BAX Global Updates Cargo Management Service

Offers expanded real-time tracking of ocean shipments; services intra-Asia, North America

Irvine, CA — October 5, 2004 — BAX Global Inc., a supply chain management and transportation company, said it has enhanced its integrated Ocean Cargo Management service for Asia to North America and Intra-Asia ocean shipments. The updated service enables electronic visibility of inventory for North American importers to create Asian manufacturing and retail plans, according to the provider.

BAX said its Cargo Management Services cover four main categories: track and trace to include part, carton and stock-keeping unit (SKU)-level data; reporting tools so users can obtain necessary data; purchase order management, showing which PO's were opened, booked, received, shipped or cancelled; and consolidation services for vendor management and LCL programs.

"BAX Global's online Cargo Management service is designed for fast-growing companies that need assistance managing the complexities and demands of Asia-Pacific logistics," said Gary Osterbach, BAX's vice president, Ocean Inbound, based in Irvine, Calif. "Small to midsize companies working with Asia's manufacturing centers benefit the most from this service; it's not just for multi-national companies."

BAX said the solution has different shipment management tools, and customers can select from a menu of pre- and post-transit support services through MyBAX, a secure online tool. With it, clients can locate specific SKUs in a particular container or consolidation. In addition, buyers and distribution managers can use it to see the product count and type so that they can plan future purchases based on their customers' changing buying patterns.

According to David Valenta, International Product manager for BAX in Irvine, the key is that small to midsize companies can obtain quick and reliable data that is easy to read and user friendly. "They now have real-time access, through BAX's Web portal, to actionable data to manage their supply chain," he commented.

BAX's ocean service also checks and collects all customs paperwork from offshore vendors and prepares it according to U.S. regulations prior to vessel arrival. The company said this ensures a smooth customs clearance process.

The company said its Asia network has over 3,800 employees in 54 offices across 15 Asia-Pacific countries.

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