IBS Looks to Offer "Glass Pipeline"

Lead logistics provider deploys G-Log solution to provide clients with transit information from dock to dock door

Lead logistics provider deploys G-Log solution to provide clients with transit information from dock to dock door

Secaucus, NJ — January 13, 2004 — Lead logistics provider IBS Logistics has adopted a global logistics solution from G-Log as the technology backbone of its supply chain management services to and from China.

IBS is using G-Log's Global Command and Control Center (GC3) software, a Web-based system that offers collaborative, cross-enterprise logistics management solutions from source to destination across modes and geographies.

G-Log said its multi-modal, multi-leg, multi-enterprise solution integrates planning, optimization, execution, freight billing and reporting into a seamless process. According to G-Log, IBS' customers will benefit from a single logistics system that automates and streamlines logistics operations, reduces transportation costs, and provides real-time information, more efficient production, and faster delivery of goods to market.

By providing supply chain visibility and execution functionality in the same system, G-Log said that the IBS Logistics platform serves as a glass pipeline of transit information from the moment a ship sails until the freight lands at the dock door of the IBS Logistics customer. Not only can IBS Logistics customers check the status of shipments and "see" them for their entire duration, they can also receive alerts should a shipment not proceed as scheduled. Such supply chain event management (SCEM) functionality enables proactive, collaborative problem resolution in accordance with customer-specified business rules, G-Log said.

"G-Log is the brain behind our logistics' nervous system," said Gary Schubert, executive vice president at IBS. "Our extensive cross-continent network is now tied together so that anyone, anywhere can access our system to make the best decisions possible and proactively address supply chain 'bumps in the road' before or as they occur."

Schubert said that the G-Log solution would enable IBS to expand its capabilities and to process more shipments while reducing freight costs and ensuring on-time deliveries.

G-Log asserted that its customers are able to reduce total freight spend by 12 to 15 percent and drop one to three days from the logistics lifecycle through better inventory visibility from shipment order through delivery, more efficient freight consolidation, optimal mode selection and better exception reporting to support collaborative decision making. The provider also cited improved freight payment functionality and historical analysis, as well as real-time track and trace capabilities, as potential benefits.

Other logistics services providers using the G-Log technology platform include Exel, Stonepath Group, Toll Group and USCO Logistics.