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Features of the update include merge-in-transit functionality for more efficient cross-docking, localization to meet specific requirements of Germany and the Nordic countries, and electronic invoicing. The merge-in-transit element supports radio-frequency scanning and offers the option of using master shipping units. Goods that are produced at different plants can be combined and delivered as one complete shipment, or held back for delivery until a pre-defined minimum volume has been reached for the selected destinations. As a result, Kewill said, logistics service providers can offer their customers greater flexibility and lower delivery costs. Aiding in cross-docking is the inclusion of unit-based XML messages, enabling integration with third-party applications. Adaptations for Germany and the Nordic region include parameter changes to allow the generation of standard payment references and barcodes in the correct local format for billing documentation, and the development of specific message sets to meet local distribution network standards.
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