RedPrairie have announced enhanced features for third-party logistics (3PL) providers in their new Transportation Management Systems (TMS) release. The new capabilities include a consignment booking portal, easier and more precise client billing and contract management, and an expanded collaboration portal, a component that allows customers, shippers, carriers, vendors and stores to share information and jointly manage shipments online.
According to Erv Bluemner, RedPrairie’s Vice President of Product Strategy, 3PL providers face additional challenges beyond those of most shippers. They need tools to manage client contracts, correctly price and bill their services, and effectively communicate with customers and carriers. This new release provides those tools while offering a portal that speeds and simplifies interaction between all trading partners.
The new TMS release is specially designed to automate information sharing, business transactions, and contract management, as well as invoice creation and adjustments between 3PL’s and their clients. These features make each business relationship more efficient and transparent for all parties.
Bluemner also added that working with several different customers in a complicated industry is a taxing endeavour. The new release automates and simplifies this process, providing a level of visibility and customer service not previously available, resulting in happier customers and more profitable 3PLs.