June 27, 2017

FourKites partners with HaulFox on freight visibility

Freight brokers and 3PLs could gain better shipment tracking through TMS platform.

By DC Velocity Staff

Logistics software provider FourKites Inc. has partnered with transportation management solution (TMS) vendor HaulFox LLC in a move the firms say could enhance the orchestration of day-to-day freight shipping processes.

Chicago-based FourKites will link its real-time freight tracking platform with HaulFox's cloud-based software, creating a single portal that provides improved shipment visibility for clients such as freight brokers and third-party logistics providers (3PLs), the companies said Tuesday.

FourKites technology collects real-time shipping-location and -status information from more than 60 onboard global positioning systems (GPSes) and electronic logging devices (ELDs), trailer tracking devices, and driver cell phones. Dallas-based HaulFox will leverage that data to feed its customers updates every 15 minutes with full visibility of location and estimated time of arrival (ETA), including predictions of the impact of weather and traffic on delivery times.

"Hours-old visibility updates were acceptable in the past, but now shippers expect their freight brokers to know where an 80,000-pound truck hauling $100,000 worth of cargo is at any given time," HaulFox Founder and COO Jonathan Drouin said in a release. "By partnering with FourKites, HaulFox can deliver on our brand promise to automate processes and focus on ruthless efficiency and productivity gains."

FourKites has been integrating its real-time tracking and shipping visibility tools with a growing roster of TMS providers, including deals this year with BluJay Solutions and with JDA Software Group.

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