Transportation Management Software Updated from Customer Feedback and Emerging Markets

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Cerasis, Inc. Iterates the Cerasis Rater, a Web-Based TMS to Match Customer Needs and Provide Freight Solutions to New Markets

Cerasis Rater

Cerasis Rater

These are the largest features we have pushed through this year to the Cerasis Rater. One of our strengths is our in-house development and the control over the code. This allows us to be very responsive to customer requests.

Cerasis, Inc. announced today that they have released several updates in the last year to the Cerasis Rater in anticipation of the coming release of the Cerasis Rater 4.0.

The first key investment in the company’s history was in technology with the decision to always house an internal technology team solely dedicated to the improvement of the Rater and other freight technology product offerings. Cerasis has a long history of updating the Cerasis Rater, a web-based transportation management system built from the ground up, with the release of Cerasis Rater 1.0 on July 1, 1998. This first freight technology product from Cerasis offered then, and still does to this day, the technological capability to process freight shipments via small package, truckload, and less-than-truckload (LTL) with the ability to choose from multiple carriers dependent upon rates, shipment time, and limit of insurance needs. Additionally, the choice to have a web-based system rather than a costly server-side installed system drove further cost savings from implementation of the Cerasis Rater.

Since the first version of the Cerasis Rater was released, there have been two subsequent versions. Cerasis Rater 2.0 provided the ability for the Cerasis freight desk to process inbound freight shipments on behalf of Cerasis customers receiving freight from their suppliers and vendors. Cerasis Rater 3.0 saw more updates, including the switch from Classic ASP to ASP .Net to meet emerging web standards and updates to the look and feel of the system to match a bill of lading, which decreased errors and increased user experience.

Cerasis has made many changes in the last year as the technology team is working on the next major iteration, Cerasis 4.0, and they are as follows:

  •     A Hundred Weight Rating providing the ability for Cerasis shippers and future shippers to ship to and inside Canada as well as to support a new rate structure.
  •     A new version of Cerasis Connect Web Services providing greater functionality for customers who integrate the Cerasis Rater into systems such as an ERP or warehouse management system (WMS).
  •     A partnership with Magento Freight Shipping Extension developer, WebShopApps , providing the ability to offer an end-to-end LTL freight management eCommerce shipping solution.
  •     An Enhanced Emergency Response support system providing a better means for hazardous contacts for shippers on both inbound and outbound freight shipments.

“These are the largest features we have pushed through this year to the Cerasis Rater. One of our strengths is our in-house development and the control over the code. This allows us to be very responsive to customer requests,” said Jerel Byrd, Cerasis Software Development Manager. “Either several customers request new features or we see new marketplaces, like eCommerce Freight, where our technology products provide a great solution.”

Cerasis continually develops the Rater and invests in the development of its proprietary freight technology platform, always looking to improve the freight shipment and logistics processes of shippers as well as to match their technological needs. Not at the mercy of an outsourced software provider, Cerasis never passes on the costs of any change to the Cerasis Rater to their customers, nor do their customers have to wait months or even years for continued logistics process improvements or to have their needs met as updates are seamlessly pushed out to every user due to the web-based delivery of the Cerasis Rater to the end user.

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