Allen Lund Co., La Canada Flintridge, Calif., has begun a less-than-truckload program at its Dallas and San Antonio locations, said Scott Fletcher, Dallas branch manager.

The company has formed a partnership with Loop Fresh Produce LLP, McAllen, Texas. The program involves mostly pallets of Mexican berries.

In the past, shippers had to buy full trucks to move their berries.

Now, Fletcher said, “We can put multiple shippers together on one truck,” which improves truck capacity and helps keep costs down.

The program also includes other compatible products, like iceless broccoli, carrots and items that need to be maintained at 33 degrees.

The program focuses on Texas metropolitan areas, the Northeast and the Midwest. The company hopes to keep the program running year-round and eventually may expand into other commodities, Fletcher said.

And Overland Park, Kan.-based ALC Logistics continues to gain traction with its transportation management system, said Kenny Lund, vice president of support operations for Allen Lund Co.

There has been a lot of interest in the software that makes produce transportation more efficient, he said.

The modular system enables users to do long-term bids, market or live bids, tender loads or do tracking.

“It integrates with just about any system out there,” Lund said.

There’s also an electronic data interchange module, so “you can tender loads through e-mail or you can use EDI.” Shippers and receivers can use the system, and other brokers can integrate it, he said.

“There are a lot of (transportation management system) products out there but none that are really designed to handle produce well,” Lund said.