FourKites unveiled enhancements to its automated Appointment Manager solution to include live status updates from customers’ networks and end-to-end automation.
“Our new Appointment Manager capabilities are a harbinger of what we’ve long been building toward: a new era in automated, interconnected and collaborative global supply chains, built on a foundation of real-time supply chain visibility,” says FourKites founder and CEO Mathew Elenjickal. “Efficient facility management is critical to the logistics industry right now, and our Appointment Manager solution — in combination with Dynamic Yard and our industry-leading predictive ETAs — are enabling never-before-seen levels of productivity, agility and efficiency.”
- With these latest enhancements, shippers can specify the desired delivery date for both full truckload and less-than-truckload shipments. Appointment Manager will automatically select optimal appointment times, securely share appointment data across partner networks, and allow teams to proactively reschedule appointments based on FourKites’ industry-leading predictive ETAs.
- AutoBooker is a new premium feature that integrates with customers’ load planning platforms to intelligently select the best appointment time based on the planned delivery date, enabling completely automated scheduling and carrier notifications based on real-time data. AutoBooker is estimated to save up to 8 minutes per scheduled appointment.
- LTL Scheduling allows the scheduling of less-than-truckload (LTL) shipments, including the ability to split appointment times into smaller blocks to accommodate shorter unloading times, schedule appointment slots with shipments spread among multiple trailers, and schedule outbound shipments with multiple order numbers in a single trailer.
- Comprehensive Reporting provides granular details regarding carrier appointment compliance, facility metrics, capacity utilization, arrival success and more to better inform carrier selection and drive continuous operational improvements.