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.

Platforms

Server: Open Systems

bulletUNIX; AIX, Solaris
bulletWindows Server
bulletLinux; Redhat

Workstation: Text or GUI apps, anything that runs AccuTerm terminal emulation ; text only apps, dumb terminal that emulates industry standard term types
Includes:

bulletWindows PC
bulletMac
bulletThin client
bulletVarious dumb terminals

Third Party Software

bulletIBM’s UniVerse DBMS or other multivalue DBMS

 

FAIS Modules

 

bulletFAIS 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.

bulletFAIS Route Analysis(RA)

The Route Analysis module provides for interactive inquiry and system integrated access to the FAIS rating engine and additional analytical capabilities.

bulletFAIS Shipping Interface(SI)

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.

bulletFAIS Shipment Analysis(SA)

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.

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 installation.

FAIS Consolidation(CO)

FAIS Consolidation 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 component shipments.

bulletFAIS Modeling(MO)

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 costs.

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.

bulletFAIS Fuel(FL)

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.

bulletFAIS Currency(CY)

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 interface.

bulletFAIS Loss Damage(LD)

Claims against lost or damaged goods may be generated and monitored.