EZ Maintenance from Link-It Software of Memphis, TN, schedules, manages and tracks costs for routine preventive maintenance for mobile and fixed assets of all types. The Windows-based package includes support for bar coding, work orders with full step-by-step instructions and a variety of customizable reports.
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CarrierWorks from SMC3 allows carriers to interactively manage shipment status with customers over the Internet, including access to rate quotations, freight bill audits and electronic invoicing. The new application is designed for integration with MercuryGate International's Transportation Management Suite. www.smc3.com or 329

Food hauler Sunco Carriers Inc. will outfit its entire refrigerated trailer fleet with GlobalWave satellite communications systems, according to supplier Vistar Datacom. The wireless system will be used to track and monitor controlled-temperature shipments throughout the fleet's 33-state service area in the Eastern half of the U.S. Tracking data will be integrated with the fleet's McLeod Software management system.

McLeod Software's LoadMaster dispatch and fleet management system now offers a direct interface for TMI's TripPak online scanning and document image capture service. www.mcleodsoftware.com www.trippakonline.com or 330

Venezia Transport Services, a diversified carrier specializing in dedicated dry, liquid, LP gas, petroleum, chemical and food-grade bulk delivery, has installed TMWSuite, a client-server based “enterprise solution” for fleet management from TMW Software. Based in Pottstown, PA, Venezia operates 400 tractors and 800 trailers from seven terminals in the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest.

Midwestern grocery retailer Meijer Inc. has installed an RF-based yard management system in its Tipp City, OH, distribution center. Capable of locating trailers in real-time, WhereSoft Yard from WhereNet Corp. collects location data from trailer mounted RF tags, distributing it from a single database over the Internet.

Contract Freighters Inc. has announced that it will install OptiYield Driver & Load, a load assignment and optimization system from Logistics.com. CFI operates 2,000 tractors and 6,000 trailers in truckload service throughout North America.

Intra Technologies, developer of a low-voltage disconnect system, now offers an online return-on-investment (ROI) calculator for fleets interested in its protection products. Fleets can determine ROI's for their own particular operations at www.intra-tech.com.

Keystone Truck Software, developer of a logistics and accounting package for small and medium-sized trucking companies, has released an interface for ALK's PC*Miler and Streets 4.0 routing and mileage software. The new interface provides automatic bill-rating miles and instant verification for all addresses. www.truckingsoftware.com or 331

A searchable state tax guide for motor carriers is available on CD-ROM from the National Accounting and Finance Council of the American Trucking Assns. The guide covers 10 states (CA, TX, PA, NY, OH, MI, IN, WI, KY and IL), providing information on state and local motor carrier taxes, as well as links to state web sites. www.truckline.com/store or 332

Gearworks has released a version of its etrace wireless and Web-based fleet management system for heating, venting and air conditioning (HVAC) service fleet operations. Etrace automates business processes such as billing at the point of delivery and provides a real-time link for that data between field workers and enterprise systems. www.gearworks.com or 339

Europe's largest truckload carrier, Vos Logistics, has signed a three-year contract for wireless fleet management services with Qualcomm Inc.'s European subsidiary. Vos will add approximately 2,000 tractors to the EutelTRACS satellite-based communications network, using the wireless data for route optimization, freight allocation and other fleet management and customer service applications.

Online logistics marketplace NTE Inc. is launching a private community for the 3PL provider Direct Logistics Inc. The online community will allow Direct to collect shipment pricing and quotation information for its bulk mailer customers.

Arlington Heavy Hauling of Jacksonville, FL, is the 700th fleet customer for PeopleNet Communications' wireless communications and tracking services. The fleet has installed PeopleNet's g2x mobile system, according to the company.