Marco Boos, President and Mark Scott CTO
COVID-19 devastated lives and businesses across the world. And the logistics companies, too, were brought down to their knees. During the peak of the pandemic, the global freight movement stopped, literally. Many carriers shut their doors on the face of shippers due to highly restricted freight movement. Companies that depended on one or two carriers for procuring materials and logistics services found their hands tied. Evidently, the legacy ‘all eggs in one logistics provider basket’ model they followed proved insufficient in the crisis. As workers in the logistics industry continue to work from home, there are several challenges: limited access to the traditional logistics systems, lack of collaboration between different departments at the office, and inefficient communication with partners (carriers and other freight forwarding service providers). The need of the hour is an agile technology to maintain the f low of freight to destination in a frictionless manner despite any disruptions.
Enter e2log—an innovative logistics technology solution provider. e2log’s cloud-based logistics management system enables companies to carry out their end-to-end logistics operations digitally while their employees and the employees of their service partners continue to work from home or anywhere in the world. Using the system, shippers no longer need to log in to different transactional systems to plan, execute, track, receive and audit freight invoices or use phone, fax, email, or other modes.
Traditional Transportation Management Systems (TMS) take a narrow approach to data integration, process visibility, and transparency. Moreover, they handle only certain types of freight under certain circumstances. Contrastingly, e2log takes a holistic approach to eliminate manual processes and replaces multiple systems with one platform for end-to-end process execution, for all types of shipments, both domestic and international. “Like Amazon, we offer a single platform for planning, executing and tracking freight movement, delivering visibility and control every step of the process,” says Marco Boos, President of e2log. A communication hub built into the system allows all the stakeholders to connect with every party in a logistics transaction, exchange documents, messages, and create a compliance audit history of the transaction. Also, e2log manages change orders and invoicing processes for shippers to get full visibility into the cost.
At the heart of the e2log system’s value proposition is its data integration capability that connects different stakeholders working at different levels in the supply chain process.
Like Amazon, we offer a single platform for planning, executing and tracking freight movement, delivering visibility of every step of the process
What’s more, shippers can choose the logistics provider of choice and build their preferred network within e2log’s ecosystem. They can also turn high-level complexity into simple steps to ship the products to anywhere in the world. Besides, they can use the e2log system to manage their own set of providers in unique ways. “For example, they can break the shipment down to the smallest leg of the journey and optimize the door to door freight movement with the best logistics providers without any vendor lock-in. This was never possible before,” says Adolph Colaco, CEO of e2log.
Solving Fundamental Problems
Unlike the traditional TMS that solves only a fraction of the industry problems, e2log tackles the foundational challenges related to correlating material procurement and logistics execution. Mark Scott, CTO of the company, explains, “When the materials are ready to move out of our Shipper’s sites, e2log creates a global multi-modal logistics network that connects with the up-front supply chain.” So once shippers have procured the material, they can proactively get started with their logistics processes. The company employs a lightweight digital twinning process that captures data from various data sources to get visibility into the supply chain.
Accurate visibility into end-to-end lead times can help companies move away from the manufacture to stock paradigm, which is prone to unnecessary cost and inventory overload. With e2log, companies can redefine planning and adopt manufacture to order. The reason: firms no longer need to worry about how long it will take to get material from the supplier and instil them in the manufacturing process. Improved strategies due to automated tracking of orders and inventory throughout the lifecycle improve the overall business outcomes.
Technology Integration in the Client Environment
e2log follows a consultative client engagement strategy where it first understands their business and pain points and maps their existing processes. The company develops standard operating procedures in collaboration with the shippers’ teams. It also provides recommendations on how the technology can be deployed in their existing business model to alleviate their concerns. During implementation, e2log rolls out the technology in their business in a phased manner. However, unlike its competitors, who take up to several months, sometimes year(s) to complete implementation, e2log completes the same in 4-6 weeks. Our shippers have come to appreciate the speed at which we make their systems transactional. “We integrated the 2log system with 19 logistics providers that moved our cargo and did so in as little as 15 days,” says the Logistics Head of a major chemical distributor.
In a case study, e2log helped a large company with 1,000 users implement its technology in more than 70 countries in less than 90 days.