Information is as important as delivery in the $62 billion dollar Less Than Load (LTL) carrier transportation market. Once freight leaves the shippers dock, shipment activity and location is vital for customer satisfaction. Technology is the key to push shipment data directly to customers. Today, KonaWare, a leading provider of logistics and motor freight applications, announces that Land Air Express of New England (Land Air) has selected KonaWare’s Mobile T&L Suite product for its 200 - 250 units. Land Air direct customers include such shippers as LL Bean, Yankee Candle, WW Grainger, Rossignal, Country Home Products, and Vermont Country Store, as well as over sixty commercial LTL carriers.
Determined to position Land Air as the Northeast’s primary LTL carrier, Tom Spencer, Vice President of Administration, evaluated mobile capability of handhelds with GPS, and fixed in-cab systems. Spencer found the cost for a fixed system was $4,000 plus installation per truck ’ a whopping $800,000.
“KonaWare’s mobile solution will not overextend us and ultimately KonaWare’s extraordinary vision made the choice easy,” states Spencer. “KonaWare saw that technology would revolutionize the trucking industry, they focused on LTL requirements, and created a product that increases the return on investment for midsized companies.”
“Shippers want immediate access to pick-up and delivery times, freight location, signature capture, RFID and bar code scan, and data delivered to their desktop,” said Jim DiSanto, KonaWare CEO. “KonaWare’s Mobile T&L Suite allows carriers to use a Java 2 phone or Hewlett-Packard Company PocketPC, and leverages existing IT infrastructure.”
Land Air’s technology solution is enhanced by the teamwork of KonaWare and Carrier Logistics, Inc. (CLI). KonaWare provides mobile capability while Carrier Logistics focuses on enterprise solutions for the LTL, multi-stop, and courier industries, including P&D, route planning, customer service, and administration. “Forming partnerships provides cost effective solutions, and allows LTL carriers to keep the pulse on the life cycle of a package,” said Kenneth Weinberg, Carrier Logistics Vice President. ”
Land Air Express of New England, founded in Williston, VT in 1968, provides direct next day LTL service from eleven terminals in the Northeast.