Companies continue to find value in DAT data

A series of announcements in the past few months have reinforced the leading status of DAT Solutions’ data. Called the “NASDAQ of truck freight brokerage” in a May interview by Donald Broughton of Broughton Capital, DAT has been one of the leading data providers for load and rate information for years thanks to its large database. Now, the company’s data is being used in even more ways, reinforcing the value the overall dataset provides.

Earlier this month, InMotion Global announced that it was partnering with DAT to offer InMotion’s AscendTMS to current and future DAT customers at no cost. AscendTMS has been integrated with DAT’s most popular carrier features, the companies said when making the announcement.

The free DAT Solutions carrier TMS offering provides carriers of any size a complete business management solution. Benefits of AscendTMS include easy-to-use features such as complete dispatch control, IFTA tax reporting, fuel card imports, asset and driver management, driver pay and settlement, free shipper credit reports, a 26,000 strong shipper directory, full accounting, QuickBooks integration, immediate and real-time load funding with Triumph Business Capital, branch and agent management, full document management, load tracking, ELD integration, driver texting, a free truckload rate index, cargo claims handling, easy EDI, and of course, deeply integrated load searching and matching.

“DAT takes pride in our best-in-class solutions, and AscendTMS shares that same mindset,” Don Thornton, DAT senior vice president of sales and marketing, said in a release. “This new integration will help our mutual customers run their businesses more profitably and efficiently, and at no additional cost.”

The integration features load searching and truck matching services with single-button control.

“We have a close DAT partnership. Our users can post and search DAT without leaving AscendTMS and we are adding their other services also,” Tim Higham, president & CEO of InMotion Global told FreightWaves. “The AscendTMS knows everything about the load. So, we do all the heavy lifting for the user, i.e. they don’t have to login to DAT separately and enter the same data again; AscendTMS does it for the user.

“By providing the number-one rated carrier TMS software to their customers, [DAT is] now also the undisputed leader in TMS technology,” Higham added. “DAT is relied upon by the majority of the freight transportation industry to keep trucks full and freight moving. We are truly honored to have been chosen to be their long-term carrier TMS solution and partner.”

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Brian Straight

Brian Straight covers general transportation news and leads the editorial team as Managing Editor. A journalism graduate of the University of Rhode Island, he has covered everything from a presidential election, to professional sports and Little League baseball, and for more than 10 years has covered trucking and logistics. Before joining FreightWaves, he was previously responsible for the editorial quality and production of Fleet Owner magazine and Brian lives in Connecticut with his wife and two kids and spends his time coaching his son’s baseball team, golfing with his daughter, and pursuing his never-ending quest to become a professional bowler.