SOURCE: TradeBeam

December 10, 2007 08:00 ET

TradeBeam Enhances Supply Chain Visibility Solution for Freight Forwarder Global Link Logistics

New FLEX Software Fills Gap Between Buyer's Purchase Order and Shipment Manifest

SAN MATEO, CA--(Marketwire - December 10, 2007) - TradeBeam, a leading provider of Global Trade Management (GTM) software, today announced it has expanded its relationship with Global Link Logistics, a Golden Gate Logistics company and the leading freight forwarder of furniture from Asia to the U.S. This expansion will bring additional functionality to Global Link's online tracking and supply chain visibility services. Earlier this year, Global Link introduced FLEX (Furniture Less than container EXpress), a new service that lets manufacturers and retailers cost-effectively consolidate orders from single or multiple factories at origin. TradeBeam's Supply Chain Event Management (SCEM) platform serves as the IT backbone for FLEX, providing Global Link and its customers with industry-leading supply chain visibility and event management technology.

TradeBeam's SCEM platform creates a one-stop supply chain visibility resource that provides access to the buyer's purchase order, vendor's shipment and Global Link's manifest and supply chain events. The system provides high-quality data for the definition of shipments, packing information, consolidation of multiple small shipments into containerized loads and door-delivery for all retailers. The result is an overall lower landed cost and faster shipment time for imported furniture.

Global Link's FLEX customer shipments include premier manufacturers such as La-Z-Boy and Woodmarc. With SCEM, Global Link offers its customers easy web access to important shipping information, including order status, identification and resolution of potential problems, and real-time location of inventory. For the first time in the furniture industry, customers can see their product by SKU, purchase order, customer or sales order, from the origin consolidation center floor to the dealer's door.

Features include imaged "Proof of Delivery" documents and near-real-time delivery confirmations. By consolidating orders from single or multiple factories at origin, the FLEX service eliminates the need for expensive regional warehousing.

"For nearly four years we have used Tradebeam's Supply Chain Event Management solution to help our customers manage shipments from Asia to the U.S.," said John Williford, president of Global Link Logistics. "As our business continues to grow, it is increasingly important to maintain superior IT functionality, and TradeBeam has consistently delivered the new features and capabilities we need to bring even greater competitive advantage to each of our customers with added shipment visibility and customization."

About Global Link Logistics

Global Link, a Golden Gate Logistics company, is a top ten Asia to North America ocean freight forwarder as well as the leading furniture freight forwarder from China to the U.S. The flagship of Global Link's success is its Single Point Customer Service. This direct contact and personalized service allows Global Link to support its customers' goals of reduced landed cost, speed to market and enhanced supply chain tracking and visibility for optimum operational performance. For more information, please visit

About TradeBeam

TradeBeam is a Global Trade Management (GTM) software and services company providing on demand solutions that streamline global trading for enterprises and their partners. TradeBeam's integrated solution provides import and export compliance and visibility including inventory management, shipment tracking, and supply chain event management, as well as global trade finance solutions such as open account and letter of credit management. TradeBeam has over 1,800 customers in 100+ countries worldwide. For more information, please visit

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