Sinotrans Taps Manugistics for Transportation Management Solutions

Chinese logistics company looks to drive growth by implementing supply chain apps

Chinese logistics company looks to drive growth by implementing supply chain apps

Rockville, MD — February 4, 2005 — Chinese logistics company Sinotrans Limited has signed up to use a supply chain solution from Manugistics as part of an initiative to drive growth and become one of the country's leading third-party logistics (3PLs) providers.

Sinotrans, a joint stock limited company incorporated in the People's Republic of China, operates a domestic network comprising 42 subsidiaries and more than 1,000 domestic affiliated companies. It has eight representative offices and 20 companies abroad offering forwarding and integrated logistics service to customers worldwide.

The company has selected Manugistics' NetWORKS Routing solution, including transportation management, reporting and freight pay capabilities, to help streamline its business operations and develop a new business model and market.

Currently, Manugistics is working with Sinotrans to centralize the company's transportation and logistics platform to enable centralized transportation planning, execution and monitoring processes. Sinotrans aims to utilize the transportation management system (TMS) solution to improve its logistics service level and develop a new business model that differentiates the company from its competitors.

"In our business, an integrated information technology (IT) system is vital to our business development and continuous improvement capabilities," said Bo Zhou, general manager of logistics development department with Sinotrans. "With Manugistics, we are able to streamline our business processes and upgrade our logistics management capabilities by leveraging their deep domain expertise and best practices in the software industry to deliver greater value to our customers."

In addition to supplying Sintorans with its NetWORKS Routing solution, Manugistics will also design a transportation-based optimization solution and a system design specification. Together, these solutions will provide Sinotrans the ability to monitor and manage planning and event information, receive alerts of any potential problems across the trading network, plan and execute fleet operations, all while integrating the company's internal data, according to Manugistics.

For more information on transportation management systems, see the article "The Analyst Corner: Fulfillment & Logistics" in the October/November 2004 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive.

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