DOD demands PowerTrack for shipping
- By George I. Seffers
- Aug 18, 2000
The Army Military Traffic Management Command will require all commercial
shipping companies moving Defense Department personnel and equipment to
use PowerTrack, an electronic payment and tracking system, as of Nov. 30.
The MTMC is a component of the joint U.S. Transportation Command and
supports surface transportation missions, including shipping the personal
belongings of more than 1.3 million military personnel and deploying troops
and equipment to the world's hot spots.
The command's mission includes moving 16 million shipments a year at
a cost of $1 billion in annual commercial transportation services.
"We want to mandate it because we want to move to a standard electronic
process with industry, reduce infrastructure and cost. We've been working
toward this for almost three years and need to move from a government process
to a commercial process," said Tom Hicks, command management reform representative
More than 50 percent of MTMC's commercial shippers already are using
PowerTrack was developed by US Bank Inc. and is described on the company
Web site as "a single-source information center [that] provides instant
access to shipment data for both carriers and shippers; eliminates the need
for reconciling freight bills and invoices; guarantees fast, accurate payments;
and provides exceptional, real-time and analytical reporting tools for better
logistics management decisions."
MTMC announced its intentions in the Aug. 4 Federal Register. The military
intends mandating PowerTrack usage by the end of November for "air, barge
pipeline, rail and sealift carries" and by the end of the year for all "guaranteed