FREIGHT

McLeod Software Introduces Book-it-Now® Trucker Tools to the PowerBroker Platform for Brokers and 3PLs

McLeod Software, Trucker Tools | May 18, 2021

McLeod Software® has certified Trucker Tools' time-saving digital freight management platform, allowing its freight brokerage and third-party logistics clients to use Book-it-Now® automatic, one-click load booking and validation in the PowerBroker® Digital Freight Match (DFM) web service.

McLeod has previously linked PowerBroker to Trucker Tools' Smart Capacity® predictive digital freight matching and carrier relationship management system. The DFM would replace the previous Smart Capacity interface, allowing for more data depth, faster communication, and the use of Book-it-Now® capabilities.

Based in Birmingham, Alabama McLeod Software is a leading supplier of comprehensive transportation management software systems for brokers and third-party logistics vendors, private fleets, truckload, and less-than-truckload carriers.

After its release in 2013, the multi-functional, multi-party mobile app has been downloaded by over 1.3 million truckers, with over 160,000 individual users running small truckload fleets of 10 trucks or less.

Trucker Tools offer freight brokers, independent owner-operators, and small-fleet truckload carriers with real-time shipping visibility, trip planning, predictive freight-matching, digital document management, and automated booking tools. Its flagship truckload driver mobile app is the industry's most common smartphone-based digital management resource, with 17 of the most desired features and functions for managing their business while on the road. It is also one of the most downloaded transportation applications each month. The multi-functional, GPS-enabled multi-party Trucker Tools mobile app is free to independent truckers and small fleets and is available for both Android and Apple smartphones.

About Trucker Tools
Trucker Tools, headquartered in Reston, Virginia, is the industry's leading provider of trip planning, shipment visibility, predictive freight matching, and automatic booking solutions. Its ground-breaking Smart Capacity® platform uses accurate, real-time data and powerful algorithms to fit freight optimally by predicting when and where capacity will become available days in advance. The popular driver mobile app from the company has been downloaded by over 1.3 million owner-operators and is used by over 600,000 unique small-carrier fleets to easily access information and services while on the road. Book it Now®, the industry's first interactive load booking tool is included in the mobile app which automates and streamlines the load search and booking process for drivers and brokers, saving time and resources. The Trucker Tools load tracking solution is a comprehensive feature in the mobile app that links drivers with carriers and freight brokers by using a smartphone's native GPS capabilities to deliver real-time, accurate, automatic in-transit tracking alerts as often as every 15 minutes, eliminating manual check calls.

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