During our live demo, we saw the software in action and fell in love with it. It was obvious that it would help us run our business more efficiently and we couldn't wait to put it to use.
Bloomfield, Connecticut (Vocus) September 28, 2010
Prophesy Transportation Solutions, Inc. (an Accellos division), provider of trucking and logistics software solutions to the transportation industry, has released a case study of its customer Kennedy Brothers, Inc. This profile illustrates how the North Carolina based poultry carrier has tripled its load volume while easing dispatch and accounting workload by using Prophesy DispatchSeries Software.
Kennedy Brothers, Inc. is a family-owned, over-the-road trucking and brokerage company hauling fresh and frozen poultry. Before founding Kennedy Brothers, Inc., brothers Tim and Tony Kennedy built up years of diverse experience in the trucking industry. In 1999, using their combined expertise the brothers struck out on their own and formed Kennedy Brothers with a single truck. 11 years later, from its location in Pink Hill, NC, the brothers now operate a fleet of 50 trucks serving the Northeast, Southeast, and much of the Western United States.
In the early years, the biggest problem facing Kennedy Bros. was the struggle to simply keep up with their maturing business. Partner Tim Kennedy explained, “We first used pencil and paper for accounting and dispatching and eventually moved all of our information into spreadsheets. But our company was growing so fast that it became a nightmare to keep track of everything, and there just weren’t enough hours in the day to stay on top of the workload.” Having outgrown their old processes, the company owners decided to look for an automated dispatching and accounting solution. Tim initiated an extensive search for a trucking software product that would meet all of their needs, while allowing room to further grow, and quickly focused on Prophesy DispatchSeries Software.
Tim scheduled a live online demo with Prophesy Senior Account Manager Jay Votzakis, and the Kennedy team instantly realized that this robust transportation management system was the right fit for them. Tim said, “During our live demo, we saw the software in action and fell in love with it. It was obvious that it would help us run our business more efficiently and we couldn’t wait to put it to use.”
Tim Kennedy, his wife and Accounting Manager Julie Kennedy, and Office Manager Cynthia Miller attended a dedicated two-day training session at the University of Prophesy, in Bloomfield, CT. They were pleased to find that the training was customized to suit their own workflow and specific needs. They returned to their office as certified “Super Users” of the Prophesy solution and were easily able to train the remainder of their team.
Since implementing the software, the staff has experienced significant gains in efficiency allowing them to handle a much larger workload than before. “Prophesy Dispatch saves us a lot of man-hours,'' said Tim. ''There is no way we could handle the volume we have now with our old way of manually writing and keying everything into spreadsheets.”
Julie added, “If we had stayed with the old system, we never could have kept up with the work. Prophesy has cut costs and saved us so much time, and quite possibly has saved our business. We couldn’t live without it.”
Kennedy Brothers, Inc. has developed considerably since its founding and has tripled in load size since implementing the Prophesy transportation management system. The company now employs 6 office staff, 25 company drivers, and 30 owner-operators. Its fleet increases at an average rate of 5 - 10 trucks per year and is projected to increase to 60 trucks by the end of 2010. The Kennedys continue adding more capabilities to the Prophesy system as their company grows, most recently having implemented Prophesy’s IFTA fuel tax reporting module. ''Customers demand growth and we have to supply it,'' said Tim. “In the trucking industry, you either grow or get out. Prophesy Dispatch has made growing easy.”
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