Freight payment providers capture comprehensive data elements from freight invoices and supporting documentation to create a reporting database. Shippers utilize this business intelligence to analyze and manage their supply chain activity.
A3 integrates with transportation management systems (TMS) to collect data such as bills of lading, original shipment bookings, and carrier invoices. Then they audit the invoice dollar amounts for accuracy. There are many opportunities for A3’s auditing standards and processes to identify incorrect information on shipping invoice such as weight, invoice dates, duplicate payments, duplicate invoices, number of pieces, additional details, delivery charges, and address information.
The carrier might bill 1234 West Main Street spelled in a hundred different variations—W Main Street, W M Street, and so on. And these variations may alter the charges applied.
This leaves A3 with a critical need for address standardization for freight invoice auditing. "Using a USPS certified address validator like Smarty was important," said Chad Pumphrey, IT Developer.