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September 30, 2019 9:30 AM, EDT

FourKites Focuses Free Service on Appointments

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Supply chain analytics company FourKites introduced a free, cloud-based service called Appointment Manager designed to help facilities, carriers and 3PLs create, manage and collaborate efficiently on appointments at pickup and receiving locations.

“Up until this point, there has been no way of escaping the pain of appointment management,” said Mathew Elenjickal, FourKites founder and CEO. “This has major downstream implications on detention, driver productivity, and warehouse and dock operations. It is high time we look beyond monetizing something as simple and basic as setting up an appointment at a location. Our hope is that an integrated system will untangle the current mess, facilitate real-time collaboration, and improve relationships between supply chain partners.”

Four Kites anticipates the adoption of Appointment Manager across its shipper network of more than 260 global Fortune 1,000 companies would unlock 2.5 million man-hours per day currently wasted on appointment management using disparate stand-alone systems at the various locations.

Launched in 2014, FourKites is now tracking more than 600,000 daily shipments, according to the Chicago-based company. — Transport Topics

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