Fleet Enable logistics breakthrough: Free EDI

Carriers no longer pay for electronic requests or responses for freight shipments

AUSTIN, TX, SEP. 13, 2023 – Logistics technology innovator Fleet Enable today announced an industry first: no charge Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) order taking and responses for freight transporters. The Austin-based software creator said it’s offering carriers (EDI) with its namesake Transportation Management System. The technology permits freight haulers to receive digital orders and return responses from shippers without manual intervention.

Fleet Enable is believed to be the only logistics technology provider offering no charge EDI. The technology has become industry standard for carriers hauling freight over the road. But until now, it has come at a price. For large carriers receiving thousands of electronic order requests and responses monthly, the cost can be significant. It can also inhibit growth as increased business results in increased EDI charges.

“We’re making this technology available at no charge as an investment in the industry and in our client partners,” said Fleet Enable CEO Krishna Vattipalli. “We’re doing this as a prime mover in the effort to automate transportation and logistics.”

EDI provides an automated connection to Fleet Enable’s Transportation Management System (TMS). Its technology platform automates all aspects of a freight hauler’s business, from order, route planning to billing. Fleet Enable said it has signed an agreement with Illinois-based Kleinschmidt Inc. to help provide EDI technology to their partners.

Here’s how Fleet Enable’s system works:

  • Shippers send electronic shipment requests to their carrier partners.
  • Fleet Enable’s Transportation Management System automatically accepts the EDI requests.
  • The system routes requests throughout the carrier’s enterprise, from warehouse to dispatch and billing.
  • The carrier can then in turn automatically deliver confirmations, status updates, tracking information and exceptions back to the shipper via EDI.

The purpose of EDI is to complete the transaction with minimum manual handling, Fleet Enable explained. That’s because automation has been identified as critical to success in the increasingly competitive logistics sector. Efficient, lower-cost operators are considered likely industry survivors.

Electronic order taking has replaced faxed requests for most shippers and freight haulers, Fleet Enable said. Some shippers, however, still transmit shipment requests via email. Fleet Enable said it has developed technology to automatically forward emailed requests to its Fleet Enable Transportation Management System.

“There’s no one way of doing business in the logistics industry,” explained Mr. Vattipalli. “That’s why we tailor our system to the diverse needs of our clients and their customers.”

Fleet Enable is introducing no cost EDI for a two year period to the logistics industry. The company said its offer would be good through the end of 2023.

About Fleet Enable

Austin, TX based Fleet Enable provides a logistics software platform designed to automate all aspects of the final mile delivery market. Fleet Enable automates everything from routing and scheduling to invoicing and driver pay. Fleet Enable’s end-to-end Final Mile Management System makes enterprise-level technology accessible for all Carriers. Learn more about Fleet Enable at www.fleetenable.com.

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