Broker angling for ‘Smart Capacity’

Trucker Tools, which provides tracking, carrier capacity management and predictive freight-matching solutions for carriers and brokers, principally, announced that Leonard’s Express, based in a Farmington, N.Y., has added Trucker Tools’ Smart Capacity and Load Track products for improved capacity planning, carrier management and accurate, real-time shipment visibility for its customers.

Leonard’s Express is a family-owned company that provides both asset- and non-asset-based freight transportation and logistics services with a network of offices and personnel. The company serves industrial, consumer, retail and manufacturing customers with distribution and supply chain management programs.

“We adopted Trucker Tools because it offered a proven platform to make our brokerage operations more efficient, improve the accuracy and timeliness of load tracking, and help solve the problem of ‘stale’ capacity data that plagues the truckload market,” said Troy Wiitanen, vice president of logistics for Leonard’s Express. “We want to be the broker of choice for our carriers” with “real-time, repeat loads, minimizing their downtime and improving how we help them manage and optimize their assets.”

Leonard’s Express is adding both Smart Capacity and Load Track functions from Trucker Tools to complement is transportation management system in place today, Trimble’s TMW Systems software — easy as a result of Trucker Tools’ previously built integration with the provider. Smart Capacity delivers a suite of advanced functionality and workflows for predictive freight-matching, capacity management, visibility into future available capacity and other broker-carrier collaboration features, reducing the time — and cost — to secure an optimal match, Trucker Tools says.

Load Track is built on the Trucker Tools Mobile Driver App. The app uses the smartphone’s GPS features to transmit continually updated truck and driver location information over Trucker Tools’ confidential, secure network, the company says. The mobile app has been downloaded by more than 550,000 truck drivers since its launch in 2013. Wiitanen cited the app’s prevalence as a potential driver of new capacity for its brokerage.