Organizations seeking to pursue a competitive advantage by managing logistics efficiently can turn to the single-source data model offered by Oracle Transportation Management (OTM). Oracle Transportation Management is a central logistics hub, a local transportation management system, and a global operating system, all rolled into one.
Oracle Transportation Management streamlines the entire logistics planning and execution process—from item availability to final delivery and financial settlement—and gives companies that use it a complete fulfillment solution.
When companies integrate Oracle Transportation Management with Oracle Order Management, Oracle Purchasing, and Oracle Warehouse Management, they can efficiently plan both inbound and outbound deliveries and departures with third-party carriers, their internal fleet, or with both simultaneously. Regardless of the underlying software that is in place, companies may also plan to use Oracle Transportation Management with Oracle Application Server BPEL Process Manager to support flexible integration with other enterprise resource planning (ERP) or warehouse management (WMS) applications.
Oracle Transportation Management enables companies to design their own transport networks or use Oracle Transformation Management as an integrated offering from their logistics service providers. They can create shipments and stops; consolidate, process, and rate their deliveries in accordance with carrier and industry requirements; automatically assign carriers to deliveries based on a customer’s routing instructions; and receive inbound and outbound status messages from carriers so they have a complete picture of the current delivery status.
Using a multi-enterprise structure that is both configurable to local practices and standardized for global information, Oracle Transportation Management provides one version of the truth on inventory positions, shipment lead times, delivery dates, freight costs, lane volume forecasts, and more. This capability enables companies to efficiently source trading partners and monitor shipments to eliminate inefficient and redundant procedures.
When customers want to know available delivery options and freight estimates at order-entry time, a company can integrate Oracle Transportation Management with Oracle Order Management. This enhances the order entry process, reduces costs, and improves customer service. This also enables companies to tell their customer exactly what they want to know: carrier name, freight estimates, mode of transport, service level, and estimated transit time. Oracle Transportation Management lets companies leverage itinerary routing-guide rules and freight rates so they can quote recommended shipping methods and freight estimates.
Oracle Transportation Management also supports easy integration with partner carrier manifesting systems and third-party warehouses with its open standards and XML-based framework. Through a comprehensive set of XML messages, the partner manifest application receives the delivery details required to print barcode shipping labels, assigns carrier tracking numbers, and generates the end-of-day carrier manifest. Carrier manifest integration lets companies easily process deliveries for those carriers that have manifest requirements.
Integration with third-party warehouses, meanwhile, includes the messaging infrastructure to support the shipment request sent by the shipper and the shipment confirmation sent back from the third-party warehouse, giving companies seamless integration between the two systems.
Transportation management is different from other processes in the supply chain. Many of those processes happen only once, but transportation must be addressed again and again throughout the lifecycle of product development and delivery. And each and every time, companies must manage the process effectively while minimizing costs and meeting demanding customer service requirements. All this is made possible with Oracle Transportation Management.