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Introducing Modal Tracker: Intermodal Shipment Tracking Made Easy


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Today is the day. I have been working on a new project called Modal Tracker. A system to track intermodal shipments. We are starting our FREE beta officially today.

Modal Tracker is an online system for tracking shipments done via steamship carriers. Modal Tracker features automatic updating of your shipment's information from online sources. You don't need to do the manual work. Modal Tracker is web-based software, so it's easy to get started. There's nothing to install. No servers to buy. Just enter a bill of lading number and you're started.

This is an early beta. All of the planned 1.0 functionality is not there at this point. This is our first Software as a Service offering and we're taking a philosophy of release early, release often.

What's working:

  • Searches of Bills of Lading from American Presidential Line (APL), K-Line, Maersk, and Zim.
  • Creation of automatic trackings, with updates to your shipment information automatically every 6 hours.

What coming next:

  • More steamship lines.
  • Automatic highlighting of changes such as:
    • Change in ETA
    • New container moves
    • Customs hold/clearance
    • Any date changes

Once we have those working we will start on adding automated email alerts bringing the information to your attention as soon as we learn it.

We have a lot planned for Modal Tracker. We'd also like to hear your ideas. If you do intermodal shipments try it out and let us know what you think.