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Specialty Crop Trade Council Selects Rate Explorer from Management Dynamics
Established Association Automates Ocean Service Contracts To Expand
Portfolio Of Value-Added Services And Grow Membership
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - July 27, 2004 /Send2Press Newswire/ -- Management
Dynamics, Inc., the market leader in tariff and contract management
solutions for the ocean transportation industry, today announced that
Specialty Crop Trade Council (SCTC) has selected Rate Explorer to automate
its ocean contracts and provide enhanced services to its member companies.
Delivered as an on-demand service over the Internet, member companies can
quickly access SCTC contracts, find rates, and compare available service
Rate Explorer maintains dynamic links to all of SCTC carrier's rules tariffs
to provide complete and bottom-line calculations, offering the accuracy
required by member companies to integrate these rates with their
international transportation processes.
"Rate Explorer helps us expand our service offering and provide more value
for our member companies," said Rich Novy, president and CEO of the
Specialty Crop Trade Council. "We have seen strong demand for our contract
negotiation and management services and Rate Explorer is a key element of
our plan to build our association throughout Europe and Asia."
Rate Explorer helps associations manage two critical dimensions of their
business. First, the system automates contracts to eliminate the
administrative burden of managing text-based contracts, updating
spreadsheets, and tracking changes to underlying rules tariffs. The system
also provides critical information to establish a negotiation strategy and
successfully sign contracts that best represent member needs.
Second, by providing the member companies with access to Rate Explorer, they
can more efficiently find available rates, optimize booking decisions and
improve the accuracy of their freight audit process. For the SCTC, Rate
Explorer will automate eleven service contracts and be offered as a service
to the logistics departments of eighty-six member companies.
"Rate Explorer addresses our member companies' demands for a contract
management service that provides fast access to our negotiated rates,
improves rate accuracy by taking into account all amendments and surcharges,
and simplifies service-cost decisions," said Rick Murphy, assistant
secretary of the SCTC. "Also, since Rate Explorer is available as a service
over the Internet, our member companies can access rates from anywhere in
the World to make better day-to-day decisions that improve their ocean
"Associations like the Specialty Crop Trade Council are increasingly looking
for opportunities to automate their back-office processes, get closer to
their member companies needs, and expand service offerings," said Management
Dynamics' president and chief operating officer John Preuninger. "We are
very pleased that SCTC has selected Rate Explorer to expand their portfolio
of value-added services and look forward to helping them grow their
About Specialty Crop Trade Council (SCTC)
The SCTC, formerly known as the California Dried Fruit Export Association,
was established in 1925 as a non profit organization with voluntary
membership to promote export trade of dried fruit, treenuts and kindred
products. Today SCTC membership is international and includes both merchant
and packer exporters California that export 90% of California dried fruit
and tree nut production.
About Management Dynamics, Inc.
Headquartered in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Management Dynamics is the
market leader in tariff and contract management solutions for the ocean
transportation industry. The company's flagship product, Rate Explorer(R),
is a web-based solution that automates contracts to improve operations and
reduce costs for importers, exporters, transportation intermediaries, and
With the industry's most accurate rating engine, Rate Explorer is
used to calculate accurate bottom-line charges prior to quoting or booking,
identify and eliminate invoice errors, and improve back-office productivity.
Rate Explorer is the time-proven solution with over 6,000 users processing
8,000,000 transactions per month.
For more information, please visit ManagementDynamics.com or call
Organization Website: www.ManagementDynamics.com
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