Logistics Solutions

Hosted solutions for logistics and supply chain management provide businesses with best-in-class solutions that are scalable and cost effective. Hosted logistics solutions are modular solutions that enable businesses to implement (and pay for) only the modules which are utilized, providing businesses access to world class software solutions at a fraction of the cost of implementing a solution in house.

Key benefits of implementing a hosted solution for logistics and supply chain management include the following:

  • Compliance with often frequently changing and complex import / export regulations
  • Best practice solutions guided by a community of expert users
  • Efficiency benefits of a highly integrated solution that shares information between modules
  • Critical business continuity and disaster recovery capabilities
  • Rapid scalability at predictable costs
  • Technical and industry experts to guide implementation and ongoing utilization of the solution

Solution Description

Cascade provides a unique combination of industry and technology experts with deep experience in global logistics software implementation. The breadth and flexibility offered by hosted logistics solutions not only makes them very powerful but can also make them quite complex. Cascade consultants guide businesses through the configuration, development, testing, data migration, implementation, and post implementation phases of a typical transition to a hosted solution.

Cascade's expertise ensures customers avoid common pitfalls of software implementation projects and ensure they are successful not only from a technology perspective but also from an organizational and customer impact standpoint.

Technologies Used

Cascade is a certified WiseService Partner – certified by CargoWise to provide professional services and training for the implementation and optimization of CargoWise for logistics and supply chain management solutions. Cascade's implementation capabilities extend beyond standard implementation to include complex integration with customer EDI and other third party applications, for example:

  • Accounting systems (QuickBooks, Lawson, SAP, etc.)
  • Customer EDI (purchase orders, sales orders, bookings, status updates, invoices, etc.)
  • Customs (pre-arrival notification, declarations, clearance)
  • Customer Relationship Management (Salesforce.com, MS Dynamics, etc.)

Cascade also provides customized CargoWise reports using SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) to extend the reporting capabilities of the solution.

Success Stories

Cascade was approached by a company that had unsuccessfully attempted to implement a logistics software solution. Cascade partnered with key department leaders to define their business processes and requirements to align their business needs with the configuration of the solution. A key set of test scenarios was defined to validate the configuration, including migrating test data to also validate the data migration strategy. The test scenarios were used to refine the software configuration and ultimately were used to create training materials for end users. In addition to ensuring the software was configured correctly for this specific customer’s needs, Cascade also provided organizational and customer change management guidance to facilitate the transition and adoption of the new system.

Under Cascade's leadership, the CargoWise ediEnterprise software solution was successfully implemented on the planned “go live” date. End user training and go live planning ensured a seamless transition to the new platform.

Next Steps

If you are ready to discuss your project's needs, contact Cascade Kathy Richardson to discuss the possibilities.

Email: krichardson@consultcascade.com