SOURCE: CargoSmart Limited

CargoSmart Limited

January 25, 2011 10:00 ET

Panalpina Implements CargoSmart's Sailing Schedules

CargoSmart's Sailing Schedule Solution Saves Panalpina Time Managing Ocean Carrier Schedule Information Through Its In-House System

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - January 25, 2011) - CargoSmart Limited, a leading Software as a Service (SaaS) global shipping and logistics solutions provider, today announced that The Panalpina Group, one of the world's leading suppliers of forwarding and logistics services, has connected to CargoSmart to receive sailing schedule data for 20 ocean carriers through its global in-house transportation management system. The multiple-carrier sailing schedule integration helps Panalpina operate more efficiently, access more accurate and up-to-date schedules through its booking system, and strengthen the ocean services it provides to its customers.

"Connecting to CargoSmart for multiple-carrier sailing schedules complements our strategy to leverage state-of-the-art IT systems to provide the highest level of quality service to our customers," said Jens Kalter, Global Standards & Governance Manager (FCL) of Panalpina.

Before implementing CargoSmart's sailing schedules, Panalpina wanted to save time compiling, distributing, and managing its carriers' sailing schedules. Manually obtaining and updating schedule information was very time-consuming in the past. CargoSmart's solution helps Panalpina to streamline the management of its sailing schedules to save the operations team time obtaining schedules and accurately plan shipments with multiple carriers.

Panalpina connected its system with CargoSmart's sailing schedules by Web services. Integrating by Web services, rather than by EDI or XML, provides several benefits. EDI and XML updates are sent continuously between systems at scheduled intervals, while Web services updates are made as requests come through Panalpina's in-house system. Panalpina saves on transmission and data storage costs and accesses more up-to-date schedule information by only receiving data as it is needed.

CargoSmart provides visibility to sailing schedule data for logistics service providers to help them improve the quality of their sailing schedule data, streamline their operations with automation, and improve their services. "CargoSmart's sailing schedules help large, global logistics service providers, including Panalpina, reduce the time-consuming tasks of looking up and maintaining schedules, so that they can focus on other aspects of delivering top quality customer service," said Joe O'Brien, Managing Director of CargoSmart North America. Logistics service providers and shippers can access CargoSmart's high quality sailing schedules in variety of formats, including online, on iPhones, private label, and through direct integration by EDI, XML, and Web services.

About Panalpina
The Panalpina Group (www.panalpina.com) is one of the world's leading suppliers of forwarding and logistics services, specializing in global supply chain management solutions and intercontinental air freight and ocean freight shipments and associated supply chain management solutions. Thanks to its in-depth industry know-how and state-of-the-art IT systems, Panalpina provides globally integrated door-to-door forwarding solutions tailored to its customers' individual needs. The Panalpina Group operates a close-knit network with some 500 branches in over 80 countries. In a further 80 countries, it cooperates closely with partner companies. The company has about 15,000 employees.

About CargoSmart
CargoSmart Limited (www.cargosmart.com) is a Software as a Service (SaaS) global shipping and logistics solutions provider, with advanced visibility and exception management, that enables shippers, consignees, and logistics service providers to keep cargo moving and delivered on time. Through online tools and integration services, CargoSmart customers can plan, process, and monitor the critical path of multiple-carrier shipments and communicate in-depth, timely information to key supply chain associates. CargoSmart launched its services in October 2000 and has helped over 22,000 customers lower transportation management costs, streamline operations, and reduce the risk of late shipments.

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