Transportation & Load Planning April 25, 2012
Descartes Systems' Cloud-Based Transportation Management Suite
Descartes Systems Group has released a new version of its cloud-based transportation management suite. This release integrates transportation management, small package shipping, fleet routing, mobile applications, and telematics in a single solution.
The solution helps shippers select a common carrier or fleet using bi-directional planning. It creates optimized fleet plans that minimize costs while maximizing customer service. It transmits route plans through fleet dispatching, tracking, and mobile applications as well as telematics. The solution is also able to track deliveries as well as driver and vehicle performance so that users can measure whether deliveries happened as planned and drivers complied with operational rules.
The solution also helps with carrier compliance for small package shipments. The transportation management suite draws from more than 100 small package and less-than-truckload carriers' service guides to help companies select a carrier and manifest a small package shipment.
Descartes' solution provides visibility of the shipment from tender acceptance through in-transit moves to proof of delivery, which includes electronic signature and barcode or picture capture. The solution also audits shipment freight bills down to the line and accessorial level.
Because Descartes' Transportation Management suite is cloud-based, customers can connect to the solution via a web browser and Internet connection.