SOURCE: Varsity Logistics

June 10, 2008 12:36 ET

Varsity Logistics and NGS Partner to Offer Shipping/Transportation Business Analytics

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - June 10, 2008) - Varsity Logistics, Inc. and NGS (New Generation Software, Inc.) have announced their partnership to develop and deliver a new analytics/business intelligence module, ShipView™ Plus, that will be offered with Varsity's ShipSoft™ shipping execution and TMS solutions for the IBM i and System i platforms. Presales versions of ShipView Plus are now being implemented by pilot customers, and general availability of ShipView Plus, Release 1.0, is expected mid-summer.

ShipView Plus will drive significant process improvement and rapid ROI by targeting and controlling skyrocketing costs in shipping and transport. Featuring an easy-to-use suite of dashboards and analytic query and reporting capabilities, Varsity's ShipView Plus module leverages NGS' powerful business intelligence technology to unlock and access vital operational and strategic, current and historical information, processed within Varsity's ShipSoft multi-carrier, multi-modal transportation management solution for parcel and freight shipments.

The module, developed entirely with NGS' business intelligence solutions, integrates and enhances the presentation of DB2 data through the use of NGS' query and reporting tools plus Adobe Flash and Microsoft Office software. It includes a Web portal, business performance dashboards, multi-dimensional models, Excel spreadsheets and reports -- all built over Varsity's ShipSoft database on the System i.

ShipView Plus opens a vast perspective on critical business data for shipping, transportation, and logistics managers, and puts valuable, actionable information at their fingertips. Information about costs and volumes of shipments by carrier, distribution center, geography, and much more can be utilized to identify problems and decisions that result in cost savings and efficiency gains. ShipView Plus is a tool set that is indispensable in today's rapidly changing and increasingly complex world of shipping logistics and skyrocketing transportation costs.

"ShipView Plus, Varsity's latest new product offering, has been completely market and customer-driven," says Andrew Karpie, Senior Director of Business Development and Marketing at Varsity Logistics. "We are responding to our customers' requirements for this kind of supply chain visibility capability that is needed to manage shipping and logistics across many different transportation carriers and service types while trying to control costs and meet rising customer demands for shipping performance."

"We've worked closely with Varsity to combine their valuable knowledge of the needs of transportation and shipping customers with our expertise in developing easy-to-use, yet comprehensive, business intelligence solutions. ShipView Plus will provide managers with unprecedented visibility to critical shipping and transportation data and enable them to effectively monitor their logistic performance," says NGS' President and CEO, Bernard Gough.

The first release of ShipView Plus is expected to provide a basis for significant process improvement decisions that can drive rapid ROI. Varsity and NGS are also already planning ways to build on Release 1.0 to bring to market a series of additional releases that will give ShipView Plus customers even greater value and ROI.

About Varsity Logistics

Founded in 1989, Varsity Logistics, Inc. is the leader in IBM System i-based shipping/transportation management systems. Varsity's software supports the full spectrum of parcel, LTL, truckload, and rail shipments, including rate shopping, manifesting, packing, international shipments, and invoice auditing. Deployed in more than 1,100 distribution sites, Varsity helps North American organizations of all sizes improve shipping efficiencies, increase customer satisfaction, and reduce shipping expense. Varsity is based in San Francisco, California (www.varsitylogistics.com) and is a fully owned subsidiary of Constellation Software, Inc., Toronto, Canada (TSX: CSU).

About NGS (New Generation Software, Inc.)

With over 20,000 iSeries users across the globe, NGS has been an industry leader since 1982 in developing high performance, field-proven business intelligence and financial management software for midrange users. Both NGS-IQ™ Business Intelligence and the Concert Series™ Financial Management System are recognized by IBM as IBM ServerProven® Solutions. NGS is an Advanced Member of IBM PartnerWorld and a member of the System i Initiative for Innovation. (www.NGSI.com)

Contact Information

  • Contact Information:
    Varsity Logistics, Inc.
    Andrew Karpie
    Sr. Director, Business Development and Marketing
    650-392-7979
    Email Contact

    New Generation Software, Inc.
    Mary Lynn Treadwell
    Media Relations Manager
    916-920-2200 ext 273
    Email Contact