Managing transportation operations in real-time requires data-sharing and interoperability between the systems of shippers, logistics providers, carriers, and ultimately end customers. Many platforms still operate in silos, unable to share information quickly and easily with other systems.
There are two common types of data exchange connections frequently used by enterprises; EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) and API (Application Programming Interface). They both allow quick and secure exchange of data from system to system. Interestingly, less than 8% of carrier-shipper data exchanges currently taking place use EDI. This is likely due to the fact that significant differences exist between EDI and API technologies, which can make one more preferable to use in one real-time transportation visibility (RTTV) project compared to another.