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Rater

A multi-module management system designed by Computerized Inventory System Specialists for distribution/wholesale trade and transportation companies.
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The “RATER” is a WWW based Transportation Management System (TMS). The Rater is a Freight Rate Database Management center with a Suite of tools that includes a shipping cost calculator, a yard management system, delivery metrics, track and trace functionalities, a carrier database, freight exception tracking, returns tracking, claim tracking, as well as invoicing system reconsignment tracking.

*No Headaches *

Let CISS host your web-based RATER application. CISS can host a domain name for you (www.yourname.com) on our servers. The software and your business data reside on our secured server, which means you, your employees, your suppliers, and other business associates can access the system and information with a secured password, but you have none of the headaches of maintaining the server. All you need are PCs with access to the Internet and CISS does the rest.

Benefits include:

  • Software updates: You always stay up to date with the software, as CISS does it for you.
  • Application (database) maintenance: Database optimization, normalization, and compaction.
  • Server maintenance: Update/add/remove software and accounts.
  • Backups and 7x24 tech support.
  • E-mail, FTP services.
  • B2B secure data exchange interfaces.
  • CISS provides the fast Internet Connection (T1) with BGP circuit redundancy.

Pricing depends upon several factors, such as:

  • Number of transactions per day
  • Number of inventory items managed
  • Number of concurrent users
  • B2B interface requirements (including Cybercash)

Carrier Database

Features Include:

  • Contact Information
  • Physical Address
  • Email
  • Fax
  • Telephone
  • Weight per mode
  • Available Trailer Lengths
  • Power Ratings by facility
  • Discounts

Claim Tracking

Features Include:

  • Digital Image Upload (photos)
  • Where on the vehicle did the damage occur
  • Attributes: Dunnage, banding, strapping, shifts, etc
  • Disposition
  • Status

Delivery Metrics

Features Include:

  • Captured in Real Time
  • Overall summaries by facility and mode
  • Daily metrics
  • Carrier metrics
  • Classified (Carrier, Customer, Vendor, 3PL)
  • Export to Excel

Freight Exception Tracking

Features Include:

  • Responsible Group
  • Automatic email notifications
  • Reasons
  • Costs
  • Approvals

Invoicing System Reconsignment Tracking

Features Include:

  • Redirect shipments to another location with ease
  • Keep track of previous location, cost differences, and authorization
  • Each reconsignment has its own unique number for billing references.
  • Tracks cost and responsible party

Load Tenders (EDI 204)

Features Include:

  • Carrier Interface
  • Email Notification
  • XML-EDI Interfaces
  • Rejected Loads generate immediate notification through distribution lists

Returns Tracking

Features Include:

  • Order numbers
  • Units
  • Stock Codes (UPC/K-code)
  • Pick Up Location
  • Return Location

Shipping Cost Calculator

Features Include:

  • Multiple Origin Points (Warehouses, Distribution Centers)
  • Multiple Modes (Truck, LTL, Boxcar, Intermodal)
  • Multi-stop, weight per stop
  • Mapquest Directions
  • Simple Route Map
  • Mileages based on Rand McNally Milemaker or PC*Miler
  • EDI 204 email tenders /856 Bill of Lading
  • Fuel Surcharge Adjustments
  • Easily user managed Rate tables (upload and download through Excel spreadsheets)
  • Integrated with the Yard System - so Planned Loads match available equipment
  • Compares Buy and Sell Rates so you can see the profitability of loads
  • Continuous summary of loads planned by facility, mode and number of vehicles

Track and Trace

Features Include:

  • Each vehicle tracked from Planning through customer delivery
  • Automatic email notifications for trouble loads
  • Capture daily update notes
  • Color coded daily activity
  • RED = Trouble
  • Yellow = pending trouble
  • Green = Good Status
  • Track Many attributes of shipments
  • Requested Delivery Date
  • Appointments
  • Actual Delivery Date
  • Multi-Stop, Multi-Pickup loads
  • Customer Pick-Ups
  • Hot Loads
  • Pro Number
  • Bill of Lading Number
  • Weight
  • Intermediate Consignees
  • Tracking numbers
  • Carrier Interface (Accept/Reject Loads)
  • Date and Time Stamp
  • Contact Names

Yard Management System

Features Include:

  • Multiple Yards
  • Integrated with the Calculator for real time vehicle availability
  • Wireless Handheld interface (HP/Compaq Ipaq)
  • Tracks by vehicle:
    • Size
    • Type
    • Mode
    • Number
  • Tracks all status:
    • Available
    • Loading (only one vehicle at a door at a time!)
    • Loaded/Yarded
    • Shipped
    • Hold (bad ordered)
  • Keeps track of “Cleaning Sweeps” and “Tandem Moves“
  • See history of vehicles by SCAC (how often you use the same vehicle)
  • Automatic email notification to carrier when a vehicle is “bad ordered”

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