Aug 7, 2020

Blue Yonder to help NFI Industries expand freight capacity

Blue Yonder
NFI Industries
Georgia Wilson
3 min
Supply Chain
In a recent announcement made by Blue Yonder, the company will partner with NFI Industries to expand its freight capacity capabilities...

NFI Industries - a leading international third party logistics provider - has partnered with Blue Yonder to harness the companies leading supply chain platforms for on the spot price quoting and freight capacity, via an integrated dynamic pricing discovery solution.

“As freight capacity tightens, the ability to find the right carrier at the right price becomes increasingly difficult,” noted Blue Yonder in a company statement.

By harnessing Blue Yonder’s dynamic pricing discovery solution, NFI Industries will benefit from real time price quotes based on market dynamics and securing the necessary freight capacity.

In addition the partnership with Blue Yonder will allow NFI Industries to reach more shippers via the Blue Yonder transportation management solution, which includes a large portfolio of customers.

“The dynamic price discovery solution can be adopted by existing Blue Yonder transportation management customers seamlessly. By synching their technologies, Blue Yonder and NFI will help increase profitability for shippers and carriers,” added Blue Yonder.

Serving a wide variety of industries, NFI Industries is dedicated to providing its customers with customised and engineered solutions that ‘propels businesses to succeed’. In addition to providing specialised non-asset logistics solutions, NFI Industries’ integrated services include: dedicated transportation, warehousing, intermodal, global logistics and real estate services. 

“Collaborating with the right technology partners has been key in elevating the customer experience we have been able to deliver and to NFI’s growth,” commented David Broering, President, Non-Asset Solutions at NFI.

“Our partnership has generated new ways for us to engage customers, enabled us to better help shippers continually improve, and established a more reliable and sustainable foundation that allows NFI to be more efficient, agile, and innovative.”

Built on Blue Yonder’s LuminateTM Platform, the dynamic price discovery solution is powered by Microsoft Azure. The Luminate Platform combines data from both internal and external sources - including shippers’ digital supply chain ecosystems - to harness both artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) capabilities, enabling smarter and more actionable business decisions.

“We’re excited to be working with NFI to help them grow their leadership position in the freight marketplace,” added Terry Norton, vice president, 3PL & Transportation, Blue Yonder. 

“The ability to obtain real-time pricing and capacity using the dynamic pricing discovery solution will allow NFI to grow its non-asset based carrier business while providing these carriers with the ability to meet their business needs to get goods where they need to be at a predictable price.”

About NFI Industries

NFI Industries is a fully integrated supply chain solutions provider, headquartered in North America. The company has been privately held by the Brown family since its founding in 1932.

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Jun 18, 2021

Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking

APTIM
Intelliwave
3 min
Intelliwave Technologies outlines how it provides data and visibility benefits for APTIM

“We’ve been engaged with the APTIM team since early 2019 providing SiteSense, our mobile construction SaaS solution, for their maintenance and construction projects, allowing them to track materials and equipment, and manage inventory.

We have been working with the APTIM team to standardize material tracking processes and procedures, ultimately with the goal of reducing the amount of time  spent looking for materials. Industry studies show that better management of materials can lead to a 16% increase in craft labour productivity.

Everyone knows construction is one of the oldest industries but it’s one of the least tech driven comparatively. About 95% of Engineering and Construction data captured goes unused, 13% of working hours are spent looking for data and around 30% of companies have applications that don’t integrate. 

With APTIM, we’re looking at early risk detection, through predictive analysis and forecasting of material constraints, integrating with the ecosystem of software platforms and reporting on real-time data with a ‘field-first’ focus – through initiatives like the Digital Foreman. The APTIM team has seen great wins in the field, utilising bar-code technology, to check in thousands of material items quickly compared to manual methods.

There are three key areas when it comes to successful Materials Management in the software sector – culture, technology, and vendor engagement.

Given the state of world affairs, access to data needs to be off site via the cloud to support remote working conditions, providing a ‘single source of truth’ accessed by many parties; the tech sector is always growing, so companies need faster and more reliable access to this cloud data; digital supply chain initiatives engage vendors a lot earlier in the process to drive collaboration and to engage with their clients, which gives more assurance as there is more emphasis on automating data capture. 

It’s been a challenging period with the pandemic, particularly for the supply chain. Look what happened in the Suez Canal – things can suddenly impact material costs and availability, and you really have to be more efficient to survive and succeed. Virtual system access can solve some issues and you need to look at data access in a wider net.

Solving problems comes down to better visibility, and proactively solving issues with vendors and enabling construction teams to execute their work. The biggest cause of delays is not being able to provide teams with what they need.

On average 2% of materials are lost or re-ordered, which only factors in the material cost, what is not captured is the duplicated effort of procurement, vendor and shipping costs, all of which have an environmental impact.

As things start to stabilise, APTIM continues to utilize SiteSense to boost efficiencies and solve productivity issues proactively. Integrating with 3D/4D modelling is just the precipice of what we can do. Access to data can help you firm up bids to win work, to make better cost estimates, and AI and ML are the next phase, providing an eco-system of tools.

A key focus for Intelliwave and APTIM is to increase the availability of data, whether it’s creating a data warehouse for visualisations or increasing integrations to provide additional value. We want to move to a more of an enterprise usage phase – up to now it’s been project based – so more people can access data in real time.

 

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