Modern trucking software (known as TMS software in the industry, or Transportation Management System software) has come a long way in the last few decades.
One of the most important features that’s been added into every quality piece of TMS software is the capacity for API integration.
We’ve discussed APIs before, so I won’t dive too deeply into what they are — you can read more about the basics here — but instead, I want to talk about some specific integrations that Brokerware™ has and why they’re so valuable to you.
The gist of it is this — you save some serious time while simultaneously avoiding mistakes.
This is one of the areas where you can really benefit from API integrations: Load boards and carrier websites.
Basically, our API integration allows you to post all the data you’re looking for to a swath of load boards all at once.
What other tool allows you to post to all the boards necessary at one time? Who really wants to visit every single one to post your loads? With Brokerware™, you don’t have to.
Watch this video to see what I’m talking about.
Without API integration, you would have to manually request quotes from carriers and manually post to load boards, manually transfer your data to Quickbooks, manually create and send quotes, invoices, or bills of lading, all while manually keeping track of every step of the process…
And, unless you worked at the speed of light, it could take you so long to actually gather all this information together that it might change in the meantime.
Requesting multiple quotes at once from many different carriers’ websites is a game changer. Watch this video to see this feature in action.
Imagine being able to see all your quotes, all at once, for a specific load, being able to compare all those quotes in real time, and, importantly, knowing that those quotes are much, much more likely to be correct…
Because you didn’t have to enter the information over and over in a dozen websites.
You don’t have to worry that you might have made a typo (or your employee made a typo). You don’t have to worry that one tiny mistake threw off your quotes.
And you can get more quotes, because you’re grabbing them all at once. API integration makes that possible. It allows Brokerware™ (or any solid TMS, but obviously we’re a bit partial to Brokerware™) to talk to all the integrated carrier’s websites, all at once, and display those quotes in real time.
That’s the value of trucking dispatch software with API integration. And of course you can see how important this is — quotes can change rapidly, rates can change rapidly. Load boards are fickle beasts, and a quote that’s here now may be gone in an hour.
Add to that the ability to auto-generate invoices, to automatically dump your data into Quickbooks or other bookkeeping software, and you’ve saved yourself and your employees a great deal of time while simultaneously reducing error.
If you’re not copying and pasting, it’s hard for error to creep in.
And all this from a simple API integration.
There’s really no excuse for any piece of TMS software to not have API integration these days.
Make sure yours has them.
To learn more about APIs in the freight business (and why they’re so important), click here.
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