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Trimble Partners with Next Generation Logistics to Bring Dynamic Procurement to Shippers

As the transportation industry continues to evolve, Trimble is at the forefront, developing innovative solutions and integrations that create a more connected supply chain. In a recent blog post, we shared information about our Transportation Cloud and how it’s poised to enable countless connections between solution providers in a standardized digital environment.

Today, we’re proud to announce that we’ve partnered with transportation solution provider, Next Generation Logistics, to make our Engage Lane solution available to their base of shippers through the Transportation Cloud.

A First-of-its-Kind Integration

Founded in 1988, Next Generation Logistics is a leading TMS provider whose Dynamics TMS®, managed transportation services and real-time APIs are used by hundreds of shippers. Now, Next Generation Logistics is bringing Trimble’s Engage Lane capabilities to its customers.

By connecting Next Generation Logistics’ TMS, the Engage Lane procurement solution and Trimble’s carrier TMS solutions, this integration provides a dynamic, lane-level procurement process through a streamlined workflow from start to finish: from order tendering, to bidding, to awarding freight and fulfillment.

This end-to-end integration between a shipper TMS, procurement solution and a carrier TMS is the first of its kind in the transportation industry. Next Generation Logistics’ cutting-edge transportation management solution is used by premium shippers like Cabot Creamery, Treetop, and more.

“We look forward to enhancing our shipper TMS offering with integrated Engage Lane capabilities,” said Aristides Smith, President and CEO of Next Generation Logistics. “By partnering with Trimble, we’re able to not only expand both our reach and product features available to shippers, but also help connect them to new carriers to keep freight moving.”

Mutually Beneficial Partnership

With more than 35 years of hands-on experience in supply chain technology and a broad network of shippers, Next Generation Logistics is an outstanding integration partner that complements and provides new opportunities for Trimble’s carrier network. The Engage Lane solution directly connects shippers and carriers, allowing them to establish the best way to move freight together. With Engage Lane, shippers and carriers build relationships based on their needs and priorities, and expedite contracting, onboarding and transactional processes, closing deals in days instead of months, and all parties can more effectively utilize available capacity.

The system intelligently matches shipper lanes and carrier routes based on many factors, which are scored and shared – ultimately allowing carriers to submit bids for lanes that make sense for them, while providing shippers with additional capacity that meets their needs. Both the carrier and shipper TMS’s are connected to Trimble’s Transportation Cloud to create an EDI connection, so freight tenders can happen right away, mutually benefitting both shippers looking to move goods and carriers looking to fill capacity.
“We’re thrilled to partner with Next Generation Logistics to bring Engage Lane to their customer base,” said Kelly Williams, Network Strategy product lead at Trimble. “Forward-looking partnerships like these truly help deliver on our vision for a connected, dynamic and resilient supply chain.”
This strategic partnership with Next Generation Logistics is just the first step toward increased connectivity and collaboration, enabled by the Transportation Cloud. Stay tuned for future integrations that can help drive your business forward.

Interested in partnering with us to offer your solution through a Trimble Transportation Cloud and/or Engage Lane integration? Contact us today.