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Bahr Transportation enhances operations and visibility with Descartes Technology.

Bahr Transportation transforms operations with Descartes

April 1, 2024
The integrated solutions allow Bahr Transportation to cover more customer freight while providing visibility across the supply chain to enhance shipper and carrier relationships.

Descartes Systems Group, a logistics technology company, recently announced that Bahr Transportation, a freight brokerage specializing in perishable goods movement in the U.S. and Canada, is using the cloud-based Descartes Aljex transportation management system, together with Descartes MacroPoint real-time transportation visibility platform and automated capacity sourcing solutions. The integrated solutions allow Bahr Transportation to cover more customer freight while providing visibility across the supply chain to enhance shipper and carrier relationships.

“We specialize in refrigerated shipments of temperature-sensitive perishable goods, which means we have little margin for error because 90% of our loads are time-sensitive and 70% last-minute bookings,” said Andy Bahr, founder and president at Bahr Transportation. “We rely on the integrated Descartes solutions to streamline transportation workflows, help provide complete control and visibility for every load, and book loads faster with artificial intelligence-enhanced capacity matching. We reduced time spent tracking loads by 30-plus percent, and the end-to-end automation has helped us be more efficient, protecting margins while strengthening customer and carrier loyalty.”

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Descartes Aljex boosts operational efficiency by automating and streamlining daily freight broker activities, including order entry, lane rate comparison, covering loads, rate confirmation, carrier acceptance, dispatching, and carrier communications. It allows brokerages of all sizes to securely access freight and transportation management data from anywhere. Integration with Descartes MacroPoint provides access to real-time load tracking, reducing time-consuming communication like checking calls and emails and helping brokers forecast future needs to mitigate potential transportation risk or disruption. The solution unlocks previously trapped freight capacity using visualization, analytics, and AI to allow freight brokers to cover more loads, build stronger carrier relationships, and reduce transportation costs.

“We’re pleased that our advanced freight brokerage solutions help companies with complex and time-sensitive operations, like Bahr Transportation, optimize the movement of perishable goods,” said Dan Cicerchi, VP and general manager of transportation management at Descartes. “With supply chain disruptions, labor shortages, and economic pressures creating challenges in the transportation industry, Descartes’ integrated solutions help freight brokers operate at higher levels of efficiency, connect and collaborate with shippers and carrier partners, and scale their operations to support growth.”

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