Descartes Systems Group has introduced a series of extensions to its Logistics Flow Control application. According to the vendor, the additions provide retailers with better coordination of supplier-managed shipments, synchronizing the commercial and logistics documentation required for accurate import-duty filings. Part of Descartes' Logistics Technology Platform, Logistics Flow Control is a retail inbound logistics-management tool based on the Microsoft platform and available in the cloud. Retailers, suppliers, carriers and brokers can use a common system to manage the logistics process from purchase order to warehouse receipt. One new module, Descartes Flow Control, manages supplier-controlled freight by providing the retailer, its suppliers and carriers with purchase-order visibility and consolidation, synchronized with the retailer's available dock-appointment times. Descartes Import Compliance facilitates the gathering of information required by importers into a single electronic data set - the shipment folder. In the process, the retailer can create an accurately rated commercial invoice ready for the broker or self-filing retailer to transmit to the customer. All data can be shared directly through Descartes' Global Logistics Network, or accessed through specific users' managed portals.
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