Logistics technology: Agistix rolls out new SaaS-based TMS
November 09, 2011
Transportation management technology services provider Agistix recently announced it has introduced a new cross-platform, cloud-based, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Transportation Management System.
Entitled Total Visibility, Agistix said that this offering provides shippers with real-time visibility to “counter blindspots of inbound, third-party and international shipment data that has historically not been captured by the software systems shippers use when managing supply chain and transportation operations.
Total Visibility, said Agistix, is a packaged layer technology that aggregates and normalizes a company’s shipping activity, regardless of whom their suppliers and carriers are or how many TMS, ERP systems, freight pay or audit vendors they have. And the company added that by using it in conjunction with each system that contains shipment data—including a TMS—it provides shippers a comprehensive view into every shipment they have paid for, regardless where it is coming from or going to globally.
“Agistix has been selling on-demand TMS for the past 7 years, and we are passionate about providing clients with flexible and scalable software solutions to control freight spend,” a company spokesperson told LM. “However, the reality is TMS only supports outbound shipping, and most of our clients didn’t even have visibility to inbound or third-party shipments, let alone control. Our goal is to provide real world solutions to solve customer problems, so we developed Total Visibility to address these customer blindspots to in-transit data, but also capture shipment estimates so clients can better forecast spend, as well as arm compliance with activity reports for international shipments.”
Real-time data, said the Agistix spokesperson, allows customers to not only find the ‘needle in the haystack’, but also consume ‘big data’ to ensure their supply chain is functioning as designed.
Agistix first built a TMS platform in 2004, with the vision defined by customers over the past seven years, said the spokesperson. And while the solution “presentation” and visibility evolution has occurred over the past 18 months, the product foundation has been in the works for seven years.
“Most recently we disconnected the “linear” shipping process so we can essentially book shipments already in-transit and then rate them,” said the spokesperson. “The objective is data continuity, not the order of operation.”
When asked what some of the biggest benefits of Total Visibility are for shippers, the spokesperson cited: real-time visibility to all shipments in-transit across all carriers, all service levels, all modes, international & domestic, inbound, outbound and third parties; real-time shipment data in the hands of the appropriate audience; and inbound shipment information to facilities, among others.
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