ACS launches FreightForm Express

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Affiliated Computer Services, a provider of business process and information technology outsourcing solutions, has announced the launch of FreightForm Express, a product designed to serve the needs of freight brokers, drivers and logistics companies.

FreightForm Express utilizes ACS’ TripPak Scanning software to provide a number of electronic tools and imaging capabilities for the freight transportation industry. More than 350 full-service truck stops throughout North America offer TripPak Scanning document imaging services, designed to provide a cashier-assisted and kiosk-based scanning service to expedite the collection and processing of proof-of-delivery documents and other records.

FreightForm Express is designed to create an easy, accurate way for shippers and brokers to distribute their handling instructions that drivers follow to help ensure trip documents are scanned promptly and shared with multiple parties if needed. With this technology, brokers now have a mechanism for paying drivers or owner/operators, as well as invoicing the shipper, according to ACS. Custom freight labels can be generated on demand and onsite by fuel desk clerks at participating TripPak Scanning truck stops.

“ACS is committed to helping North American trucking companies be more productive, and FreightForm Express introduces a new level of convenience and efficiency for this industry,” said Lynn Blodgett, group president of ACS Commercial Solutions. “FreightForm Express enables freight brokers to attract quality capacity providers, increase cash flow, promptly obtain signed documents and dramatically decrease their billing cycle, allowing all parties to be paid much more promptly, while still meeting shipper requirements for proof of delivery. Drivers gain peace of mind, knowing their documents have been scanned for immediate processing.”

ACS’ TripPak Services division is focused on providing expedited document processing services to transportation and logistics providers, offering image capture, indexing, auditing and workflow software applications. Original documents and images are available online from a secure image center, and clients choose how they would like their information integrated with their imaging platform.

ACS has a dedicated Web site for all of TripPak’s truck stop imaging services where drivers can access their trip documents online within minutes using the information provided on their TripPak Scanning receipt. Freight brokers and logistics companies who wish to add FreightForm Express capabilities to their supply chain management strategy can work with the TripPak team to distribute a new form throughout the system in minutes. Their fleet partners direct drivers to utilize TripPak Scanning capabilities at truck stops throughout North America to submit proof of delivery to brokers and shippers directly from the field and also present trip documents directly to the fleet using the same tools, ACS says.

TripPak Services is an operating division of ACS and provides business process improvement and outsourced IT solutions in the truckload market segment. Established in 1989 as Truckload Management Inc., the company was acquired by ACS in February 2004. TripPak Services offers a wide variety of flexible, driver-friendly, expedited document management services used by large and small transportation companies. More information is available at www.trippak.com.

Within the transportation and travel industry, ACS serves package delivery companies, airlines, railroads, freight haulers, transoceanic shipping concerns, logistics companies, consumer goods distributors, passenger bus lines and online travel services. ACS provides business process outsourcing and information technology services, including computer processing, network management, systems engineering, information analysis, help desk support, document digitization and supply chain management.