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XRS Announces Trip Management Software for Private Fleets

Route import, creation, monitoring and planned vs. actual reporting give fleets insight into critical customer service metrics.

April 17, 2014

As a provider to private fleets, XRS Corporation is announcing a new addition to its mobile fleet optimization software aimed at bringing insight into customer’s routes, allowing for better on-time delivery metrics, enhanced driver productivity and real-time information into daily operations.

This week, the company will showcase the new feature – called TRP – at the National Private Truck Council (NPTC) Education Management Conference & Exhibition in Cincinnati. Demonstrations of the XRS platform will be available during the conference in the XRS booth #823.

The TRP service will help fleets manage the productivity and efficiency of their equipment and drivers within a single, comprehensive application, monitoring trips and routes with “planned vs. actual” reporting and real-time insight. Fleets can view deviation from a planned route and accurately project up-to-the-minute ETAs as drivers progress through a trip, while drivers can access a route plan through their smartphone, tablet or rugged handheld, quickly and easily seeing their stops and activities as they progress through the day.

“As a leading provider to more than 70 percent of the top food distribution companies in North America, we understand customer service and on-time delivery is paramount,” said Jon Van Winkle, XRS vice president of product management. “We built TRP to give fleets the data they need to enhance driver productivity, maximize asset utilization, slash costs and deliver when expected.”

XRS also provides driver tools that enable enhanced data collection for repetitive activities at a customer site, allowing fleets to account for over, short or damaged items, customer feedback and proof of delivery. TRP, in conjunction with another XRS feature called FLX forms, removes burdensome data entry requirements by providing drivers a simplified workflow experience on the mobile device.

Additional functionality for TRP includes:

  • The ability to import routes from leading third-party routing providers
  • A driver application that leverages smartphones, tablets and rugged handhelds
  • Trip progression monitoring, used to understand if a driver is behind or ahead in their route
  • FleetView, which gives fleet managers one location to view drivers, routes and stops, while providing data to reduce out-of-route miles and gain insight into site activities
  • The ability for a planner to quickly add static routes
  • Data extract tools through web services
  • Improved exception reporting with drilldown capability into the planned vs. actual reports

The XRS mobile platform runs on more than 50 types of mobile devices and automatically transmits vehicle and operator data directly to a management dashboard, providing compliance for the upcoming mandate for electronic logging devices. With XRS, there are no up-front hardware costs and no capital requirements. Every XRS package includes an XRS Relay in-cab device that communicates via Bluetooth with the driver’s existing smartphone or tablet.

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