Rand McNally has introduced significant additions to its IntelliRoute and MileMaker commercial trucking solutions to help carriers and shippers save time and money. These enhancements will provide more flexibility and customisation in freight rating and truck routing, more specific routing in Mexico, and the most up-to-date U.S. ZIP and Canadian postal codes, weigh stations and toll costs.
Earlier Rand McNally, with its new IntelliRoute Dock2Dock software announced availability of street-level routing in Mexico. Carriers and shippers can now route on city and inter-neighborhood streets throughout North America.
To provide such specific data, Rand McNally’s cartographers and GIS experts enhanced the company’s own proprietary data with datasets from NAVTEQ. This level of data helps drivers on Mexican roads navigate more efficiently, avoid “out-of-route” miles and costly fines, and deliver more loads on time.
“We often seek feedback from our customers on how to expand our suite of software solutions to drive value in their organization,” said Donna Koppensteiner, vice president of the enterprise division for Rand McNally. “Being the first to supply carriers and shippers with Mexican street-level data is one more way for us to help them maximize fuel efficiency and reduce costs.”
Carriers and shippers can now use Rand McNally’s IntelliRoute and MileMaker software to customize their routing options for trailers that are 48 feet or less in length across all of Rand McNally’s standard routing methodologies: HHG, Practical, Dock2Dock and Lowest Cost. As a result, customers can negotiate freight rates based on accurate, truck-drivable routes tailored to individual truck configuration or type of goods carried. According to a June 2008 report from C.J. Driscoll & Associates and GE Capital Solutions, industry experts indicate that accurate routing can produce an 8 percent savings in fuel costs. This can result in hundreds of thousands of dollars for large carriers, such as those in the tank truck industry.