U Route is a transportation management system that was designed to tighten the link between shippers and their core carriers.
Offering a host of features in a scalable web-based environment, U Route is a suitable option for companies that have outgrown spreadsheets but are seeking something that's straightforward and simple to adopt.
U Route offers a full suite of tools that include direct e-carrier management, user-friendly procurement, RFQ development and bid capabilities, load tendering, robust analytics and more, all from a streamlined interface that's accessible anywhere with an internet connection.
The features built into U Route are the same applications used by industry-leading 3PLs to support their global accounts, at a fraction of the cost. U Route's monthly pricing is based on system usage, and offers unlimited users and locations.
U Route is suitable for small and midsize shippers in most industries.
Steven from Eternal Beverages, Inc.
Specialty: Food & Beverage
Eternal Beverages isn't a logistics company but URoute allows us to submit bid requests, have load visibility and receive pricing as if we were in the industry.
We have no complaints in our first 6-months with URoute.
URoute is a solid company and interested in serving your needs. They have done custom programming for us and that is not a service you can find everywhere. Make sure the companies you are looking at will stand behind you and make the product user friendly for your team.
Chris from PERI Formwork Systems Inc.
Specialty: Building Materials
U Route is an intuitive and easy to implement tool that ensures access to the most competitive freight rates in the market. The functionality of the software gives users access to information in a well-organized and easy to interpret format which allows for quick and concise decision making while limiting uncertainty. Since U Route is a software company, the products and services provided are aimed at connecting shippers and carriers in the most cost effective way by removing the necessity for a third party layer.
As a shipper, I like the realized cost savings, process efficiency improvements and reporting functions that U Route offers.
Much like any other ERP system, U Route's reporting functions are subject to data inputs by a number of parties. Some reports occasionally display inaccurate information as a result of data quality issues. Typos, incorrect pricing or mistakes made throughout the lifecycle of a load are not easily corrected and need to be manually adjusted or mentally accounted for when utilizing top level reports.
This software is great for an organization looking to manage freight internally without purchasing expensive TMS software that is cumbersome and difficult to implement.
I recommend running a cost/benefit analysis of using U Route by making general assumptions on freight savings through increased market exposure and improved internal work efficiency.
Martin from Progressive Converting, Inc.
Specialty: Paper / Packaging
The ease of use and support are excellent. We have been able to implement the system fairly easily and have been supported by uRoute staff every step of the way.
We have only had to request some minor adjustments and tweaks to the program in order to better suit our application.
If you are looking for an affordable TMS solution that can easily be implemented, then uRoute is an ideal fit. It does not have all of the bells and whistles of the much more expensive systems, but it provides quick and easy access while offering a lot of flexibility.
Rick from Tarco, Inc
Specialty: Building Materials
The ability to see all of Tarco's loads from all three shipping locations is very important to our corporate management. U Route gives us that, plus it helps us to lower our freight cost by exposing us to more carriers to competitively bid on our loads.
It would be better if they had a version that was just for Tarco, but since they have many other customers using their software, we realize that is not possible.
I would suggest that anyone looking for a TMS to organize and manage their freight thoroughly check out U Route. We feel it is the best value for the money, especially since their is no huge capital cost involved (as so many other TMS systems have). You only pay monthly based on your freight spend for that month.
Andy from Best Block Company
Specialty: Building Materials
U Route gives us the ability to link our outbound loads with truckers that are looking for those routes in an efficient format.
Our biggest challenge has been getting truckers to utilize U Route on a consistent basis.
Work with the U Route team to understand how the program works.
Christyn from Universal Logistics Solutions Inc.
Specialty: 3rd Party Logistics (3PL)
So simple, yet it does so much. As a 3PL, we utilize U Route for all of our RFQ's and load tenders. We input all of our lane OD pairs and carrier responses come back electronically. No more spreadsheets and emails. All of the carrier responses are in the same format, which is nice. U Route makes carrier awards and tenders extremely simple.
They are still working on some accounting integrations. It has taken a few weeks, but once complete, they will eliminate even another step.
Do your homework. We shopped around and demoed several systems. There are TMSs that do more, but for what we were looking to accomplish (primarily bid management), U Route was the perfect fit, because it's not too big and cumbersome.
Keith from BPS Cores, Inc.
Date: October 2013
BPS is an automotive core supplier to the rebuilding industry across the country, including Alaska and Hawaii. We also ship internationally.
We started with U Route nearly 2 years ago. It's been quite a change in the way we do our freight. U Route has made it considerably easier and saved us both time and money. Before U Route, we would get in an order for a trailer load of merchandise and begin calling around to brokers and trucking companies for costs and then wait to hear back to get all results.
Today, we just go online to U Route, enter the information, and set up freight shipments. In less than 2 minutes, the job is complete!
After the first year of service, we saw a savings of over 10% on freight costs. This year should be much better. When vendors realized the volume we had with them, they decreased their rates, lowering our costs. I still check with other vendors to verify the cost savings. However, U Route is handling 75% of our business. It is easy and has saved time as well as money. The program is beneficial because it provides cost analysis, monthly trends, and customer reports - plus we can track the shipments, should any problems arise. I've been quite pleased with this program.
Travis from J.B. HUNT
Date: September 2013
Uroute has been a great tool for us here at JB Hunt. This system is easy to use and the support is great. Any questions that come up they are very prompt to personally call back. I would recommend this system, and all of its benefits, to everyone.