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Cube Route Delivers on Demand Logistics to 3PL Market.

TORONTO -- Both Shippers and 3PL Providers to Benefit from Cube Route Visibility and Routing Solution

Cube Route today announced it has extended its on demand logistics management solution to support the needs of shippers and third party logistics (3PL) providers. Cube Route's enhanced offering enables shippers and 3PLs, working in partnership, to jointly manage and execute the delivery process; as well as, access critical information in real time. With Cube Route, both 3PLs and shippers can lower operating costs, improve customer service and streamline operations in a simple and cost effective manner.

"Outsourcing last mile delivery operations to a 3PL does not mean that a shipper must relinquish visibility and control over their delivery process," said Alex Walker, CEO at Cube Route. "With Cube Route, shippers can outsource their transportation needs to 3PLs while maintaining real-time visibility into their delivery processes, ultimately leading to improved delivery performance. At the same time, shippers can have access to the sophisticated planning tools needed to engineer and optimize routes."

The solution provides 3PL carriers and shippers with all the advantages of Cube Route's on demand logistics offering: sophisticated routing, tracking and planning functionality combined with the simplicity of a web-based service to provide dispatchers, managers and support agents with a real-time view of vehicle movement, driver performance and order status across an entire organization, operating in multiple geographies.

Shippers Improve Customer Service, Reduce Complexity and Drive Operational Efficiencies

Cube Route's 3PL offering is ideal for shippers focused on last mile delivery. It provides them with an opportunity to differentiate their delivery service by improving on-time delivery performance, offering narrower delivery time windows, and enabling proactive customer care and issue management. In addition to service improvements, shippers leverage the Cube Route solution to benchmark performance of their 3PLs against standard targets aimed at reducing variable carrier operating expenses and increasing carrier workforce efficiency. The solution also reduces the complexity of administering outsourced carrier relationships by centralizing all customer history and delivery data, automating 3PL invoicing and streamlining processes for information flow between shippers and carriers.

"With this offering, shippers can move all 3PL providers they are working with to one common platform," continued Walker. "This provides for a highly differentiated service offering to customers, while reducing the complexity and cost of maintaining numerous 3PL relationships."

Delivering a Distinct Competitive Advantage for 3PL Carriers

3PLs that take advantage of the Cube Route offering can differentiate their service by providing their shippers with visibility into real time and historical customer delivery performance, they can facilitate scheduled deliveries, narrow time windows for their shippers and offer a solution that drives superior on time delivery performance. Additionally, by using the Cube Route solution, 3PL carriers can lower their costs through more effective asset utilization, the ability to set and measure engineered delivery plans for all drivers, and reduced reliance on dispatch and customer service support staff for delivery information.

"We see Cube Route's solution as a sales tool that we can use in acquiring new shipper contracts," said Beth Applegate, Delivery Division Manager of Estes Specialized, a division of Virginia-based Estes Express Lines. "Both new and existing customers will have a differentiated service to offer their customers and the best cost structure under contract since our delivery prices will be based on optimal routing, planning and driver scorecarding tools. The ability to pass on those savings to our customers is a tremendous advantage."

About Cube Route

Cube Route facilitates the management of the delivery process for transportation organizations. Offered on a pay-as-you-go subscription basis, Cube Route's on demand logistics management solution maximizes operational efficiencies by enabling businesses to dramatically reduce costs and improve service. Cube Route's sophisticated routing, tracking and planning functionality is used by organizations such as Peapod, Bad Boy Furniture, Stewart Foodservice and Stephenson's Rental Services to optimize routes as well as track and monitor fleets in real time - at the lowest possible cost. Recognized for its innovative offering, Cube Route was listed as one of the Top 25 Canadian I.T. Up and Comers by Branham, and named to the Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100 and list of 100 Great Supply Chain Partners by Global Logistics & Supply Chain Strategies. For additional information on Cube Route and how its on demand logistics management solution can impact your organization, visit www.cuberoute.com or call 1-877-227-6883.
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