The advent of containerization was a game changer for the global economy, transforming maritime shipping and making it possible to transport large quantities of goods around the world quickly and efficiently.
Container shipment tracking gives supply chain visibility, enabling all stakeholders to follow the progress of their shipments from origin to destination. This information transparency is particularly important in today's global economy, where businesses are increasingly reliant on just-in-time delivery.
Technology has drastically changed the way we live and do business
In the past, people had to rely on manual labor to track and trace shipments. This was a time-consuming and often inaccurate process. Today, however, container shipment tracking and tracing is much easier thanks to technology. End-to-end supply chain visibility is essential for businesses that want to stay ahead of the competition. With it, you can track your shipments from production all the way through to delivery. This information can help you optimize your operations and ensure that your customers are always satisfied.
Supply chains are often lengthy and complex, involving multiple parties across different countries. This makes tracking shipments a challenge.
Fortunately, new technologies are emerging that can help streamline these processes and provide end-to-end visibility into the supply chain. Container shipment tracking and tracing is one such technology that is gaining traction in the logistics industry.
The biggest challenge to shipment visibility is collecting the data
It’s a pretty huge problem. Think about everything that goes into a container being shipped. Depending on the mode of transport, the data might vary, but normally anything that’s shipped has an origin and destination, a carrier, a mode, a shipper and consignee, plus a cost involved.
And that’s if you’re talking about a single shipment. Now imagine that times thousands. That’s the kind of volume we’re talking about here with shipment visibility. And let’s not forget about the frequency with which the data changes. In fact, sometimes it changes so frequently, you might find yourself asking, “Wait, where’s my container?”
Without a tech solution, supply chain managers are tasked with manually collecting all of this data, and sometimes on a daily basis.
This is where Unity SCM comes in
Unity makes it easy to collect, organize and consume data from your entire supply chain - Suppliers, Freight forwarders, Carriers, 3PLs, Customer and your own systems.
Whether information is stored in an ERP, TMS or Excel spreadsheets, Unity automatically processes it, with little to no effort from your IT teams. So you can get started immediately.
With out-of-the-box Visibility, Reporting, Analytics and Alerts your team can have full visibility in a matter of days.
Unity was designed to help your team get the data they need, whenever they need it, without depending on anyone else. This means everyone in your company, from Sales to Finance and Operations, can answer questions like "When will inventory be available?" by their own, without having to call or email the logistics team.
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