Software as a service has arrived in the freight forwarding market with the launch of e2cargo by Logtech Consult.
The software targets small forwarders providing the core forwarding functions of quotation, shipment and invoicing for £25 a month.
Logtech Consult was founded in June 2009 by Kathrin Riemer who has worked for a number of years as a freight forwarder in road and air-freight and also as an application consultant and support engineer, specialising in logistics IT systems.
The design philosophy is to focus on doing the key task well rather than offering lots of bells and whistles. The three main elements are:
Quotations: Enter details for quotation – even while negotiating on the phone. Add freight type – lump sum, rate, surcharge, discount – and price.
Shipment: Manage and calculate shipments. Create from quote or add new. Update road, air and sea transport details.
Invoices: One-click invoice generation for transport services. Tailored invoices with company logo and organisation details.
Additional functionality is offered through partners. E2cargo can integrate with FreeAgent, an online accounting system for small businesses.
It also integrate with e-customs, the UK web-based customs clearance system. The plan is build more such partnerships, said Kathrin Riemer.