Inbound Logistics | September 2022

Savings In the Ba

“Shippers are not just looking for traditional freight bill organizations,” Brown says. Instead, they’re looking for more advanced services, and particularly business intelligence that can help them manage increasingly complex supply chains, she adds. As CTSI-Global continues to invest in the advanced services and intelligence that shippers need to build their businesses, it’s also growing as a company. “Customers are looking to us to support them in the United States and globally,” Brown says.

Fortigo guarantees the accuracy of its freight audit process. It’s an industry-first feature that our customers love. –George Kontoravdis President Fortigo

“Additionally, we can pay any carrier, with any currency, in any location,” Kontoravdis says. It’s also able to tailor the freight audit process and turnaround time to customer requirements. One-STop TMS Along with its freight audit and payment solution, Fortigo offers a one-stop transportation management system (TMS) that can handle any type of shipment. “This allows for the closed- loop system that empowers Fortigo to identify compliance anomalies with vendors, saving money and time for our customers,” Kontoravdis says. In May 2022, Fortigo’s integration with the Uber Freight platform went live. This allows Fortigo clients to continue viewing contracted rates within their established carrier network, while also viewing Uber Freight’s real-time dynamic pricing inside the Fortigo TMS. As a result, they can maximize freight savings. Fortigo continues to expand its offerings to adapt to the changing logistics environment. Over the past year or so, it has added more than 85 new features, such as integrations with airline cargo systems, to its solution. First-year savings for customers

switching from manual processes to Fortigo’s solution generally range from 7 to 10% for freight audit, Kontoravdis says. Established customers typically see annual savings of about 1 to 4%, with the exact rate depending on the volume of shipping and complexity of their transportation network. From its start 20 years ago, Fortigo has focused on growing organically and by always ensuring it could meet its customers’ needs. Fortigo works with several of the top airlines. When the pandemic hit and governments around the world issued stay-at-home orders, airlines were forced to quickly respond to diminished demand in all aspects of the business. “Time-sensitive execution strategy changes were urgently needed,” Kontoravdis says. Fortigo’s streamlined, all-in-one software-as-a-service (SaaS) delivery model allowed its airline clients to rework and re-optimize their supported supply chain channels overnight and make necessary changes hourly. This empowered front-line workers to continue executing, based on updated company strategy, ensuring hard-dollar savings.

FORTIGO: Maximizing Freight Savings for Shippers

When FedEx recently introduced an FBAP certication program, it named Fortigo one of six FBAP providers globally to be certied for both parcel and less-than-truckload freight. “This is a recognition of our capabilities in terms of accuracy, automation, and our willingness to provide win-win solutions,” says George Kontoravdis, president of Fortigo. The certicate also recognizes Fortigo’s emphasis on cybersecurity and its ability to protect condential data, like shipping patterns, contract agreements, and commodity descriptions. Fortigo, which celebrated 20 years in business in 2021, guarantees the accuracy of its freight audit process. “It’s an industry-rst feature that our customers love,” Kontoravdis says. Because Fortigo’s platform is geography agnostic, it can manage freight bills across all regions of the world and from any mode of transportation.

INTELLIGENT AUDIT: Optimizing Shipping Networks and Modes

With our technology and team, we help shippers leverage data to enable them to be smarter shippers. –Hannah Testani CEO Intelligent Audit

As supply chain disruptions increased over the past few years, many companies started to try to manufacture and source from vendors in more countries, in their efforts to diversify and lower their sourcing risk. These shifts have also prompted many companies to engage

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