WISL Branch Freight

The WISL Branch Freight System is designed to provide a branch operation with the capability to monitor and control freight costs. Through an interface with the corporate order entry and/or purchasing system, a data base keyed on customer reference number is established that contains information about shipment requests(both inbound and outbound).

Interactive facilities are provided to record receiving information for inbound shipments and to record shipping information at the time an outbound shipment is sent. In both cases automatic rating is employed to identify preferred carrier(s) and allow for accrual and control reporting. It is anticipated that the rates would be maintained centrally via WISL's Freight Analysis Information System with updates provided as required through EDI.

Platforms

Freight Management Server: Open Systems

bulletUNIX; AIX, Solaris
bulletWindows Server
bulletLinux; Redhat

Webserver:

bulletWindows Server, Internet Information Services
bulletRedhat Linux, Apache

Workstation: Any device that can run a browser (Windows Internet Explorer, Netscape Communicator or Firefox) and can access the corporate intranet or internet as required

Includes:

bulletWindows PC
bulletMac
bulletThin client

Third Party Software

Freight Management Server:

bulletIBM’s UniVerse DBMS
bulletAccuSoft’s terminal emulation package – AccuTerm
bulletPC Miler, + PC Miler Server + Canadian Postal Codes

Webserver:

bulletIBM’s Middleware Web DE – provides for browser based access by workstations to the webserver

WISL Software Modules 

bulletWISL Branch Freight System (BFS)
bulletFreight Analysis Information Rates Maintenance(RM)
bulletFreight Analysis Information Route Analysis(RA)
bulletFreight Analysis Information System Shipping Interface(SI)
bulletFreight Analysis Information System Consolidation(CO)
bulletWISL WebRate(WWR) – provides for rating inquiry of any current BOL or any mauually specified shipment

Installation Preparation

There are many files that must be established to accomplish the freight management activities performed by BFS. They include the Carrier file, the Customer(corporate branch structure) file and all relevant rate quotes. One of these files, the Dealer(Shipper’s customer) file is maintained by ongoing imports from the shipper’s corporate ERP system as part of the shipment record.

The major area of focus is on the accuracy and completeness of shipping location data in the ERP customer file. Accurate location names and postal/zip codes are necessary to perform the rating and consolidation integral to BFS.

 

bulletMiscellaneous freight management files
bulletShip Location – postal/zip codes

System Flow

Below is an overview of the main system flow of BFS.

bulletOrder import from corporate ERP system
bulletClerical review of imported data
bulletEntry of any additional shipping relevant data
bulletClerical submission to auto-rating
bulletClerical selection of carrier
bulletPrompt for consolidation
bulletClerical submission for consolidation if desired
bulletReview of consolidation
bulletGeneration of shipping documents
bulletUpon arrival of carrier – generation of shipment manifest when required