Thursday, June 8, 2017

New Ocean Freight Tracking Software to Reinforce Supply Chain Options

Customers Can Get Constant Updates on their Shipping
Shipping News Feature
WORLDWIDE – DHL Global Forwarding has launched Ocean View, a new online platform that allows shippers to track their ocean freight shipments with the intention of improving their end-to-end supply chain planning. DHL claims that Ocean View consolidates information from the company's Transportation Management System, the ocean carrier and the vessel itself for near real-time visibility of the ocean transport. It also provides a forecast on future milestones as well as a notification feature in case of route changes or delays. The system does not need any devices to be installed on the container, which DHL says makes it a very simple solution to implement. Andreas Boedeker, Global Head of Ocean Freight at DHL Global Forwarding, said:

"A survey recently conducted by our Global Forwarding team confirmed again that low visibility and transparency is a major issue for customers using door-to-door ocean transport. With Ocean View we created a user-friendly application increasing visibility and thereby improving the control of the overall supply chain for our customers.”

Ocean View provides end-to-end near real-time shipment status including hourly updates on the shipment's location at sea. Its user interface gives an iconized overview of all shipments and milestones with the option of viewing detailed shipment milestones during transit and is capable of activating a preference based alert function. Additionally the tool is able to forecast the freights journey enabling proactive solutions and scheduling. This way, changes in arrival times become visible beforehand, which supports the overall planning of end-to-end supply chains and ultimately reduces costs.

The new system is a web based application, avoiding any need for local software installation or intensive staff training. It can also be combined with DHL Ocean Secure, where security devices are fitted to containers that can monitor temperature, humidity, shock or lighting as required. The platform is available to all DHL Global Forwarding customers.