InMotion Global, Inc. announced today that AscendTMS, the world’s number one rated transportation management software (TMS), in collaboration with FourKites, the leader in predictive supply chain visibility, has bolstered its platform with comprehensive industry analytics, including enhanced real-time rate data, transit insight data, regional freight flows, border crossing times, port congestion information, pickup and delivery dwell times, and a host of other useful freight flow information to help AscendTMS users maximize profits. All free.
“Freight flow data and insightful freight statistics should be provided as a totally free commodity today, and it should be made available, from anywhere, to anyone that needs it,” said Tim Higham, president of AscendTMS. AscendTMS offers freight brokers, 3PLs, shippers and carriers a complete business management solution for their entire logistics operation.
“It made sense that as we already provide the industry’s most popular TMS software with AscendTMS, as well as the industry’s most popular free rate matrix tool with InstaRate, that we’d take our freight insights and rate data to another level,” Higham says. “Together with FourKites, we’ve seamlessly added all the data tools that the 27,000 carriers, brokers, and shippers using AscendTMS everyday were asking for – and it’s provided at no cost to anyone working in logistics. All this cool freight insight and rate data is literally available to anyone that wants it at no charge – forever.”
FourKites is the real-time visibility platform that Fortune 500 companies and seven of the country’s largest 3PLs trust to track shipments and proactively manage exceptions. Using a proprietary predictive algorithm to calculate shipment arrival times, FourKites enables shippers and 3PLs to improve on-time delivery, optimize inbound logistics, and strengthen end-customer relationships. FourKites has been rapidly winning customers through its technologically differentiated predictive platform, which calculates shipment arrival times based on GPS tracking data updated every 15 minutes. Beyond tracking real-time location, FourKites provides real-time temperature tracking across North America, with trailer temperature data updated every 15 minutes, and full omni-modal coverage.
Matt Elenjickal, CEO of FourKites, said: “FourKites is honored that AscendTMS has chosen us as their primary solution for load tracking and tracing. With the FourKites solution, AscendTMS is providing tremendous value to its customers, in real-time.”
Elenjickal continued: “As the leading real-time visibility platform, FourKites now allows AscendTMS users to see any driver or shipment location in real-time. It doesn’t matter whether the driver has an ELD or just a cell phone; FourKites tells the AscendTMS user exactly where they are and when they will arrive at their next stop, while showing the breadcrumb route taken and providing real-time exception alerts. For temperature-controlled freight, we can even tell the AscendTMS user the current trailer temperature. This means AscendTMS users can win more business, provide better customer service, and can divert expensive labor resources away from check calls to more productive activities like winning more business.”
“Our thousands of AscendTMS customers told us that they wanted useful real-time data to help them make the right decisions – but they didn’t feel they should pay for it,” Higham said. Prior to this offering, obtaining real-time freight data was expensive and it was often hard to understand.
The partnership between AscendTMS and FourKites means that the hundreds of data points now presented in AscendTMS are highly actionable and simple to digest.
“Any FourKites customer can use AscendTMS for free,” Said Higham. “They just need to go to www.TheFreeTMS.com to get their free AscendTMS account. As AscendTMS is truly cloud based, the entire process takes about 10 seconds. AscendTMS requires no installs, no downloads, no setup, no hardware, and no contracts. It works on any web enabled device like a PC, Mac, tablet or smartphone, and we even provide any training needed, at no cost, to FourKites customers. AscendTMS is the perfect TMS solution, and provides the best of FourKites as an added bonus, at no cost, in one powerful yet easy to use TMS software solution.”