Real-Time Data Incorporated into Route Plans Creates Better Customer Service and Greater P&D Operations Efficiencies HaulSuite, a leader in LTL optimization solutions, announces that Southwestern Motor Transport, Inc., has completed the rollout of its full RouteMax pickup and delivery (P&D) solution. With RouteMax’s route optimization, dispatching, and mobile app, the carrier can deliver better service and more efficient P&D operations than ever before. Previously SMT had deployed RouteMax’s Inbound Planning module for route optimization but is now implementing its Intelligent Dispatching and Smart Driver Mobile app. These new functions were released earlier this year and were implemented across SMT’s 16 terminals and 200-plus drivers in just under one month. “We think these new dispatching and mobile capabilities are going to be a real game-changer for LTL pickup and delivery operations,” said Rambabu Yadlapalli, RouteMax’s Senior Product Manager. "Where other first and last-mile execution systems are focused on making deliveries as efficient as possible, LTL carriers are concerned about stuff coming back to the terminal– the pickups. Our system optimizes the routes both ways – outgoing and incoming – and synchronizes all that detail seamlessly with the drivers through the mobile app, so no one misses a beat." Robert Bernal, Southwestern Motor Transport's Vice President of IT, was a primary stakeholder in selecting the new software. "We have been using the route optimization feature from RouteMax. Our P&D pre-planning became more efficient, but we realized that if we added real-time capabilities found in the Dispatching and Driver apps, that we could obtain a fully-connected P&D ecosystem for even greater results," said Bernal. HaulSuite’s RouteMax offers integrated advanced route optimization, intelligent dispatch, and a smart driver mobile app that improves driver productivity and asset utilization while consistently meeting all service commitments. By adding Dispatching and the Driver App, the plans developed in Inbound Planning benefit from additional real-time data to fill in any gaps in the plan. Implementing these new capabilities in such a short amount of time required a healthy and robust partnership between SMT and the RouteMax teams. Since RouteMax is designed to connect seamlessly to other management systems, some integrations were already in place beforehand. The two groups focused on configuring the solution to fit its unique needs and coordinating the training and rollout to SMT’s terminals and drivers. Since the rollout, the SMT team has observed significant improvements in operational KPIs (Stops/ Hr, Bills/ Hour, Miles/ Stop, and Bills/ Trip). The HaulSuite and SMT teams are confident that they will see even better numbers as they become more comfortable with the solutions and further fine-tuned processes.