Aljex Software has integrated electronic-signature technology from Sertifi Inc. into its Web-hosted transportation-management software. Aljex users can now e-mail documents such as rate confirmations, quotes or contracts, and have them returned with valid signatures. The process can be accomplished without faxing or the use of printers, and without leaving the Aljex working screens. Sertifi retains customer documents on its servers. Users can track and view the documents to see which have been signed, and set up e-mail reminders to speed the process. For example, brokers and other load assigners can e-mail a document to a carrier or driver. The signed document can be e-mailed back to the original sender as an attached PDF file. Drivers can sign and return a Sertifi document from an iPhone or Android phone. The carrier can enter a signature in handwriting applied by finger or stylus on a touchscreen device such as an iPad or Android tablet. It can also be entered in text, using a PC keyboard or any other text-entry device. Either way, the signature is validated and becomes legally binding, the companies said.
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