New PeopleNet-McLeod Integration First to Insert Fuel Stops in Driver’s Route for Optimizing Fuel Consumption and Curbing Out-of-Route Fuel Expense
Combination of PeopleNet Automated Workflow and In-Cab Navigation and McLeod LoadMaster Enterprise dispatch and routing, and fuel optimization software creates safer, more efficient driver environment
BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Sept. 17, 2012—PeopleNet (www.peoplenetonline.com), a leading provider of innovative and integrated onboard computing and mobile communications systems for effective fleet management, today announced a new, industry-first integration with McLeod LoadMaster® that inserts fuel stops in the driver’s route to optimize fuel purchases and consumption and curb out-of-route fuel expense. Making the announcement at the McLeod user conference being held today through Sept. 18 at the Sheraton Birmingham Convention Center, PeopleNet VP of Tailored Solutions Randy Boyles said, “This is truly an innovative, automated approach to controlling fuel costs, enabling dispatch to create routes with fuel stops that ensure optimum consumption and driver efficiency and safety.”
Carriers equipped with PeopleNet TABLET® or BLU® onboard computers that run Automated Workflow and In-Cab Navigation, McLeod dispatch software, and a fuel optimization package can automatically insert in the driver’s dispatch fuel stops that optimize routing and reduce out-of-route miles. Spoken directions make it easy for drivers to execute routes and easy for fleet managers to confirm and track fuel-stop arrival/departure.
Florilli Transportation CEO Murry Fitzer, whose fleet is currently beta testing the custom workflow integration, explained, “In addition to providing a consistently reliable, seamless way to save fuel expense at the pump and en route, spoken street-level directions and mapping take pressure off of drivers who until now have had to navigate text directions. This integration minimizes in-cab driver distractions to help drivers follow routes more safely, and eliminates wrong turns to make them more efficient.”
PeopleNet is exclusively focused on providing innovative Internet-based and integrated onboard computing and mobile communications systems to improve North America’s trucking industry’s fleet management. Its products are used by more than 1,500 truckload, LTL, private, and service fleets in the United States and Canada, including several Fortune 500 companies. Reputed for its customer-driven technological innovation, unparalleled flexibility, and proactive customer care, PeopleNet was the first major technology provider to offer Internet-based communications to the transportation industry 15 years ago. Since then, the company has aggressively developed new products that continue to improve fleet management.
Industry recognition of the company’s leadership includes: Frost & Sullivan New Product Innovation Award, Inbound Logistics Top 100 Award; Food Logistics’ 100 Top Technology Solutions and Service Providers; Frost & Sullivan Market Engineering Award; and M2M Value Chain Award. PeopleNet is part of Trimble’s® (NASDAQ: TRMB) international Transportation and Logistics division. For more information about PeopleNet and its products, call (888) 346-3486, or visit www.peoplenetonline.com.
About McLeod Software
McLeod Software is a leading provider of transportation, brokerage, 3PL and document management systems. Specifically developed for the trucking industry, McLeod’s advanced management solutions and services enable transportation companies to increase their efficiencies in all areas while reducing costs. McLeod Software’s integrated best-in-class software products include LoadMaster®, PowerBroker™, DocumentPower™ Enterprise, HirePower™ and the McLeod Freight Management Solutions product line. Founded in 1985 and headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, the company serves truckload and LTL carriers, freight brokers, 3PLs, and shippers throughout North America. For more information, contact McLeod Software toll free at 877-362-5363 or visit www.McLeodSoftware.com.