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Blume CarrierGo Provides Motor Carriers with All-Encompassing Business Solutions

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Blume CarrierGo Provides Motor Carriers with All-Encompassing Business Solutions

This year’s Intermodal Expo in Long Beach, California featured some of the latest solution offerings disrupting the transportation sector. Among leading industry experts including logistics and supply chain solutions provider, Blume Global unveiling their latest product offering, Blume CarrierGo. Blume Global boasts over 25 years of transportation solution offerings in the cloud enabling international multimodal operations including shipment planning, execution, visibility, invoicing, invoice processing & settlement.

“Blume CarrierGo is a product we created that offers our global network of 7,000-plus carriers more than just execution, adding more value for both the carriers and the drivers,” explains Glenn Jones, GVP Product Strategy at Blume Global. “CarrierGo is localized in 22 languages and utilized by customers around the globe, so it’s not limited to the United States. This solution enables carriers to increase turns per day while reducing empty miles and maximizing efficiencies.” 

The days of manual processes are becoming a thing of the past, particularly in transportation and carrier services as automation continues setting a new and more improved standard of streamlining operations. Blume CarrierGo solution identifies processes such as appointment scheduling for carriers lacking levels of automation needed for optimization. Another example is opportunities with street turns found within the Blume import and export-heavy freight forwarding customers.

“We have insight into what independent freight forwarders might not be able to see, such as import and export maps leading to an opportunity for a street turn recommendation or automatic allocation. Dwell times also provide an opportunity for automation. We may have 20, 30, or even 50 carriers trying to pick up containers out of the same terminal. By leveraging our visibility across multiple freight forwarders we can either make recommendations or we can delay making appointments through the insight we have into marine terminals with delays,” Jones adds. 

And how about invoicing? Blume covers all bases for carriers in terms of accessorials and eliminating the element of surprise when it comes to unpredictable charges backing up processing times. The Blume solutions process requires carriers to gain approval for accessorials before they even happen. 

“If a carrier needs to get to a port and they’re unable to, there might be a demurrage charge or there might be a carrier in a dwell time charge situation unexpectedly. They can gain approval from the buyer for that accessorial and when it appears on the invoice days – or hours later, there’s no surprise and the invoice will be processed faster,” Jones adds. “This is particularly useful for carriers in 3rd world countries, where the carriers tend to be much smaller and require payments quicker than what the freight terms offer,” Jones adds. 

Processes like these are found within the CarrierGo solution, providing maximized efficiencies and reducing costly and time-consuming overhead freight audits and manual payment processes. Carriers are not only paid on time, but have increased opportunity for invoice factoring discussions in international markets. This is a major differentiator found within the Blume solutions structure impacting global scale capabilities across the supply chain, creating seamless flows between all players and competitors in the multimodal sector. 

For more information about how Blume CarrierGo can improve your cargo needs, please visit booth 512 at Intermodal Expo or visit Blume Global on the web. 

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Glenn Jones, GVP Product Strategy, Blume Global

 Glenn has a proven track record of growing businesses by building and leading product management/marketing and R&D organizations to define, develop, position, and sell highly innovative and high value enterprise solutions delivered in the cloud. He was formerly the COO of Sweetbridge and the CTO of Steelwedge Software. He also held leadership positions at several other companies, including Elementum and E2Open.

Google Cloud added to Blume Global’s Advanced Technologies Toolbox

Blume Global and Google Cloud announced their technology partnership earlier this week, adding to Blume’s already extensive tech toolbox. The company confirmed the partnership will help to improve artificial intelligence (AI), algorithms and machine learning for customers.

The Google Cloud platform provides companies with increased visibility on shipments while enabling them to more accurately predict estimated time of arrivals through its real-time cloud-based performance features.

“Digital supply chain capabilities are evolving quickly and partnerships like this play a critical role in connecting those capabilities and enabling next level integration. A strong ecosystem of partners is crucial to the success of a modern supply chain,” said Simon Ellis, program vice president, global Supply Chain Strategies at IDC.

Blume currently employs data management, blockchain, AI/ML, cognitive interfaces and visualization as part of their strategy to support customers with supply chain solutions.

“We’re delighted that Blume Global will bring its leading digital supply chain capabilities to Google Cloud” said Kevin Ichhpurani, Corporate Vice President, Global Partner Ecosystem at Google Cloud.  “Retail customers want to modernize quickly, and our partnership with Blume will be an asset to them, letting them leverage Blume’s expertise in supply chain alongside the scalability, flexibility and leading AI and ML capabilities of Google Cloud.”

“By joining Google’s Cloud Technology partner program, we are able to focus more on developing our proprietary technology to create advantages in the supply chain,” said Pervinder Johar, CEO, Blume Global. “We chose Google Cloud because they are an open, neutral cloud platform that allows us to scale quickly and take advantage of their expertise in technologies like AI and ML.”

Technology’s Impact on the Supply Chain

Without a crystal ball to predict disasters and variables beyond our control, freight companies need strategies to help them avoid as many service disruptions as possible. These aspirations are actually possible by using data from technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and predictive analytics. Technological advancements such as these can help reduce downtime and improve efficiency, productivity, service-level agreement compliance and customer satisfaction.

When dealing with regions prone to hurricanes, earthquakes and other natural disasters, the safety of those who live and work there is the priority. In addition, to those who work in the supply-chain industry, the significant impact and disruptions caused by weather-related events is high on their list—particularly in regards to trucking.

Trucks are an indispensable part of the U.S. economy. Tractor trailers carry more than 70 percent of the freight tonnage transported throughout the country, which means interruptions (natural disasters, weather related or driver shortages) are more than just an inconvenience. As trucking companies enhance their preparedness plans, supply-chain solutions that embrace new technologies can help mitigate longer-term logistical and financial nightmares.

In a relatively short time, technology has drastically changed the supply-chain ecosystem. The most immediate and noticeable benefit has been the introduction of automation—a human-centric endeavor to manage many manual processes, interactions, touchpoints, handoffs and even the physical assets inherent in the supply chain. Longer-term benefits will be driven by the data created with every process and interaction across the supply chain, however. The future of supply-chain optimization harnesses the power of these technologies and their massive amounts of data and applies it to the real-time decision-making process.

The Data-Driven Supply Chain

When applied to AI and machine learning, data is the driver for predictive capabilities. With it, future performance can be optimized based on past results. With powerful potential to positively impact every aspect of the supply chain, environmental data offers insight into external factors such as historical traffic and weather patterns that can inform crisis plans, or be used to help reduce fuel costs, maximize productivity and meet increasing demands.

The real value is created when this external data is combined with enterprise data—identifying patterns and areas for optimization within each company, to fuel better planning and resource utilization during emergencies, and every other day of the year. Predictive analytics uses historical service data and machine learning to identify and predict outcomes—which becomes increasingly valuable as companies collect more and more information.

Predictive Analytics, Predicting Weather

Each year, storms put an incredible strain on the supply chain as flooding and power outages close ports and prevent trucks from entering affected areas. Predictive models can provide an early look at upcoming weather systems, while historical data can speak to what those models have led to in the past. This helps companies to make data-informed decisions like whether their trucks should hit the road or not.

While predicting the path and impact of hurricanes is not a perfect science, leveraging analysis from previous storms arms companies with important information such as which roads to approach and avoid, where utilities are historically weakest, and the most efficient (and safest) path to the destination.

For the freight sector, predictive analytics are highly useful for managing capacity problems by enabling a more accurate assessment of contributing factors to future performance, such as weather, job type, driver availability and day of the week. This information powers schedule optimization, the tracking of shipments, routing and job prioritization.

The end result is greater efficiency which can even have a positive impact on the massive shortage of truck drivers in the U.S., a problem that is escalated by hurricane season as many drivers are left to sit on the sidelines while fleet from elsewhere are redirected to crisis regions, taking them off their regular routes. The impact can also be felt by industries reliant on freight and on time-sensitive logistics, particularly the retail industry which shares peak pre-holiday shipping and preparation season with the most prevalent time of year for hurricanes.

As supply chain operators continue to embrace advanced technologies, organizations are poised to be in prime position to take more control over their shipping process—regardless of external factors at play. Hurricanes are an unavoidable catastrophe, but data used in the right way can help mitigate the duration and severity of any disruption.

Pervinder Johar is CEO of Blume Global, a leader in global logistics and digital supply chain solutions, which is headquartered in Pleasanton, California, and has offices in Chicago, Hong Kong and Wellesley, Massachusetts.