Technology firm Project44 has launched an application program interface designed to help less-than-truckload carriers better manage transit-time information.
With the Transit Time API enabled, LTL carriers can revise their transit-time data on their own schedules and transmit that information directly to potential customers via Project44.
The offering expands the Chicago-based technology company’s portfolio of Web-service APIs that connect carriers with shippers and third-party logistics firms. Other APIs are designed to make it easier to manage LTL contracts, request rate quotes, automate dispatch requests, track shipments and retrieve images.
Project44 President Tommy Barnes said Transit Time API gives LTL carriers more flexibility to share updated information.
“As those carriers supply transit times that reflect live conditions, our shipper and 3PL customers will have increased visibility and confidence in the carrier selection process, reducing unexpected freight costs while enabling a more flexible supply chain,” he said.
Project44 said its technology reduces transactional and administrative work, thus allowing LTL carriers to spend time on more productive activities such as adjusting transit times to reflect network and environmental conditions.
Transit Time API will be provided for free to any shipper or 3PL that signs up for the service by Dec. 31, according to the company.
Project44 said its APIs integrate with transportation management systems and can replace electronic data interchange to provide real-time freight management.