ALK Technologies, Inc. and SMC³ Announce Business Alliance

The announcement of the new interface and the firms’ alliance was made today at the SMC³ 2011 Jump Start conference in Atlanta
By Patrick Burnson, Executive Editor
January 18, 2011 - SCMR Editorial

Freight transportation software developer SMC³ and routing, mileage and mapping software developer ALK Technologies announced the creation of a new interface between ALK’s PC*MILER Web Services and the SMC³ RateWare XL rating product.

The announcement of the new interface and the firms’ alliance was made today at the SMC³ 2011 Jump Start conference in Atlanta, Ga.

According to Warren Patterson, SMC³ senior vice president of product strategy and development, the new interface is designed to give shippers a single point of access to a complete range of mileage, transit times and rate content, enabling them to conduct highly accurate shipment route planning, execution and optimization.

Craig Fiander, vice president of marketing for PC*MILER solutions, added that the interface gives shippers the ability to increase the speed and efficiency of these applications as well.
“It ensures customers are always “current” with automatic map data and truck-specific routing updates,” he said.

Under a newly formalized business alliance between the two firms, RateWare XL—an industry benchmark that delivers less-than-truckload (LTL), density and linear rates via software-as-a-service (SaaS)—will interface to mileage data from ALK’s PC*MILER product. PC*MILER is used worldwide by leading motor carriers, shippers, logistics companies, and organizations including the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), the General Services Administration (GSA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA).

The new interface will also allow software developers to write one web service to SMC³, using one protocol and one very high set of security standards vs. approaching ALK and SMC³ separately, alleviating programming time and effort.

In an interview with SCMR, Rob Martinez, President & CEO Shipware Systems Corp. said that shippers will need to have more creative solutions as the economy improves.

“With the carriers emphasizing margin improvement and with few alternatives in the market, rates have and will continue to move upward.”



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