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Re: LTL freight integration

by
Marcelo Bello
- 10/30/2014 21:30:52

Chris, I have a similar business and freight arrangement is something I wish Odoo could help more.
     I just don't understand the "generate Bill of Lading" part, as far as I know the BoL is something the carrier/freight forwarder must issue, not something the shipper or buyer can issue.

      To my eyes, all that is needed is a way  to generate a request for quotation and have Odoo send this request to the freight forwarders I have recorded as partners. Then the freight forwarders would access a link where they would enter the costs for their quotation and the system would help me choose a winner. The only complexity is that both the request for quotation and the input from suppliers would need to be structured enough to ensure the quality of the quotations received. For instance, a RfQ for sea freight must mention port of origin, port of destination, incoterm, IMO, LCL/FCL, weight, volume, etc... and the quotations must have origin charges, freight charges, destination charges, transit time, etc... Any piece of information missing and the process will not flow nicely.
      Such feature could be made generic enough so that it could be used for other kinds of quotations. Tracking could be treated as separate/independent module in my point of view.
       And to me particularly I do not care about the brokers, in my experience with freight forwarders, you are better off quoting with a list of 10-15 of the best freight forwarders that you build over time from previous transactions than using a broker like freightquote.com.

My 2c.

On 30 Oct 2014 22:12, "Chris Jones" <chris.jones@saasier.com> wrote:
The idea is to generate a Bill of Lading and get price quotes integrated into Delivery Orders and Incoming Shipments. 

I own a manufacturing business and frequently I need to arrange freight shipping either to my customers or from my suppliers to me. Since the shipping addresses and product details are all in OpenERP it makes sense to integrate it into OpenERP. 

On Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 4:17 PM, Gunnar Wagner <gunnar.wagner@irisgermanica.com> wrote:

hi Chris,

I don't understand in all detail what you want to do but, so if my hint is possibly beside the point a little it would be due to that.

There is a Mdoule https://www.odoo.com/apps/7.0/l10n_cn_express_track/ that deals with tracking express shipments.
It seems to be made for Chinese users (being part of the localization pack) express shippers but maybe the technoligy behind it can be useful for anyone
I think Eric Caudal who is quite active in the OCA and also this mailing list is involved in this somewhat

best ...Gunnar



On 10/31/2014 6:23 AM, Chris Jones wrote:
<blockquote cite="mid:CAK1zTiZH+pc2Q=XRm=bsQJtdpqPFcwjxPp54A09_CAON0LbcVQ@mail.gmail.com" type="cite">
Has anyone built (or would be interested in working on) a connector for LTL/Freight integration. 

The goal is to be able to generate BOLs and track shipments through LTL/Freight companies. 

Two possible options

1) Integrate with brokers like Freightquote.com, freightcenter or Red Hawk Global who have APIs and provide access to a larger number of carriers
2) Integrate directly with the carriers like saia, old dominion, yrc, etc. 



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