Logistics software provider FourKites Inc. will integrate its real-time tracking and shipping visibility tool with transportation management system (TMS) software from BluJay Solutions under the terms of a partnership announced Tuesday. Supply chain execution software vendor BluJay is the firm founded from the combination of Kewill Inc. and LeanLogistics Inc. after the former rivals merged in 2016. BluJay has now launched a supply chain automation platform called the Global Trade Network that creates a single point of access to the services of carriers, shippers, forwarders, suppliers, and logistics service providers (LSPs), the company says.
Bringing together BluJay's TMS with FourKites' real-time freight visibility and orchestration platform can deliver reduced wait times, fewer stock-outs, and faster inventory turns, the companies say.
"Our clients are always looking for cost-effective visibility of their freight in transit," BluJay Solutions' Chief Commercial Officer Dan Vertachnik said in a release. "With the help of FourKites, we're able to rapidly deliver a comprehensive solution. FourKites' ability to track shipments across multiple modes, including truckload, LTL, parcel, rail, and intermodal, enhances the value to our customers with greater visibility and exception management for all loads and shipments."
FourKites has been growing quickly in recent weeks, announcing in April that it had extended its integration with JDA Software Group Inc.'s TMS solution in a partnership with SMC3 Inc. to support greater supply chain visibility and orchestration.
FourKites, with headquarters in Manchester, U.K., and a U.S. office in Chelmsford, Mass., is a member of the contentious and fast-growing sector of supply chain software vendors offering real-time freight tracking capabilities, alongside firms like 10-4 Systems Inc. and MacroPoint LLC.