6-2-2009 - Media Release
June 2, 2009
EBE TECHNOLOGIES DEVELOPS INTERFACE TO LEAN LOGISTICS WEB PORTAL REDUCING LOST DETENTION REVENUES
Detention Claims and Invoice Submissions Automatically Submitted with EBE's Internet Data Interchange (IDI) Software
East Moline, IL – EBE Technologies, the leading provider of business process management solutions for the transportation industry announced the completion and implementation of its newest IDI Web portal interface- Lean Logistics. IDI is a Web-based data entry solution that automatically populates data from carriers’ dispatch and accounting systems into and from shippers’ and intermediaries’ Web portals requiring no manual data entry. This newest application automatically enters detention claims and invoice submissions into Lean Logistics’ website by the required timeframe documenting savings for carriers of thousands of dollars per month in revenue leaks due to unpaid detention charges.
Carriers moving freight for shippers that utilize Lean logistics are tasked with two labor intensive processes - entering detention claims and Internet invoice submission. Lean Logistics mandates the claims to be entered into the website prior to the detention and the invoice for that detention entered no later than five days after the occurrence. In addition to being labor intensive, detention claims tend to be revenue leaks. Many times detentions claims need to be made after hours or over the weekend when operations personnel are not available to claim the expense.
The IDI Lean Logistics application automates the detention update process by automatically populating the website with the detention information it receives from the carrier’s dispatch system. Since no manual keying in of data is required, carriers are assured of timely and accurate submissions. Additionally, IDI will monitor the submission of the detention amount if not provided during the initial claim. If the amount is not provided by an interval specified by the carrier, escalations will be triggered to provide visibility to the pending revenue loss.
The submission of invoices into the Lean invoice Internet portal is also automated. The system compares the amounts of the invoices in the Lean site with the carrier’s accounting system. If a discrepancy is identified, the transaction is placed in an exception queue and made available to customer service for review.
“IDI an easy-to-implement tool that delivers a rapid return on investment, substantial savings in labor costs, improved accuracy and efficiency and a realistic means of improving cash flow by eliminating revenue leaks associated with unclaimed detentions. We’re dedicated to helping companies manage costs during both the good and challenging times. With the rising pressures facing all transportation providers today, EBE continually aims to develop practical solutions that provide bottom line savings to our customers,” says Larry Kerr, President of EBE.
IDI is built with the flexibility to allow transportation companies to directly connect with virtually any business partner’s Internet site and dispatch system that provides an ODBC interface. It also handles image transfers for those customers requiring that capability. Interfaces to other leading shippers and intermediary providers are currently developed and in production.
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