Becomes first freight forwarder to implement a distribution management system
Drive India Enterprise Solutions (DIESL), the pioneer in technology aided logistics, went live with the first phase implementation of the path breaking Rs100-crore technology upgrade plan. DIESL, which roped in Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) for the largest technology spend in the logistics sector by a private sector company, went live with the import-export management software module for its international logistics solutions (ILS) division. The software christened Connect International was rolled out in Mumbai last week. The software will be replicated in Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore and all new offices by August 15, 2010. This implementation makes them the first freight forwarder to implement a distribution management tool, which was earlier used only by major shipping lines. The technology upgrade will be the backbone for all service offerings by DIESL to their clients as it can be seamlessly integrated into client systems as well as provide technology upgrade to clients with limited technology capabilities.
The software can manage the data of 30,000 pin codes covering 7,000 towns mapped on the system as a master for locations data-enabling operations, accurate source destination, right contracts with locations, etc. The software is capable of remote access via web and includes features like sales projection management, online quote management, shipment life cycle visibility, sales performance management, credit management, business performance for lanes and volume, and billing and vendor management system. The software can also generate documents like HBL, freight and cargo manifest, cargo arrival notice, etc and auto email alerts to aid customers to update themselves on shipment status. Connect International is completely integrated with the existing SAP systems and can schedule auto MIS to clients.
Connect International is offered as an integrated tool with Connect (DIESL’s transport management system — which was launched last month) and WiMac (DIESL’s warehouse inventory management accurator). WiMac which is being tested currently will be formally launched later this month.