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NewsTruckingTruckloadVisibility Tech

New project44 feature expands carrier onboarding capabilities

Network Management Center enhancement improves connectivity and automation

project44, the Chicago-based advanced logistics visibility platform, on Tuesday announced enhancements to its Network Management Center (NMC), aimed at improving  automation and connection for carriers, shippers and logistics services providers.

Transportation visibility depends on a vendor’s ability to integrate with its customer’s unique ecosystem of global carriers. Historically, however, these carrier networks have been cobbled together through cumbersome email surveys and manual phone calls.

The NMC, introduced last year, automated the North American and European truckload carrier onboarding process. And now, with the newly enhanced capabilities, shippers, logistics providers and carriers can increase their agility during periods of uncertainty, a press release from project44 stated.

Previously, the NMC focused on API connections through the carriers’ ELD or telematics devices. The new functions allow customers to view carriers in the NMC regardless of how they connect to project44’s network, and they can interact with carriers whose connection does not involve a third-party device integration.

These carriers represent a significant percentage of overall truckload shipping volume in North America, enabling shippers and  logistics providers to view all of their carriers in a single place.

“Before partnering with project44, connecting our customers’ carriers was a very labor-intensive process. It could take weeks, even months, to fully tap into their network,” commented Matt Silver, CEO and Co-Founder of Forager, in a press release.

“p44’s NMC streamlines carrier onboarding, giving us status reports and automatically reminding carriers to complete the process,” Silver said. “Now we have the potential to add thousands of carriers to our network, all within a week of the initial invite.”

In addition to increasing the ways shippers and logistics providers can connect to carriers, the new application provides carriers with instant access to project44’s global customer base, improving efficiencies and opportunities for data sharing.

“The NMC has been a big value driver for our customers and carrier base since it launched in Europe in 2017, and we knew it would be a big focus for visibility investment in North America as well,” said Tommy Barnes, head of global network partnerships at project44, in the release.

“By providing one simple application that allows our customers to seamlessly interact with hundreds of thousands of carriers,” Barnes said, “we continue delivering on our commitment to end-to-end visibility, increased efficiency and profitability across the entire supply chain.”

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Linda Baker, Staff Writer

Linda Baker is a FreightWaves staff reporter based in Portland, Oregon. Her beat includes mobility, emissions regulations and autonomous trucking. Please send tips and story ideas to lbaker@freightwaves.com.

3 Comments

  1. If this is so smooth then why do we continue to have issues with setups for API’s we have constantly had issues with P44 integrations and another thing is they are making money from the brokers and shippers to connect to carrier networks yet the carriers get NO information back from the quoting process to see what orders or how why they are losing bids. We have since now added costs to our API foundation as these things for carriers are not free! We have invested tech that costs money to map and maintain our ESB platforms. We are working now directly with shippers and brokers to save them money and connect to larger blockchain partnerships and only charge on transactional processing quoting and rating is free! Connecting these networks need to be easy and sharing of information in a transparent process, which hyperledger tech is and will be rolling out for the transportation community

    1. ^^ Thank you for your comments Dave. We highly value candid feedback from our network partners. The project44 team is always looking for ways to help improve how carriers connect and share real-time shipment data with their customers and carrier partners. That is one of the many reasons why we’ve invested in the Network Management Center and our Carrier Certification Program.

      Our team will reach out first thing to discuss how we could better support you in your initiatives to enable efficient and simple data sharing and collaboration.

  2. ^^ Thank you for your comments Dave. We highly value candid feedback from our network partners. The project44 team is always looking for ways to help improve how carriers connect and share real-time shipment data with their customers and carrier partners. That is one of the many reasons why we’ve invested in the Network Management Center and our Carrier Certification Program.

    Our team will reach out first thing to discuss how we could better support you in your initiatives to enable efficient and simple data sharing and collaboration.

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