IT HANDLES MULTI-SITE DISTRIBUTION FROM ONE SOFTWARE LOCATION
CHICAGO May 18, 2001 - ShipNow, a developer and marketer of parcel shipping software, today launched DI Server 2.0, a multi-carrier shipping automation software system for companies needing cost-efficient multi-site distribution capabilities and real time visibility to their global shipments.
DI Server 2.0, through a combination of advanced software architecture and shipping process blueprints, takes multi-carrier shipping to the next level. It is scalable and able to handle extremely complex high-volume shipping environments cost effectively while providing unparalleled visibility to shipments anywhere. Carton level detail is provided throughout an enterprise -- from order entry to customer service and accounting.
Key product aspects include:
· Control: Server handles multiple U.S. and worldwide locations, providing management of shipment processing rules for all shipping operations around the centralized globe, while accommodating the localized operations of each site.
· Visibility: DI Server delivers package level detail from anywhere, eliminating the need for detailed receiving operations at the consignee, thus providing a competitive edge. It tells not only where a shipment is but also what is in it. It also has notification capabilities, mandatory shipment documentation and both carrier and consignee bar code label compliance.
· Flexibility: Server is tailored for each company’s specific shipment management rules at each site worldwide, thereby respecting each site’s unique operating parameters. At the same time it allows centralized control.
· Efficiency: Single software footprint allows easy updating of items such as carrier rate and service changes, as well as one single interface to each company’s ERP, WMS and other legacy systems.
“This product goes well beyond transportation carrier rating/labeling engines,” explained Michael Kurgan, CEO of ShipNow. “Its main feature is thought leadership. It is process oriented and will handle virtually any business rule a company needs to implement. This opens the door to remarkable cost savings. Our current product, DI Server 1.5 consistently achieves ROI within four to six months for our customers.
“In short, the concept of global visibility for shipping is now a reality. Our new shipping automation software can handle any carrier, anywhere, anytime. Our experience with foreign carriers such as Deutche Post, Sagawa, Chronopost and Royal Mail as well as with global companies such as UPS and FedEx has enabled us to create more effective interfaces with these carriers, which translates into more compliant shipment processing and a more compliant view of shipments worldwide.
In terms of technology, the DI Server 2.0’s multi-threaded, parallel processing architecture provides remarkable input. One Fortune 1000 customer is already processing 50,000 shipments an hour. And its judicious use of XML allows for smooth, efficient exchange of data with other systems.
DI Server 2.0 utilizes ShipNow’s Carrier Development Engine, a proven template for the rapid development of the carrier rates, label printing, paper manifest and electronic manifests. It also is designed to work smoothly with the entire enterprise chain. ShipNow has worked closely with leading enterprise applications firms including SAP, Oracle, JD Edwards, Bann and most of the WMS systems.
ShipNow, which designs and installs shipping software, helps companies efficiently ship large volumes of parcels globally, from international and domestic origins. The company specializes in global multi-site distribution from one software footprint. It also is know for its high-capacity installations. Benefits include lower shipping costs, improved customer service, increased employee productivity and better information and control for management. Clients range from Williams-Sonoma to Autodesk. ShipNow’s most recent application combines the flexibility of XML with hosted ASP (Application Service Provider) pricing and delivery. The result is a customizable shipping system that works seamlessly with a company’s logistics chain and allows it to ship according to its own business priorities. ShipNow has offices in Palo Alto and Chicago. For more information visit www.shipnow.com.