The cloud-based global rate management solution provider CargoSphere said last week it has expanded its relationship with Amerijet, a global provider of land, sea and air transportation.
CargoSphere will now be Amerijet’s single source for rate distribution over CargoSphere’s Rate Mesh Network. Amerijet has been a customer of CargoSphere for the last four years.
“The recent termination of operations of OAG Cargo’s AFRA, an online rate distribution and management application for air carriers and freight forwarders, is creating a gap in the marketplace and providing further motivation for Amerijet to accelerate the implementation of CargoSphere for rate management and rate distribution,” CargoSphere said in a statement.
AFRA, short for air freight rates application, is due to cease operations Dec. 31, with AFRA customers encouraged by OAG to transition to Cargo Office Air.
Near-term, CargoSphere said the Amerijet partnership will include global freight rate distribution to Amerijet’s network of affiliate businesses, agent partners, and freight forwarder customers. Subsequent phases will include freight rate quoting and responding to RFQs (requests for quotes), and management of freight forwarder customer rate contracts on CargoSphere’s standardized platform.
“The more I evaluated the CargoSphere Cloud-based system from a business and IT perspective, the more I believed this was the ideal plug-in for our core operational systems,” said Jennifer Torlone, senior director, technology and information services at Amerijet.
“We want control over the rates presented to our customers and historically accurate visibility to those rates for better management of pricing and more accurate invoicing,” said Derry Huff, senior director, strategic initiatives at Amerijet. “Third-party resources in the marketplace that repackage rates operate outside our sphere of control and often create confusion for our customers and inefficiencies for our company.”