Archerhub released a new transportation management software (TMS) system for small motor carriers.
Its new ALVUS (Archerhub Logistics Value Utilization Solution) TMS uses AI-enabled technology to help carriers manage dispatch operations and automate back-office accounting.
Some core features of the TMS include booking loads, uploading the bill of lading and proof of delivery, issuing electronic payments that auto-populate the balance sheet, and creating pay stubs automatically.
- For booking loads, ALVUS integrates with DAT and truckstop.com to eliminate the need to manually post and refresh postings every time trucks are empty. For example, when a load is scheduled to be delivered in three days, ALVUS will post the available capacity three days in advance in order to secure the best load opportunity.
Additionally, the cloud-based platform is designed to bring shippers, freight brokers and carriers together to execute the best dispatch option, the company said.
- For automated billing, the driver starts the process by using a mobile application at the load level to upload proof-of-delivery documents. When completed and approved by accounting, an invoice is sent to the customer with all the necessary paperwork attached.
- For electronic payments, ALVUS can issue permission to trusted drivers for issuing Comchecks or EFS checks to pay a lumper via the driver’s mobile application. When the driver issues a Comcheck, the right journal entry is registered on the accounting ledger which releases the accountant from entering a manual journal entry and frees the dispatcher from engaging with the driver about the lumper.
- The TMS has finance and accounting features that automate pay stubs to ensure drivers get paid the right amount. When an advance to a driver is issued, it will automatically deduct from the driver’s pay.
“Small and midsize carriers want to make the best operational decisions but often lack the proper tools to compete with mega-carriers,” said Nick Darmanchev, founder and chief executive of Archerhub.
Archerhub also operates a fleet of 50 tractors, and “as a fleet owner myself, I am keenly aware of the challenges that owner operators face in getting bogged down with admin and process. ALVUS was developed specifically to help streamline those processes.”