Descartes MobileLink™

Descartes MobileLINK™ provides integrated two-way wireless communication and passive monitoring capabilities for enhanced logistics execution. It extends traditional route planning by incorporating a free flow of information between dispatch and the field.

Descartes MobileLINK™ provides integrated two-way wireless communication and passive monitoring capabilities for enhanced logistics  execution. It extends traditional route planning by incorporating a free flow of information between dispatch and the field. Mobile devices feed data in via a wireless server. Descartes’ network gateway provides a single point of access to work across multiple networks. A wide range of solutions is available to match the needs, budgets, and technology strategies of nearly any operator.

Benefits

Descartes MobileLink helps enable significant improvement in operating performance by:

  • Tightly integrating with Descartes’ back-end dispatching and planning systems.
  • Minimising route distances by enabling proactive responsiveness.
  • Reducing stop duration, fuel usage, and labour hours.
  • Targeting costly voice communication and mobile phone bills.

Enhance customer service and retention by:

  • Improving on-time performance.
  • More accurately predicting delivery windows.
  • Relying on actual performance data.

Features

Descartes MobileLink: Status™. Cost-efficient wireless applications that let drivers transmit messages using inexpensive consumer-class devices to capture events such as arrivals, departures, and delays. Lets dispatchers dynamically adjust routes based on actual performance and order changes. Readily coexists with other applications such as e-mail, and requires a minimal investment in hardware or training.

Descartes MobileLink: Freight™. Advanced two-way wireless communication capabilities. Enables detailed status updates with both free form and canned messaging. Offers robust data collection including lineitem detail, signature capture and scanning capabilities.
Supports multiple handheld wireless devices.

Descartes MobileLink: Commerce™. Financial settlement application to streamline operations. Provides line item visibility and management, automatically feeding customer service and billing systems. Provides a magnetic card reader for credit card payment and  signature capture for proof of delivery. Supports multiple handheld wireless devices.

Descartes MobileLink: Tracker™. A passive monitoring system that does not require driver intervention. Triggers shipment status updates and system alerts when designated routes are not followed. Features “customer location verification” to better assess delivery windows. Uses the satellite Global Positioning System (GPS) and the terrestrial packet data network to transmit vehicle and resource location information.

UBCR

Jeff Schram, General Manager at UBCR- providing an industry solution to picking up empty beverage containers, explains his relationship with Descartes and describes his success using Descartes’ route planning, fleet management and mobile solutions.

US LBM

US LBM was founded in 2009 and is the 13th largest lumber and building materials distributor in the country. They have more than 60 locations across 11 states. Their primary focus is on customers that require specialized services, such as custom home builders and professional re-modelers as well as multifamily and commercial contractors. US LBM determined that they needed an automated routing and scheduling solution that was able to accommodate a highly variable environment that required great operational discipline and predictability. After completing all their research, they chose to go with Descartes because of Descartes’ willingness to work with them to ensure all their requirements were met.

W.S. Badcock Corporation

Frank E. Miller, CCS, Director of Logistics with W.S. Badcock Corporation, explains how his organisation has improved customer service, become more efficient, reduced equipment, and improved safety using Descartes Fleet Management solution.

WAXIE Sanitary Supply

Eric Cohen from WAXIE Sanitary Supply, America’s Largest Family-owned Distributor of Sanitary Supplies & Equipment, discusses the simple transition and deployment of the Descartes Routing solution and the positive impact the technology had on their operations.