McLeod Software offers new container module

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McLeod Software — a provider of dispatch, accounting and enterprise management solutions for trucking and brokerage firms — recently announced a new module for its LoadMaster enterprise transportation management system. The Container Module for Truckload Carriers is the latest in a series of new features added to LoadMaster to help provide customers with advanced capabilities. The new module offers additional specialized information needed to enter, track and bill container movements.

“Containers are increasingly playing a vital role for these operations, but their movements and information requirements are different,” says Tom McLeod, president and founder of Birmingham, Ala.-based McLeod Software. “This new module, which was requested by our truckload customers, will do for containers what LoadMaster does for tractors and drivers — streamline and organize the dispatching process.”

Features of the Container Module, according to the company, include a container tracking system that alerts users to potential late returns as well as a quick history capability to answer customer inquires; and a recurring orders feature that speeds up the order entry process by allowing carriers to preset repetitive container information, such as dray payments, and eliminates redundant data entry with a duplicate command option that copies specified custom fields when creating a new order or container movement record.

McLeod says capabilities and benefits of the Container Module for Truckload Carriers include:

  • The ability to quickly monitor the status of each container movement with a dedicated container tracking screen that tracks returned and unreturned containers, container locations, days out and dates of return. This screen also allows users to sort and/or filter information by container, shipper, shipping line, location and returned status;
  • New container-specific filters on most revenue reports that allow carriers to see how much revenue they are generating for container loads and run new container-specific reports, such as a cutoff report on steamship cutoff dates, and a container due report detailing the date the container is due back to the shipper; and
  • A specialized settlement feature that can separate dray and normal settlement processing and enable automated payments while subtracting amounts for linehaul drivers. This feature also allows carriers to set up different pay and general ledger posting options for owner-operators and company drivers.