3PL Systems Employee Spotlight on Blake Rangell

At 3PL Systems, we make Transportation Management Software with a lot of moving parts. We hire talented U.S. based technical support representatives to support our client base.

We appreciate the contributions of our team. In this episode of 3PL Live, we turn the spotlight on our staff and speak with Blake Rangell about supporting our clients with EDI 204, 210, 214, and API tracking/tracing.

We also talk about some popular integrations, including Hubtran for process automation and DAT onboarding.

3PL Team

3PL Systems & Hubtran Webinar

Check out this webinar of Michael Sternberg Director of Sales at 3PL Systems in conjunction with our software partner David Cornwell Director of Sales at Hubtran. 


In our latest code release, BrokerWare version 2 accounting staff can process payables up to 4x faster by using process automation on routine manual tasks. A clerk processing 50 carrier email invoices a day can now handle 200!  

Hubtran Integration what is it?

It’s a payable integration platform that automates tedious back-office payable work. Hubtran uses Optical Character Recognition (OCR) and Machine Learning to match the invoice from the carrier’s email to the load in BrokerWare and separates attachments to process payables in less than 15 seconds.

Contact 3PL Systems support to learn more.   


What are API’s and why should you care?  In this article, I will explain what API’s are and why they’re relevant to your business.  API stands for Application Programming Interface.  Every computer program or website on the market is good at solving a particular problem.  For example, Yelp is a comprehensive application that gives food recommendations based on your location.   Uber solves the problem of finding cheap/reliable transportation based on your location.  Google Maps provide you step by step directions to your destination.  As you can see by these examples, every program solves a unique problem and has inherent value.

An API is a machine to machine communication standard.  It’s a way for each application such as Yelp to “talk to” Google Maps in machine form.   Let’s give an example of how an API can be used using Yelp’s platform.  Let’s say Michelle a Yelp user is walking down the streets in San Francisco and decides she wants pizza for dinner.  Michelle takes out her iPhone and types Pizza into the Yelp application, and a plethora of pizza places comes up.  Michelle decides to eat at Little Star Pizza off of Divisadero Street.  As an added feature Yelp might want to give Michelle directions to the restaurant.  To solve this problem, Yelp has two options.  They can either build a mapping system which is not an easy feat or plug into another application such as Google Maps API.  It wouldn’t make sense for Yelp to reinvent the wheel as Google Maps has already perfected this technology.  Instead, Yelp can integrate with Google Maps API providing step by step directions for their user.

API’s are a good technology to understand in the Transportation Industry as more, and more common carriers are adopting API for rating, dispatching, tracking, and image retrieval.  API is a preferred method as it’s considered real-time data. Let’s look at a practical example of API’s in the transportation business.  In the past, the only way to dispatch a load was to call, email or fax the carrier.  An API for dispatching would communicate with the carrier’s server through a TMS and provide a pickup number/response from the carrier’s server.  Electronic dispatching is useful as it’s talking to the carrier’s server in real time, it’s less prone to error, and it save time.

3PL Systems makes a TMS with API’s in place for rating, dispatching, tracking and document retrieval.  Please contact us for further information regarding our offerings at sales@3plsystems.com.


The latest trend in TMS platforms with regards to rating engines/pricing LTL freight is web services or API.  For those of you who don’t know what API is it stands for Application Programming Interface.  In past years to manage your LTL blanket or customer specific pricing you would have to purchase the base rate from SMC3 and go through the tedious process of mirroring that rate in your TMS.  You would have to build service lanes, put in FAK’s and discounts.  Also, you would have to purchase Carrier Connect XL and RateWare XL for transit time and direct/indirect point information.

There are some auditing benefits you can realize by using SMC3, but that’s not the purpose of this post.   The beautiful thing about rating via API is you’re piggybacking off of the carriers’ website, so you don’t need to build the tariff.  The TMS system, if they have this service available, will interact with the common carrier server and pull the rate back into the system with a quote number and transit time.   The way it works is the TMS provider will request your username, password and account number and in some cases a token. After the TMS provider sets up the connection between their system and the TMS, you will be able to pull rates.  Most TMS providers will also have electronic tracking and dispatching using the same technology.  Let me know if you have any questions.  You can reach me at 800-965-8205 x117 or sales@3plsystems.com.


System Update Notes | December 19th, 2015

New Releases

  • XML Service Lane Rating
    • You now have the ability to mark up rates based off State to State or Zip to Zip criteria. This gives you the ability to change the markup of your rates based off specific areas within your tariff.
  • Enhanced Report Builder
    • There is an all new user friendly report builder now available within the system. Please reach out to the support team to have this new feature enabled.
  • PC Miler
    • We’ve updated our API with PC Miler to the latest edition of available by ALK.
  • ESTES E-Dispatching
    • ESTES E-Dispatching has now been added into BrokerWare.
  • Lane History
    • You can now search Lane History from the home screen of the portal under “Manager Tools.”

Changes to the System

  • DOT Number
    • The MC (Motor Carrier) Number has been updated to display as DOT/MC # within BrokerWare.


If you have any questions on the above items please contact Support@3plsystems.com

Thank you!
~3PL Systems Team