Firm Taps AT&T to Bring Truckers Data

Already a transportation firm that employs a fair share of technology to get
things from point A to point B, Landstar
System Inc.
Friday tapped AT&T Wireless
Services
for wireless Internet phone service to their
intranet.


Through AT&T’s Digital PocketNet service, Landstar’s
7,100 business capacity owners, independent contractors who supply the
company with the equipment used to haul freight, will now access Landstar’s
intranet Web site to choose freight and make other business decisions from
Web-enabled phones.


Those who have tried it said the service helps them better manage their time
on the road.


“It’s great when you can’t use your laptop,” said Linda Kennedy, a Landstar
BCO who has been a professional truck operator for more than 20 years. “I
can find freight and get specific directions while we’re unloading, so it
saves us money in terms of time and fuel.”


As a transportation firm, Landstar was one of the first in its class to
utilize Internet technology to post available freight, providing access to
information to its business capacity owners right — to their trucks. As it
does for many of AT&T’ Wireless’ 12.5 million customers, the Digital
PocketNet service gives unlimited access to Landstar’s corporate databases,
schedules, e-mail and contact information from the screen of their wireless
phones.


“AT&T Digital PocketNet service is a natural fit for us because it enables
them to cost-effectively conduct business on the road,” said Landstar
Chairman, President and CEO Jeff Crowe.


Once hooked up, the total cost for the AT&T Digital PocketNet service
2000-Gateway rate plan tops out at $14.99 per month.

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