• R4 Freight Management

    Transportation is a Highly Mobile Function. Drivers are out on the road and moving nearly 100 percent of the time, making tight management of vehicles and drivers a challenge. In addition, this function is burdened with the need to collect a lot of data to meet government regulations, translating into large volumes of forms and other paperwork. Mobility outside your four walls can connect all the people and assets in this function directly to your business systems regardless of where they may be, eliminating paperwork and providing the visibility required to improve overall management.

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R4 Freight Management

The R4 Transportation Management System Module receives the orders picked from the warehouse and can weigh, rate and process all necessary documentation as per the customer’s instructions or best shipping method to reduce transportation costs. The TMS then updates the WISE warehouse management system, which updates the host system live as orders are processed and shipped. The system can also send out email notifications of shipped orders to your customers. Features include:

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Real-Time Reporting

Reports module allowing both standard and customer created reports on demand. Performance metrics right at your fingertips.

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Electronic Manifest

Outbound shipment manifesting. Electronic manifesting for most carriers. Supports UPS, DHL, USPS, FedEx, LTLs & others.

Label Generation

Carrier and customer compliant label generation including required carrier tracking numbers.

Eliminate Paperwork, Improve Visibility, And Overall Management

Transportation is a highly mobile function – drivers are out on the road and moving nearly 100 percent of the time, making tight management of vehicles and drivers a challenge. In addition, this function is burdened with the need to collect a lot of data to meet government regulations, translating into large volumes of forms and other paperwork. Mobility outside your four walls can connect all the people and assets in this function directly to your business systems regardless of where they may be, eliminating paperwork and providing the visibility required to improve overall management. Mobility in the transportation function enables:

  • Dynamic route changes

    All throughout the day, situations occur that require immediate response – for example, a top tier customer may have an emergency pickup, or another delivery truck may have broken down on the road. When drivers carry a mobile voice and data device with integrated GPS technology, dispatchers can see the location of all vehicles, enabling the instant re-routing of the closest vehicle to maintain service levels and minimize costs. Maximum asset utilization Mobility can provide the real-time data required to automatically calculate the utilization of each vehicle in the fleet. Fleets that are under-burdened can be reduced – reducing capital expenditures for vehicles as well as reducing the labor and parts costs associated with vehicle maintenance. In addition, the ability to marry maintenance records with each truck ensures proactive scheduling of maintenance to ensure trucks are kept in top running condition, reducing the high cost of downtime.

  • More effective load schedules

    The ability to see and best match available loads with available trucks maximizes asset use and minimizes mileage and fuel costs, while ensuring timely arrival at the end destination. And maximum asset utilization enables more deliveries with the same fleet, also providing a path for cost-effective growth.

  • Better container management

    Containers with RFID tags can be automatically tracked without any human intervention. Granular information allows you to see the whereabouts of your containers – including which customer has which container. Opportunities for theft and loss are greatly reduced, protecting revenues – and profitability.

  • Improved driver productivity

    A WISE mobile computer can significantly improve driver productivity by eliminating much of the need to perform manual paperwork, and placing all the information needed throughout the workday right at the fingertips of the driver: Electronic Department of Transportation (DOT) logs and trip sheets eliminate paperwork and possible errors. In addition, GPS/locationing can be used in conjunction with remote engine monitoring capabilities to automatically calculate and enter hours of service and mileage on the appropriate electronic forms. Since time in the truck is now considered active driving time, the elimination of the need to manually prepare paperwork means more miles and stops per day per driver – increasing throughput with the same workforce. And since all the information needed to calculate fuel tax (mileage and fuel information) is now in your business systems, fuel tax calculations can be performed automatically, again reducing the need for drivers to spend time completing fuel tax forms.

  • Real-time exception management

    With WISE, you have the performance metrics right at your fingertips to see exceptions in real time. Whenever a load is in danger of late delivery, an alarm can be triggered and sent to appropriate personnel. Proactive steps can then be taken to either avoid the late delivery or minimally to alert the customer to the situation, protecting customer service and satisfaction levels.

  • More effective load schedules

    The ability to see and best match available loads with available trucks maximizes asset use and minimizes mileage and fuel costs, while ensuring timely arrival at the end destination. And maximum asset utilization enables more deliveries with the same fleet, also providing a path for cost-effective growth.

Real-time monitoring of engine performance

R4’s Transportation Module enables the collection of a wide range of metrics that can drive fuel consumption down. Data can include truck speed, RPMs, idling time, torque band compliance and more. This information can then be used to provide instant feedback to a mobile computer in the vehicle to request that drivers modify their driving behavior to conserve fuel. A complete audit trail enables you to see which drivers are complying with the computer-driven orders and which are not – enabling better management of your driver workforce.

Real-Time Visibility

WISE assists in reducing fuel consumption in several ways: Real-time visibility into waiting loads ensures optimal aggregation of loads, improving efficiency in routing and reducing mileage and the associated additional fuel costs. On board navigation systems eliminate extra mileage incurred when drivers are lost.

Fewer Data Errors

Completion of forms via paper and pen and subsequent entry into a computer at a later date is replaced by electronic forms that are automatically populated with available data whenever possible. The result is a dramatic improvement in data integrity and a reduction in error rates, preventing errors in mileage or fuel purchases from translating into erroneous calculations of taxes due, errors in the day’s manifests from rippling into costly mis-ships, and more.

Real-Time POD

When proof-of-delivery moves from paper to mobile WISE computer, proof of delivery information, including time of delivery and the recipient’s name, can be transmitted to the office instantly. If the mobile device is equipped with imaging capabilities, drivers can capture signatures electronically and snap a quick picture to document the condition of the shipment. This information can then be transmitted instantly to the home office, shaving weeks off of the cash-to-cash cycle time.