freight Management Solutions product line. Founded in 1985 and headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, the company serves truckload and LTL carriers, freight brokers, 3PLs, and shippers throughout North America. For more information, contact McLeod Software toll free at 877-362-5363 or visit www.McLeodSoftware.com.
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