Cloud-based logistics app company wins award

Cloud-based transport and warehouse management business CartonCloud has been recognised at the 2018 Queensland Telstra Business Awards, winning in the Small and Succeeding Category.
Helicopter technology provider HeliMods was the 2018 Telstra Queensland Business of the Year.
CartonCloud was originally developed to save a refrigerated transport and warehousing company from bankruptcy. After acquiring the company, Vincent Fletcher and Nic Comrie identified the key issues it faced were due to major revenue leakage from poor administration and operation costs.
As a trained software engineer, Vincent began developing a transport and warehouse management system. CartonCloud was designed specifically with automation in mind, leveraging the advantages of cloud computing for ease of access, and mobile phones for inexpensive electronic proof-of-deliveries capture.
CartonCloud is now in use by over 90 carriers and warehouses across Australia and New Zealand. CartonCloud processes over 200,000 jobs, and invoices over $10 million dollars of freight each month.
Telstra Group general counsel & group executive corporate affairs Carmel Mulhern said the winners of the 2018 Telstra Queensland Business Awards demonstrate excellence across six key judging criteria, underpinned by a commitment to innovation and technology.
“The winners of the 2018 Telstra Queensland Business Awards are shining examples of businesses doing great things in new and effective ways for their customers.
“They are genuine innovators, always on the lookout for ways to leverage technology to connect with customers, unlock new markets and take their business to the next level.

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Helping to solve transport challenges

Manhattan Associates has announced updates to its transport management system (TMS) to help users run more efficient and effective transport operations in a capacity constrained and increasingly regulated environment. The cloud-based system focuses on enriching carrier collaboration and connectivity and improving in-transit visibility, including management of temperature tracking requirements. Manhattan’s TMS 2018 also enhances driver safety and adds several user improvements.
The combination of a driver shortage, decreased timelines and increased regulations during a period of economic expansion and increased volume is stressing transport industry resources. Shippers need the ability to find dependable capacity through a multitude of sources to combat these issues. Manhattan has partnered with FreightRover, a leading digital freight marketplace, to give shippers the ability to find capacity matches for their specific freight needs. Manhattan TMS users can now utilise FreightRover’s Digital Freight Matching platform to efficiently locate and contract dependable, cost-effective alternative carriers, reduce turndown rates, track freight, and expedite payment services.
“Finding capacity is becoming increasingly difficult, forcing shippers to look outside their core carrier base to meet their freight needs,” said Gregg Lanyard, director of product management for Manhattan Associates. “Manhattan is pleased to partner with FreightRover to solve one of the industry’s growing dilemmas. By leveraging today’s shared economy, our TMS customers can quickly and easily find new carriers without compromising their standards for safety, security and service.”
Manhattan believes it has also made significant improvements to its TMS Mobile application to improve carrier collaboration, connectivity and visibility. The mobile app has been updated to include Geofencing functionality that automates and simplifies the shipment tracking process, improves driver safety and increases compliance. “Automating the tracking process with geofencing provides advanced visibility into in-transit inventory and helps improve yard and dock management, allowing facilities to better prepare for arrivals and improving the flow of product,” added Mr Lanyard.
In the wake of new regulations that force shippers to be more accountable for the safety of goods in transit, TMS 2018 also enhanced its flexible support for real-time, in-transit shipment visibility. The software now includes Temperature Tracking capabilities that offer full visibility to both planned and actual temperature readings throughout the shipment lifecycle.
Additional features in Manhattan’s TMS 2018 include:

  • Carrier Onboarding and Connectivity via SPS Commerce: Streamlines carrier onboarding and connectivity for standard EDI transactions which results in faster implementations and allows customers to focus on core competencies.
  • Enhanced Global Logistics Support: Ocean booking and invoicing usability improvements, including new user interfaces for itemised booking charges and partial invoices, as well as third-party carrier audit, match, and pay.
  • Real-time Weather: Displays live weather on planner workspace in order to help make better routing decisions.
  • Expanded Contract Management with Flex Rating: Support for complex rating structures that enable more accurate planning, execution, and payment processes.


Cloud software company wins New Zealand Post contract

Australia and New Zealand cloud software company PrimeQ has won a major contract with New Zealand Post designed to improve parcel and mail monitoring and deliveries.
PrimeQ will help the parcel service to deliver over 560 million items each year by automating its transportation and warehousing requirements through the Cloud.
PrimeQ will install, deliver and support cloud-based transport management system (TMS) and warehouse management system (WMS) software from Oracle.
“New Zealand Post will be able to monitor deliveries in real time, creating a better customer experience via the Cloud,” said Andrew McAdams, CEO, PrimeQ.
“PrimeQ’s installation of a state-of-the-art TMS will use the power of data to track the transportation of letters and parcels at every step of their journey and improve planning of bulk pick-ups and deliveries.
“PrimeQ is also consolidating and upgrading New Zealand Post’s WMS to better service e-commerce businesses seeking to outsource their warehousing and deliveries.”
Design work on New Zealand Post’s new TMS and WMS is now complete, with final configuration and pilot testing due to commence in the coming weeks.
“Our work with PrimeQ will contribute to improved parcel and mail deliveries across the country,” said Alan Court, General Manager – Transport and Logistics, New Zealand Post.
“It will also support the growth of New Zealand Post’s third-party logistics business, using the benefits of the Cloud.”
McAdams said PrimeQ would support New Zealand Post to become the first organisation in New Zealand to transfer a WMS into the Cloud.
“This is a major win for PrimeQ off the back of our rapid expansion in New Zealand and will create significant benefits for New Zealand Post,” he said.
“By replacing New Zealand Post’s legacy system with cloud-based Oracle solutions, PrimeQ can offer lower capital costs and rapid implementation times while creating greater delivery efficiencies.
“We will go live within six months, compared with 12 to 18 months for an on-premise system.
“Oracle has established a three-year SaaS subscription with New Zealand Post that includes technical support.”
PrimeQ is the only business in Australia and New Zealand to focus solely on Oracle cloud business solutions and services.

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