McLeod Software introduces PowerBroker II

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McLeod Software today, April 9, announced the availability of PowerBroker II at the Transportation Intermediaries Association annual convention in Washington, D.C. The next-generation release of this software solution for nonasset-based trucking brokerage and logistics providers has been redesigned with more than 100 new capability enhancements and significant structural changes, the company says; in addition, a comprehensive brokerage container module now is available for PowerBroker II users.

“We asked our customers what they needed to make PowerBroker a more powerful tool,” says Tom McLeod, president and founder of the Birmingham, Ala.-based provider of dispatch, accounting and enterprise management solutions for trucking and brokerage firms. “They asked for a variety of new capabilities and changes to existing functionalities that would ultimately provide them with a more streamlined process for gathering and using real-time information. PowerBroker II is the result of listening to, and acting upon, requests from our customers.”

According to McLeod, key new benefits of PowerBroker II – designed to increase workflow speed and enable brokers to access the real-time data that is necessary to make informed decisions – include the ability to:

  • Cover more loads more quickly – Using a new Carrier Search screen structure with multiple options that consolidates as many as seven search screens into one, brokers can execute searches and determine quickly the most probable candidates to handle an order. With PowerBroker II, the single search screen can show all carriers by lane, carrier movement history over a given lane, all carriers with available tractors in the area, and carriers with the lowest rate for each lane, a new search option. Brokers also can use the new search screen to check profit on past loads with each carrier, as well as a carrier’s insurance, safety rating and equipment types.
  • Access more detailed information – A redesign of the Carrier Dispatch screen in PowerBroker II improves functionality and visibility of important information. Newly added are command functions that can be used during dispatch to access more detailed information, including directions and loading/unloading instructions by location, distance load confirmation, carrier search, available tractors, rates, performance ratings, document images and container data.
  • Review safety reports faster – With a single button that links PowerBroker II to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration-sponsored SAFER (Safety and Fitness Electronic Record) website, brokers quickly and automatically can access safety reports from the SAFER System using MC or Department of Transportation numbers resident in the software to link to carrier data.
  • Handle container movements more efficiently – Using a new Brokerage Container Module, PowerBroker II expands the capabilities of brokers handling container movements. This new tool provides access to information required at the planning stage, such as container and chassis numbers, steamship location, load port and pickup ready/vessel/sail dates, and includes dispatch, order confirmation and tracking functionality.
  • McLeod says operational capabilities of the PowerBroker II system cover a wide range of brokerage functions, such as Load Planning; Carrier Dispatch, Lane Coverage, Lane History/Pricing and Profiles; Order Tracking; Service Failure and Revenue Analysis; Automated Rating; Load/Equipment Posting and Load Tracking; and Private Notification Network (an automated system for communicating available load information to selected carriers). A full array of accounting capabilities also is included. Modules and interfaces offered with the system include Agent Access, EDI, Internet, Partial Shipment Consolidation, Revenue/Expense Allocation and McLeod Document Imaging, among others.