Trimble Transportation Announces Integration with MacroPoint to Enable Pay-Per-Load Tracking of Brokered Freight
Beachwood, OH. September 23, 2013 – Trimble Transportation Inc. (TMW), the leading provider of transportation management software solutions, and MacroPoint, inventors of a newly patented load-tracking solution that can track the location of third party drivers via their cell phone, today announced the availability of an integration between TMWSuite® and MacroPoint technology that enables on-demand, per load tracking for logistics service providers.
The integration offers brokers, carriers, and 3PLs using TMWSuite transportation management software a new, lightweight option for gaining visibility to their freight when hauled by outside carriers or owner operators. In contrast to integrations with fleet-based tracking systems that are intended for persistent use and connectivity with a TMS, the MacroPoint solution is designed to work on a load-by-load basis. Logistics service providers can employ the MacroPoint solution cost-effectively, paying only for use as needed on a per load basis.
The permission-based tracking application can be conveniently deployed to any driver’s cell phone in less than a minute with no upfront costs. MacroPoint’s location tracking technology works on all cellular phones. This includes both smart phones and more common “non-smart” phones that may be used by many drivers.
The integration with MacroPoint enables sending of individual load tracking requests directly to the driver’s phone and displays vehicle location tracking data as check-calls during load execution within TMWSuite. The combined solution is ideal for gaining visibility to individual brokered loads or to loads carried by owner-operators or other third-party drivers.
The patented MacroPoint technology can be used for basic, brokered freight management, but in combination with TMWSuite, the solution expands load visibility across a much broader range of service providers and vehicle drivers than has previously been possible. Multiple surveys of shipping organizations conducted by transportation and supply chain industry publications in recent years consistently indicate that increasing supply chain visibility and especially– visibility to shipments– remains a key objective for most companies.
“Introducing the option for simple and convenient, load-based tracking for customers of our TMWSuite TMS means that they can improve their competitive position with shippers, expanding the near real-time shipment visibility data they can make available,” said Trimble Transportation president, David Wangler.
More information about the newly integrated solution and TMW products will be offered during the annual TMW User Conference and Exhibition, TransForum 2013, held in Anaheim, CA this year from Sept 22nd-25th. Additional information about MacroPoint will also be available at the MacroPoint exhibition booth (#532) during TransForum.
For more information about MacroPoint, please contact:
Benjamin Derin - National Sales Manager
Phone: 216-369-0144 EXT 154