Oracle Transportation Management (OTM) provides a single platform for companies to manage all transportation activity throughout their supply chains.
The solution allows companies to minimize costs, optimize service levels, and create flexible business process automation within their global transportation and logistics networks.
Specifically designed to support the needs of both shippers and logistics service providers, OTM creates an information bridge across functional silos, geographic regions, languages, currencies, and business units.
Combining ease of use with sophisticated and broad logistics functionality, OTM supports customers with basic transportation needs as well as those with highly complex logistics requirements.
Global Control, Local Execution, Central Management
OTM enables companies to manage their transportation networks on a global basis in terms of supply chain flows (outbound finished goods, inbound supplies, inter-facility/company shipments, returns), modes of transport (over the road, air, ocean and rail) and geographic area (domestic and international).
OTM also provides simultaneous support for multiple languages, currencies, units of measure and business functions that may vary by business unit and geographic region. As a result, companies can support the nuances of their global operations while reaping the efficiencies provided by a single transportation management solution.
Key business functions
OTM provides support for the following key transportation business functions:
Transportation Order Management. OTM integrates with external order management, purchasing, warehouse and other systems for purposes of managing transport demand. Transportation order management functions can be provided to external parties in the supply chain, such as suppliers who provide ready-to-ship information to release purchase orders.
Rate Management. OTM has a global repository and rating engine for service provider contracts for transportation and related services. Oracle Transportation Management enables companies to manage all rates centrally, including support for truckload, intermodal, less-than-truckload, parcel, air, rail and ocean. OTM also supports full “sell” side rating for logistics service providers and other companies that provide transportation services.
Shipment Management. The ability to plan and execute shipments for maximum operational efficiency. OTM features automated decision support for a full range of transportation scenarios from simple, direct shipments to those involving multiple legs and multiple modes. Decision support is provided for least cost carrier, mode and service level, application of routing guides and core carrier programs (i.e., carrier commitments). In addition, Oracle Transportation Management enables companies to manage exceptions during execution (e.g., tracking planned vs. actual, diverting shipments, and expediting delivery).
Booking and Tendering. The ability to collaborate with transportation service providers using multiple
communication formats – email, web, mobile device, and XML. Companies can share transportation plans and manage service provider responses (e.g., conditional bookings, tender acceptance). OTM also has automated support for multiple types of tender processes, such as sequential tendering and broadcast tendering.
Visibility and Event Management. The ability to proactively manage the lifecycle of orders and shipments through automated milestone monitoring. OTM can automatically expedite shipments when pickup confirmations have not been received within a specified tolerance interval. Companies can reeceive status updates from transportation service providers using multiple communication formats – web, XML, mobile phone or tablet.
Business Process Automation. The ability to maximize productivity by automating processes using unique workflow agent technology. Workflow agents enable companies to model simple or complex processes to improve efficiency. For example, they can automatically re-plan shipments based on related order changes; or notify involved parties of delayed shipments.
Reporting & Document Management. Oracle Transportation Management uses Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher to create reports and documents. These include: Cost Savings, Projected Late Orders, Carrier Performance By Lane, Bill of Lading, Commercial Invoice, and Packing List.