EBE Technologies, a provider of business process management solutions for the transportation industry, announced the release of Carrier CSI, a comprehensive carrier qualification and safety solution. Through integrated workflows, contract creation and interfaces with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and other safety and financial websites, the process of qualifying and managing the required paperwork and information necessary to do business is streamlined – improving accuracy and reducing time spent qualifying and contracting carriers, the company says.
With Carrier CSI, carriers fill out a qualification Web form located on the logistics company’s website. Through dynamic interfaces with Web portals such as FMCSA and Dun & Bradstreet, CSI gathers qualification data and incorporates the information into an overall carrier qualification score. As the qualification form is completed, the overall carrier qualification score is determined from data such as lanes serviced, equipment type, safety and financial scores. Qualification standards are configurable to the logistics companies’ specific categories of measurement.
Once the carrier is processed through the qualification workflow, the carrier is classified by qualification score. For positively ranked carriers, CSI creates a carrier contract and prepopulates static data – such as carrier name, address and contact information – that was gathered during the application process or contained in the FMCSA database. CSI also creates and prepopulates carrier packets and the associated paperwork. Barcodes are created to identify the paperwork and provides an automatic index function. A carrier code cannot be created until all required paperwork is inventoried in workflow. Disqualified carriers are sent a rejection letter automatically via fax or e-mail, depending on their preferred contact method.
“Carrier CSI was developed to fill a void for logistics companies and carriers providing logistics services,” says Larry Kerr, president of EBE Technologies. “Its ability to create, monitor, retrieve, analyze and take action on relevant carrier information offers logistics providers an extra layer of confidence when on-boarding and managing carriers.”
Carrier CSI’s integration capabilities to most logistics and carrier dispatch systems allows it to pass the carrier packet, including data and access to documents, to these systems, eliminating the need to rekey data. The system also will monitor carriers in the dispatch system on a predetermined timeframe for requalification and carrier status updates, EBE says.