ITS to offer first-of-its-kind predictive visibility and automated appointments within the eModal.com portal to accelerate landside cargo planning and velocity for shippers, truckers and all port stakeholders
Long Beach, CA & Murray Hill, NJ / Sep. 26, 2017 – To help increase cargo velocity and efficiency for its customers shipping cargo through the Port of Long Beach, International Transportation Service, Inc. (ITS) and Advent Intermodal Solutions, LLC. are partnering to expand Advent’s eModal™ community portal to enable predictive visibility as to exactly when import cargo becomes available for pickup. Building upon the widespread adoption of eModal as the largest port community platform in North America, this first-of-its-kind innovation will provide additional insight to help further streamline the operational planning of cargo flow through the supply chain.
The solution will include two key capabilities to drive efficiency for ITS customers and their truckers. Rather than just informing a dispatcher or trucker as to a future availability date/time, the new function will also fundamentally change the PreGate and Appointment processes in eModal by enabling the user to indicate their desire to either request an appointment slot or complete a pre-arrival notification automatically, negating the need to return to the portal to make an appointment after an availability message is received. It’s expected this should save the user up to 10 minutes per import container. The larger time savings, however, lies in the ability to automatically secure a preferred pickup appointment - either a first available slot or an exact date/time. The project, slated for completion in November, requires ITS to make minimal communication changes inside its terminal operating system (TOS) to enable the exchange of additional information with eModal.
"ITS analyzed how information on cargo availability was collected today between our shippers and their drayage partners and found a big opportunity to innovate. With nearly all terminals in the Port already using eModal to share container availability and make appointments, we felt it was the obvious place to share data and collaborate," said Sean Lindsay, COO, ITS.
“By knowing an expected availability window from the TOS, we can now make the associated appointment in one step. This is a great example of our further digitizing an already efficient process to save time and simply get cargo moving faster by eliminating unnecessary or repetitive steps in our appointment process,” said Advent’s CEO, Parvez Mansuri. “We feel it’s a powerful example of continued innovation in eModal that will benefit the terminal operator, trucker and BCO alike”.
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About ITS International Transportation Service, Inc.
International Transportation Service, Inc. (ITS), a member of “K” Line Group, operates marine terminals in Port of Long Beach, CA, Port of Oakland, CA, and Port of Tacoma, WA.
About Advent Intermodal Solutions LLC
Advent is a leader in IT and cloud-based software solutions that streamline the mission-critical operations of port and terminal operators and key stakeholders moving freight through the landside logistics network. Established in 1995, Advent has steadily evolved from a custom software development firm into a multinational solutions company providing Software and Platform As A Service (SaaS/PaaS) offerings that help digitize and accelerate entire business lines for its customers.
Advent's growth was greatly enhanced through its 2012 merger with eModal™, North America’s largest port community platform. Now more than 40 port authorities, container terminals and inland depots and nearly 100,000 users trust Advent and its technology platforms like eModal.com, chassis.com and eModalPRO.com to optimize their operations every day.
Advent has built a successful container logistics solutions practice providing systems for the management of individual or multipurpose port/terminal programs enabling cargo tracking and landside performance management, environmental programs, traffic mitigation, fee collection, and appointment/pre-arrival solutions to drive gate and cargo velocity. Advent technology is at the core of operations in 8 of the top 10 largest port communities in North America.