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Carggo - Finding the best way of delivering your goods

The logistics industry broadly adopts the latest technology to reduce inefficiencies and streamline operations. The software market for this domain grows at an unprecedented rate and is expected to be worth $2.33 billion during 2020-2024.

Several years ago the logistics industry was one of the slowest domains to embrace digital transformation. Carggo’s game-changing digital freight marketplace was among the first to pave the way for smarter freight shipping solutions. It gave 3PLs, freight forwarders, brokers, their shippers, and carriers the opportunity to avoid outdated approaches that dominated the industry for decades. Now, Carggo offers every player “a fair, reliable and scalable way to connect and do business”, as Mr Pevnzer, Co-Founder and President of Carggo LLC puts it.

Team UpsiloIT took part in the development of important modules of Carggo’s digital Logistics solution. We worked in close collaboration with the company’s core-team engineers.

Aljex

integration

$800 bln

market

WEB

applications

Carggo - Finding the best way of delivering your goods

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Challenge

Our team was tasked with the development of the two platform’s parts: PriceFinder and Dashboard.

PriceFinder was envisioned as the service for booking freight trucks. Our task was to develop the following functionalities:

  • route selectionfreight
  • weight and dimensions
  • mode of transportation
  • date and time of freight loads and delivery

Based on this data, PriceFinder could do the following:

  • generate carrier rates and offerings with best prices per shipment instantly available
  • display routes consisting of several pickup and delivery points
  • process documents and shipping contract based on the incoming data.

One of the challenges was to develop the service that would make all the metrics automatically available online. We worked closely with Carggo’s in-house specialists to address this crucial requirement.

Our next task was to create a user-friendly Dashboard for 2PL and 3PL carriers. It was supposed to visualize all the operational data in a single-page view. The team of UpsilonIT was required to develop the visual part of the service based on the design prototype provided by the client. The challenge was to define the proper way to visualize market data in the logistics industry so that stakeholders could access it from one place.

It was crucial to have an overview of the following data:

  • visualization of US map with real-time tracking of of all transport lines
  • % of on-time pickups percentage and % of on-time deliveries
  • total number of shipping detentions in hours
  • tender acceptance rate
  • overview of the US Logistics market including total number of bookings, monetary value of the market, etc.

The Dashboard was supposed to represent the market data and update it automatically. For that purpose, it was decided to integrate the Aljex service into the back-end. The service allows businesses to access and operate the statistical data on market conditions for the Logistics industry.

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Solution

The team of UpsiloIT consisted of 2 Front-end, 2 Back-end developers, 1 Quality Assurance specialist and 1 Project Manager. Our specialists were responsible for the development of Pricefinder and Dashboard and their testing.

Together with Carggo LLC specialists we decided to opt for the Agile methodology with one-week development sprints. We chose such an approach because it allowed us to get down to the development process faster and establish efficient communication.

One and a half months later it was decided to adopt a 2-week sprint model for the development process. Such an approach proved successful as it allowed us to cope with more tasks in one iteration. Besides, it removed pressure from the development team.

The development process was divided in two parts.

In the first one, our specialists were engaged in the development of PriceFinder for 5 month before it was launched in September, 2019. In the course of the development, we constantly received ongoing feedback from Carggo’s customers. Real-life data helped us to quickly adjust the development process so that it could meet user expectations.

PriceFinder release version included the following functions:

  • custom settings for generation of carrier offerings including route, truck, transportation mode, and time selection
  • module that generated rates and other carrier terms
  • module for automatic document collection
  • PriceFinder engine based on advanced algorithm that allows to price and tender loads immediately.

The second part of the project was devoted to the development of intelligent Dashboard that provided a real-time overview of US Logistics market. The service made it easy to discover live market conditions thanks to a special mode of data representation.

We used a widget approach to tackle the main challenge of the Dashboard - i.e. data visualization in a single-page view. This was the best-suited solution as it offered significant advantages:

  • the client can easily choose the type of data to be included
  • the client can customize widgets when needed (remove, add, filter, change their order, etc.)
  • the data is regularly updated thanks to seamless integration into Aljex.

Carggo Dashboard provides carriers with crucial data that makes operations more efficient. One can have easy access to:

  • routes with maximum load
  • current shipping volume in e.g. Nevada and its comparison to the previous month
  • % of on-time deliveries per each state, etc.

Result

We delivered the full scope of work on time, which was a critical requirement from our client. Together with Carggo’s specialists, we launched the products in September, 2019. Both PriceFinder and Dashboard became available for users simultaneously.

Carggo LLC started to provide advanced digital Logistics services to its customers after the launch of the two software products. The tool allowed all parties to visualize disparate market data that serves to improve and streamline Logistics operations.

UpsiloIT’s collaboration with Carggo LLC contributed to our growth as a reliable Logistics software development partner. Our company received the highest accolades from our client.

Our experience in development of advanced solutions for Logistics industry can help reach any ambitious goals of your business in the Logistics domain.

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Team UpsiloIT took part in the development of important modules of Carggo’s digital Logistics solution. We worked in close collaboration with the company’s core-team engineers.

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