Kewill, the leading provider of software for global trade and logistics, has released the latest version of its best-of-breed transportation, warehouse and freight management suite, Kewill Logistics 6.2.2. The new version of the software delivers a broad range of enhancements, including ‘merge in transit’ functionality for improved cross-docking, localisations to meet the specific requirements of Germany and the Nordic countries, and eInvoicing.
‘Merge in Transit’ functionality supports RF-scanning and offers the option of using master shipping units, enables goods which are produced at different plants to be combined and delivered as one complete shipment, or held back for delivery until a pre-defined minimum volume has been achieved for the destinations. This allows logistics service providers to offer a greater deal of flexibility in the services they offer to their customers, and minimise delivery costs. Cross-docking is further supported by the inclusion of unit-based XML messages, enabling seamless integration with third party applications.
The new version has seen a number of localisations made to reflect the specific requirements of the Nordic region and Germany, where Kewill has a growing customer base. These include parameter changes allowing the generation of standard payment references and barcodes in the correct local format for billing documentation, the development of specific message sets to meet local distribution network standards and additional shipment stages for sea freight to support the use of feeder vessels within the East Sea region.
Gerry Daalhuisen, Solution Manager, Global Trade & Logistics at Kewill, comments: "The country-specific functionality, reporting and compliance changes will streamline operations for users working within these countries, without complicating processes for those in other locations. This demonstrates Kewill’s ongoing commitment to meeting the needs of our existing and future logistics service provider customers, regardless of their current size or geographic location."
eInvoicing has also been developed and includes a self-billing facility, allowing logistics service providers to send and receive the data required for invoices and credit notes to customers and sub-contractors via XML messaging, improving accuracy, reducing payment cycles and significantly reducing processing costs.
Other improvements delivered by the new release include extended support of the UN-classifications for Dangerous Goods in the master data and documentation and the addition of a new online vendor portal for sub-contractors, enabling the easy update of shipment status and the upload of Proof of Delivery documentation.
Daalhuisen continues: "The enhancements delivered by the new version of Kewill Logistics span right across the transportation, warehouse and freight management suite, and are indicative of our continuing investment in our product roadmap. Our goal has been to deliver a functionally rich and high quality Kewill Logistics release and much of the new 6.2.2 functionality has already been extensively tested by early adopter customers."