- Significant overall company growth
- Efficient, simplified dispatching workflow
- Improved tracking of time, miles and money
- More proactive fleet maintenance and reduced emissions
- Document imaging reduces paper use and mail and transit times
- “Best Fit” search allows quick identification of best carriers for loads
Cary Deason, General Manager of Minn-Tex Express, looks back with a smile on the early days of his company. In 1992, Deason and his parents Edward and Salina started Minn-Tex with a single truck. Edward would drive, while Cary and his mother would handle the office matters.
Search for a Better Way
After struggling with the software for some time, Deason decided to begin a careful search for a new solution which would help him to truly maximize efficiency and analyze the operational costs of his fleet. “It was time to go from ‘playing trucks’ to making money with trucks; we just needed more power,” said Deason.
Results and Expansion
In 2009, Prophesy added “Best Fit” functionality to its DispatchSeries software and the team at Minn-Tex was among the first to use this feature to their advantage. The Best Fit search allowed the Minn-Tex team to match carriers to loads in lanes in which they have run historically or in which they have been set up to run. Loads can also be tendered to one or more carriers via email. “The Best Fit tool helps with dispatch so much,” said Amy Karjala, Minn-Tex Team Member. “It makes it much easier to find the resources we need and much faster to communicate with everyone.”
Onward and Upward
Deason has actively pursued new areas to track efficiency and profitability with his Prophesy system, even serving as a beta-tester for the company’s business intelligence solution, which includes over 35 Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s). “That tool is just the best,” said Deason. “It gives me a whole new level of control over my operation. In fact, I’m having a pizza party this Friday for my team if our deadhead miles come in under 7%. Those savings add up to tens of thousands of dollars for me, and we’ve been able to maintain that level for several years running… I’m happy to provide a nice pizza lunch and extra incentives along the way to keep my team excited about keeping costs down. I just couldn’t track those things as efficiently without my Prophesy software.”
About Minn-Tex Express
Minn-Tex maintains a thriving brokerage operation, as well as a 100% owner-operator fleet, running 70 trucks throughout the United States, with their most active lanes in the South. Primary commodities hauled are cheese and meat. The company has recently opened a second office in McAllen, Texas which employs three full-time staff members. The company anticipates continued growth in the coming year due to strong customer relations and steady year-round contracts. To learn more about Minn-Tex Express, visit them on the web at www.minn-tex.com.
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