Redwood City, CA—Nov. 2, 2011—Agistix, a provider of transportation management solutions, has launched Total Visibility. This packaged solution delivers real-time visibility to counter blindspots of inbound, third-party and international shipment data that historically has not been captured by the software systems shippers use to manage their supply chains/transportation operations.
As supply chains continue to grow in complexity, organizations are finding it increasingly hard to answer even the simplest questions about their shipments, such as “Where are my orders?” Traditional transportation management systems (TMS) provide only limited visibility into a company’s overall shipment volume—a blindspot that can cost companies millions of dollars in high freight costs, shipping lane inefficiency, slow response times to shipping disruption and undetected fraud. Until now, addressing this challenge has proven difficult and costly, with expensive custom integration often the only recourse.
Total Visibility is a packaged technology layer that aggregates and normalizes all of a company’s shipping activity, no matter who their suppliers and carriers are or how many TMS, ERP systems, freight pay or audit vendors they have. By placing this integration layer alongside every system that contains shipment data, including the TMS, and extending access to all supply chain partners, it helps companies achieve a comprehensive view into every shipment they have paid for—no matter where it’s coming from or going to, anywhere in the world—with drill-down detail on each shipment and no manual effort required to aggregate the data.
“While many solution providers claim to deliver visibility, the reality is that most organizations often have no way of determining how much they’re spending on shipping, which partners are performing best, or where opportunities lie to eliminate fraud and waste,” said Trevor Read, President, of Agistix. “Total Visibility delivers on the unfulfilled promises of visibility and reveals great, undiscovered potential in shipping data.”
Most supply chain partners are not technologists, and their systems are designed to move goods, not to support cross-platform aggregation and business intelligence. By contrast, Total Visibility is a cross-platform, cloud-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) layer that’s both highly secure and open—and thus accessible to the many parties involved in a company’s shipments.
If there’s a problem, Total Visibility generates automatic alerts, empowering companies to take proactive steps to keep their shipment moving forward, and to notify recipients of any delays so they can plan accordingly. Beyond simply increasing productivity and reducing costs, it can also transform supply chain technology into a flexible, strategic tool for optimizing shipping lanes, moving high-value goods more efficiently and forming deeper partnerships.
“With XO’s widely distributed inventory and shipping partners, it is critical that we can easily identify where our shipments are in the supply chain and leverage our carrier base appropriately,” said Alan Picket, Logistics Manager of XO Communications, a nationwide provider of advanced IP communications, managed network and IT infrastructure solutions. “Agistix really helps us manage our costs—and our budget—because we have true visibility of our freight spend and shipping patterns.”
For more information, visit www.agistix.com.