Transportation Costing Group enhances truckload solution

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Transportation Costing Group (TCG), specialists in activity-based profitability and cost analysis for the transportation industry, announced it has issued a series of upgrades for its Customer Profitability Tools, as Version 4.3 of the Truckload Cost Information System (TL/CIS) now includes several new capabilities for truckload carriers.

“The latest in a long series of upgrades to our TL/CIS solution significantly expands profitability analysis and reporting,” says Ken Manning, president of TCG, based in Rockville, Md. “These upgrades are in response to the needs our customers identified during support calls and while attending our User Group meetings.”

TCG says users of its Truckload Cost Information System now can take advantage of the following upgraded features:

  • Spinoff, the program that creates a comma-separated file with cost results for all loads for one or more periods, has been expanded substantially to add more information, including driver wages and fuel breakdowns;
  • Carriers running lane reports — which rank lanes by most revenue, most profit and least profit (or most loss) — now may have access to a Year-to-Date set of the same reports;
  • To help clarify the Fuel-On-The-Fly feature added in the last system upgrade, TL/CIS now displays a “Source of Average Fuel Price” for labels such as “DOE National On-Highway Average” or “FCA/NATC Weekly Canadian Average,” for those wishing to enter a fuel price to adjust costs;
  • The TL/CIS Report Writer now includes a Broker Freight Filter that prompts users each time a report is run whether to include freight moved via brokers, saving effort in having to use report criteria to see freight with this exclusion; and
  • New monthly costing routines have been added to better identify and apply the cost of returning empties by rail. New tools also have been added to set the Rail pay code if it is not identified separately in the linehaul data.