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CCJ Innovator of the Year: Celadon — Scoring Customers

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Celadon developed its Order Entry 2 (OE2) application internally and released the first version in 2013. The advanced decision support tool gives analysts a detailed systematic approach for accepting or rejecting load offers. The system scores each load on five primary factors, each with its own weight:

Customer Scorecard (15% weight): OE2 calculates a monthly score for customers that compares them to their peers in Celadon’s network and evaluates their ease of business collaboration. This scorecard consists of 12 items that include profitability, fuel surcharge, accounts receivable and EDI capabilities. Each item is weighted differently.

Origin Capacity (30%) and Destination Capacity (15%): These score a load based on Celadon’s capacity in the shipper’s and consignee’s region for that day of the week for the prior four weeks.

Modes of Transit (5%): This rewards points to a load that can be moved on rail or by a third-party carrier through Celadon’s brokerage division.

Operating Ratio (35%): This calculation takes the total break-even cost of a load divided by the average rate between the order and destination.

OE2 also determines a freight bonus or penalty to each load for various conditions. A load from a customer with a target growth account is given a bonus. A load with a short length of haul would have a penalty.

OE2 presents this information in decision screens to analysts, who can use function keys to drill down to more detail. The system is not being used to automatically accept or reject freight that is received electronically from customers through an EDI load tender, but OE2 has the foundation for that capability, says Mike Gabbei, vice president and chief information officer.

Soon, when OE2 rejects a load for whatever reason, the system will send an automated e-mail or interactive voice response to the customer that provides recommendations for how to get the load accepted. The customer could change the pickup or delivery date or pay an additional fee to deadhead a truck.

This automated response capability already has been given a label: a Celadon Solution. “The idea is to never say no, but to come up with an alternate idea,” says Steve Edmonds, vice president of information systems.

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About the award

Commercial Carrier Journal’s editors recognize innovators throughout the year and select one for special recognition as Innovator of the Year. Innovators considered for the current award were those recognized in the magazine in 2014.

Innovation in any aspect of the operation is eligible for recognition. To qualify, the carrier must operate at least 10 power units in Classes 3-8 and maintain a satisfactory safety rating, if rated. Selection of innovators for recognition is at the sole discretion of CCJ’s editors.

This year’s award was announced and presented at the CCJ Innovators Summit, a networking event for current and previously recognized innovators held Feb. 4-6 at the Hawks Cay Resort in the Florida Keys. Representatives of innovative trucking operations updated one another on their initiatives.

The CCJ Innovators program is sponsored by Freightliner Trucks, Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, PeopleNet and Shell Lubricants. For more information on the program and links to previously recognized innovators or to fill out the online nomination form, go to www.ccjinnovators.com or contact Jeff Crissey, CCJ editor, at 800-633-5953.

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Aaron Huff is the Senior Editor of Commercial Carrier Journal. Huff’s career in the transportation industry began at a family-owned trucking company and expanded to CCJ, where for the past 14 years he has specialized in covering business and technology for online and print readers and speaking at industry events. A recipient of numerous regional and national awards, Huff holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Brigham Young University and a Masters Degree from the University of Alabama.