A shipper's transportation intelligence portal for next-level transparency and efficiency
PRESTON, MARYLAND – January 23, 2020, Choptank Transport, a third-party logistics company headquartered on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, is pleased to announce the launch of its new customer-interfacing market intelligence platform, ORBIT TI™.
Keeping up with advancements in supply-chain technology is critical for business growth and keeping services competitive. Creating new, proprietary solutions that give customers access to real-time market intelligence is more than that. It is a differentiator. Hence the birth of ORBIT TI™, a value-added, free-access benefit for all Choptank Transport shippers, fully integrated with the company’s robust transportation management system (TMS).
“One of the most exciting features of ORBIT TI™ is the Market Intelligence Center,” said Josh Bergling, vice president of technology at Choptank. “Protected by a secure user name and password, customers can access many useful data-driven analyses derived from their own shipping history. Here they can review frequently run lanes and see related market conditions, including tender acceptance, truck-to-load ratios, weather (even snowfall amounts), and current diesel prices per gallon.”
Another helpful tool is the Capacity Utilization metric that runs all possible configurations of a palletized load on a trailer and reveals a customer’s percentage of utilization. The Stop-Arrival Time feature is another useful metric. This gives customers a snapshot of their freight’s arrival times, marking them as early, on-time, or late arrival. Detecting costly problem areas in the supply-chain such as long dwell times can be useful information for shippers and receivers alike.
Probably the most popular feature of the platform is the Shipments tab. This part of the ORBIT TI™ interface shows customer’s loads in one central location with drill-down features that categorize shipments by upcoming, in transit, at facility, and recently delivered. A tracked shipment can be viewed in real-time on an interactive map that also reveals weather conditions along the route and any stops along the way. Relevant shipment documents can be downloaded quickly, such as bills of lading (BOLs), lumper charges, invoices, and delivery receipts.
There is also a convenient Accounting tab that houses information such as aged receivables and relevant Choptank documentation that is frequently requested by customers. Here a shipper can find certificates of insurance, W-9 forms, and the Choptank Transport Buyer's Guide.
One of Choptank’s customers who was invited to participate in the beta-testing of the product had only positive things to say about ORBIT TI™.
“As a seasonal shipper, the ability to view pickup information prior to loading was something we found particularly valuable. The visibility really helps me be more proactive when tracking loads instead of reactive. We have a large volume of time-sensitive loads to ship in a short amount of time, many with early A.M. appointments. Instead of having to make check calls on each of these loads, having one place to see if they are on track is a huge time-saver.” - Andrew P., Logistics Manager
Bergling concluded, “Access to real-time information gives our customers the powerful ability to make important logistics decisions without delays or inaccuracies, in ways that save them time and money. Providing this valuable addition to our services helps make our customer’s jobs easier, and that is always the goal.”