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 News, Products & Tips

January/February 2005 

in this issue

  Business Intelligence: Mining for Value

  Register Today for CLI's User Group Meeting

  CLI Partners with ViaSafe to
Facilitate Cross-Border Transports

  Welcome New Customer: Al's Cartage

  New "Out to Lunch" Schedule Released

  Calendar of Events

Dear Ben,

Welcome to the January/February 2005 CLI newsletter. We at CLI wish you a healthy and productive new year. Turning the calendar to a new year is often a time to reflect on the past and decide to make changes for the future. While these New Year's resolutions tend to be personal, I challenge you to make some business-related resolutions as well.

For example, this year I hope you will optimize your CLI software by participating in CLI's various training and tips. Whether it's a quick read through the "Tip of the Week," participating in the "Out to Lunch" webinars, or committing to attend the User Group meeting being held March 9-11, I urge you to participate. Remember, according to Booth Research, trained users use 66% of a product's features while untrained users use only 24%. Increase productivity by participating in our various training offerings outlined in articles below.

This year I challenge business leaders to assess how well they keep their fingers on the pulse of their respective companies. We often think we know what's going on in our businesses but sometimes our information is based on dated or incorrect data. That's why I urge you to read our feature article on "Business Intelligence." This new model of business management allows you to be in control and be up-to-date on all of your numbers, keeping your top management on the same page. And lest you think only large companies can afford Business Intelligence, think again. CLI has teamed with Top Dog Solutions to create FACTSview™ - affordable Business Intelligence for your needs. FACTSview™, developed to work with Microsoft Excel, is an open approach and compatible with legacy systems. Pre-designed to have the views and analysis you need the most, FACTSview™ is the answer your Business Intelligence needs.

Also I hope that you become more active in industry events this year. These conferences and exhibitions are great places to learn, network and grow. And our continued participation in these events guarantees they will continue into the future. Please refer to our expanded Calendar of Events section for a list of upcoming programs.

Again, I wish you all the best in 2005.

Ken Weinberg
Vice President
Carrier Logistics Inc.

Business Intelligence: Mining for Value

By Noah Levine, Director, Account Management,
Top Dog Solutions, Inc.

Did you know you may be sitting on a boundless resource of information that can help guide you in running your organization? How can you harness the power of this source to truly help deliver value and "ROI?" The answer is Business Intelligence. Business Intelligence is a relatively new segment of the software industry that delivers a treasure trove of value - cost savings, increased profits and efficiency, performance management, better satisfied customers, and more.

So what is Business Intelligence? No, it's not related to corporate espionage (though it does allow you to "spy" on all of your data). Basically, Business Intelligence (BI) is a broad category of applications and technologies for gathering, storing, analyzing, and providing access to data to help companies make better business decisions.

In plain English, BI allows you to 'mine' the massive amount of data that your software systems collect and makes it available to you in an easy-to-use application. Essentially, BI allows you to mine the gold that is hidden in your data. BI empowers you to make better informed business decisions that can have a direct impact on your bottom line by giving you real time and instant access to key performance indicators. You can easily identify historical trends, manage performance by conducting time period variances, and conduct "what if" scenarios to project future plans.

Each and every company in the LTL industry has thousands if not millions of transactions flowing through their systems. These transactions make up a rich set of data that is just waiting to be mined by you. With Business Intelligence, you are free to explore your business data without having to run or develop reports, ask for information, or wait to make decisions. Business Intelligence empowers you to mine the value of your data by putting your information at your fingertips.

Top Dog Solutions has partnered with CLI to create affordable Business Intelligence for the transportation marketplace. For more information on CLI's Business Intelligence module, contact Ken Weinberg at kweinberg@carrierlogistics.com or 914-332-0300.

Register Today for CLI's User Group Meeting

Sign up by Jan. 31 and receive a $25 gift card

CLI's User Group Conference will be held on March 9-11, 2005 at the Hilton in Tarrytown, NY. This is an excellent opportunity to get up-to-speed on all aspects of CLI software components. You'll learn not only from CLI expert trainers but from your business peers as well. This program is FREE to attend and if you sign up by January 31, 2005 you'll receive an American Express gift card for $25 upon attending the program.

The meeting opens with a reception on Wednesday evening followed by structured sessions beginning Thursday morning. You'll also have opportunities to meet one-on-one with CLI trainers to get answers to your most pressing needs and questions. The program continues on Friday ending by noon so that you can either enjoy your afternoon in the New York City area or head back for your flight home.

To register, contact Kathleen Jurka at kathleen@carrierlogistics.com or call her at 914-332-0300 to let her know you want to attend and she'll e-mail or fax you a complete registration packet. Return your registration form by 11:59 pm EST on Monday, January 31 and you'll receive a $25 American Express gift card when you attend the event.

Register for the User Group Meeting to get the long-term reward of knowledge and better efficiency and do so by January 31st to get a short-term reward as well.

 

CLI Partners with ViaSafe to
Facilitate Cross-Border Transports

New International regulations that require carriers to communicate shipment data electronically to Canadian Border Service Agency (CBSA) and Customs & Border Protection (CBP) are now in effect on a voluntary basis. These regulations, which will become mandatory in 2005, are a positive step for the transportation community. By making the flow of documents electronic, the border process will speed up, the cost per shipment will be lowered, and there will be improved service levels for freight carriers as well as an increase in job satisfaction for drivers moving freight north and south of the border.

In response to demand for customs connectivity and as a proactive value-added measure to assist our clients, CLI is pleased to announce an alliance with Ottawa- based e-global logistics firm, ViaSafe Inc. ViaSafe offers connectivity services to ensure speedy north and southbound cross-border movement of freight that lowers your cost-per-shipment and meets both Canadian and US requirements for Customs Self-Assessment (CSA), Advance Commercial Information (ACI), Free and Secure Trade (FAST) and Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT).

By partnering with ViaSafe, CLI can now provide a seamless, transparent back-end solution to link our FACTS™ freight management system with US and Canadian governments, customers and customs brokers to exchange customs and trade documentation. This partnership assures our customers that CLI continues to provide services that fit real business needs.

Regardless of your company's size, all CLI customers can take advantage of this alliance either through the direct connectivity option or a stand-alone ViaSafe-based application. In any case there is no need for a major investment in software or internal system changes. For more information, contact Gary Snyder at gmsyder@sympatico.ca

 

Welcome New Customer: Al's Cartage

CLI is pleased to announce that Al's Cartage has joined its client list of premier transportation companies who have chosen the FACTS™ total freight management system. Al's Cartage Ltd. is a leading Canadian freight carrier serving Ontario.

"We're extremely pleased that Al's Cartage has chosen FACTS™ for its software solution," said Ken Weinberg, vice president, CLI. "The company was seeking a system with web functionality, wide-ranging customer service and operational capabilities and progressive business analysis tools. They found the answer to their software needs in the comprehensive and bulletproof FACTS™ system."

Al's Cartage operates from terminals in Kitchener, Chatham, Barrie, and Mississauga/Toronto, Ontario. It is a family-owned business that has grown from one truck in 1936 to a major force in Ontario transportation and a one-stop shopping center for LTL, truckload, marine, container, consolidation, distribution and contract shipping.

CLI is pleased to welcome Al's Cartage to its list of clientele.

 

New "Out to Lunch" Schedule Released

A new year is here and a new training schedule is now available. Beginning this month, "Out to Lunch" web training will now take place every other week. During the weeks when an "Out to Lunch" session isn't scheduled, you'll receive a "Tip of the Week" via e-mail. This way - whether via the web or e-mail - you'll have a chance to stay up-to-date on various components of the entire FACTS™ software package.

Following is the "Out to Lunch" schedule for January and February. These live, interactive sessions are a great way to learn with minimal disruption of your day and at a very affordable cost. You can participate over the Internet and by conference call.

Date

Topic

Jan. 14 12:00pm EST

Equipment Control

Jan. 28 12:00pm EST

Recap Errors

Feb. 11 12:00pm EST

Carrier Rates and Exceptions

Feb. 25 12:00pm EST

Route Planning

The fee for each session is $75. If you need more than one connection to the conference call, each additional connection is $30. This additional fee covers the conference call and the WebEx cost, both priced by user.

For questions or to register for any of the above sessions, please send an e-mail to training@carrierlogistics.com. Registration is required at least 24 hours in advance, as we may need to increase the number of connections required for a given session. Please supply the following when you register: Company Name, Your Name, E-mail Address, Phone Number, and Topic.

Do you have a topic that you would like covered in a future "Out to Lunch" session? Please send it to training@carrierlogistics.com.

 

Calendar of Events

Date

Program

Location

Jan. 14

"Out to Lunch" Equipment Control

At Your Desk

 

 

 

Jan. 28

"Out to Lunch" Recap Errors

At Your Desk

Jan. 30 - Feb. 2

The Distribution & LTL Carriers Association 2005 Annual Meeting

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Feb. 3 - 5

Mid-West Truck Show

Peoria, IL

Feb. 11

"Out to Lunch" Carrier Rates & Exceptions

At Your Desk

 

 

 

Feb. 15-18

2005 ATA Technology & Maintenance Council Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition

Tampa, FL

Feb. 22 - 24

Clean Heavy-Duty Vehicle Conference

La Quinta, CA

Feb. 25

"Out to Lunch" Route Planning

At Your Desk

 

 

 

March 9 - March 11

CLI User Group Meeting

Tarrytown, NY

March 31 - April 2

Mid-America Trucking Show

Louisville, KY

April 10 - April 13

TSMA 2005 Annual Conference

Orlando, FL

Oct. 15-19

2005 ATA Management Conference & Exhibition

Boston, MA

 

Quick Links

 

     email: kweinberg@carrierlogistics.com
     voice: 914-332-0300
     web: http://www.carrierlogistics.com

 

 

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