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Visibility, Tracking & Performance

Monitor individual shipments across all modes of transportation

Gain improved logistics efficiency with a single integrated view of shipments, inventory and delivery performance.

For manufacturers, retailers and distributors, Descartes Transport Management solutions can provide a comprehensive view of the product delivery process from purchase order to warehouse receipt.

For logistics service providers and carriers, Descartes’ multi-company, role-based access, supports provision of value-added visibility services to end customers.

Distribution centre to store visibility

Leading retailers both large and small depend on Descartes technology to better manage their end-to-end processes involved in the transportation of goods from distribution centres to their stores.

The Descartes platform continuously:

  • Gauges material movement against shipment milestones
  • Monitors at-risk and critical orders
  • Enables trend analysis of performance
  • Provides score-carding of carriers and suppliers based on lead-time, fill rate, or on-time rates
  • Tracks key performance indicators (KPIs).

“With better information, we can move our product through the pipeline rather than investing our resources in safety inventory.” Kevin F. Smith – Senior Vice President of Supply Chain and Logistics, CVS Pharmacy

  • Visibility

    The Descartes solution improves logistics efficiency by providing organisations and their supply chain partners with a single integrated view of shipments, inventory, cross border compliance status and delivery performance.

    Providing shipment visibility and easily connecting carriers, logistics services providers, trading partners and regulatory agencies that make up your supply chain.

    For manufacturers, retailers and distributors a comprehensive view of purchased orders through to warehouse receipt during the delivery process provides visibility across the delivery channel.

    Logistics services providers can provide value-added visibility services to their customers in virtually segregated environments. The solution continuously gauges material movement against shipment milestones and helps monitor at-risk or critical orders.

  • Tracking

    Once a carrier has accepted a load, the associated Bill of Lading (BOL) is available with visibility of tracking updates. This contains, the time, location, and any comments associated with events, these are all part of the data collected and presented on tracking updates.  

    Status updates can be received against a specific BOL or Progressive (PRO) number via EDI messages alternatively the carrier can be provided with a login that allows them to update individual shipment statuses via a web form.

  • Performance

    The Descartes solution enables an analysis of performance trends v. service level commitments over time, rates carriers and suppliers based on lead-time, fill rate, or on-time rates, and tracks key performance indicators (KPIs) for various users such as buyers, sellers, carriers, or forwarders.

Features & Benefits

Item level visibility

Improved shipment details across multiple parties and modes of transportation, reduces uncertainty and ultimately allows a reduction in inventory/safety stock.

Receive alerts

Decrease order failures by predicting or being alerted to issues as they occur, such as missed dates or deviations from order quantities.

Customised views

Role-based views of data and KPI’s for the purchasing department, logistics department, customer service reps, and manufacturing to streamline logistics flow.

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