How the Centerboard Microservices Offering is Streamlining the Shipping and Logistics Industry

At Centerboard, our mission is to give shippers complete control over their supply chain. That is why we recently launched Centerboard Microservices, a groundbreaking solution designed for shippers and partners that want to introduce or add technology into their supply chain processes. The Microservices’ APIs are an industry-first offering, providing a new data model and technology stack.

Now for the first time, shippers have affordable access to solutions that provide visibility and control into supply chain operations without needing to operate multiple technology stacks or invest in major platforms that come with high price tags.

Our cloud-based offerings are a-la-carte, meaning partners can have a fully customizable experience. Microservices are structured as building blocks, building a back-end architecture in a modular way. This provides partners with customizable supply chain functionality, allowing them to plug and play API offerings according to their specific customer needs. The result is greater supply chain access across the board.

When a technology partner such as an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution provider partners with Centerboard, they have the ability to choose which features they want to use and select those that are most important for their customers’ business. For example, shippers only needing to access the spot market quote capability would select that specific service which would then be accessible through its existing ERP system.

Centerboard Microservices is a must-have for technology partners looking for a neutral headless transportation management solution to offer their clients. Want to learn more? Schedule a demo today.

The Future of Shipping and Logistics – What’s Next?

Leveraging past lessons, prioritizing simplicity and improving efficiency.

By Glenn Riggs, President at Centerboard Originally appeared on Industry Today

The supply chain is the backbone of the economy, and with the past year turning the shipping industry on its head, many of us are left wondering what could be next for manufacturers, carriers, retailers and consumers. What will preparation for the near future require?

As we continue to navigate a rapidly evolving global shipping landscape, now is the time to reflect on trends from the past year to gain insight into the future of the supply chain and, perhaps most importantly, how new technology can play a crucial role.

What can 2021 teach us?

The past year was unusual, with all stakeholders impacted by the perfect storm of disruption to the supply chain. Demand for transportation capacity increased, labor, trucking and warehouse space was minimal, materials were scarce, and shipping prices skyrocketed. 

What made this even more difficult was a series of global black swan events which couldn’t have been predicted or planned for, having a domino effect on world commerce. Every shipper has a unique strategy and specific resources, with varying access to drivers and monetary and technology assets. The same is true across industries. The silver lining lies in the fact that shipping and logistics technology can streamline operations and be utilized to fuel creative solutions, based on real-time data for a broad spectrum of carriers and partners. 

How do we move forward?

Comparing year-over-year is a common practice applied when planning, but 2021 was no typical year. With the holiday season behind us, we have a unique and pivotal opportunity to capture critical data to determine the strategy for 2022 and years to come. Based on history-making trends, this is a key moment to determine logistical strategies particular to each industry, using data to drive decisions. Aside from trends, changes and unforeseen events, your unique datasets will identify patterns to monitor, helping to gain comprehensive insights, some of which may have never been a factor when planning, historically.

Fundamental information such as shipment volumes, inventory turnover, warehouse procurement and more, these metrics – when analyzed and leveraged appropriately – can help you make significant business decisions. Determining what information you need and which data to track can seem daunting but will ultimately shape more holistic conclusions about managing your supply chain.

Technology is just one solution helping to improve efficiencies and sustainability for any cog in the logistics management ecosystem. By implementing a centralized system with immediate data visibility, transportation managers are better equipped to confidently make spur-of-the-moment changes regardless of ever-changing supply chain conditions. 

Additionally, it’s essential to simplify transportation management as much as possible. If we learned anything last year, it’s the need to be agile and flexible. We must prioritize simplicity and seamlessness to assist in the shipping process and arm customers with confidence. The more we can educate active decision-makers in the supply chain, the more likely they are to make impactful decisions to improve the bottom line.

Where are we going next? 

The industry should be looking ahead to provide insights on where we are headed, with a focus on system tracking, diversity in supply and sustainability. It is important to both understand lessons learned from the disruptions of 2020 and 2021 and use that knowledge to avoid future pain points. As an industry, it became clear that transportation management automation should be a focus in 2022. Specifically, how organizations can transfer manual workloads, which historically proved to be overwhelming, to cloud-based solutions that alleviate the workload and make execution seamless. While it’s understandable for companies to be hesitant to deploy new technology at a time when any changes to workflows seem extraneous, in actuality investment can mean higher expenditures in the end.

Another takeaway from last year is that capacity problems have highlighted the need to squeeze more efficiency from the trucking market. As an industry, shippers should put stock in tools that benefit the transportation capacity for contract and spot markets. Last but not least, there is an increased need for the development of real-time tracking solutions. The trucking market is still very fragmented with a wide range of tech solutions so it will be helpful to close the gap on the systems to communicate with one another to provide real-time updates.

The pains brought on by the pandemic and its associated effects have changed the shipping industry forever – we experienced this firsthand. Global supply chain woes or not, digital transformation has aided in circumnavigating potential challenges, thanks to the infusion of data captured and examined. Digital advancements have positively impacted many global industries and the shipping and logistics industry is no different so long as stakeholders across the board are willing to embrace new solutions as a way to not only keep pace with market changes but improve their bottom line.

2021 Reflection: What Centerboard is Thankful for This Holiday Season

As we look back on 2021, our team is taking the time to reflect on what we are most thankful for this holiday season.

Our Customers

We’re thankful for our customers, who trust us to deliver best-in-class solutions and work with us to achieve new heights in the shipping industry. Here are some of their kind words.

“​​​Centerboard has changed my life, I don’t know how I covered truckload before the spot quote tool. It saves me a ton of time because before I was sending out a ton of emails.”

“We like the Centerboard system … It’s been very eye-opening to see comparison rates displayed together. We like that. It’s easy to use and saves time.”

“I love the potential this brings to my sales team.”

Our Solutions

We’re thankful for our solutions which push us to forge a path with industry-first services like Centerboard Microservices, our API solutions that offer a ground-breaking approach to supply chain access.

Additionally, we are grateful to have been able to launch new features for WIN, by Centerboard earlier this year. Just a few of these include:

Advanced Shipment Notifications on all order tracking messages, helping to improve efficiency, accuracy, and flexibility.

Tracking Message on Behalf of Carriers helping to communicate shipping updates in real-time.

Our Community

We’re thankful to be a part of Danbury. Our involvement with local shelters, Girl Scouts, and Habitat for Humanity as well as helping to fight alzheimers and domestic violence has allowed us to form valuable relationships with the community. 

Our new state-of-the-art office facility here also allows us to best serve our customers and provide them with the solutions they need most. 

Our Team

Most importantly, we’re thankful forour team that’s committed to providing critical supply chain expertise and understanding what shippers need most. We strive everyday throughout the year to lead the way in transportation management technology.

Going into 2022, we are looking forward to solving critical issues facing the shipping and logistics industry. We are grateful to our customers and team for joining us along the way.

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