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A customer with a customized TM solution has requested more features. When you take a closer look at the challenge you are faced with you realize it is going to be difficult to solve and you wish that they were using a solution with a more stable foundation.

A transport management system, or TM system, is software designed for buying, booking, and managing transports with carriers. LogTrade is not your average TM system. It is a shipping software platform—or digital logistics software— that never reuses a customized solution. We are a separate species in the TM fauna, and the fact that we are is all thanks to you as our partner. While you sell, implement, and give us feedback, we listen, and we focus on developing and improving the most well-integrated shipping solution on the market. A system that considers the whole supply chain, all aspects of your business processes and your conditions as developers and users.

Regardless of whether you want to use the standard LogTrade integrated solution or want to develop your own using our API, both you and your customer will save money.

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Can I Use Your System With Microsoft Dynamics NAV?

Absolutely! In fact, if you are using Microsoft Dynamics NAV, LogTrade is the system you should choose. Our system is the only integrated solution on the market that has been certified by Microsoft for use with Microsoft Dynamics NAV. It took us one year and six months, but something valuable came out of it.

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A PARTNER’S STORY

The Hunt For the One and Only TM System

A transport management system should be user-friendly, stable and innovative. But what does that really mean, and how do you know which system that will be the best match for your ERP system? This is how Endeavor found the answer:

-Few people jump with joy when someone broaches the subject of ERP or CRM systems. The subject of administration can be boring enough to make the clocks stop ticking, laughs Anders Brunmarker.

-This is true, at least on the surface, he adds. He then explains how growth, smarter processes, and time savings, on the other hand, can keep managers and business owners awake at night. Because, what company does not want to grow or save time and money?

The interesting thing is not what you can do in the system—is what the system can do for you.

-Realizing how useful an ERP or CRM system can be might not make it more interesting, but that is ok. The point is that the system alone is not worth anything. The interesting thing is not what you can do in the system—it is what the system can do for you.

 

ENDEAVOUR IN 5 SECONDS

Endeavour has offices in Gothenburg, Stockholm, and Jönköping, where Sales Manager Anders Brunmarker is based. It is a company that develops digital solutions for clients’ business processes. Their customers are manufacturing, service, and retail companies as well as the public sector. Since the company was first started in 2013, they have already carried out over 200 system implementations.

 

A homogenous system solution is much better than one made up of individual islands.”

Before Endeavour comes up with the best “system solution” for a company, they look at where they are today and where they want to go. You can essentially say that Endeavour creates order in a company’s business processes.

-Sometimes, we focus only their CRM system, other times, we focus only on their ERP system. The times we create a solution for both, or when there is a third system involved, we ensure all systems are integrated with one another.

Brunmarker explains that collecting all business processes in one digital system so that the company gets a comprehensible overall solution is an important intermediate goal for Endeavour.

-A homogeneous system is a much better solution than one made up of individual islands that do not know what is happening in the other areas.

 

INTEGRATED TRANSPORT MANAGEMENT

In other words, Endeavour shares LogTrade’s opinion that no company should have to do everything twice because different systems do not communicate with each other. They also agree with LogTrade that the best scenario is when the customer does not have to work in separate systems any more than they need to.

-LogTrade fits us like a glove. We want to provide our customers with an ERP system that is as automated as possible, especially when it comes to transport and freight management. We want them to be able to track shipments and be notified about deviations in real time.

 

WHAT MAKES A GOOD TM SYSTEM?

Endeavour works with and comes up with digital solutions based on standardized Microsoft products. This means that Endeavour offers solutions in Microsoft Dynamics NAV and Microsoft Dynamics 365. Third-party products, such as a TM system, are then applied to those systems.

 

Today, every time a company wishes to add more features, a technical consultant has to go into their system and make the necessary adjustments manually. Then, when the system the needs an upgrade, the consultant has to adjust the customized solution again, manually. That is not the case with LogTrade.

 

-We are always looking for third-party products that are both stable in the here and now as well as future-proof, systems that deliver on their promises and that set themselves apart from the rest in an interesting way.

Endeavour has found what they were looking for in LogTrade.

-Just look at such a thing as upgrades for example. Today, every time a company wishes to add more features, a technical consultant has to go into their system and make the necessary adjustments manually. Then, when the system the needs an upgrade, the consultant has to adjust the customized solution again, manually. That is not the case with LogTrade, says Brunmarker.

He explains that it is probably because LogTrade is a standardized solution.

-It as a skillfully designed solution developed for integration into the ERP system in such a way that upgrades are done automatically. I think it reduces the need for hands-on help from consultants by 90 %, continues Brunmark.

Read more: Which ERP-systems does LogTrade work with?

A STANDARDIZED DIGITAL LOGISTICS SYSTEM

Because LogTrade offers a standardized system, certified by Microsoft for Microsoft Dynamics NAV, it has earned a head start. However, says Brunmarker, the point is that LogTrade’s software is designed in such a way that it is easy to add more features, expand and upgrade the system.

 

…the point is that LogTrade’s software is designed in such a way that it is easy to add more features, expand, and upgrade the system.

 

-It is a digital logistics system designed with the way the ERP system works in mind, as well as with what it is meant to achieve. This is unlike non-standardized on-premise solutions that are not made up of modules. The latter type of system usually costs more than it’s worth, especially when it comes to the installation and upgrading, says Brunmarker.

Thanks to LogTrade’s software, implementing new features is an easy and practically risk-free task for Endeavour.

 

No TM system on the market offers more features integrated into an ERP system than LogTrade’s digital logistics system.

 

-From the perspective of a product lifecycle, it almost seems as though LogTrade has eternal life. It will ever stop providing you with the latest version, says Brunmarker.

-The way I see it, no TM system on the market offers more features integrated into an ERP system than LogTrade’s digital logistics system. After realizing this, partnering with LogTrade was the obvious choice to make.

 

A LONGTERM LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT PARTNER IN THE CLOUD

Everything both starts and ends with the customer, or more accurately, with the customer’s customers. But if you are going to be completely honest, maybe everything really starts with the fuel—the data stored in the cloud— and how customers can make use of the power in it.

Brunmarker talks about CRM and ERP for Big Data, apps, The Internet of Things and machine learning, and he thinks it is interesting to be a part of the digital revolution happening today—working in an industry that is moving development forward, especially when he gets to work with people with a similar mindset.

 

A partner that is always asking how they, together, can give their customers more features and value from the information they have stored in the cloud.

 

He thinks that in LogTrade, Endeavour has found a partner willing to get into the same boat with them. A partner that is always asking how they, together, can give their customers more features and value from the information they have stored in the cloud, a partner that knows the art of delivering in the here and now, while still focusing on moving forward.

-We have found a partner in LogTrade that is constantly developing new automating solutions, making it the “one and only” system for us.

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WHICH ERP SYSTEMS CAN LOGTRADE BE USED WITH?

LogTrade currently comes with standardized connections to a great number of ERP systems, meaning it is easy to integrate with many different ERP systems. For you as a partner, and your customers, this means quick and easy plug-and-play implementations. For more information please contact us.

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WHEN THE INTERNET DISAPPEARS—DIGITIZATION 2.0

Does LogTrade Work With Alexa?

Yes, of course.

LogTrade works with Madame A, as she is called on American radio shows, at least if she has been allowed to come into the studio and has been turned on, and if she has not been programmed to answer to another name, such as “Computer.”

We are talking about Alexa, the AI brain behind Amazon’s voice-controlled Echo device. She is the most popular home robot in the world with more than 20 million users in the US. Alexa can help you out in a number of ways. Just say “Alexa” followed by your request and she will deliver. For example, you can order groceries that are running out while you are standing in front of your refrigerator.

Alexa is a service provided by Amazon that can be built into all kinds of products on the market. Therefore, she is not tied exclusively to Amazon Echo, but she can be implemented into many different kinds of products, such as your refrigerator or your car. That way, she becomes an integrated part of the so-called Internet-of-Things concept.

But What Does LogTrade Have To Do With Alexa?
LogTrade can be used with Alexa in two ways:

  1. As a sender of goods, you can connect your Amazon Prime account to a LogTrade account and thus ask Alexa to give you the shipping statistics from yesterday. Alternatively, why not use Alexa to create an end-of-day manifest?
  2. You can also use Alexa to send data to your customers. Then, those of your customers that also use Alexa, can simply call out “Alexa, when will my package be delivered?” or “Alexa, how will my package be delivered?” or why not “Alexa, which packages am I going to have delivered today?” The question will be answered truthfully by Alexa. Without even having taken your phone out of your pocket or opened the lid of your laptop, you and your customer have made use of LogTrade’s various features.

The Contractor, Alexa, and LogTrade

So what would a normal day look like for say, the contractor Stefan Olsson from Malmö, Sweden, with LogTrade integrated into Alexa?

Stefan would get into his car, start the engine and ask “Alexa, what does my day look like today?”. She will then answer: “Good morning. The weather today is going to be stable. It is 20 degrees Celsius outside. You are meeting John Sandal for lunch at noon at the restaurant Novell. Your first task of the day is at Eriksgatan 12, which is an apartment building. The floor drains you are going to install have already been delivered. They arrived at 7:30 a.m. to apartment 1024. This afternoon, you are going to go to the basement premises of St. Nikolaj. The address is Tunbindaregatan 24. The spare parts are estimated to arrive around 1:45 p.m., just as you ordered. Let me know if any of your plans have changed and I will adjust your upcoming deliveries. Have a good day.”

When the Internet Becomes Invisible

It might seem like science fiction, but the future is here already. Even if the services connected to Alexa have not yet reached their full potential, their numbers keep increasing, and the scoop is getting bigger and bigger. More and more companies think it necessary to make their services accessible via voice control. There are currently more than 1,500 so-called skills, or voice controlled applications, in Alexa. One of them is LogTrade.

We are moving away from the screen dependent Internet 2.0 era, and toward the Internet 3.0 era where your smartphone neck and mouse elbow have been thrown out onto the junk pile of history, sitting a few layers above the typewriter and the manual TM system.

So far, Alexa only works in the US, England, and Germany, but it is only a matter of time before she will become available in Sweden and there is already a LogTrade application waiting to be put into use by anyone who wants to try it.

What is happening on the digitization front today is a kind of change that we can only begin to comprehend. We are moving away from the screen dependent Internet 2.0 era and toward the Internet 3.0 era where your smartphone neck and mouse elbow have been thrown out onto the junk pile of history, sitting a few layers above the typewriter and the manual TM system.

This is the story of when the Internet became invisible and started to work for you, imperceptibly.


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What Is AI-Based Transport Management?

Imagine being able to prepare a division of shipments across delivery trucks, drones, and robots before the goods have even arrived. Consider us tech nerds on speed, but our software is on its way toward helping us level up to a dimension where it can think and plan for itself. So, keep your eyes open. It is almost time to begin the next chapter in LogTrade’s story.

PARTNERS

GOOD FOR ONE―GOOD FOR ALL

LogTrade is the link between transport buyers and carriers. Our goal is a friction-free relationship between all parties in the transport and logistics flow. A work we do together with our partners.

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Transport buyers

Do you know of any transport buyers who like having to log into an external system to manually handle shipments and returns? Probably not. Read about companies that have chosen to work in only one system and discover how wonderful it is with an automated shipping software platform.

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Carrier

Yes, in LogTrade transport buyers can manage all carriers. What do the carriers think about shipping software in general and especially LogTrade? How does our cloud-based solution minimize the overall number of errors?

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Partner

Our partners are ERP system developers, and they are indispensable to us. They appreciate that we offer a standardized and future-proof plug-and-play solution and in their opinion, “No other shipping software brings more functionality to an ERP system than LogTrade.”

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