Freight Analysis Information System
The Freight Analysis
Information System(FAIS) is a collection of modules which address many aspects of freight
management. FAIS capabilities range from individual shipment analysis to modeling future
shipping requirements. The various modules constitute a single integrated information
system; however, implementation of the system is available in a variety of module
combinations. Often some combination of FAIS modules is employed in support of other WISL
freight management solutions.
Server: Open Systems
Workstation: Text or GUI
apps, anything that runs AccuTerm terminal emulation ; text only apps, dumb terminal that
emulates industry standard term types
|UNIX; AIX, Solaris|
|Various dumb terminals|
Third Party Software
|IBMs UniVerse DBMS or other
|FAIS Rates Maintenance(RM)|
The FAIS Rates Maintenance module
provides for the creation and maintenance of virtually any rating arrangement between
carrier and shipper. LTL, truckload, tariff, discount, mileage, pieces, volume, hourly or
combination thereof can be maintained as electronic records in the FAIS rates data base.
The Route Analysis module
provides for interactive inquiry and system integrated access to the FAIS rating engine
and additional analytical capabilities.
|FAIS Route Analysis(RA)|
The Shipping Interface
module of FAIS provides the facilities for interfacing with third party information
systems(eg. a corporate ERP system) and is capable of accepting raw shipment data from
third party systems, automatically rating the shipments, generating documentation and
transmitting audited shipment data to third party systems.
Also included within the framework of this module is a generalized capability to
import from Excel spreadsheets to generate shipment records or rate quote
records on the FAIS data base.
|FAIS Shipping Interface(SI)|
The Shipment Analysis
module provides for the recording of invoiced shipments. It also identifies duplicates or
overlapping billing by connecting carriers, and effectively eliminates the possibility of
paying for a shipment more than once. If the bill of lading had been previously recorded
through the Shipping Interface module, the invoice charge is compared to the rated amount
and any discrepancy is reported. If the bill of lading was not previously recorded the
bill is rated and then compared.
|FAIS Shipment Analysis(SA)|
Shipment Analysis provides for
the recording of a great deal more data than is required for auditing as such data may be
desired for further analysis. The extent of such record keeping is customized for each
Provides for assembling and consolidating loads with the capability to generate a master
bill of lading upon completion. The module also provides for apportioning of costs to
FAIS Modeling works
with a subset of the shipping data base and the rates record keeping capabilities and
allows "What if" questions to be addressed by modeling on real transportation
Sensitivity analysis can
be performed on various transportation factors such as rates, carriers, shipping or
destination points, shipment weights etc. The module provides for changes to be made and
generates the revised shipping costs based on model specifications. Detail or summary
reports can be produced to view the changes generated by the model. Extract files can be
generated from the modeling data for access by spreadsheets such as Excel or for
integration with corporate modeling systems.
The facilities of WISL
FAIS Fuel include the capability to import and maintain industry standard fuel surcharge
tables along with the capability to maintain arrangements based on industry tables and
tables specific to certain shippers. A test calculation routine is provided to check the
fuel surcharge calculation results before table changes are utilized in the auto-rating
and auto-billing functions.
The facilities of WISL
FAIS Currency include the capability to maintain currency exchange surcharge tables with
the capability to override by customer. It also provides for the calculation of the
surcharge given the relevant shipment specifics and include it in the billing/rating
Claims against lost or
damaged goods may be generated and monitored.
|FAIS Loss Damage(LD)|