Greatwide invests in technology platform

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Greatwide Logistics Services announced that the company has committed significant investments in several new technologies to enhance its offerings for customers.

“Greatwide has made about 15 years of technological advances in the past year,” says Raymond Greer, chief executive officer of the Dallas-based company. “The whole idea is to leverage our combined services in ways no one else can. The key to that is to have one common view of information as a basis to build truly unique products around our core dedicated, brokerage, warehousing and TMS competencies.”

The technologies in which Greatwide has invested recently include LeanLogistics’ On-Demand TMS, McLeod software (LoadMaster IX v9.3 and PowerBroker II v9.3), RedPrairie and PeopleNet. The LeanLogistics technology allows Greatwide to provide an upgraded Transportation Management Solution (TMS) to include procurement, execution, spot market management and financial management. Microsoft BizTalk will be the backbone to seamlessly tie together all of these and other Greatwide systems. The company says it already has signed large contracts on the combined capability the new technology architecture provides.

The newest McLeod software technology will allow transparency across the Greatwide network so load planners have the ability to see all capacity throughout the organization, and will provide a natural ability to leverage Greatwide’s transportation network in order to optimize service with cost. Integrated with McLeod software’s LoadMaster IX v 9.3 will be PeopleNet, which will link directly with LoadMaster IX, facilitating a seamless system for dispatch and load planning.

Greatwide says it electronically will monitor all activities through technologies such as McLeod software and PeopleNet; it will be able to deploy PeopleNet’s applications to gather driver hours-of service information more quickly and efficiently, automate driver/dispatch functions to better serve its customer base and provide performance data to its owner-operators, allowing them to more effectively manage their fuel efficiency.