TCG upgrades costing system for LTL carriers

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Transportation Costing Group (TCG), a provider of activity-based costing and profitability management systems for truckload and less-than-truckload (LTL) motor carriers, announced several upgrades to its Cost Information System for LTL operations.

The enhanced Version 13 LTL/CIS system for new and existing users is meeting the changing needs of LTL carriers by incorporating a new interface with ALK’s PC Miler|Tolls, enhancements to the Database Viewer display, and several other changes.

The PC Miler Interface for toll costs pulls truck tolls between zip codes with the “tolls discouraged” setting to avoid toll highways only if it is cost effective to do so. Using this capability, linehaul tolls are created using location codes in the freight terminal profile, and local P&D tolls are created from the carrier’s points list.

 â€śThis particular feature is an alternative to options we added to LTL/CIS previously to interface with E-ZPass files to obtain and maintain actual toll costs,” said Ken Manning, president of TCG.

“With theses capabilities our clients can accurately and quickly assess the toll cost applicable to a specific shipment rather than requiring tolls to be applied as averages. The new PC Miler Interface for LTL/CIS is a perfect example of how we continue to evolve our activity-based costing and profitability management system and support our customers by helping them meet cost challenges. The interface is comparable to the one previously announced for our truckload product, TL/CIS.”

 Additional updates to LTL/CIS include:

  • Database Viewer display changes that add a bill number search capability to an on-screen field in the tool bar, saving steps in retrieving specific shipments for analysis by simply entering a number into the field to retrieve the record. The display screen has also been changed to include customer names in the shipper, consignee, bill-to and rate-to fields, and to display city names in the origin and destination fields in place of codes.
  • Cost program changes to embed the previously separate program to read-in shipment data from text files in the new Cost Shipments program, adding to the existing XML capability.
  • Programs for shipment file creation and costing have been upgraded to a newer software platform.

 â€śThe upgrades we’ve incorporated in Version 13 of our popular LTL/CIS system bring new capabilities to our customers at no additional charge,” Manning said. “LTL motor carriers that have used the legacy version of our activity-based costing and profitability management solution for over 20 years, and new customers that require its advanced capabilities, now have new tools at their disposal to further improve productivity and profitability in today’s highly competitive economic environment.”