The Cloud Logistics Vendor Portal can be used by suppliers to communicate with shippers who use the Cloud Logistics Transportation Management System. Within the Vendor Portal, the following are the most commonly used functions:
- Updating ready to ship quantities
- Submitting shipments
Typically, the shipper will send EDI 850 transactions to create the purchase order in the vendor portal. The vendor will then update the actual order quantity that is ready to ship, in preparation for creating a shipment.
The vendor can create a shipment manually, or through the shipment uploader. If the shipment is created through the uploader, it will automatically create the number of shipments necessary. If the shipment is created manually, it can be consolidated with other existing shipments in the vendor portal.
Once a draft shipment is created, the vendor adds or modifies handling units to inform the carrier about what is being shipped.
The vendor then submits the shipment, which is communicated to the shipper. The shipper routes the shipment. In the case of ocean freight movements, the vendor needs to add the tracking information (Master Bill of Lading Number and Container Number) to the shipment in the vendor portal.
Otherwise, the shipment continues to receive updates as it moves through the transportation process.
Processing Orders Into Shipments
- Click on the PO# link
- Set the date, specify the order line quantities, and click Preview Shipment
- Shipping Date
- Equipment Type
- Freight Terms
- Bill To
- Carrier Special Instructions
If Packaging doesn't exist for each order, add at least one Handling Unit per order.
- Click the Add Handling Unit button
- Enter a Handling Units Qty
- Choose a Handling Units Type
- Enter width and length (WxL)
- Enter a Height
- Enter a Package Qty
- Choose a Package Type
- Enter a Description
- Enter a Weight
- If shipping LTL, choose a Freight Class
- Optionally, choose/enter any other field(s)
When the header fields have been modified appropriately and all of the orders have packaging information, click the green Submit button near the top right corner.
The consolidated shipment will be sent to the shipper portal for routing.