Category Archives: Load Tracking

Checkout some of our blogs around the load tracking for freight brokers. myGeoTracking freight brokers software lets you minimize check calls and enables better visibility , ETAs, delay and exception alerts that helps tighten operations.

USPS To Require its Mail Contractors to Adopt Just-in-Time Style Delivery Services

Observations from the National Star Route Meeting in Las Vegas, Jan 19-20

The USPS announced a new cost savings initiative for Surface Transportation operations at the recent National Star Route Mail Contractor’s Association meeting on January 19-20. The USPS is under competitive pressure from UPS and FedEx and others, and needs to reduce operations costs while improving service. It currently spends $5 Billion on Surface Transportation, and intends to cut this by $1 Billion.  It also has an average service level (successful on-time delivery) of 92.5% and needs to improve this to 95%+.

The USPS is exploring a new Dynamic Route Optimization system that will allow it to be more flexible and responsive to demand, giving it the ability to consolidate and expand Highway Contract Routes (HCRs) based on real-time and projected service demand/volume. USPS is experimenting with this approach now, which requires the use of a Transportation Management System (TMS) through which mail freight will be managed and tracked, combined with expanding GPS reporting to every 15min (for most, or perhaps all, USPS delivery vehicles and trailers regardless of size) and enhanced with real-time supply chain visibility based on optimized routing, ETAs with traffic conditions and load status at origin / destination.

The USPS TMS would also include analytics that track the volume of mail traffic, and as it decreases the system would eliminate or consolidate HCRs into fewer routes to reduce costs. As the volume of mail increases, it could also dynamically expand HCRs and create new HCRs to cover the demand.

Mail Contractors that hold routes being consolidated and expanded wouldn’t see their overall contract structure change, but new routes would be put out for rapid bid to certified mail freight carriers. Contracts in general will be shifted to 2-year duration, with two 1-year extensions before requiring a re-bid.

The analytics component of the USPS TMS would also include performance monitoring. All mail facilities and contracted mail freight stops would be geo-fenced, and combined with GPS tracking will allow the USPS to track on-time performance for deliveries and contract compliance.

The USPS is conducting a pilot right now on one route, and expects to expand that pilot to a total of x8 routes going forward which will help the understand what kind of TMS system and what “best practices” to adopt. Ultimately the USPS hopes to implement this type of logistics practice across all their routes within the next few years.

This is a major change in the way National Star Route Mail Contractors conduct business, shifting them sharply towards a more demanding supply chain operations model and will require them to understand the ins and outs of using TMS systems, equipping all of their drivers and vehicles with GPS tracking and accountability tools, and adjusting to dynamic HCR process.

myGeoTracking has experience in every aspect of  this new way of doing business by the USPS, and is already supporting transportation and logistics companies with highly complex tracking, just-in-time analytics and reporting needs.  We look forward to working with both the USPS and the National Star Route Mail Contractor’s Association Members to help make this new initiative a success.

Proof of Delivery with GPS-Tagged Photo Messaging

Proof of Delivery from any Driver’s Phone using myGeoTracking Load Tracking Service

Load Tracking & Verification of Load Delivery are two of the most important responsibilities for a Shipper,  Freight Broker and 3PL Company.  These businesses stake their reputation on their ability to get the right goods to their customers, on time and in good condition.

Tracking & documenting delivery, while combatting driver identity and load theft,  has become critical in this highly competitive industry.  The myGeoTracking Load Tracking Solution offers Proof-of-Delivery over any mobile phone as part of an end-to-end (mobile & web) solution that can be essential for operations improvement and happy customers.

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Shipping Delivery & Logistics Providers Face the Ultimate Challenge this Holiday Season

It’s that time of the year again! FedEx says it expects deliveries between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve to rise 8.8 percent over last year, to 290 million. Similarly, UPS is anticipating an 11 percent increase in shipments over 2013.FedEx plans to hire 50,000 seasonal workers, up from 40,000 last year. UPS says it will add as many as 95,000, up from 85,000.

Last year, over 1.2 million express packages handled by UPS and over 600,000 carried by FedEx failed to get delivered on time by Christmas day. Its clear that the delivery and logistics challenge is massive.

So how can the delivery industry better manage their resources to address the growing demand, while being flexible enough to real-time issues and disruptions in the field? Continue reading

Improving Operations Efficiency with Freight Broker Software

John Huggins, Vice President of Sales at FX Logistics says that freight broker software makes his organization’s communication with drivers much more efficient as it reduces the routine calls to the trucks by almost half, and that alone enables their traffic personnel to concentrate on potential exceptions before they become exceptions.

Freight brokers spend a significant amount of time communicating with drivers via check calls. A major benefit of using freight broker software for load tracking is the amount of communication it eliminates freeing up their organization to address other pressing challenges such as assigning & monitoring field activities in real-time, checking if load deliveries are being completed as expected and maximizing field operations efficiency. Continue reading

Geofence and Location Tagged SMS

Setting Up a Geofence is as easy as drawing on a map. A Geofence is a virtual boundary of a predefined area of interest that is marked on a map. This can be your Retail Store, Warehouse, Construction Site, or even your popular Customer Place. With myGeoTracking, you can to set up any number of Geofences on a map and then get location-stamped reports and alerts when your employees and assets ‘Check-in’ and ‘Check-out’ using standard SMS.