April 24, 2017

FourKites adds extended freight tracking tools to JDA's TMS platform

SMC3 teams with FourKites to provide visibility over truckload, less-than-truckload (LTL), rail, parcel and, soon, ocean.

By DC Velocity Staff

Logistics technology provider FourKites Inc. said today it has extended the integration of its real-time tracking tools with JDA Software Group Inc.'s transportation management system (TMS), teaming with SMC3 Inc. to support greater supply chain visibility and orchestration.

JDA customers will now receive a more robust transportation solution that addresses all loads and supports carrier connectivity, efficient on-boarding, and real-time access to a view of the entire the supply chain, FourKites said.

The move deepens the partnership between JDA and FourKites, first announced in 2016, when JDA said it was adding real-time visibility and predictive analytics to its TMS platform through deals with technology providers FourKites, Inttra Inc., and TransVoyant LLC.

JDA also added to its load-tracking tools when it announced last week it would integrate MacroPoint software into its TMS, giving JDA users access to MacroPoint's tools for managing and tracking their end-to-end shipments by compiling data from cell phones, in-cab ELD/GPS devices, or trailer and container tracking systems.

The latest integration adds to that trend by providing visibility over truckload, less-than-truckload (LTL), rail, parcel and—starting in September—ocean. FourKites will generate the LTL tracking data by joining forces with freight-pricing software firm SMC3, using its application programming interface (API) technology to create a single integration point for all LTL carriers, providing granular visibility of information across all legs of the shipment, FourKites said.

"We strive to make the customer journey as seamless as possible and believe visibility and orchestration are key components of that," Fabrizio Brasca, vice president, solution strategy, intelligent fulfillment at JDA, said in a release. "Utilizing FourKites' ability to provide real-time, continuous location tracking, predictive analytics, interactive mapping, and other features will allow JDA to continue to deliver unmatched transportation planning and execution capabilities for our customers."

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