Craig Huber, CIO
Today, Electronic data interchange (EDI) has been proving its business value by lowering costs, improving speed, accuracy, and business efficiency in the logistics industry. Despite its many advantages, EDI is not always used in logistics because of its high implementation costs and the incapability to evolve as fast as other web technologies like Web APIs, REST, or SOAP. “Some have started to question the value of EDI. However, we need to evolve the industry to leverage more current techniques around data transfer and modernize EDI,” says Craig Huber, CIO of CaseStack. “EDI is part of our solution that enhances the end service for our clients.” CaseStack focuses on offering collaborative retail consolidation programs, supply chain management, and integrated warehousing services, reducing costs for consumer goods companies worldwide.
According to Craig, EDI increases efficiencies, by not requiring someone to manually input and/or approve orders, receive invoices, and send payments. EDI allows CaseStack to work with the clients much faster and more accurately. “We support our clients to lower the supply chain costs and get their products to the retailer faster, cheaper, and on time,” asserts Huber. CaseStack’s collaborative business practices and technology platform aim to reduce negative environmental impact across all modes.
The company collaborates with its customers, using their expertise and strategic supply chain relationships, offering consolidation of less-than-truckload (LTL) shipments. “We enable our clients to significantly reduce their LTL shipments and lower their overall supply-chain costs,” adds Huber. “As we ship full trucks to retailers each week, we take advantage of full truckload pricing and pass that savings along to our customers.”
The other significant benefit is on-time delivery to the retailer instead of a retailer having to receive 10 + LTL trucks—one from each vendor—they receive just one.
Using the company’s advanced cloud-based technology platform, organizations can monitor the progress of any order from the time they submit it until it's delivered. With the supplier, retailer, and logistics providers, all using the same system, CaseStack streamlines order tracking, improves on-time rates, and decreases management costs.
CaseStack offers three distinct technology editions for logistics services—a transportation edition for clients, who outsource only transportation services; a logistics edition that includes warehousing; an enterprise edition for clients who integrate with their enterprise-wide systems. CaseStack also provides cloud services division with three distinct SaaS products, including on-demand business analytics that aggregates information from all the retailers or customers’ a firm has and distilling that information into actionable dashboards. Second is the transportation management system whose distinctive features reduce manual work and aids the user by giving smart and relevant suggestions based on the context. Lastly, the warehouse management system helps clients through a user-centric, object-oriented, multi-tenant platform.
The company takes pride in their highly innovative culture as they encourage their entire employee base to drive innovation from where they are working. People, partnerships, and technology are CaseStack’s key enablers, as their customers come first, and the company tries to enable the right mix of people and technology to support all the clients.
Our goal is to provide near real-time transparency, and continue to drive efficiencies for our customers EDI and
next generation data strategies
Huber states that the logistics and transportation industry is inherently challenging and there are more variables involved than one might think, when it comes to storing and moving freight. Hence, CaseStack has maintained outstanding partnerships with their warehouses and carriers, which allows the company to continually adapt new features and functionalities. “Our goal is to provide near real-time transparency, and continue to drive efficiencies for our customers’ EDI and next generation data strategies,” concludes Huber.