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Dronfield, Derbyshire, United Kingdom, 2010/07/07 - Labyrinth a leading provider of logistics and supply chain consulting and Perceptant, the cloud computing integration and messaging specialists sign significant partnership agreement which aims to finally rid the logistics industry of the fax machine.
Perceptant, a pioneer of cloud computing business solutions, and Supply Chain experts Labyrinth Logistics Consulting today announced a partnership agreement to evaluate, develop and deliver a new wave of software solutions and services for the logistics industry. The move is designed to offer fast, affordable integration to all sizes of logistics provider, and sound the death knell on the fax machine which still churns out orders to be rekeyed, right across the sector.
Designed to drive new efficiencies and increased collaboration between logistics companies, their customers and sub-contractors, the partnership has already devised solutions for consolidated satellite tracking, integrated transport ordering, reverse logistics and electronic POD’s via a range of devices.
“Whilst retailers and manufacturers have built strong collaborative alliances using cloud based solutions we have yet to see smart applications filter down to hauliers and freight forwarders”, says Matthew Slinn, CEO and founder of Perceptant. “Our partnership with Labyrinth Logistics Consulting marries leading thought and business processes with pioneering software solutions designed to be cost-effectively and quickly delivered via SaaS (Software as a Service) and mobile computing”.
Datamonitor predicts the global logistics and express market will grow by 14 per cent over the next three years to some £2.6 trillion ($4tr) yet the industry is under relentless pressure to consolidate, reduce costs, decrease their carbon footprint and introduce leaner working practices and business processes.
“Improved business processes and working practices can have a dramatic and positive effect on profit margins and sustainability across the industry”, says Jo Godsmark, Director of Labyrinth Logistics Consulting. “However an increasing number of these initiatives need to be underpinned by software solutions that seamlessly integrate connected parties and provide functionality that, until our partnership with Perceptant, just wasn’t available to the full cross section of the logistics market.”
In tandem with the announcement, both companies also revealed that a number of partnership discussions with well known Transport Management System (TMS) and Warehouse Management System (WMS) vendors were advancing and that key strategic agreements with these companies would be one of two main routes to market.
"Whilst direct sales is the cornerstone of our business, it’s becoming apparent that key logistic software vendors can also drive significant value from our expertise, knowledge and complimentary software applications”, says Matthew Slinn. “Therefore, we fully expect that within 12 months, our route to market will be predominantly indirect, which is why a great deal of investment and planning has gone in to making our products appropriate to all these diverse sales channels”.
Perceptant (perceptant.com) is a leading provider of software and services that drive the integration, synchronisation and collaboration of global supply chains. Our hosted, on-demand supply chain management, B2B Integration and EDI solutions process millions of business-to-business transactions, integrate leading enterprise software applications and help seamlessly connect the demand chains of many of the World’s leading trading communities. Perceptant has its headquarters in Sheffield, Yorkshire, UK.
About Labyrinth Logistics Consulting
Labyrinth Logistics Consulting Ltd (labyrinthsolutions.com) was established in 2000 and has been a leading provider of supply chain consultancy expertise during the past ten years. With its Operational Support division specialising in working with hauliers and 3PLs and its Supply Chain division supporting manufacturers and retailer in logistics procurement and logistics strategy projects, Labyrinth is well placed to understand the requirements of the logistics industry. Labyrinth is based in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.