Vector.ai’s Enhanced Arrival Notices Product Responds to Federal Maritime Commission’s Call for Data Visibility
In response to highly turbulent sailing schedules, rising detention and demurrage charges, and calls from the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) for increased data visibility within the industry, Vector.ai has announced today a significant upgrade to its arrival notification offering. Vector.ai’s product line will now provide unparalleled automated workflows to help import freight forwarders seamlessly manage inbound arrival notices, from first receipt to final review.
Arrival notices take up hours of a freight forwarder’s time as their operations teams monitor email inboxes, reacting to multiple versions of a notice per shipment. The reality is that many freight forwarders struggle to keep up with the volume of updates, resulting in missing information, inaccurate estimated arrival times, and difficulty coordinating timely with inbound drayage providers. of goods, often resulting in costly demurrage penalties due to port storage or late pick-up.
“Updating our arrival notification tool results in significant time savings and accurate ETAs in real time, keeping freight moving on time and without penalty, while keeping shippers informed,” said James Coombes, co-founder and CEO. , Vector.ai. “By automating the processing of arrival notices, freight forwarders can be sure to capture critical data seamlessly.”
On August 13, the Federal Maritime Commission announced that it was considering invoking its newly granted emergency powers under the 2022 reform of the Shipping Act to require data sharing between terminals, truckers, carriers and other parts of the shipping industry.
“Arrival Notices allow freight forwarders to provide the kind of visibility that shippers want and that FMC seeks from the supply chain technology industry,” Coombes continued.
The new version of Vector.ai arrival notifications will provide unprecedented end-to-end automation for a traditionally time-consuming process. The solution will offer freight forwarders an intelligent comparison of inbound shipment information against existing data, flag changes to shipment status, and push updates into the TMS. Exception-driven workflows guide operators’ attention to priority jobs and the smart assignment feature directs arrival notices to the right team, person and shipment, keeping operators focused on the job. laser.
“By automating what were once complex data tasks, our team can hand off the workload to competent AI and channel their energy into adding additional value to our customers, while meeting the company’s business goals” added Adam Hill, President and CEO. Director of Operations, Scarbrough Group.
“As the era of disruption continues to demand more from all links in the global supply chain, freight forwarders must be armed with the tools to meet these challenges head-on,” Coombes added. “By simplifying and automating complex data transmissions, such as those performed around arrival notifications, we offer freight forwarders the ability to boost their team’s productivity and combat delays.”