Horizon Logistics adds LTL shipment rating engine

Dec. 19, 2009
Horizon Logistics LLC, the third-party logistics management subsidiary of Horizon Lines Inc, has introduced a less-than-truckload (LTL) shipment rating engine for domestic US shippers.

Horizon Logistics LLC, the third-party logistics management subsidiary of Horizon Lines Inc, has introduced a less-than-truckload (LTL) shipment rating engine for domestic US shippers, adding to an existing suite of web-based logistics tools at www.horizon-logistics.com.

The new LTL rating engine is designed to ensure price consistency, effective carrier benchmarking, and competitive pricing by eliminating cost adjustments most carriers make to compensate for lane imbalances. Horizon Logistics’ LTL rating structure is configured to offer customers not only cost-effective pricing, but also multiple service options. The objective is a lower total cost of transportation for customers.

Once rates are provided, shippers can use the system to automate carrier selection, bill of lading generation, load tendering, and shipment tracking.

The secure system is highly configurable, simple to use, and accessible via the web at anytime from anywhere in the world. Horizon Logistics customers also can generate shipment reports instantly in a variety of formats including Microsoft Excel.

“Most shippers don’t have the time or the resources to figure out the complexities inherent in LTL pricing within the United States,” said Brian Taylor, president of Horizon Logistics. “They need a tool that provides a reliable, always competitive rate with visibility and control throughout the shipping process.”

Introduction of the LTL rating engine marks another phase in the development of Horizon Logistics’ transportation management system. The company implemented an international ocean shipping and purchase order management portal earlier this year. Further development is planned for 2010.

Horizon Logistics’ portfolio of services includes international ocean transportation as a non-vessel operating common carrier, air freight forwarding, intermodal transportation management, distribution, warehousing, order fulfillment, truck brokerage, and expedited delivery. The company’s logistics network includes warehouses, terminals, and offices throughout Asia, Europe, and North America.

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