Let’s admit it: there are certainly more enviable tasks than keeping a consolidated list of the world's real-time shipping schedules up to date. It’s laborious, time-consuming, and as soon as the information is captured on a gargantuan spreadsheet, it’s already out of date. But with Route to Market (RTM), we make this process much easier and more efficient, so your business can get on with delivering value to your customers.
The problem with using spreadsheets for data collection
Look, there’s nothing wrong with using spreadsheets. Programs like Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets let you do some amazing things in terms of organizing, updating and sharing the data you’re collecting every single day. But as spreadsheets grow larger and more complex, the line between organization and chaos blurs.
The freight business has been managed on spreadsheets for 15 years. It’s time to move into the 21st century, where the most competitive businesses are using more advanced tools to automate functions such as data collection. Besides reducing time and effort, as discussed in the blog post - The Curse of Outdated Technology - newer software tools eliminate version control issues, offer greater consistency and can deliver information in real-time.
Automate the process of choosing the best sailing schedule
RTM provides up-to-date sailing schedules for over 50 major ocean carriers, over 250,000 port pairs covering over 90 percent of the world’s container capacity. It actively searches for sailing schedules at the time you search. You receive the results on-demand and in real-time right on a dedicated tile in your Gravity dashboard.
RTM includes a search engine that enables you or your logistics provider to select any global port pair and date range and instantly see every sailing option for all carriers. You likely have contracts with several shipping lines. You can upload these details to RTM, where you can filter your search results by the quickest sailing route.
Digitize your processes for scheduling and tracking freight
Growing your business requires you to find more efficient and effective ways to manage your day-to-day operations. RTM can help you automate the manual processes you use to schedule and track freight.