Qualcomm Inc. and CAMS Software Corp., a provider of back-office transportation management systems to the grocery and retail distribution market, announced that the two companies are integrating data from Qualcomm’s onboard systems into CAMS’ outbound and backhaul-management systems for private fleets.
“Real-time integration helps to better allocate resources and manage driver labor, which results in reduction of overtime and improved service levels to customers,” says Brian Taylor, president of CAMS. “This capability is very powerful for private fleet customers and enables them to better manage their drivers and streamline operations.”
Rather than relying on drivers to write reports and back-office personnel to manually key in the information, combining trip and resource information eliminates these tasks and enables fleet managers to better allocate resources, better manage salvage consolidation to enable more profitable backhaul operations and more accurately track driver actions for activity-based pay. In addition, integrating workflow information with CAMS software systems enables fleet managers to track delivery and recovery of reusable items, such as totes and pallets, by store location.
The inclusion of Qualcomm’s Circle of Service Workflow information automates functions, such as load assignments, event triggers and work process forms, helping to lower operational costs, reduce errors made by manual entry and improve on-time fulfillment across entire fleets. Information from Circle of Service Workflow feeds into CAMS’ transportation management system to enable improved operations, such as salvage consolidation and asset utilization, which allows fleets to consolidate store returns on a single trailer serving a geographic area, freeing other trailers for for-profit backhaul operations, thus yielding a higher potential profit.
“Integrating information from Qualcomm Transportation Services with CAMS’ dispatch, payroll, reporting and backhaul optimization systems is an important step in serving private fleets,” says Norm Ellis, vice president of sales, services and marketing of Qualcomm Enterprise Services. “This kind of seamless integration, which delivers actionable information in a timely manner, signals new possibilities for private fleets as it enables customers to compound the value of their technology investments.”