Maersk Line, a container shipping company, recently partnered with Portrix Logistic Software to integrate spot pricing into PLS’ market leading Global Price Management software solution. GPM, launched by Hamburg-headquartered PLS in 2010, is widely utilized by the freight forwarding industry. It gives users greater control and transparency over transportation rates and management, with an array of extensions available to add value.
“Maersk Spot is an interesting new offering to the market, whereby shippers and forwarders can access the very latest prices for set routes and book standalone transport 24/7 – in very much the same way as you might book an airline ticket online. The spot product, as in aviation, is a two-way committed product, and these prices are ‘live’, meaning they can change quite quickly. So, they’re very different to traditional longer term contracted product,” said Henning Voss, Co-founder and CEO at PLS.
“Up until this point a customer looking to make a booking would access Maersk Spot and then leave the tool to compare other options. As they were doing so the prices might change. However, with integration into GPM a user has everything they need at their fingertips, giving them the ability to see both real-time competitive spot rates and their contracted prices. Bookings can also be handled directly through GPM, while users can access information regarding future departures to see how prices will develop.”
“Maersk Spot was created to simplify our customers’ supply chain – with a single online transaction, which includes a loading guarantee, covering everything from quotation to a final booking, with one, fixed ‘all-in’ price. We want as many customers as possible to take an advantage of this proposition, and that’s why the integration into GPM makes perfect sense,” said Johan Sigsgaard, an executive sponsor for Spot, Maersk Line. “Together we can now give users up to the minute visibility over pricing, ensuring they can get the value their business and stakeholders demand, while we optimise capacity. In effect, this creates a one-stop-shop that all parties benefit from. GPM enjoys an excellent reputation within the logistics community and we look forward to building our relationship with PLS going forward.”
About Portrix Logistic Software
For almost two decades, Portrix Logistic Software has built best-in-class rate management applications for the largest Freight Forwarders in the world. Today we count twelve of the top twenty forwarders among our customers. Through our in-depth knowledge of the logistics industry and continuously evolving solutions, we have successfully helped our customers increase profits and productivity year-over-year. Portrix Logistic Software is a member of the portrix group, which has created and developed software for corporate customers since 2001.
About A. P. Moller-Maersk
A. P. Moller-Maersk is an integrated container logistics company working to connect and simplify its customers´ supply chains. As the global leader in shipping services, the company operates in 130 countries and employs roughly 76.000 people. Our mission is to enable and facilitate global supply chains and provide opportunities for our customers to trade globally.