Convoy, a nationwide digital freight network, today launched Convoy Now, a program that gives shippers, Transportation Management Solution (TMS) providers, Managed Transportation Providers (MTP) and other logistics companies access to Convoy's automated real-time pricing and capacity for both live and drop-and-hook loads. Convoy Now is a suite of application programming interfaces (APIs) and developer tools that provide access to Convoy's network of high-quality carriers. In an industry first, Convoy Now extends automated real-time pricing to a nationwide drop-and-hook marketplace, Convoy Go.
Shippers have already started using Convoy Now's automated real-time pricing through leading TMS providers like BluJay, MercuryGate, and One Network Enterprises. Customers of these providers now have access to more capacity at real-time prices. This capability is now broadly available to all TMS providers and shippers using those systems through Convoy Now.
"Shippers using One Network to manage their freight are looking to simplify their complex supply chains, so we see great value in the efficiencies that Convoy offers our customers," said Johann Van Der Westhuizen, VP Strategic Business Development from One Network. "By directly integrating Convoy's real-time pricing into our TMS, we've been able to introduce another streamlined way for our customers to find and book affordable, high-quality coverage."
For shippers who manage their freight in their own custom TMS system, Convoy Now provides a set of developer documentation and easy-to-use tools that support direct API integrations. Convoy customers like KraftHeinz have begun integrating Convoy Now APIs into their TMS, allowing them to access automated pricing so they can benefit from current market prices and guaranteed coverage.
MTPs such as DHL Supply Chain, America's leader in contract logistics, also benefit by incorporating Convoy's automated real-time pricing into their software. Shippers turn to MTPs to help reduce costs and move freight more efficiently. Integrating Convoy's real-time rate API adds a dynamic layer of supply within the routing guide to provide the MTP and their customers greater control over costs and an up-to-the-minute view of market conditions.
"At DHL Supply Chain we're focused on helping our customers maximize their supply chain value by increasing productivity, visibility and agility. We chose to partner with Convoy to help digitize our freight management because of their high-level of technical expertise and continuous efforts to use the most advanced technology to stay ahead of the market," said Jim Monkmeyer, President, Transportation, DHL Supply Chain, North America. "Through this partnership, we are able to provide our customers with improved efficiency and more predictable freight coverage at a competitive price."
Introducing automated real-time pricing to drop-and-hook, an industry first
Drop-and-hook programs like Convoy Go provide shippers with the flexibility of having both live and drop shipment options available to them. Historically, it has taken shippers hours to manually procure prices for drop-and-hook shipments because carriers and asset brokers do not have an automated process to manage large trailer pools with real-time pricing. For the first time, Convoy Now offers shippers automated real-time pricing for Convoy Go drop-and-hook shipments where Convoy has trailer pools, resulting in lower costs, faster coverage, and more efficient facility operations.
"This is another example of how Convoy is transforming trucking and improving efficiency for shippers. By opening our platform with our first set of APIs, any shipper or partner can have direct access to Convoy's network," said Ziad Ismail, Chief Product Officer at Convoy. "We have also extended our automated real-time pricing to our drop-and-hook program, Convoy Go, to allow shippers the flexibility to access drop capacity when needed. We look forward to future collaborations with our partners and customers to take this program to the next level."