There are all kinds of reasons for a company to integrate with a transportation service provider, such as UniGroup Logistics.  Did you know that quite often most of a product’s costs by the time it’s ready for sale are attributable to logistics and transportation? 

Integrating transportation is basically adding a layer for planning and reporting capabilities.  Often, this will include network planning and even modeling, what will be my costs for carriage from here through here with this load type or optimizing how shipments come back. 

Most companies who do a lot of shipping or manage freight benefit from real-time freight data and analysis.  Being able to run reports and make informed decisions based on trends, history or other variables.  It’s empowering to be able to see ways to save, model different logistics centers. 

Many companies, however, get all the information they need from a few documents.  With these they may get updates on shipments and schedule more shipments to be picked up and shipped, see their charges and other information.

The most common way to interact with transportation providers is using EDI documents.  Common EDI documents for these types of exchanges include: the 210, 204, 211, 214 as well as some others listed below.

Retail EDI can help you integrate these documents.  Whether your team would prefer to interact with the data as an API or as EDI files, we’re here to help.  We provide high touch managed services and low touch API and file integration solutions for users, OEMs, and more.  Some can be set up in just a couple of hours.

Here are some additional EDI documents you may come across when discussing transportation:

210

Motor Carrier Freight Details and Invoice

Used by motor carriers to invoice client-user e.g retailers, suppliers, manufacturers for freight-related services.

204

Motor Carrier Load Tender

Used by a shipper or a consignee to request a shipment be picked up and routed. Used for single stop routes LTL (less than truck load) or TL (truck load)

211

Motor Carrier Bill of Lading

Used by a shipper or a consignee to request shipment to be picked up and routed. Used for multiple stop routes, LTL (less than truck load)

990

Response to Load Tender

Acceptance of tender

215

Motor Carrier Pickup Manifest

Used by retailers and suppliers to communicate contents of a dropped trailer that is ready for pickup with a carrier

214

Transportation Carrier Shipment Status Message

Used in retail and grocery where the carrier provides the status of  a shipment moved by a transportation carrier

300

Reservation/Booking Request

Used by import freight forwarder/consolidators for suppliers to book space for a shipment on an ocean container

301

Confirmation

Used by import freight forwarder/consolidators to communicate acceptance of booking request to the suppliers for a shipment on an ocean container

315

Status Details (Ocean)

Used in retail and grocery where the ocean carrier provides the status of a shipment moved by an ocean liner

754

Routing Instructions

Used in retail when the retailer is managing their inbound freight from suppliers. retailers send this transaction to suppliers indicating the carrier and when the shipment will be pickup

753

Request for Routing Instructions

Used in retail when the retailer is managing their inbound freight from suppliers. suppliers send this transaction to indicate a shipment is ready for pickup and provide a window of time for the product to be available