For decades, supply chain and logistics managers have blamed a lack of useful information for inefficiencies in their operations. The Internet has made real-time event management a reality -- and leading organizations are dramatically improving their efficiency by taking advantage of web-based software solutions. Logistics Software as a Service (known as SaaS or On-Demand) has passed the early adopters stage and logistics operators are amongst the biggest beneficiaries in this new Web-based information world. Many traditional logistics applications are now available as SaaS subscription services, including CarrierNetOnline from the author's own company. Others include routing and scheduling, warehousing, supply chain connectivity and high-tech industry procurement. All except e2open are British companies, leading the world in logistics SaaS applications. Daily supply chain operations will finally become event driven. Genuine knowledge of what is going on out there in real-time, and the ability to automatically alert affected players, means that you will be able to fix problems as they arise.
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