Two weeks after announcing it had opened up its platform to application programming interface (API) connections, Convoy has announced a free transportation management system (TMS) pre-configured with Convoy’s network of carriers.
Convoy Connect gives shippers access to Convoy’s network of capacity and guaranteed, real-time pricing. It also allows carriers to continue to use their own network within the TMS architecture, keeping all potential carriers and key lane data in a single system.
“Our customers have continuously asked us to expand the Convoy experience to their entire carrier network,” Ziad Ismail, Convoy’s chief product officer, explained. “They want help moving away from spreadsheets and emails as their primary way of managing freight, while also getting the ease and efficiency of Convoy’s instant booking. Convoy Connect provides customers a single, free tool to manage and book all their freight, across all their carries, including immediate access to Convoy’s high-quality network.”
Convoy said that shippers retain total control over their routing guides within Convoy Connect. The system does not dictate who they use, what lanes they run, or any other attributes of their operation. It is designed to support their logistics and give them access to rates guaranteed through the Convoy network as needed.
Convoy Connect’s integrated network of carriers helps shorten the process of tendering loads by eliminating the need to email back and forth with carriers to secure capacity, especially for shippers that might otherwise turn to the spot market. This fragmented process also makes tracking and managing shipments all the more challenging as each shipment’s status lives across a variety of spreadsheets, email threads, and notes from phone calls, Convoy said.
“Prior to Convoy Connect, we were sending out emails every five minutes to try and move our daily loads, Phil Russell, transportation supervisor of Encore Glass, said. “Being able to put information into Convoy Connect and let them do the legwork on the backend allows us to switch gears and focus on other things that are pain points. With Connect I was able to reduce tendering time by half.”
Just last month, Convoy announced API and developer tool access through Convoy Now. Convoy offers immediate integrations with BluJay, MercuryGate and One Network. More TMS providers will be added in the future. Convoy Now offers integration through any solution with its developer tools.
Convoy Now also gives shippers access to the same information Convoy has when it comes to real-time pricing available in Convoy Go, which is the company’s nationwide drop-and-hook program.
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