Welcome to the December edition of the Carrier Logistics newsletter,
Trucking with CLI. As we close out another solid year, we are pleased to
say that in 2007 we added to our list of satisfied clients while
continuing to protect the investment in technology of our long-time
customers with upgraded software and additional functionality. In fact, an
article below describes new functionality that we've recently added to our
CLI began the year with a complete redesign of our website
(www.carrierlogistics.com), making it easier for both customers and
prospects to find information. In April, we broke a previous record for
attendance at our Annual User Group meeting, which featured the addition
of small group labs on various components of the system. This past Fall we
held another successful Leadership Summit (open to all transportation
executives), the highlight of which was the keynote by James Welch, former
CEO of Yellow Transportation, who captivated the crowd. (Congratulations
to Glen Merkel of Davis Cartage who won the $50 gift card for filling out
the targeted post-meeting survey.) On December 12th of this year CLI
celebrated 35 years in business, a milestone we are proud of. We closed
out the year with a well-attended Webinar on "Return on Investment."
Please see the article below for a recap of the presentation.
Also in this issue you'll find an article on a new CLI offering,
FACTS-ondemand, a subscription-based version of the total freight
management system, as well as an article on the upcoming Distribution
& LTL Carriers Association meeting in February, an announcement
regarding the new ATA Technology Council, an informative Tip of the Month,
and a personnel news update.
I'd like to recognize a few customers who had big events occur this
past year. Congratulations to Bilkay's Express and its owners, the
Kortenhaus family, on celebrating 75 years in business. The Elizabeth,
NJ-based carrier has a thriving distribution and warehousing business as
well. And across the pond, CLI's largest United Kingdom customer, ANC,
officially became FedEx UK after being acquired by the transportation
giant at the end of last year. CLI will continue to support and develop
new functionality for this longtime customer.
Finally, CLI would like to sincerely thank all of our customers and
partners for helping to make 2007 a good one for us. Enjoy the holiday
season and best wishes for a happy and healthy 2008.
FACTS-ondemand Now Available
CLI, in partnership with OpSource™, the software- as-a-service (SaaS)
delivery experts, has introduced FACTS-ondemand™, a subscription version
of the popular FACTS® freight management system. FACTS-ondemand minimizes
upfront costs, making the solution available to smaller carriers.
Now entrepreneurial, growing carriers can be competitive without the
upfront cost of purchasing an IT system and hosting a server. With FACTS-
ondemand, such carriers can get a state-of-the-art IT system by
subscribing to the system at a monthly subscription cost.
FACTS-ondemand offers users the following benefits:
- Immediacy of use -- quicker than traditional IT solutions
- Access anytime, anywhere, with no integration or transaction fees
- No need for specialized IT department or infrastructure
- Developed and managed by experts 24/7
- Near 100 percent uptime assured for infrastructure and application
- Many of the same features as the purchased version of FACTS --
P&D routing and dispatching, interactive web tools, freight billing,
integrated accounting, claims, dispatch and equipment control,
auto-rating of bills, interline payables and management reporting
- Use of servers - no server hardware needed
Click here for more information
||Ken Weinberg to Lead Session at Upcoming DLTLCA
|The Annual Distribution & LTL Carriers
Association annual meeting will take place February 17 - 19 at the
Loews Coronado Bay Resort in San Diego. With its theme, Tools
for Profitability: Driving the Bottom Line, sessions will
focus on how transportation companies can reduce costs, improve
efficiencies and increase revenue. This event offers a unique
opportunity for industry executives to gather and discuss issues
while expanding their knowledge through educational sessions,
exhibits and networking.
Ken Weinberg, vice president of CLI, will lead a session
entitled, "Cross Docking: A Value-Added Service to Drive Business."
Ken will take participants through the advantages and ease of
offering cross docking to their customers and the steps necessary to
implement a cross docking solution. He'll review what every cross
docking system should have and analyze the importance of information
flow to customers and to customers' customers. This conference
session promises to be a very enlightening one that will make you
think about your business and the changes that you can make today.
For more information about the program, please click the link
Click here for program and
registration information. »
||New Web Reporting Functionality Unveiled|
|Online detailed shipment reports are now
available through the CLI Web module. It is now very simple to
quickly create customizable reports through this easy-to-use
functionality. You can select what information you would like to
include in your reports choosing from over 30 fields of data -
everything from PO number to shipper zip to on time to total charges
can be included for shipments made in a date range you choose. Once
you've made your selections, you simply click "Run Report" and the
data is immediately presented in a user-friendly format.
The reports, which can be saved, also can be sorted by each of
the fields you've chosen. At the bottom of the report is a summary
box with totals for the chosen date range. Finally every report can
be exported to Microsoft Excel for distribution or further
dissection. Detailed shipment reports - another example of CLI
technology making your job easier.
For information on acquiring this new module contact email@example.com
||New Technology Council Launched by ATA|
| The Information Technology and
Logistics Council (ITLC) held its inaugural meeting in conjunction
with the American Trucking Association's Annual Conference in
October in Orlando. The ITLC is dedicated to supporting the
interests of the trucking industry's information technology and
logistics professionals. The council is committed to educating
members, developing industry best practices and technology
guidelines and providing legislative and regulatory advocacy
The ITLC named Braxton Vick (pictured left) as its first chair.
Braxton is the senior vice president of Corporate Planning and
Development for Southeastern Freight Lines, a Lexington, SC, LTL
carrier. "Our vision is to provide a venue to discuss and learn
leading-edge solutions to solve the technical and process problems
facing the trucking and logistics industry. Our focus will be on
providing our members with information they can take back and put
into practice," said Braxton.
CLI plans on being an active member of the ITLC and encourages
both our customers and partners alike to consider becoming members.
For membership information, please click the link below.
Click for the
Council's Homepage »
||Webinar on ROI a Success|
| On December 12, numerous participants
attended a Webinar sponsored by CLI. Jeff Keller, principal, Keller
Associates, discussed how to maximize return on investment (ROI).
Noting that 40% of all IT projects fail, Jeff outlined how to
successfully manage a project to increase your ROI.
Jeff stressed that good management yields success. He revealed
his "Top Ten List to Maximize Return on Investment" which detailed
crucial components and considerations that must be made during the
implementation process. By following these steps and guidelines, you
increase your chance of a successful project implementation which
hastens a company's return on investment.
Because of the excellent response to the Webinar and to the
presentation itself, CLI will plan to hold more of these educational
programs in 2008. Look for future e-mails regarding these events.
||User Group Save the Date|
| The CLI Annual User Group Conference
will be held on April 3 and 4 at the Crowne Plaza in downtown White
Plains, NY. Attendees will learn from both CLI experts and business
peers as they share best practices.
In addition to the structured training seminars, there will be
opportunities to meet one-on-one with CLI staff, so that customers
can get answers to their most pressing needs and questions. The
program continues through noon on Friday so that participants can
either enjoy their afternoon in the New York City area or head back
for their flights home. This program will be very interactive and
attendees should be prepared to participate.
There is no fee to attend this event. Because CLI feels so
strongly that training is an important component of the successful
use of any software system, participants are invited to attend this
program FREE of charge. Attendees are responsible only for their
travel, hotel and non-program-related meals. Look for future notices
with registration forms and a detailed agenda. In the meantime, call
914-332-0300 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
with any questions.
||Tip of the Month|
|FACTSview® - Business Intelligence
Enabling New Year to Be Viewed
Data is updated in FACTSview on a nightly basis.
So, January 2nd data will be available around 1:30 AM on January
3rd. The period menu contains years, quarters, months, and the last
14 days. You can see this data by day in the menu. Also, you can see
this data by drilling to the linehaul detail.
Come January, if you can't see any 2008 months, quarters, or
years that is because you need to set up your time periods. This is
done by following these two steps:
1. Click on Set Time Period in the FACTSview Menu in the menu bar
2. Select the years you want to have in your period menu. Select
one year at a time and then click the right arrow button. Enter the
desired years. Keep in mind that the order of the years here will
control the order of the years in your period menu. When you have
added all of your years, click save.
Any questions? Contact the CLI Help Desk at email@example.com
| CLI is pleased to announce a new
addition to the company, Jay Watkins. Jay works out of Naperville,
IL, making him very accessible to our client base in the Midwest. He
has been a transportation and systems consultant for CLI since this
past spring. Jay brings broad transportation experience to the
table, having held positions at Mid-States Express, Gypsum Express,
Carter & Sons Freightways, Stott & Davis Motor Express and
TNT RedStar throughout his career. He will be working with CLI
customers to maximize their use of the system, streamlining
processes and boosting efficiencies. Welcome Jay.
It is with regret that we inform you of the passing of Julia
Gilbert, mother of Ken Weinberg, vice president, CLI. She led a
long, full life and passed away in early October at the age of 99.
Gary Snyder, Canadian sales, also lost his father recently. Gerry
Snyder, a Montreal fixture and famed sportsman, passed away at the
age of 87.
Congratulations to Herambh Tripathi, CLI programmer, who married
Veena Keshav on November 25th. The couple was wed in Allahabad,
Last, we are happy to report that Kevin Linardic, CLI senior
transportation consultant, welcomed a new addition to his family.
Liam James Linardic was born November 28. He joins Kevin, Kevin's
wife, Amy and brother and sister, Grant and Alyssa. Congratulations.
||Calendar of Events|