Web-based Collaboration Portal
Find any shipment, anywhere, any time – in real time
Fulfilling an order isn’t as easy as it used to be – enterprises and their customers expect 24/7 visibility into the ever-changing status of orders, shipments and deliveries. You need to know where your critical shipments are and when they’ll arrive before you decide to order more inventory for your distribution centers. Increasingly complex supply chains involve vendors, carriers and third party logistics providers (3PLs),requiring real-time status updates as goods make their way to the end customer.
A one-stop tool for all of your shipment visibility, communications and scheduling needs.
RedPrairie’s Collaboration Portal, a web-based scheduling and communications platform, enables real-time interaction possible between your enterprise and its trading partners. Every party involved in the order fulfillment process, from enterprises and suppliers to private fleets, independent carriers and 3PLs, can use the portal’s point of origin–to–delivery visibility to keep shipments moving – even when the inevitable delay happens.
Using RedPrairie’s Collaboration Portal allows each trading partner to retain control over its data. Each enterprise and trading partner uses rules-based permissions to authorize designated individuals to view and/or update shipments’ transportation status.
Real-time updates from every partner
The Collaborative Portal serves as an interactive repository of workflows and screens to provide real-time updates detailing the status of every order from shipment to store receipt. Vendors and suppliers use the portal to receive, accept and reject shipment requests for consignee-controlled freight, originate advance shipping notices and track shipments in route. Authorized individuals at destination sites check the portal to verify shipments’ arrival, issuing invoices for verified shipments. On the receiving end, store-based staff can access the portal to manage stock transfers and inventory returns. Carriers transporting the shipments can provide in-transit updates, and schedule pick-up and delivery appointments to minimize in transit delays.
Maximizing Carrier Capacity
During peak shipping season, contracted transportation capacities can fall short, putting at risk the timely delivery of merchandise to end customers. Collaboration Portal broadcasts can alert selected carriers to your need for additional transportation and manage their responses dynamically. As a result, you can take advantage of your trading partners’ capacity in real-time.
The Collaboration Portal’s streamlined workflow enables carriers to settle their freight disputes online. Carriers can upload information and documents relating to the dispute for authorized parties to see, speeding resolution of pending freight payments. Accounts Receivable go down and cash flow improves, creating a more sustainable community of carrier trading partners.
Integrating the Collaboration Portal with RedPrairie’s Transportation Management and Warehouse Management systems enable orders to flow smoothly from origination to fulfillment, increasing the accuracy of inventories and minimizing “just in case” stock. When order fulfillment and shipping become a single process, enterprises can speed inventory to where it’s needed most, reduce transportation inefficiencies and better service customers.
Keeping trading partners on the same page – that’s how to RedPrairie is making order fulfillment easy again.