Aljex Software updates TIN application for brokers

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Aljex Software has announced major enhancements to its TIN application for dispatch and transportation management.

TIN is a user-friendly, highly functional TMS (Transportation Management
System) for 3PLs and brokers that is accessed over the Internet. The name TIN stands for Transportation Intermediaries Network. Aljex is a provider of management software for freight brokers, carriers, logistics companies and other transportation providers.

The TIN working screen includes a map showing truck and pickup locations. The first upgrade enables users to clearly see operational problems and potential problems displayed; the second co-ordinates loads on the map with shipment and customer information. The new enhancements enable users to manage the screen display of their loads for a very clear understanding of work flow and, critically, what actions need to be taken next, the company says.

Since TIN is hosted over the Internet, the new upgrades are already available to all TIN subscribers. They can be previewed at the Aljex web site under “demo.”

“We constantly upgrade our hosted applications. We implement upgrades as soon as they are tested and secure. Customers do not need to install updates or pause their operations at all,” said Tom Heine, president of Aljex, himself a former 3PL operator.

Specifically, Aljex has added three “Attention” check boxes under the TIN map dispplay. They are labeled “Missed Pickup,” “Missed Delivery,” and “Missed check call.” A check in one of those boxes will change the map display to show only loads in that particular status. Broker/dispatchers can very clearly see which loads require attention.

A second upgrade makes it much easier for users to access information for loads displayed on the map.

A TIN user sees a map on the left side of the screen and a spread-sheet-style listing of loads on the right. The spreadsheet shows relevant information for each load, such as the pro number, pickup location and delivery address. Meanwhile, a set of check boxes allows loads to be viewed on the map according to status. Check boxes include open (an unassigned load), covered (load assigned to a carrier), dispatched (a truck is on the way), loaded and delivered. A checked box displays only loads in the selected status on the map.

Now, when a user checks, say, the “open” status box and only unassigned loads appear on the map, the spreadsheet listing on the right will display only “open” loads. That makes it much easier and quicker to access information for the loads in question, the company says.

These TIN software upgrades have been implemented and in use by TIN users since mid-June.