January 29, 2021
When you partner with a warehouse provider to manage your inventory, you are trusting your logistics partner to manage your most valuable asset, your inventory. Visibility, management and real time communication are key success factors that ensure you have optimal service from your logistics provider.
The most common communications requested from our clients who outsource their inventory control to our warehouse experts are as follows:
The accuracy and timeliness of these communications is key to a successful logistics partnership. We offer our clients several options to view these transactions and maintain accurate inventory levels in their system.
Let’s take a closer look at those communication options...
API (Application Programming Interface): Crane Worldwide's API Portal offers our clients access to their inventory and transactions in secure, flexible views. The client enters the API portal at their leisure and extracts the information they desire. Our API is a fantastic offer because it requires no development and the setup is quick and easy. Unless the client requests customization, our APIs are available at no charge to the station or the client.
EDI (Electronic Data Interchange): EDI is a transfer of electronic messaging between Crane Worldwide and our clients. These messages are triggered by an action performed and updated in the system, which sends and transfers that data to other party. EDI messages require a specific format for them to process correctly, therefore analysis, development, and testing is required in the implementation phase.
Standard Messaging: Crane Worldwide can provide an integration guide to support the development of standard messaging, which will enable our clients to develop integration methods with Crane Worldwide's portal.
Automated Messaging: Smaller clients or individual projects may not have the resources for API or EDI, therefore email notifications and reports as transactions occur are made available. Automated email notification on milestones and transactions can be made in real time.
Crane Worldwide is a global logistics provider with a global warehouse footprint from the west to east coast of the USA, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. Our contract logistics operations are growing and we work in partnership with our clients to provide optimal warehouse services throughout the world.
Our PO management system, inventory management technology and tracking system provide inventory visibility throughout your supply chain. You can check out our global locations here. Reach out for more information about our technology and warehouse services, we are here to help!