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Truckload Cost Information System (TL/CIS)

What are our customers saying about us?
Scott Webb, Exec. – Mesilla Valley Transportation
We chose TL/CIS over other options because this system gives us a fully costed and highly detailed database of our shipments that allows us to create reports in a format we want.
Roger Placzek, VP – deBoer Transportation
Every decision we make relative to customers, network development, new business development, starts with a TCG component one way or the other.
Benjamin Cook, Pres/CEO – Tradewinds At the end of the day I can say without a doubt it has helped us lower our OR at least 3 points over the past 12 months with the decisions we have made based on this product.
Jenny West, CFO – R. E. West, Inc.
R. E. West has found a partner for success in TCG. They give us the knowledge, support, and tools that we need to survive and thrive in the transportation world.
A little more about our system
Evaluating the profitability of truckload shipments seems simple enough: rates are expressed in cents per mile. The major cost, labor, is paid the same way. When one looks deeper, however, truckload service is much more than a linehaul move from one point to another. Loading and unloading, stop-offs in transit, headhaul/backhaul implications, varying pay scales, use of owner-operators and empty mile allocations all complicate the task. And even the simplest of calculations can be burdensome if it has to be repeated over and over.
To address these problems, Transportation Costing Group developed the Truckload Cost Information System (TL/CIS).
TL/CIS is an activity-based costing system for motor carriers operating in a LTL Loaded-To-Ride environment. It develops the cost of moving individual loads, of making specific trips and of handling entire customers. The system does this easily on an historical or prospective basis, using a specially designed model containing your financial and traffic records.
TL/CIS enables carriers to develop and store an unlimited number of unit cost levels for various categories of drivers by domicile and type. It also develops and stores information on your equipment by type. The program accounts for the cost of loading and unloading, whether your drivers are paid by the stop, by the hour, by the hundredweight, or in any combination of these and other parameters.
TL/CIS interfaces with your files and with mileage calculation programs to make the costing process as automated as possible.
Perhaps most importantly, this system develops round trip costs (U.S. Patent 6,604,081). Without round trip cost analysis, any cost system will simply show all headhauls as profitable and all backhauls as unprofitable. TL/CIS does more than that. It offers traffic profitability analysis including balance adjustments, showing the true profitability of existing freight and customers, and yes-or-no decision points for load acceptance, given likely backhaul situations or ongoing backhaul experience.

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