National Traffic Database
Increasing Operational Efficiency for Carriers
SMC³’s National Traffic Database (NTD) provides participating LTL carriers with confidential benchmarking information that can be used to optimize operations and strategic decisions. With NTD, carriers can compare their shipment metrics against industry participants and mine aggregate data to perform shipment, operational and business analytics.
Participating carriers supply individual shipment data–including weight, revenues, mileage, ton-miles, shipments, and pieces–and receive monthly, quarterly and annual reports to compare their operations to the marketplace. Carriers receive composite data of the entire group, as well as their own company data.
Any LTL carrier, regional or nationwide, can be involved in the NTD program. SMC³ also accepts and analyzes freight bill data from Canada and Mexico, as well as other nations worldwide.
Data to Drive Business Decisions
Each participating carrier supplies all of their organization’s freight bill data each month to SMC³ in a standardized electronic format. SMC³ compiles its benchmarking information by using each carrier’s origin/destination ZIP codes and country codes; net revenues; pickup and delivery dates; number of pieces; mileages; and weights.
NTD reports are generated monthly based on the previous month’s data. Before data release, SMC³ makes uniform minimum edits to ensure data integrity and then processes the data into standardized formats. SMC³’s data analysis system excludes records that are improperly formatted or incomplete, which might skew the individual or group results.