System Integration

A strategic opportunity for supply chain savings

Transportation data moves in real time. Imagine the impact on your operations, and profitability, if you directly tap into this flow of information.

“This solution [integration] has created more than $3 million in value (and counting).”

CFO, Plastics Industry

System integration is a strategic opportunity for savings. Often integration is seen only as a method of automating communication between companies. But with the right partner, it can be so much more, improving profitability and customer service while reducing interruptions.

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UTS makes integration work for you:

  • A background of successful integration projects.
  • We work with both IT groups and ERP Managed Services Providers.
  • We’re your hub to real-time data from carriers, load-matching services such as DAT, and specialized resources such as SMC³.
  • We’re on the forefront of integration technology with integration specialists such as project44 using our work in its own product development.

What You Get with Integration

With integration, your business participates in the real-time flow of transportation data. Information that can be exchanged includes:

  • Rates and transit times
  • Service performance
  • Shipping rates for e-commerce sales
  • Shipment tenders
  • Shipment tracking
  • Shipment documentation
  • Automation of supply chain data entry
  • Automation of transportation procurement
  • Notification of non-conformances

Benefits of Integrating Systems with UTS

You are at a competitive disadvantage without integration. Transportation data moves in real time. Shippers that tap into this flow of information operate more profitably with enterprise-wide benefits including:

  • A more robust supply chain that can react quickly to the transportation environment.
  • More time to resolve transit issues, resulting in more options and better outcomes.
  • Carrier rates, transit times, and service levels for more effective procurement.
  • Enhanced order visibility, which improves planning and may reduce the need for premium transportation.
  • Improvements in front-end and back-end customer service.
  • Automation of manual supply chain and data entry processes.
  • Real-time management of your non-program carrier tariffs.
  • Faster and more coordinated communication across the organization.
  • Faster notification of non-conformances.

Two Methods of Integration

Direct: We work with your IT team to implement integration tools that address your supply chain priorities. These tools are developed primarily on our end with no cost to you and very little time needed from your IT team.

Third Party: If you use an ERP Managed Services Provider, we will work with them to implement your integration solution. This method requires no involvement from your IT team.

A MSP Can Help

Even though very little IT time is needed to implement UTS system integration, it can still be a challenge to go from planning to completion as urgent projects take priority over strategic ones.

Some companies overcome this challenge by using a Managed Services Provider to maintain their enterprise resource planning platforms. This frees IT to troubleshoot problems. More importantly, the MSP can help implement strategic initiatives like system integration.

If you already use a MSP, we will work with them to implement your integration solution. Often the project can be completed within your standard service package at no additional cost.

We can also recommend a MSP with a track record of working with us. Whatever ERP you use, we have a partner that specializes in it. One of our partners, for example, runs the QAD Center of Excellence for Johnson Controls. You gain a proven partner that takes the project to completion as well as an opportunity to try out a MSP without a long-term commitment.