An apparel manufacturer had 40 Asian suppliers, some using EDI, some XML, some fax, and some nothing--but they needed origin fulfilment confirmations from all. A producer of athletic equipment needed web based delivery confirmations available to their customer service offices in 18 global locations. A retailer needed inventory visibility and inbound supply information interfaced into their ERP system…. these are the typical technology challenges OIA solves for clients when developing global supply chain solutions. These cornerstones drive our technology services:
- Fast and simple implementation
- Create actionable information
- Ensure flexible delivery
- Enable global visibility
OIA’s suite of services across the entire supply chain and the information support is critical to your success. Our goal is to deliver high value, consistent service and quality information. For that reason, we’ve made it a key strength to leverage state of the art technology that ensures productivity, easy implementations, and low cost. Information is a “strategic and tactical tool.” Whether you need to answer a customer’s question about delivery of a particular shipment or evaluate vendor compliance over a one-year period, OIA’s technology platform with its global reach will simplify your supply chain communications. Our foundation is efficient operations systems that are supplemented with controlled data and analytic tools, allowing us to provide quality focus on customer solutions. Because we recognize the importance of systems integration, we‘ve made interface technologies, such as EDI, and delivering integration solutions a core competency throughout our technology environment.
The foundations of the OIA technology program:
- Flat File Transfer
- Systems Integration
Operating Systems & Visibility
- Standard Delivery Reports
- Customized Milestone Reports
- Payments and Receipts
- Global Warehouse Management System (WMS)
- Customer Portal
- Landed Costs
- Order Management
Compliance & Documentation
- Importer Security Filings (ISF)
- Automated Manifest (AMS)
- Customs Entry Visibility
- Electronic Claims Forms
- Consent to Screen
For Freight Forwarding, we operate a single global transactional system that is used by all OIA branches. This system integrates with carriers, agents, and other key partners worldwide to provide a single source of information including shipment and real time tracking. Importer Security Filings (ISF), Automated Manifests (AMS), booking and order entry is done online as well. Using this worldwide system we can provide full order management integration, proactive exception management with email alerts, XML and EDI message integration to all critical parties. We also have a comprehensive tracking and reporting system called Web Tracker enabling you to know the status of your freight, and have extensive and flexible reporting and document visibility.
We operate a common Warehouse Management System (WMS) on a single, global platform for our warehousing, distribution and fulfilment customers. Included is a suite of standard integration messages between our WMS and customer ERP systems delivering visibility, exception management, and reporting. We have extensive experience with multiple WMS systems, and can use an alternate WMS should you prefer it.
Packaging & Materials
OIA provides a B2B online order fulfilment portal for clients to make the order process easy. We've developed order management and release processes to initiate a specific order, packaging design software to create the product's look and feel, XML and EDI message integration with customers to maintain informational integrity and, finally, logistics integration with landed cost functionality so clients are provided a single source to final delivery while keeping costs down. We also use multiple technologies to support optimization analysis and to ensure high quality assurance such as materials measurement and color management.