Six Ways Increased Visibility Benefits Your Fleet
Mobile comm systems can collect an array of valuable data about your operations, including drivers’ hours-of-service status, tractor location, trailer location, arrival and departure times, refrigerated trailer temperature, and out-of-route occurrences.
McLeod’s LoadMaster takes that data and turns it into actionable information within several of its modules, including Driver Feasibility, Integrated Mapping, Rapid Alert Notification System, Driver Scorecard and more.
Here are just a six ways LoadMaster users can benefit from having the added visibility that mobile comm data can provide.
Pinpoint a Location
Use Find Near to see which available tractors are closest to an order or which orders are closest to an available tractor. Mobile comm data is used to generate maps that show the current positions of tractors and orders, so that you can match your tractors to nearby loads, improving overall utilization and efficiency.
Maximize Drivers’ Hours
Use Driver Feasibility to assess drivers’ hours-of-service status for a specific load. By tapping into drivers’ HOS data, this tool allows you to track the hours drivers have available and see quickly whether or not any specified driver can make a preassignment on time.
Users can view all mobile comm messages easily and in a single location. With one click, a dispatcher can view all of the mobile comm messages that are feeding in. This can be done through the Order Planning screen so that there is no need to move to a different screen to view this information.
Improve Load Integrity
The integrity of refrigerated loads is important not only from a customer service aspect, but also from a regulatory perspective under the Food Safety Modernization Act. McLeod’s tools allow you to monitor reefer temperature and set points remotely and with the click of a mouse.
View minimum and maximum temperatures, the set point, and the return air temperature for each order and insure you are managing the reefer shipment according to the customer’s requirements for that commodity.
Improve Overall Efficiency
LoadMaster allows you to track arrival times and monitor out-of-route events, which maximizes your load planning and dispatching efforts. McLeod’s ETA-OOR module uses real-time position data from your mobile comm system to project arrival times and detect out-of- route occurrences. ETA data allows you to be proactive, rather than reactive. Know in advance if you’re going to be late or early and manage that outcome, rather than having an unexpected service failure or forcing a driver to cool their heels waiting on an appointment when you might be able to make an adjustment in the appointment to prevent either circumstance. Find the exception so that you can manage by exception. Act in a timeframe that makes a difference.
McLeod’s Detention module uses mobile comm data to determine when your drivers are being detained and it keeps a record of the length of detention. You can set up warning messages for the shipper or consignee when contractual detention limits are approaching. You can use this data to fully document your charges for detention and to negotiate with customers about reducing detention. The module can also help change shipper behavior, resulting in faster turn times and greater asset utilization, which is increasingly important as capacity within the industry tightens.