Logistyx President & Chief Sales Officer Ken Fleming was recently quoted in a Logistics Viewpoints article by Steve Banker, in which Banker outlines how manufacturers, retailers and 3PLs have embarked on a digital transformation journey – beginning with the implementation of multi-carrier shipping software and driving toward better collaboration with key partners in an extended supply chain.
For example, organizations using the right multi-carrier shipping software can focus on remaining compliant to carriers’ – like UPS and FedEx – standards regarding how the labels attached to packages should look. The carriers have created these standards to gather the data they need to optimize their logistics and billing processes. If a shipper lacks the right label, the carrier may choose not to pick up the package. If the label is mostly right, the carrier will pick up the package but then fine the shipper.
As Fleming highlights: label compliance is a big job. Logistyx is already complying with almost 500 different carriers’ label mandates, and big carriers can have multiple label formats. States Fleming, “The label formats, manifesting structures and protocols for status updates can all be different in different markets.” In effect, the same carrier looks and acts like a different carrier in different parts of the world.
And complying with the standards set by almost 500 carriers understates the problem by an order of magnitude. Logistyx has 8,500 global carrier services, and each service represents a unique way to provide data. For example, a hazardous material shipment requires a different label with distinct data fields. Shipments in Europe require the use of CMR documents. Comments Fleming, “Our philosophy is to never say no. We will always add a new carrier at no cost.”
Read more about the digital transformation underway in logistics operations across the world on Logistics Viewpoints: A Digital Logistics Platform.