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U.S. Shippers Association Implements Rate Explorer to Expand Ocean Contract Services for its Members
Article Editor: Carly Zander
New value-added services help members utilize the portfolio of USSA contracts to improve quote
accuracy, optimize booking decisions and audit freight bills
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - October 5, 2004 /Send2Press Newswire/ -- Management Dynamics, Inc., the market
leader in quote and contract management solutions for the ocean transportation industry, today
announced the U.S. Shippers Association (USSA) has implemented Rate Explorer to automate its portfolio
of ocean contracts and provide member companies with a new set of value-added services. With Rate
Explorer, over eighty users across thirteen member companies can quickly and securely access USSA
contracted rates and services to improve their international logistics processes.
Rate Explorer provides member companies with a centralized repository of available rates and routings
under contract with the USSA. Members can quickly calculate the complete bottom-line cost of a
shipment because Rate Explorer links to the carrier's rules tariffs to ensure all applicable
surcharges, inlands and GRIs are included. USSA members can efficiently determine alternative routings
with available door to port rates as well as port to port rates that can be linked with an inland
rate. Upon this foundation, USSA value-added services help members improve the accuracy of their sales
quotations, optimize booking decisions with the side-by-side comparison of shipment options, and
efficiently audit freight bills.
"Rate Explorer helps our member companies do more with less: run a more efficient global logistics
operation while absorbing the staff cut-backs of the past few years," said John Chinn, executive
director of the USSA. "The USSA can now fully optimize the value of our contract portfolio to help
members achieve their customer service and transportation cost objectives."
Delivered as an "on-demand" service over the Internet, member companies only need a browser to
securely access Rate Explorer. For member companies that wish to link USSA contracts directly with
their order management process or automatically audit freight bills, Management Dynamics offers a
series of integration adapters.
"Leading shippers associations like the USSA are automating their contracts to further differentiate
their services, simplify back office processes and increase the value of their association by
attracting new members," said John Preuninger, president of Management Dynamics. "We welcome the USSA
and its member companies to our growing clientele of associations and affiliated shippers."
About the United States Shippers Association
The United States Shippers Association (USSA) has been in operation for eighteen years with a mission
to negotiate contracts and provide value-added services that address the global transportation needs
of its member companies. Specializing in contracts that cover the export of chemicals (hazardous and
non-hazardous) and synthetic resins, the USSA serves thirteen member companies including Air Products
and Chemicals, AMCOL International, FMC Corporation, AKZO Nobel Chemicals, BayerCrop Science, KRATON
Polymers, Solvay, Resolution Performance Products, Arch Chemicals, and Bassell USA. For more
information about the USSA, please call (610) 395-0794.
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 carriers. 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. Please visit www.managementdynamics.com or telephone (201) 935-8588 for more information.
Management Dynamics, Inc. and Rate Explorer are trademarks or registered trademarks, service marks or
registered service marks of Management Dynamics Inc. All other product and company names mentioned
herein may be trademarks of their respective holders.
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