TMS Update from RedPrairie Adds Global Trade Management Capabilities

Also introduces fleet management functionality, lightweight software client for "drag and drop" shipment management

Also introduces fleet management functionality, lightweight software client for "drag and drop" shipment management

Milwaukee, WI — July 5, 2006 — Supply chain execution specialist RedPrairie has released the latest version of its transportation management solution (TMS), adding global trade management and fleet management capabilities and a new, lightweight software client to its DLx Transportation solution.

The new Global Trade Management option in version 2006.1 of DLx Transportation provides improved international trade logistics capabilities, and the Fleet Management option optimizes street routing for managing fleet-based same day delivery service, according to the solution provider.

The latest version of the solution also introduces a lightweight, enterprise-wide distributable software client designed to allow for improved user productivity for transportation planners involved in the planning, optimization and execution of product shipment delivery.

Managing Global Trade

DLx Transportation provides options for enabling global trade management with a large set of international trade logistics capabilities, including denied party screening, customs/duty management, shipping export paperwork creation, trade preferential agreements and international small package shipment management.

The system also has a substantial set of capabilities for managing fleet-based same-day delivery. The fleet management option uses "genetic algorithms" for determining the best local street routing by either dynamically re-planning driver zones for optimal cost of delivery or optimizing within established driver zones for optimal service.

Increasing Control

The new release enables shippers to model and control management of contracted carrier and fleet resources, providing new capability to structure carrier rates, manage carrier contract commitments, plan to available capacity and electronically tender and monitor carrier performance and shipment delivery through a performance metrics scorecard, RedPrairie said.

In addition, the solution provides a lightweight, Internet-deployable client that offers a zero-administration footprint for simplified IT management and enables a "drag and drop" shipment management interface for increased user productivity, the solution provider said. The software can be provided through a traditional licensing model or can be used as an on-demand ASP-hosted solution to lower upfront purchase cost.

Adding Customers

In announcing the new version, RedPrairie touted its success in the transportation arena, saying that it has added 21 new TMS customers since January 2005 and expects to triple TMS license revenues from 2005 to 2006.

Companies who have recently purchased or implemented RedPrairie TMS include Associated Wholesale Grocers (AWG), Fresh Mark, Johns Manville, Pittsburgh Logistics Services, RR Donnelley and Tubular Steel. AWG is currently implementing the new TMS 2006.1 release.

"The solution can be deployed across the largest global shippers as well as easily serving the needs of smaller mid-tier corporations at an effective price point," said Erv Bluemner, a vice president of product marketing at RedPrairie.

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