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INTTRA, the multi-carrier e-commerce network for ocean shipping, will collaborate with GS1 US, an information standards organization, to develop and implement containerized shipping data exchange guidelines for supply chain and logistics professionals globally. With this, INTTRA has joined the GS1 US Logistics Workgroup, and together, the organizations and workgroup will produce best practices documentation for how container event tracking data is delivered and managed in the supply chain. This paves the way for a standardized approach to delivering accessible and consistent information—along with a more efficient shipping process—for international trade.
This collaboration brings together INTTRA’s global e-marketplace of carriers, freight forwarders and shippers with the expertise of GS1 US in helping industries develop standards, create advocacy and advance implementation. The GS1 System consists of the most widely used supply chain standards in the world. These updated shipping guidelines will address the inefficiencies and lack of supply chain shipment visibility caused by numerous data sources that are tracked in multiple formats, including manually—causing delays for shippers, freight forwarders and carriers around the world.
A common e-shipping standard provides a roadmap for improving supply chain productivity through automated processes, a consistent set of container delivery events, and targets for data timeliness.
The collaboration is part of INTTRA’s vision to deliver supply chain shipment visibility to shippers of all sizes through INTTRA’s new cloud-based solution (available in Q2 2014) offering access to shipment information. Improving data quality is a critical component of the solution, which will be delivered to the world’s largest network of companies involved in global trade. INTTRA has also created a data quality program in conjunction with its carrier network for access to and analysis of information.
According to an Aberdeen Group survey of 149 companies with global supply chains:
• 63 percent of respondents rate supply chain visibility (SCV) as a high priority for improvement.
• 45 percent said the key driver for improving visibility is to address operational pressures of growing global operations and complexity.