We believe what primarily sets ATA Freight apart is its relentless drive to do its part in bringing the inevitable transformation to our -in many ways- conventional industry. We see our working environment dramatically changed within the upcoming years, an environment that hosts a network of conversations driven by intelligent automation. We see today’s challenges in information management arena as opportunities to transform customer experience.
TOP 10 Freight Management Solution Providers 2017
Freight Management has become a hot topic among the shippers today, due to the growing pricing pressures and service options from carriers, combined with the increasing demand from customers for more frequent and time-bound shipments. Keeping the accurate shipping records, handling freight data, managing transportation and making payments—are all key to a smooth running supply chain.
A robust Freight Management system streamlines and optimizes the efficiency of commercial freight operations, through proper freight route planning, carrier selection, shipping scheduling, load planning, guidelines compliance and auditing, invoicing, and reporting. It also automates the process of outsourcing freight bill processing and payment— saving time and expenses for the companies, while reducing errors like duplicate billing, overcharges, incorrect freight rates and more.
Today, the profound impact of technologies like cloud, big data analytics, Internet of Things, and self-learning systems are contributing considerably to the freight management landscape, enabling customers to better reap rewards from quicker and safer delivery of cargo. In this scenario, companies look for innovative vendors and partners who can help them with the right technology and assist them through implementation. In the last few months, we have analyzed and shortlisted hundreds of freight management solution providers that are the forefront of tackling the challenges in the industry.
Our selection panel analyzed the vendor’s capability to meet shipper’s needs in managing the freight operations through the amalgamation of latest technologies into their solution.
We present to you the Logistics Tech Outlook’s Top 10 Freight Management Solution Providers- 2017.
A Personalized Logistics Partner
Since its inception, ATA Freight has evolved from an international freight forwarder to one of the global providers of innovative and fully integrated supply chain solutions. In recent years, “We see a dramatic change in the environmentwithin logistics industry—an environment with expanding number of nodes in the shipper distribution networks, aimed at reducing delivery time to customers from days to hours,”expresses Matt Goker, COO, ATA Freight. Organizations are demanding an efficient freight management system in order to optimize this distribution network, improve customer service and generate cost savings.
“While most providers focus on conventional solutions that require continuous investment of client's time and resources, ATA Freight carries a different approach, aimed at contributing to the customer’s decision by providing complete transparency into their logistics planning,” adds Goker. ATA Freight’s Vizio MyWay system is specifically designed to enable proactive management of shipments through improved, end to- end visibility into their inventory, order and shipment status; as well as dynamic, and intelligent exception alerting.This web-based shipment management solution is developed by the joint efforts of ATA Freight’s in-house R&D unit, CATI - Center for Advanced Technologies and Innovation and Vizio Software Solutions divisions. Vizio MyWay is capable of handling a variety of tasks—from real time PO level tracking to order planning, shipments scheduling and event management, as well as generating reports based on users’ requirements. While bringing inan inevitable transformation to the logistics industry,
ATA Freight’s key differentiating factor, Goker says, "Lies in developing pragmatic solutions—especially in the challenging information management arena." ATA Freight has developed a wide range of information management services, employing advanced analysis and modeling tools to evaluate the breadth of options against identified cost and service objectives. The best example is ATA Freight’s proprietary predictive engine, which powers Vizio MyWay to provide users with an unprecedented level of business-critical information and predictive insight—eliminating the burden of scrutinizing innumerable pages of data.
ATA Freight complements Vizio MyWay with ATASOT, a proprietary interactive 3D container space optimization solution that enablescustomers to use a container to itsfull capacity, minimizing the waste. In one instance, ATA Freight enabled a VIP client to achieve major productivity gains by implementing ATASOT proprietary software. “Our space optimization team noticed opportunities for the Fortune 50 client who utilized ATASOT solution and increased the capacity usage from 62 to 84 percent, dramatically reducing the overall logistics spend,” affirms Goker.
MyWay also comes with a dedicated virtual assistant—Soul, which knows the customers and their individual needs. “Soul is available on all our platforms, including our smartphone and smartwatch apps,” asserts Goker. “While we leverage the advanced capabilities of our information tools to create plug and play solutions, we always carry our unique sense of personal touch for each customers,” adds Goker. Established in 2005, ATA Freight’s highly acknowledged Customer Service Program—ATACares provides individual attention to the customers by conducting regular meetings on business reviews;how to anticipate and adapt to the changing environment, as well as alerts on latest industry happenings.
“Our premier goal is to make every customer a partner and be an extension of their company. We do that by tailoring a personalized savings plan in return for their business with us,” states Goker.
Forging ahead, ATA Freight’s key ambition is to become a top 50 3PL logistics company by 2026, and its entire personnel is working tirelessly to make this a reality. “As for technological advancements, our proprietary operational software—Vizio will receive a major overhaul in 2017— and will be integrated with all our software capabilities on a single three tier architecture platform for both internal and external users,” concludes Goker.