MINNEAPOLIS, May 16, 2013—PeopleNet (www.peoplenetonline.com), the only provider of innovative open technology to the transportation industry that reduces cost per mile by integrating information across the entire organization, today announced a new integration partner that helps drivers save time by eliminating wait time at border crossing. “In keeping with our mission to expedite workflow, to make compliance easier and help our users optimize revenue miles driven, we’ve partnered with Easy Manifest,” said Rick Ochsendorf, PeopleNet executive vice president of operations. “Downtime at the border impairs driver productivity. Easy Manifest takes care of approval by customs agencies ahead of the driver’s arrival, so drivers know they can basically sail through the cross process.”
At least one hour prior to crossing the border, a carrier (driver or dispatch) submits their eManifest electronically to the respective border agency, either the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) if entering Canada and Custom and Border Protection (CBP) if entering the United States. The agency automatically runs the information through several filters to ensure the truck and its load can legally cross the border. If any flags are raised during this automated process, the eManifest is either rejected immediately or sent for a manual review. The system helps prevent rejection by ensuring the data entered is valid. If it is accepted, the carrier is free to proceed to the border. If the eManifest is rejected, the carrier’s representative makes changes and resubmits it prior to arrival at the border.
Easy Manifest President and CEO Nathan Davie said, “Easy Manifest helps take the guesswork out of eManifests and crossing the border. We have really simplified the process. Automated messaging delivers eManifest real-time status updates instantly to drivers by text message, email and through the in-cab computing device. These messages include acceptance and rejection, ‘Entry on File’ or ‘Entry not on File’, which tells the driver that all required documents are on file and they can proceed to the border. This saves them from having to wait at truck stops for faxes from brokers and other unnecessary but common delays, such as arriving at the border without proper paperwork.”
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; M2M Value Chain Award; and Minnesota High Tech Association Tekne 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 Easy Manifest
Easy Manifest is a provider of a scalable web-based service that makes it easy for highway trucking carriers to prepare and submit error-free eManifests to American and Canadian customs agencies. The software is 100% compliant with customs requirements and automatically sends notifications through PeopleNet to drivers, alerting them of eManifest status updates border clearance. For more information, call
(888) 893-9626, or visit www.easymanifest.com.