Leading Logistics Provider Automates Ocean Contract Management to Grow its International Business
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ, November 30, 2009 — Management Dynamics, a leading provider of global trade management solutions, today announced that Odyssey Logistics & Technology Corporation (OL&T), a global logistics and transportation service provider for the chemical and process industries, has expanded use of Management Dynamics’ Transportation Management solution to provide its customers with flexible and competitive routing and rate options for international shipments. This scalable web-based solution has enabled the OL&T logistics team to grow its international business and develop stronger customer relationships.
“We are expanding our business into international markets, adding new contracts and rates, and therefore needed a fully automated process that allowed us to handle more quoting without having to hire additional staff,” said Doug Clark, Senior VP, Global Marine & Int’l Logistics Services, Odyssey Logistics. “Management Dynamics has enabled us to differentiate our logistics services with a powerful solution that has significantly improved customer satisfaction and contributed to growing our business internationally.”
Management Dynamics’ Transportation Management solution allows OL&T to centrally manage its ocean service contracts, describing every term with a powerful rules engine to create ‘calculable contracts’. Fully integrated with all carriers’ governing rules tariffs, the solution evaluates all potential routings from available bullet rates to more complex multi-factor combinations of outport arbitraries, alternate port-to-port rates, and inlands. This allows users, with little or no experience in pricing, to compare full bottom-line rates across multiple service contracts, modes of transport, routings and service levels. OL&T has also integrated Management Dynamics’ Transportation Management solution into the Odyssey Global Logistics PlatformSM, OL&T’s technology backbone, using an XML-based API. This allows OL&T users to check an ocean rate stored in the Management Dynamics Transportation Management solution without leaving OL&T’s system.
OL&T has seen several significant benefits since implementing Management Dynamics’ Transportation Management solution, including:
- Optimized Carrier Selection – a secure, centralized repository of ocean freight rates and service information provides the OL&T logistics team the ability to compare shipping options based on cost and service parameters and ultimately optimize carrier selection for its customers
- Differentiated Service Offering – powerful multi-factor search and rating engines empower the OL&T logistics team to quickly prepare accurate rate quotes and help OL&T’s clients handle complex rate requests when offering differentiated freight cost proposals to their customers
- Reduced Transportation Costs – ability to compare full, bottom-line shipment costs including all applicable assessorials side-by-side prior to booking allows OL&T to capture cost savings for its clients
“Logistics Providers must use specialized price management tools to improve sales productivity and better differentiate their services for shippers that are looking for detailed comparisons of equipment, routes and rates,” said Nathan Pieri, SVP Marketing & Product Management, Management Dynamics. “Odyssey Logistics is successfully using Transportation Management to support their international growth objectives and setting an example of how to exploit technology to build a winning edge.”
Odyssey Logistics & Technology provides global logistics management services to the chemical industry and other process manufacturers. OL&T delivers a comprehensive portfolio of logistics services to the chemicals and process industries so that clients` products are delivered safely, reliably and economically, with the advantage of shipment visibility and actionable data across all modes. OL&T presents a unique scope of industry knowledge, experience and technology, applied to client supply chain operations in two distinct outsourced logistics contexts: Managed Logistics Services and Third Party Services. The OL&T team of chemical engineers and logisticians brings unparalleled expertise-they are chemical and process industry insiders, intimately familiar with the supply chain complexities and hazardous materials requirements. Its technology backbone, the Odyssey Global Logistics Platform (SM) features a net-native transportation management infrastructure that supports highly integrated, flexible and data-rich service offerings. For more information, visit www.odysseylogistics.com.