IntelliTrans Managed Services Intervened for Commodities Clients Before Rail Strike

IntelliTrans Managed Services Intervened for Commodities Clients Before Rail Strike

IntelliTrans Managed Services Intervened for Commodities Clients Before Rail Strike
 Rail Strike Averted, but IntelliTrans’ Clients Were Ready to Keep Facilities Operating and Production Flowing

 

Atlanta, GA — September 22, 2022 — IntelliTrans, the leader in global multi-modal solutions that optimize supply chain operations for bulk and break-bulk product manufacturers, helped numerous clients prepare their supply chains for the disruptions that the forecasted rail strike would cause before the strike date of Sept. 15. Even though the strike was averted, IntelliTrans Intervention Managed Services continues to work closely with rail shippers to keep their products moving without any disruptions.  

“About a month before the pending rail strike, we started preparing clients so that their production facilities could remain operational as long as possible, if the rail systems were closed,” said Karen Howlett, Operations Manager, IntelliTrans. “Then, last week, we increased empty rail car pipelines to various facilities so the plants could continue operating and producing products. These intervention services and our technology for supply chain visibility and real-time tracking ensured our clients could continue operations.”

IntelliTrans offers freight management, strategic planning, tactical execuion, in-transit tracking, freight invoice auditing and payment, advanced analytics, transportation management, yard management, reporting, and supply chain visibility backed by a team of experts who work with customers to help their businesses work smarter, faster, and better. 

The rail industry has had issues with personnel counts ever since precision scheduled railroading (PSR) came into play, lowering headcounts to make finances look better for investors. Then COVID hit, and the skeleton crews became even more taxed, with issues around personal time off, vacations, doctor visits, and more. The railroads tried to counter with hiring bonuses and streamlined training, but rumors of a strike circulated. Then last week, many carriers of certain products, like hazardous materials, were embargoed and could no longer ship these products for safety reasons. 

As the rail strike loomed, IntelliTrans worked with supply chain planners at client sites to develop what-if scenarios and to understand all possibilities of disruptions that could happen if the strike occurred. The company helped its customers prepare their supply chains by: 

  • Communicating daily with carriers and shippers
  • Publishing updates from carriers in real-time
  • Moving empty cars to storage yards so that when the time came to move the empties to facilities, the cars could be moved quicker
  • Working with carriers to obtain their contingency plans, which included their management teams deployed to operate the trains so that essentials like electricity would remain available
  • Located trucks where needed so the truck would be readily available to move product
  • Real-time tracking of rail cars to see where they were located and if they needed to be moved
  • Looking at variables and all possibilities for the estimated time of arrival so that cars would arrive on time before the strike occurred 

The IntelliTrans Global Supply Chain Visibility solution played a massive role in diverting railcars to the correct locations. Real-time tracking of the cars alerted shippers to where the cars were at all times. The IntelliTrans Intervention Team helped facilitate contingency planning and decision-making so that plants would continue to operate and people would keep working. 

“It was a very nerve-racking week,” adds Howlett. “We had to plan for something to fail and control what we could control, but everything worked out, and our clients kept their businesses running.” 

About IntelliTrans 

IntelliTrans, a Roper Technologies company, provides unified and proactive solutions to manage complex supply chain needs. Customers are nimble and efficient with the global supply chain transparency powered by the IntelliTrans cloud-based Control Tower (Global Visibility Platform℠) and IntelliTrans TMS (transportation management system), the only SaaS-based TMS that provides shipment execution and visibility across rail, truck, intermodal, barge, and ocean. IntelliTrans enables complete, timely, and accurate data, allowing customers to automate business processes, improve customer service, and reduce operational costs. From real-time alerts to interactive data visualizations, IntelliTrans gives organizations the tools to ask deeper questions and deliver more impactful results. Website: www.intellitrans.com. 

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IntelliTrans Managed Services Intervened for Commodities Clients Before Rail Strike

IntelliTrans Karen Howlett Named Winner of Women in Supply Chain Award

IntelliTrans Karen Howlett Named Winner of Women in Supply Chain Award 

 This award honors female supply chain leaders and executives whose accomplishments, mentorship, and examples set a foundation for women at all levels of a company’s supply chain network. 

Atlanta, GA — September 19, 2022 — IntelliTrans, the leader in global multi-modal solutions that optimize supply chain operations for bulk and break-bulk product manufacturers, announces that Karen Howlett, Operations Manager at IntelliTrans, is a recipient of the 2022 Women in Supply Chain Award from Supply & Demand Chain Executive, the only publication covering the entire global supply chain. Karen was chosen because she is an exemplary leader of the IntelliTrans rail services (managed transportation) team, where she proactively manages the day-to-day logistics needs of customers. 

“I am so proud of Karen for winning this award,” said Ken Sherman, President of IntelliTrans. “Karen thinks outside the box and drives value for our company, customers, and team members. She has helped develop analytical tools and processes that lighten the black holes companies face today. She also focuses on team development and believes that if her team is successful, she is successful, and if our customers are happy, then she is happy.” 

“When I launched this award three years ago, I was prepared for an uphill battle. I was envisioning a long road ahead in getting the supply chain industry educated enough as to why it was important to recognize women in the supply chain. But, this award, the winners and those who submitted nominations—both men and women—is a testament that supply chain organizations were already recognizing their female leaders; they just needed a better platform,” says Marina Mayer, Editor-in-Chief of Supply & Demand Chain Executive and Food Logistics. “This year, we received over 280 submissions. Almost 100 of those submissions came from men. I’m so proud of everyone who participated, both men and women. I’m proud to call these women mentors, role models, and industry friends. I’m proud to interview them, support them and help promote their journey. And, I hope to see all of this year’s and past years’ winners at our upcoming Women in Supply Chain Forum.” 

Karen is deeply engaged with one of IntelliTrans’ largest customers and helps them to overcome challenges by automating transportation operations, including visibility into transportation management and managed transportation services to augment the workforce. Karen is resourceful and relentless in her work ethic; she leads from the front, meaning she knows how to do the job of anyone on her team, so if she asks her team to do something, she knows how to do it herself. She cares about the result of the customer, her team, and the company experience and knows that you must balance all three together to have a successful company. 

IntelliTrans offers freight management, strategic planning, tactical execution, in-transit tracking, freight invoice auditing and payment, advanced analytics, transportation management, yard management, reporting, and supply chain visibility backed by a team of experts who work with customers to help their businesses work smarter, faster, and better. Interactive dashboards make large amounts of data easy to understand. Advanced analytics uncover more detailed answers with machine learning to help businesses make more informed decisions and drive continuous improvement. 

The Women in Supply Chain award honors female supply chain leaders and executives whose accomplishments, mentorship, and examples set a foundation for women at all levels of a company’s supply chain network. This year’s list includes individuals from software and service providers, consultancies and academia, trucking and transportation firms, professional development agencies, sourcing and procurement divisions, and more, all who have helped supply chain clients and the supply chain community at large prepare to meet many of today’s—and tomorrow’s—challenges. Go to https://sdce.me/7wmmgj to view the complete list of 2022 Women in Supply Chain winners. 

About Supply & Demand Chain Executive
Supply & Demand Chain Executive is the only supply chain publication covering the entire global supply chain, focusing on trucking, warehousing, packaging, procurement, risk management, professional development, and more. Supply & Demand Chain Executive and sister publication Food Logistics are also home to L.I.N.K. podcast channel, SCNSummit.com, SupplyChainLearningCenter.com, the Women in Supply Chain Forum and more. Go to www.SDCExec.com to learn more. 

About IntelliTrans 

IntelliTrans, a Roper Technologies company, provides unified and proactive solutions to manage complex supply chain needs. Customers are nimble and efficient with the global supply chain transparency powered by the IntelliTrans cloud-based Control Tower (Global Visibility Platform℠) and IntelliTrans TMS (transportation management system), the only SaaS-based TMS provides shipment execution and visibility across rail, truck, intermodal, barge, and ocean. IntelliTrans enables complete, timely, and accurate data, allowing customers to automate business processes, improve customer service, and reduce operational costs. From real-time alerts to interactive data visualizations, IntelliTrans gives organizations the tools to ask deeper questions and deliver more impactful results. Website: www.intellitrans.com

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IntelliTrans Managed Services Intervened for Commodities Clients Before Rail Strike

IntelliTrans Helps Shippers Benefit from Freight Market Pendulum

IntelliTrans Helps Shippers Benefit from Freight Market Pendulum

Partnership Mindset Improves Carrier and Shipper Relationships

Atlanta, GA — September XX, 2022 — IntelliTrans, the leader in global multi-modal solutions for optimizing supply chain operations in bulk & break-bulk industries, helps shippers better manage the freight market pendulum swings with expansive tendering algorithms and artificial intelligence embedded in its transportation management system (TMS). 

Shippers are experiencing the ebb and flow of the current freight market. Many carriers that took advantage of shippers will feel the pinch because shippers will reward those carriers that honored contractual rates. But with IntelliTrans’ ever-expansive tendering algorithm, our customers benefit from changing market conditions without resorting to the “revenge” mentioned in a recent FreightWaves article, “Shippers’ Revenge is Coming for Truckload Carriers.” 

“IntelliTrans believes in a partnership mindset between shippers and carriers,” said Ken Sherman, President, IntelliTrans. “Our optimization engine allows shippers to partner with carriers to give them a committed volume, rewarding carriers that continue to work with a shipper. We help shippers manage relationships with carriers throughout all the up and down cycles.”

IntelliTrans TMS offers flexible tendering, fixed-rate offers (“Buy It Now”), and spot bidding. Many TMS technology uses sequential tendering, which means carriers are given a particular time slot to accept or decline the tender. If they don’t respond or miss their time slot for acceptance, the tender moves to the next carrier in line. With IntelliTrans, carriers don’t miss out on the opportunity to cover a load. Instead, the timeline expands to add the next carrier(s) in the process, not replace one carrier with another. Shippers get loads covered in a tight market at an even better price. On average, IntelliTrans shippers save $112 per load through this uniquely differentiated tendering process.

The flexibility of the IntelliTrans tendering algorithm allows easy reconfiguration as market conditions change, allowing shippers to choose from the least cost carrier to service-based selection, dedicated fleet utilization, to spot bidding to a fixed rate offer. These can be used in concert with each other and easily adjusted with no software development required. It allows shippers to conduct spot bidding in a highly automated fashion where spot bids from their carriers are evaluated based on configurable, market-driven thresholds and can be automatically accepted if desired. These thresholds can be set to move with current market pricing, so they don’t have to be constantly reset. 

IntelliTrans recently partnered with Emerge, allowing customers to leverage their technology and carrier network. “This helps shippers succeed in all types of markets. With Emerge’s strong RFP platform, customers can take advantage of this technology to conduct bids now or at any time that makes sense,” adds Sherman.  “They can then use our spot bid or fixed-rate offer tendering techniques to obtain load coverage from qualified carriers in Emerge’s network.” 

About IntelliTrans

IntelliTrans, a Roper Technologies company, provides unified and proactive solutions to manage complex supply chain needs. Customers are nimble and efficient with the global supply chain transparency powered by the IntelliTrans cloud-based Control Tower (Global Visibility Platform℠) and IntelliTrans TMS (transportation management system), the only SaaS-based TMS that provides shipment execution and visibility across rail, truck, intermodal, barge, and ocean. IntelliTrans enables complete, timely, and accurate data, allowing customers to automate business processes, improve customer service, and reduce operational costs. From real-time alerts to interactive data visualizations, IntelliTrans gives organizations the tools to ask deeper questions and deliver more impactful results. Website: www.intellitrans.com.

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IntelliTrans Managed Services Intervened for Commodities Clients Before Rail Strike

IntelliTrans Achieves SOC 1 and 2 Compliance

IntelliTrans Achieves SOC 1 and 2 Compliance

 IntelliTrans Managed Services Augments Customer Teams to Ensure Business-Critical Activities Continue If Breached 

Atlanta, GA — September 9, 2022 — IntelliTrans, the leader in global multi-modal solutions for optimizing supply chain operations for bulk & break-bulk industries, announces that the company has achieved SOC 1 and 2 Type II Compliance, ensuring the company’s data is secure against the increased onslaught of cybersecurity hacks.  This is critical as the threats to supply chains continue to increase every year. 

“Everybody in our industry remembers the impact of the hack of Colonial Pipeline had on the country, which highlights the need for everyone, from employees to trading partners and vendors, to do their part to protect their information,” said Ken Sherman, President of IntelliTrans. “Hackers and other bad actors are taking advantage of the vulnerabilities caused by the pandemic with many of us working from home. Now is the time to be diligent with your information security policies.” 

With SOC 1 and 2 compliance, companies gain a competitive edge by ensuring customers and prospects that their data is as secure as possible. IntelliTrans goes above and beyond the information security requirements by sharing documented policies with employees, trading partners, customers, and vendors. IntelliTrans is a tech-enabled service provider and has been able to help customers out when the customer experienced a cybersecurity event by augmenting their team so the customer can continue with its business-critical activities. 

IntelliTrans is a division of Roper Technologies and follows its information security policies. The Roper portfolio of companies includes a wide breadth of software businesses across supply chain, healthcare, food supply, and government contractors, among others. Best practices and lessons learned are shared across this portfolio, augmenting what IntelliTrans received from the SOC auditors and intensifying the security of the company’s data. 

Importance of SOC Compliance 

According to Bloomberg, “The hack that took down the largest fuel pipeline in the U.S. and led to shortages across the East Coast was the result of a single compromised password, according to a cybersecurity consultant who responded to the attack.” 

IntelliTrans suggests these steps to improve information security:

  • Educate employees on your policies and procedures and ensure they comply; train them on threat recognition and mitigation
  • Use multi-factor authentication so that users log into the system with more than just a password
  • Use unique passwords to protect against credential stuffing, where cybercriminals use stolen login information from one system and attempt to access another system; people often use the same password and user ID across systems, so ensure policies and training are in place so this does not happen.
  • Remove former employee accounts so that cybercriminals don’t gain access to it. 

“It is relatively hard to decrypt data or passwords; it is said to takea billion years to guess a complex password,” adds Sherman. “It comes down to holding people accountable to follow your security policies and procedures and to take measures within your ecosystem so that people won’t use the same password in two different systems.” 

“It’s also important to remember that achieving SOC compliance is a process, not an event,” adds Harold Vickers, Director of IT Operations at IntelliTrans. “It never stops, and we are always looking for areas of improvement as threats are always evolving. What worked yesterday may not work tomorrow.” 

About IntelliTrans

IntelliTrans, a Roper Technologies company, provides unified and proactive solutions to manage complex supply chain needs. Customers are nimble and efficient with the global supply chain transparency powered by the IntelliTrans cloud-based Control Tower (Global Visibility Platform℠) and IntelliTrans TMS (transportation management system), the only SaaS-based TMS that provides shipment execution and visibility across rail, truck, intermodal, barge, and ocean. IntelliTrans enables complete, timely, and accurate data, allowing customers to automate business processes, improve customer service, and reduce operational costs. From real-time alerts to interactive data visualizations, IntelliTrans gives organizations the tools to ask deeper questions and deliver more impactful results. Website: www.intellitrans.com.

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IntelliTrans Managed Services Intervened for Commodities Clients Before Rail Strike

EMERGE PARTNERS WITH INTELLITRANS TO CONNECT SHIPPERS AND CARRIERS, PROVIDING GREATER VISIBILITY AND ACCESS TO CAPACITY

EMERGE PARTNERS WITH INTELLITRANS TO CONNECT SHIPPERS AND CARRIERS, PROVIDING GREATER VISIBILITY AND ACCESS TO CAPACITY

 Together, these two FreightTech leaders are streamlining freight procurement in the spot market,
helping shippers quickly cover spot loads and keeping trucks full. 

Emerge, the leading freight procurement platform is partnering with IntelliTrans, the leading Transportation Management System (TMS) and visibility platform provider for companies in the breakbulk and bulk markets. The collaboration between these complimentary technology firms provides more opportunities for carriers to cover loads and help shippers expand their carrier networks exponentially, resulting in faster, more cost-effective spot market transactions.

“Our business model is built on value for all participants. Every load starts with an RFP, and this partnership further scales our spot platform and that part of the RFP spectrum,” said Andrew Leto, Founder, and CEO of Emerge. “We are pleased to join forces with IntelliTrans to offer a true win-win solution for carriers and shippers.” 

Emerge offers a unique marketplace that connects shippers and carriers directly, providing visibility to loads in real time. By leveraging the Emerge Marketplace, shippers using IntelliTrans solutions can access more than 45K fully vetted marketplace carriers. Carriers gain access to more loads by tapping into the Emerge Marketplace.

“We are very excited about the value that the Emerge – IntelliTrans partnership will bring to our customers.,” said Ken Sherman, President of IntelliTrans.  “Integrating our unique Spot Bidding and Book it Now functionality with Emerge’s marketplace enables our customers to achieve key objectives, such as automating a traditionally labor-intensive process, reducing freight spend, increasing load coverage, and improving sustainability (by reducing dead-head miles).”

The partnership is especially beneficial to smaller shippers that may not have the carrier density to serve their business needs while effectively managing freight costs adequately. Smaller carriers using the Emerge Marketplace have more opportunities to bid on loads in real-time and secure business with companies they had not previously served. 

New Leadership and Continued Platform Growth in 2022

The Emerge Freight Procurement Platform continues to experience rapid growth, with interest from the country’s most-preeminent shippers and carriers. New leaders join the organization from the supply chain’s most recognized brands and Emerge plans to significantly scale its internal team in 2022. “We are attracting top freight leaders and talent,” said Leto. “From operations to the executive suite, we are bringing in freight’s heaviest hitters to create something truly revolutionary for our industry.”

Rethinking Procurement: The Emerge Freight Procurement Platform

Transforming the $800 billion freight industry, Emerge empowers meaningful logistics relationships through its award-winning Freight Procurement Platform. The Emerge platform helps streamline the disjointed and cloudy procurement landscape, bringing shippers and carriers together in one space to create and build mutually beneficial relationships. 

With freight procurement and optimization becoming a common boardroom conversation, companies are increasingly looking for creative ways to find new efficiency in their supply chain. The premier choice for carriers and shippers within the procurement ecosystem, the Emerge platform inherently creates a powerful “network effect” — opening new opportunities for all participants as the network grows and becomes more robust. With every carrier and shipper added, the Emerge marketplace becomes even more powerful — creating better, stronger opportunities and win-win scenarios for all.

Shipper and Carrier Collaboration, Evolved

Founded by industry veteran Andrew Leto, Emerge has seen tremendous success since opening its doors in 2017. In addition to securing over $150 million in investor funding, the Emerge platform has enabled shippers to procure over $6 billion in freight by leveraging the Dynamic RFP and Spot platform. In September of 2021, Emerge announced its latest Series B funding round of $130 million, led by investment partners 9Yards Capital, Tiger Global Management, and The Spruce House Partnership, with additional participation from existing backers New Road Capital Partners and Greycroft.

“This funding will allow us to scale our business efficiently — from creating new opportunities for our current employees to filling needs from the outside where necessary,” Jack Holmes, Emerge Executive Chairman, and former President & CEO of UPS Freight, said. “We have been fortunate to have great partners. Financial partners, shipper partners, and carrier partners. Andrew [Leto’s] vision has continued to evolve, and we’re confident that our partners will regard our platform as the most influential in transportation.”

About Emerge

Transforming the $800 billion freight industry, Emerge empowers meaningful logistics relationships through its award-winning Freight Procurement Platform. Built by freight professionals for freight professionals, Emerge offers solutions that enhance the procurement process, enabling shippers and carriers to make more empowered, strategic decisions. Founded in 2017 and located in Scottsdale, Arizona, Emerge is one of the fastest-growing technology startups in the U.S.

About IntelliTrans

IntelliTrans, a Roper Technologies company, provides unified and proactive solutions to manage complex supply chain needs. Customers are nimble and efficient with the global supply chain transparency powered by the IntelliTrans cloud-based Control Tower (Global Visibility Platform℠) and IntelliTrans TMS (transportation management system), the only SaaS-based TMS that provides shipment execution and visibility across rail, truck, intermodal, barge, and ocean. IntelliTrans enables complete, timely, and accurate data, allowing customers to automate business processes, improve customer service, and reduce operational costs. From real-time alerts to interactive data visualizations, IntelliTrans gives organizations the tools to ask deeper questions and deliver more impactful results. Website:www.intellitrans.com.

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