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9/10/2009


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USDOT, highway administration develop freight management software



The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Research and Innovative Technology Administration and Federal Highway Administration's Freight Office recently developed software designed to optimize freight movements and reduce highway congestion.

Available as a free online download at www.efm.us.com, the Electronic Freight Management software can maximize cargo visibility and coordinate freight shipments using real-time information and a transportation company's existing systems, according to the USDOT.

A recent case study involving a Kansas City, Mo.-based importer of household gifts and decorative items showed that implementing the software decreased costs and reduced customer backorders, USDOT officials said in a “News Digest” item released on Sept. 4.

“Greater cargo visibility can lead to improved asset utilization, fewer delays in moving products from the assembly line to the shelf [and] greater coordination among supply-chain partners,” the officials said.

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