Shipment visibility has come a long way since we released our rail shipment visibility platform in 1992. It seems like this foundational capability has gone from relative obscurity to being on every shipper’s radar (pun intended) overnight. Demand for shipment visibility solutions will only increase, too. Staffing and inventory reductions will push shippers to further adopt technology providing time-definite delivery information and real-time order visibility across all modes. We’ve taken note of this evolution. Over the years we’ve expanded our tracking capabilities to cover multi-modal shipments.
Obtaining complete, multi-modal shipment visibility requires a multi-pronged approach to obtaining data. The use of ELDs in the North American truck market has increased truck tracking capabilities just as the use of TransCore’s AEI tags & readers increased rail tracking capabilities. Acquiring ELD data is no small task. It requires endless collaboration with carriers, especially in a carrier market where it is crucial to be a “shipper of choice” to get loads covered. It requires many system integrations, deployments, and data acquisition methods:
- Integration with carrier TMS systems in a manner that THEY can implement and support
- Integration with ELD providers and Value-Added Networks (VANs)
- Deployment of app-based technology for gaps in capability / visibility
- Web Services and API / RESTful endpoints
Every trip must have complete key events, too. A missing delivery confirmation can have a ripple effect impacting on-time delivery metrics, carrier performance KPIs, and even the ability to audit a detention bill. In addition, it isn’t enough to just know where your shipment is and know that it is going to be late; someone needs to act on that information to minimize the impact to your customers. It’s crucial to have a provider who commits to:
- Managing your implementation process.
- Monitoring data flows continuously and ensuring all gaps are closed and all trips have complete data.
- Intervening on late pickups, dwell time, and deliveries to turn assets quicker and eliminate unused equipment from the fleet.
If you want to drive the global supply chain transparency needed to truly achieve success in shipment visibility and management then look no further. Shipment visibility and exception management has been our bread and butter for over 25 years. We’re constantly learning and evolving, too, improving our offerings with new features, market knowledge, and outstanding partnerships.
For example, through our partnership with Tranzlogix we can provide automated, real-time location updates and proactive notifications from ELD devices and geofencing. Tranzlogix is also working on implementing voice-activated commands available for in-truck use, allowing truck drivers to interact with GPS, clock in and out, and make reports without taking their eyes off the road. As you can imagine, this will lead to major improvements in tracking efficiency and driver safety. Tranzlogix employs capabilities to associate multiple trailers for the same trip and provides guaranteed superior customer support access with all packages. We couldn’t be more excited to partner with Tranzlogix and their streamlined digital purchasing process ELDmarketplace.com.
IntelliTrans provides multi-modal shipment visibility and exception management in both North America and Europe, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Roper Technologies, a $4.8B/ $30B market cap publicly traded company. Contact us to pro-actively manage your inventory and delivery cycles for greater efficiencies in your global supply chain!