Customers using Aljex’s hosted transportation management system can now populate their screens with data from DAT Direct without opening a second application or window. The DAT data will now flow into the Aljex screens to enhance the power of Aljex SmartSearch, Aljex said.
Integration with DAT Direct gives Aljex customers instant access to the DAT load board network, contract and spot market rates, and carrier validation services.
“For example, you will find a new link on the Aljex Vision menu page for lane pricing,” said Tom Heine, Aljex CEO. “Click on the link and you’ll see the recent market price for the lane. If it’s a busy lane, say New York to Chicago, you see prices from the last week. If it’s not so busy, say North Dakota to Idaho, you see prices from the last month. In between you will see two or three weeks’ worth. Your lane rates are reported to DAT for inclusion in the calculation of lane averages.”
With this integration, live DAT trucks show up in SmartSearch, Heine said. SmartSearch automatically displays prior loads from a given location or shipper.
SmartSearch can offer current loads through email to approved carriers and book loads by email as the broker works on other business.
“Previously the data updated daily. Now you can see it live. And the carrier name is now linked to its page on the FMSCA’s SAFER site,” Heine said. “We’re very pleased to offer the tremendous resources of DAT to our customers in a well-integrated, easy-to-use manner.”