- Ocean Performance
- Thought Leadership
In this section you will find INTTRA and 3rd party white papers ranging in topics from technology and regulatory to business process.
The Case for Electronic Invoicing in Ocean Shipping specifically for Freight Forwarders, Exporters and NVOs
How e-Invoicing Will Change Your Business: Cut Costs, Resolve Disputes Faster and Improve Operational EfficiencyExecutive Summary: The ocean shipping industry has changed radically in recent years, and shipping professionals are focused on balancing the need for cost optimization with meeting customer demand for better service value. The recent economic recession has had at least one positive effect – forcing companies to take an intense look at their supply chains, question their previous assumptions, and drive out major inefficiencies. With so many potential ways to address these realities, operations and finance executives need to zero in on a few proven solutions and create momentum for company-wide adoption. One such initiative – electronic invoicing (e-Invoicing) – has already taken hold across several commercial and government sectors and is slowly gaining traction in ocean shipping. e-Invoicing has been proven to drive out unnecessary costs and inefficiencies so that shippers can focus their full resources on strategic priorities that tip the competitive balance in their favor. Download White Paper
10 Reasons Why e-Invoicing Should Be a Carrier CFOs’ Top Priority in 2013
How e-Invoicing Will Change Your Business: Slash Costs, Get You Paid Faster and Satisfy CustomersExecutive Summary: Four years of economic uncertainty has fundamentally and forever changed the ocean shipping industry – and has created an unforgiving environment for carriers: fuel prices remain high and volatile, supply outweighs demand, and traditional funding is scarce. This atmosphere may be the toughest test yet for carrier CFOs – profitability and survival are at stake. It shifts the focus industry-wide to cost cutting, operational efficiency and financial health. It also opens the doors to explore new and better ways of doing business with customers. One such way is with electronic invoicing (e-Invoicing) – which automates one of the last and most woefully inefficient holdouts in e-commerce. This report lays out ten reasons why e-Invoicing should be one of your top investments in 2013, although you may not need more than the first one. Download White Paper
Ocean Sailing Schedules Done Right
Industry Schedules Challenges and the INTTRA Solution
Standardization and better data quality improves planning efficiencies and increases productivityExecutive Summary: Ocean sailing schedules across the industry lack standardization and generally have poor data quality. The result for global shippers is inefficiency and a lack of effective and productive planning when using this data. Because standards don't exist and the data provided is not always accurate, the shipping industry struggles to integrate carrier schedules into its existing workflow processes and systems. Download Executive brief
A Study of the Value of E-Commerce Technology
Lifting Stock Price Returns with the Inttra Global Shipping PlatformThe proof of a technology investment is in a company’s share price.
The true test of any business technology is how much return it can provide on the investment that was required to implement it. Better still, if the benefit of the technology can be reflected in the overall performance of the company, its investment can pay dividends.
This study suggests a specific technology that automates a major component of a firm’s processes can have measurable effects on the ultimate measure of productivity…firm valuation. Download White Paper
Building a Business Case for Better Visibility
Unlocking Efficiencies Across Your Supply ChainExecutive Summary: If you are a shipping or forwarding executive, you are constantly seeking new opportunities to reduce supply chain costs and get shipments from one place to another as consistently and reliably as possible - without compromising your quality of service. As you probably know, many of today’s customers place a higher priority on the dependability of their shipments than on the cost of shipping itself. The solution: enhanced visibility for global shipments. This can help both importers and exporters unlock efficiencies in their supply chain while satisfying customer expectations. Download White Paper
The Check Is in the Mail
American Shipper's Transportation Invoice Processing & Payment StudyExecutive Summary:American Shipper, in partnership with the National Industrial Transportation League, the Retail Industry Leaders Association, and the Transportation Intermediaries Association, has success-fully benchmarked more than 250 payers and payees on their transportation invoice processing and payment practices and systems. In the context of this study payers are shippers and intermediaries who pay for transportation services. Payees (also known as billers) are carriers or intermediaries who collect money for their services. The 40-question survey covers all modes of international and domestic freight transportation. Download White Paper
World Class TechnologyExecutive Summary: As the leading ocean industry portal, INTTRA is designed and operated to deliver a neutral, secure, and reliable platform to perform critical business transactions between shipping partners. With INTTRA eInvoice, both carriers and their customers will gain access to robust functionality and automated processes for reviewing, disputing, approving, paying and reconciling payments to invoices. INTTRA eInvoice, developed exclusively for the ocean freight industry, is based on the proven technology of Deutche Bank's eBills electronic invoice presentment and payment platform and is delivered as a Software as a Service (SaaS) to minimize the impact on clients' IT resources. INTTRA eInvoice, like all INTTRA's SaaS products, are hosted in a premium data center based on world-class industry standards and operated by a global team 24x7x365. Download White Paper
Making Dollars and Sense
American Shipper's 2013 Transportation Benchmark StudyExecutive Summary: American Shipper, in partnership with the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) and the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), has benchmarked more than 250 payers (shippers and third party logistics providers) and payees (3PLs and carriers) on their domestic and international transportation invoice and payment practices for all modes. Sponsored in part by INTTRA, this report is the final in a series that explores the lifecycle of freight transportation spending. Download White Paper