- Not Data-base dependant
- Single Station version
- LAN (Multi-Station)
- WAN " Thin Client" multi-Location
Perpetual Imagine License
- Upgrades and enhancements included in maintenance agreement
o Training and implementation costs may apply.
- No obligation to use Imagine hardware (req. specs. will be provided)
Multiple company capable "same station"
- Printing labels configurable by customer
- Rating (merged, separate or different rate bands)
- Prepaid, Prepaid non-rated, Collect and Third party
Automatic rate Shopping
- Includes cube, services, and options for all carriers and taxes
- Live consolidation on-the-fly
Pack and Hold
- Pre-process orders for future release
- Labels, BOL's, Manifests,
Tracing of all shipments
- View on screen or Print
- Carrier specific
- Activity and shipping
- For all rated carriers
Service on-line via Modem
- Customer connection required
- Multiple Cost Centres
- Customer configurable non-rated carriers
- Inquiries search engine
- Automatic shipping (scanning)
- User friendly Add/Delete/Modify customer file
- Tab screen modification by the customer
- Create unique Idoc automatically for special shipments
- Approval box for reporting non routine shipments
- Enter or download shipment value for accruals
- Records # pieces/ skids and bundles individually
- Capability to produce only the # of labels required for LTL shipments
without affecting the BOL data
- Pop up window to calculate cube if not known
- Standard cubed boxes for selection
- Long goods description box
- Long special instructions box
- Long customer PO box
- Rate shopped results screen with details per carrier (Tariff, surcharges,
options, handling charges, and taxes all separately detailed on the screen)
- Customer can activate or disable carrier at will
- Interfaces to electronic scales with RS-232.
- Interfaces to scanners and most printers, Dot Matrix, Thermal or Laser.
- MULTIPLE DOCUMENTS entries for the same shipment for tracing purposes.
- RECORDS CUST.P.O.# and prints it on the label and BOL.
- Not cheapest used reference vs chosen carrier
- And more,,, Imagine is constantly looking to improve the standard features
and when a customer gives us a good idea we usually implement in the next
version and the enhancement update will be FREE for all customer's that
have the maintenance agreement.
complete warehouse transportation management software that provides efficient,
accurate, and timely operations. Imagine has a solution for every function
- from reception of goods, pack verify, carrier rate shopping (includes
cube, services and options), carrier bar-coded label printing, MH10's, rated
manifests through to the preparation your ASN's - Imagine is designed in
an easy-to-use Windows environment.
also communicates or integrates with your Host system. Imagine can provide
a dynamic exchange of data and in itself justify the implementation. The
integration will save hours of duplicated work to maintain your database,
verification of ship-to addresses, corrections of data entry errors, paper
filled notes for freight costs to charge back the customer, reports, tracing
customer service and more depending on your requirements.
can handle your company requirements. Imagine is available in "Stand-Alone"
mode, Multi-Station "LAN" or Multi-Location "WAN"
thin client environments.
is not "Data Base" dependant.
Radio Frequency (integration) makes your decision simple. Imagine can also
integrate or communicate with IMAGINE/RADIO BEACON WMS or other RF solutions.
IMAGINE TMS can also communicate or integrate with it's own Imagine/Radio
RF (WMS) package or with your current system. Again the data is linked
the benefits just multiply.
IMAGINE boosts productivity and diminishes errors by eliminating the
in the warehouse. The system produces shipping labels for cartons (if
integrated) to our IMAGINE/RADIO BEACON WMS. BEFORE an order is picked,
estimates the shipment cube, and encourages you to pick orders directly
the final shipping cartons. It can also rate-shop the shipment, print
for the empty cartons, and manifest automatically. The result: pick, pack
ship in one step!
IMAGINE TMS/RADIO BEACON WMS provides Flexible Picking Styles
IMAGINE/RADIO BEACON promotes a vast array of picking styles and combinations,
including wave, zone, batch, product and carton picking. The system's
tremendous versatility decreases the time spent "walking around"
and permits your operation to adapt to new or changing requirements.
IMAGINE TMS/RADIO BEACON WMS supplies Interactive Verification
the biggest single opportunity for productivity and customer service gains
process each order right, first time, every time. RADIO BEACON verifies
interactively, using bar codes and RF "laser" handhelds, to
let you run at full
speed with no fear!
IMAGINE TMS is
system uses familiar, easy to maintain Windows and LAN technology. You
be up and running with only a PC, a bar code label printer, manifest printer
a scale. Large warehouses may scale up to the IMAGINE LAN or WAN versions
by assigning separate PCs to transfer host files, manifest shipments,
TMS "WAN/Server" Shipping system was designed to address the
needs of mid to large sized corporations with multiple shipping locations
looking to better control and maintain their shipping process.
This version of the
Imagine TMS Shipping software was designed as a thin client-server application
from the top down, specifically addressing some of the challenges facing
companies who ship from multiple locations that are geographically separated
and connected into a wide area network via ISDN or T1 type connections.
This permits the system to deliver on the important advantages it has
over traditional stand-alone or LAN systems.
Some of the key challenges facing organizations with geographically separated
shipping sites include;
-Support, Recovery and Data Security
: Effective shipping solutions are tied in a closed loop with existing
ERP, WMS, or ordering systems both getting information from, and feeding
information to, the host system. Most companies have centralized systems
located at their head office or regional offices which serve the entire
network or satellite branches within a geographic area.
Branch sites are often connected to the network via ISDN lines (64-128Kbit),
or, more rarely through T1 connections (1.544Mbit). In comparison to the
now standard 100Mbit connections used in LAN's, ISDN and T1 connections
are significantly limited in their data carrying capacity (bandwidth)
and can easily become choke points for the network decreasing branch site
efficiency and frustrating end users.
Traditional shipping systems built around single station models, or LAN
models can become unworkable in WAN environments due to their demands
for bandwidth. Many companies are forced to adopt distributed data models
in order to make these systems work. Although this solves the bandwidth
problem, it creates new problems in terms of getting information to and
from the branch sites as well as in supporting these locations.
The Imagine system has been designed for low-bandwidth utilization.
Transactions across the network are kept to a strict minimum and contain
only the information required to complete a request. Report requests,
which can become inadvertent bandwidth hogs if users accidentally select
large data sets can be controlled or limited to supervisor level passwords.
Shipping systems can use and create large amounts of data. These systems
generally require access to rate tables, order files and customer files
as well as generating detailed information on each shipment that is processed.
The information generated by the shipping system may be required by many
different departments at different locations across the company's network
including customer service, sales, accounting, traffic, etc.
When the data is distributed across the network, which may be required
by some systems due to bandwidth considerations, methodologies have to
be employed to ensure that data being sent to and received from the shipping
systems are current and accurate. This can often lead to errors in the
process as information is not in the right place at the right time.
For example, if order files used by the shipping process are only transferred
to the branch sites once a day, any changes which are made to shipping
instructions may not reflect last minute requests made by customers, or
errors detected in orders and changed by customer service personnel.
If files are only picked up from the branch on a periodic basis, the issue
of data security may present problems. Crashed systems at a branch may
mean the loss of any data not already transmitted. Securing data across
the network may required the implementation of expensive hardware simply
to secure this data. The Imagine System's Server(s) are located at the
company's central or regional office and can communicate directly with
the Host system in the local LAN environment. Requests are serviced across
the entire WAN network providing up-to-the minute information without
the need for transporting large amounts of data. Only the requested information
is fed to the clients as needed. Completed transactions are stored by
the Server at the Host site as they occur making them instantly available
to all clients on the network as well as securing the data from remote
A multi-branch organization's head office or regional office generally
contains the bulk (if not all) of the IT personnel who, among other responsibilities,
are charged with maintaining and securing the systems and data, supporting
the users of the system, and overseeing the interface with customers and
vendors through EDI and the Internet.
Supporting branch locations present a particular challenge to IT staffs.
Only a certain number of problems can be handled over a phone line and
talking users through complete system reconfigurations can often be impossible.
If a shipping station containing the days data must be recovered, often
direct intervention of the IT staff will be required, both extending down
times as well as incurring traveling costs. Further complicating the problem
is the fact that many warehouse and distribution operations have evening
or night shifts at which times IT supports staff may be severely limited
and outside resources may not be available.
With the Imagine system, the information of each transaction is centrally
stored on the company's main server location where data security is at
its highest. Any shipping station which crashes risks only losing the
data on the shipment in process at the time of failure. The shipping process
may be resumed at any other station by simply restarting the current shipment.
Getting a backup PC shipping station up and running can be accomplished
simply by plugging in the backup PC or launching the process from another
station in the location.
Applying rules and company policy or implementing new rates across a distributed
network of shipping sub-systems can be a difficult task. If individual
systems are installed in multiple locations, it generally falls to the
supervisor or local IT support staff to implement changes and provide
for training of staff in order to effect policy or process changes. Affecting
these changes can be time consuming and open to errors in communicating
policy changes, or training at the branch level may not be sufficient
to effect and monitor changes properly.
Decisions such as designating a new national carrier for specific types
of shipments can be difficult to implement and as a result, companies
often have to resort to simplistic models (such as giving the entire business
to one carrier) in order to control the process properly. This can result
in giving up significant savings in shipping costs and removing options
for customers for the sake of a more controlled process
The Imagine WAN/Server's rich management control allows companies to easily
deploy regional, area, or corporate wide shipping policy changes from
a central source. Changes implemented at Head Office are instantaneously
broadcast to all the shipping systems in the network. Stations which are
not logged on at the time, will automatically receive the change the next
time they log on. Changes to policy/procedure or rates s can be designated
to take effect immediately, or at a specific date and time in the future.
Optional messages can be attached in order to alert staff of the change
as well as providing a means to deliver any other information that the
shipping department's staff will need in order to fulfill the request.
The Head Office can also delegate control on a regional or location level
allowing specific decisions or all decisions to be made by local supervisory
staff. Local staff at particular branches may be allowed more decision
control over their shipping process than other branches at the discretion
of the Head Office. A local branch for example could be allowed to override
a national carrier decision with a local carrier that better fits their
As a company's needs change, the demand on the shipping process can rise
or fall. Branch openings or closings, new decisions regarding consolidation
of shipments or new arrangements with individual carriers or customers
can all affect the number of shipping stations or the number of transactions
that need to be processed.
The Imagine WAN/Server solution provides for easy scaling from a small
number of shipping locations serving a limited number of shipping transactions
to large operations processing thousands of shipments a day at many different
Imagine's Shipping Servers are multi-threaded processes permitting a single
server to simultaneously respond to many requests. Furthermore, each Server
is independent allowing for multiple servers to be easily setup to meet
growing demands. The Servers will automatically load balance the requests
optimizing response to the users. Server utilization reports can help
IT staff determine when and how the process will benefit from a new Server
being installed, or when a Server could be decommissioned and used elsewhere
in the organization. New Servers can even be temporarily setup to meet
demands at crunch time (such as new product releases), and easily re-assigned
to other tasks during slow periods.
Traditional shipping systems built as stand alone systems or multi-user
LAN version generally require full fledged PC's in order to provide efficient
response times as well as for data storage and retrieval. When many stations
are required, the costs of this additional PC horsepower can add up significantly
as well as creating further costs in terms of maintenance and support.
Imagine's thin client design reduces the requirement of the shipping stations
allowing for savings in terms of hardware installed at each shipping site
lowering total cost of ownership of the system without sacrificing system
Introducing any new software system into the current mix of systems
that a company is currently using can bring new challenges. Often outside
systems are built using a specific database that a company's IT staff
is not familiar with. Although this does not necessarily create problems,
it can make it difficult for on-site staff to support the product. Also,
data collected by third party systems may be of benefit in other processes
not foreseen by the company who built the system.
Imagine has recognized this problem and addressed it in the designing
of is WAN/Server product. The product has been designed to work independently
of the database it uses and therefore can be tied to most of the popular
databases in the marketplace (e.g. MSSQL, Oracle).
Not only does this allow for a company's internal IT staff to provide
better support of the system, but further permits access to this data
by the company's own development staff. This also has the additional benefit
of reducing the overall costs of the system and allowing it to be scaled
to meet each business's particular requirements.
Deploying software upgrades across a network can be a time consuming
and error prone task often resulting in a multitude of versions in use
at the same time. This can lead to problems in support as well as integrity
issues in the data managed by the systems.
With the Imagine WAN/Server system, an upgrade need only be made at the
central site once at an administration screen. Shipping stations across
the network are then automatically advised of the upgrade and can self-install
the new upgrades across the network. The system has the provision to permit
the user to delay non-critical upgrades, but will continuously remind
them until done. Management reports can be run to see which stations have
not performed upgrades.
The Imagine TMS "WAN/Server" system represents an important
new technology for companies managing multiple and geographically distributed
environments to consider. The system offers unparalleled benefits in terms
of control, decision support, security, scalability, system upgrades and
support over traditional single station or LAN shipping systems.
Imagine also offers RF WMS solutions as well as other automation solutions
that can be integrated with the WAN/Server system. For more information,
contact your local Imagine Reseller.