ORLANDO — An audience of transportation, logistics and fleet management professionals Monday were encouraged to “make the most of now” with leading-edge technology solutions to increase the speed and usefulness of decisions that can improve operating efficiency, business income and customer satisfaction.
TMW Systems President David Wangler made the comments in his keynote address during the opening general session of the 2015 TransForum User Conference and Exhibition at Orlando’s World Center Marriott.
Attendees gathered here at the three-day TransForum conference exclusively for TMW customers represent virtually every segment of the North American transportation industry.
In addition to more than 300 educational sessions offered at TransForum, including industry trends and insight from several leading business speakers and analysts, many new TMW products, services and enhanced solution capabilities were announced.
From TMW’s extensive portfolio of transportation and asset maintenance solutions, newly available services, software or capabilities included:
Value Engineering services. A new service initiative providing TMW customers insightful analysis for business performance improvement through combined data analytics and industry benchmarking.
TMWSuite Fuel Dispatch software. The software provides new tools to improve short-load consolidations as well as general performance improvements to increase end-user effectiveness. New capabilities include inventory forecasting for holidays and managing discrepancies in tank readings.
TMWSuite Brokerage software provides additional rating capabilities provided through the 3G-TM integration for best-in-class industry rating support of truckload and less-than-truckload shipments. Improves customers’ ability to accurately rate shipments and offer more competitive price quotes.
TMW Operations. New features offer more efficiencies for planners and dispatchers, including powerful, commodity-based loading guidance to maximize equipment utilization; enhanced cross-dock capability that facilitates planning, execution and billing of ‘turnpike doubles’ movements. Improvements in data accuracy and efficiency from these enhancements can reduce wasteful re-work in the back office.
TMW Back Office provides improved support for agent-based pay scenarios enables companies to grow business using an agent model. Automated, “no touch” processing of billing and settlements further reduces manual effort required to complete critical tasks, allowing end-users to focus on exceptions.
TMWSuite LTL Operations offers new features for LTL consolidators who incorporate rail service, including rail reservation and drayage capabilities. Route optimization powered by Appian DirectRoute automatically routes daily deliveries and identifies optimal truck assignments for new pickups as they are called in during the day.
TruckMate software is a redesigned handheld solution for managing freight at a cross-dock, featuring an intuitive, streamlined interface that can reduce the technology onboarding time, improve data collection and reduce loading errors. Increased rating capabilities provided through a new 3G-TM integration offer best-in-class rating support for truckload and less-than-truckload shipments. This can improve accuracy in rating shipments on both provided and purchased transportation, resulting in a more competitive price quote.
TMW Business Intelligence software and services has extensive new data elements are available in the TMW Data Warehouse for TMWSuite, Innovative, TruckMate and TMT Fleet Maintenance solutions that expand reporting and dashboard options for a range of business users. New drag-and-drop design capabilities in the Data Warehouse Explorer and Visual Analytics solutions improve speed and ease of use when creating new dashboards. The ability to consume SSRS and Crystal Reports and an extensive set of new data visualization tools join many other new features.
TL2000 software has improvements to the Driver Schedule snapshot feature on the Assignment screen of Resource Planner and the new feature tariff rate import capability using a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet template are notable enhancements.
Innovative IES software has enhancements include integrations to new mobile communications providers and fuel card and fuel purchase system providers. A new Web-based IES Mobile application offers significant operations information for timesaving effectiveness when away from a desktop.
Appian software. Among other enhancements, there is an optional Google geocoding functionality for enhanced accuracy; a Scenario Manager that can run multiple routing scenarios; an automated Fixed Routing Manager that reduces the need to perform daily manual route uploads; a Resource Planner tool with a single view of driver and truck schedules; an automated feature for delivery appointment setting; and a new mobile tracking and messaging app for iOS, Android and Windows devices.
TMW Asset Maintenance software is a new Tire Analyzer mobile application to measure and record air pressure and tread depth by wheel position, to aid in tire expense control; new web-based Shop Scheduler for managing appointments, plans and repair orders by bay and time slot; support for multi-currency purchase and reporting to meet the needs of international companies. The Mechanic Workstation mobile app can improve the efficiency and productivity of mechanic work activities and the TMT Service Center Point-of-Sale (POS) solution benefits from enhanced workflow and invoicing features.
TMW Optimization software is new ExpertFuel software capabilities include in-cab directions to fuel stops and fuel pricing feeds from EFS and Comdata; an advanced scheduling “engine” with related integrations that supports the calculation and transfer of HOS/ETA/PTA data. A web-based user interface now presents TripAlert status with ALK visual mapping. A number of new MatchAdvice integrations also were added.
Transportation and maintenance professionals can learn more about TMW solutions by calling 800-401-6682, or requesting additional information through the company’s website at www.tmwsystems.com.