AEB software update the key to freight tender management efficiency?
AEB has announced upgrades to its ASSIST4 Transport and Freight Management software that are set to enhance freight tender management and enhance the whole process for supply chain managers.
AEB’s ASSIST4 software features a simulation function that enables supply chain managers to simplify how they compare competing forward tenders, fast-track transport partner selection whilst engaging in a process that is both transparent and convenient.
The Transport and Freight Management software has been extended to include features that improve tender management through the use of specific tools that request, manage, and evaluate tenders. The main benefit to supply chain managers is that the upgrade will make it much easier to source a transport partner that meets a company’s specific needs.
Sourcing regional carriers:
The new software upgrade facilitates the negotiation of new contracts for one or more transport partners or when sourcing a new service provider. Software users can either process legacy data from real time shipping systems or even enter their own forecasts, which will then form the basis of the call for tenders and can be saved to separate documents for electronic submission to carriers.
Comparing incoming tenders:
The software has an interface which allows the user to compare incoming tenders with different variables including, zones, weight scales, price elements and surcharges. The user then has the option of breaking down the results into smaller areas to help narrow down the selection process when using multiple carriers.
Clarity and transparency:
Users can store as many documents associated with the tender process as they wish in one central location. This means the system tracks and can display the status of a tender at any given time. This makes it easy to identify open tenders or documents, and a search feature helps to locate any documents at the will of the user.
These new additions to the ASSIST4 software system marks a timely advancement in methods to effectively manage freight tender in an efficient, and cost effective manner, enabling supply chain managers to access data on-demand.
Accenture Acquires SCM Software Firm Blue Horseshoe
Accenture has announced its acquisition of Blue Horseshoe, a US-based supply chain management software provider and consultancy firm.
Upon completion, Blue Horseshoe’s 349 professionals will join Accenture’s Supply Chain & Operations group, expanding the professional services group’s capabilities to create more interconnected and resilient supply chains for clients.
“To be competitive, companies need to transform their supply chains to deliver the innovative and hyper-personalised products, services and experiences that are in high demand—and fulfilment is core to that transformation,” said Renato Scaff, Accenture’s Supply Chain & Operations North America lead. “Blue Horseshoe’s deep fulfilment consulting experience and methodologies support Accenture’s vision for building customer-centric, resilient and responsible supply chains that benefit people, society and the planet.”
Who are Blue Horseshoe?
- Founded: 2001
- CEO: Chris Cason
- Employees: 349
- Offices: 4 in USA, 1 in Amsterdam, 1 in Estonia
- Key customers: Lids, Pabst Brewing Co., Half Price Books, Britax, Major Brands
Founded in 2001 in Indiana, USA, Blue Horseshoe now operates from six offices across the US and Europe. The company provides cloud-based solutions for supply chain management, ERP, warehouse management and transportation management systems, including its own Supply Chain Cloud platform, as well as Oracle NetSuite and Microsoft Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management as a Microsoft Inner Circle Partner.
Blue Horseshoe specialises in fulfilment and distribution solutions, with expertise in the food and beverage, consumer packaged goods, and retail distribution industries. Over the past 20 years, the company has improved around 700 supply chains, including those of leading companies such as fashion retailer Lids, cosmetics company Regis Corporation, Pabst Brewing Co., and family-owned bookstore chain Half Price Books.
“For two decades, we’ve worked with clients to build connectedness, efficiency and automation across their enterprise and supply chain operations,” said Chris Cason, CEO, Blue Horseshoe. “As part of Accenture, we will bring increased scale and combined expertise to help clients put in place next generation supply chain and fulfillment strategies that meet customer expectations and support business growth.”
Accenture's acquisition of Blue Horseshoe is subject to customary closing conditions.