McLeod Software is expanding into the LTL (less-than-truckload) fleet market with the acquisition of Enterprise Information Solutions (EIS) for an undisclosed sum. A new operations management system for LTL fleets called LoadMaster LTL will integrate EIS’ Transportation Solution Set for that trucking segment with McLeod’s LoadMaster enterprise dispatch management system for truckload carriers.
Currently McLeod offers its TL (truckload) customers a freight consolidation module used by 150 customers to handle partial shipments, according to company founder and president Tom McLeod. Last year the company also acquired a freight management product that added rating and optimization to its product offerings.
The new LoadMaster LTL “is a very logical addition,” McLeod said. “Adding key functions from EIS’s Transportation Solutions Set like cross-dock operations, LTL round and shipment optimization, phone center integration, dock/door management, and LTL rating optimization to our current product capabilities has instantly put us in a leadership position for the LTL market.”
Combining the two systems will be relatively simple, McLeod said, as both are built on open systems standards using the Java development environment, and both are designed to support a variety of operating systems and database management systems, as well as integrate with mobile communications.
”Both companies have the ability to share code within our products on day one, and there is no looming re-write of the entire product by one side or the other to achieve our full synergy and offer a genuinely integrated application,” said Marc Mitchell, founder of EIS and director of its transportation practice.The new LTL addition is scheduled to launch in the first quarter of 2011, according to McLeod.