Using Data to Level Up the Supply Chain
Data in Logistics
Accurate, digestible and real-time data is critically important to the success of global logistics. With real-time data, logistics providers have the ability to track the location and status of shipments, monitor inventory levels, and adjust routes and schedules as needed to improve efficiency, reduce costs, and ensure that customer orders are fulfilled on time.
Leveraging real-time data to provide clients with up-to-date information about their orders also plays a significant role in increasing customer satisfaction and building trust.
Data-driven decision-making is not a new concept, especially within the logistics industry. What sets one provider apart from the next is not the volume of data they have, but how quickly and efficiently they use it to improve operations across the board.
Providers are being asked both to capture and analyze data, as well as present it in easily digestible and actionable ways. That is why SEKO Logistics (SEKO), a leading global end-to-end logistics provider, turned to Movement by project44, the leading visibility platform for shippers and third-party logistics (3PLs) firms, in 2018 to help expand its capabilities and real-time usage of their in-house data management tools.
SEKO + project44
A common challenge 3PLs and freight forwarders face is connecting the dots between domestic carriers to provide accurate updates to their clients – SEKO was no exception.
“We were trying to solve for so many domestic ground carriers and needed track-and-trace and booking capabilities without having to go out and build those connections to each carrier on our own,” said Jamie Andrade, Vice President, Product Management at SEKO.
In partnership with project44, SEKO was able to connect with an entire array of carriers through a single connection point and access logistics provider data, client data, as well as data coming from across the industry to provide an up-to-the-hour depiction of cargo movement.
The project44 solution also works alongside MySEKO, SEKO’s proprietary transportation management system. This user-friendly management dashboard allows clients to book shipments, run configurable management reports, and enable full international tracking with detailed visibility into the progress of shipments – even drilling down to track individual parcels for ecommerce customers.
Key features of MySEKO include:
- Robust global search capability
- Detailed order management visibility
- Multi-language support
- Global calendar and schedule maintenance
- Efficient load planning capability
“Through MySEKO, clients have the ability to see when freight is available and identify the types of notifications they want to receive surrounding tracking. If they want notifications on specific containers that are critical for their supply chain, they can. They have all of that functionality today. With project44, we're giving our clients better and quicker data,” said Andrade. “As we continue to grow the relationship, we'll start to build predictive analytics capabilities and simplify dashboards, so our clients can be even better equipped to make fast decisions in real-time – activating their supply chains that much more.”
While the partnership between SEKO and project44 began in 2018 and focused on domestic ground transportation, the relationship has since expanded to focus on ocean capabilities in particular.
Moving forward, the partnership will only continue to expand with an increased focus on international shipping data and predictive analytics. SEKO will utilize project44’s end-to-end ETAs for delivering the most accurate arrival estimates to customers regardless of their transport mode, journey complexity, or delivery location.
The breadth of data generated by this partnership will continue to provide clients with the best market intelligence for determining optimal routes and carriers for on-time delivery – beyond the analytics already found within MySEKO or project44’s Port Intel. And by combining industry-leading operational excellence with technology innovation, customers will benefit from high-quality and timely, data-based decision-making. By harnessing the power of data via project44, SEKO is helping its clients move at the speed of global commerce – one parcel at a time.
About SEKO Logistics
From factory to consumer, SEKO Logistics is the leader in end-to-end global logistics, by delivering sustainable client-first service, expert reliability and technology solutions on a global scale. We operate as an extension of our clients’ team providing tech-driven solutions to achieve their goals and deliver with care. We are a trusted shipping partner that has helped businesses deliver billions of packages worldwide – from medical diagnostics equipment and luxury retail products to high-volume ecommerce consumer goods. With SEKO, move at the speed of global commerce. https://www.sekologistics.com/
project44 is the world’s leading Advanced Visibility Platform for shippers and third-party logistics firms. project44 connects, automates, and provides visibility into key transportation processes to accelerate insight and shorten the time it takes to turn those insights into actions. Leveraging the power of the cloud-based project44 platform, organizations are able to increase operational efficiencies, reduce costs, improve shipping performance, and deliver an exceptional Amazon-like experience to their customers. Connected to over 175,000 carriers worldwide and having comprehensive coverage of all ELD and telematics devices on the market, project44 supports all transportation modes and shipping types, including parcel, final-mile, less-than-truckload, volume less-than-truckload, truckload, rail, intermodal and ocean. https://www.project44.com/
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