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   Hosted Web Applications

Kleinschmidt specializes in developing and implementing custom web applications. Whether you need to bring your non-EDI capable trading partners into your EDI program, automate a business process, or communicate with U.S. Customs, our web applications are developed in a short period of time with your budget in mind. No software to buy, no applications to maintain and no staff to hire as a Kleinschmidt web application is a complete solution. Our two production sites, multiple web servers, and multiple ISP's ensure that your web application is available to your trading partners 24x7, 365 days a year.

   Hosted Intermodal Web Applications

Many companies are adding World Wide Web applications to supplement their existing motor carrier EDI data flows. While Web applications are necessarily low-volume, they offer many benefits. Web applications can be very convenient for partners who cannot (and may never) support standard EDI. They can be a low-maintenance replacement for existing PC-based applications. While Web applications may only increase reporting by a few percent, that can be a significant portion-the least tractable portion-of a company's remaining non-EDI traffic.

Most motor carrier EDI Web applications are shipper-driven, i.e. a single shipper specifies a Web application via which it can receive information from many carriers. In many of the Kleinschmidt motor carrier EDI Web applications to date; the shipper sends 204s (motor load tenders). We then generate faxes or emails from the 204s for non-EDI carriers.

Carriers access a specific URL and are prompted, by a series of Web pages based on outstanding 204s, to accept or decline new loads and to enter status information on accepted loads. Accepting or declining loads via the Web generates 990s (accept/decline transactions) back to the shipper. Entering status information generates 214s (shipment status transactions) back to the shipper. For each motor EDI Web application, we create and maintain a database. Records are created in the database when the shipper sends 204s. Records are selected for display when a given carrier accesses the Web site. Carriers' data entry results in updates to the database, and transactions to the carrier. Finally, records are deleted once they are complete and aged.

The emphasis in motor EDI is shifting from increasing EDI to decreasing non-EDI communications. However, it can be very hard for some carriers to do EDI. It's hard for them to generate EDI to various carriers' specifications. Shipper-specific PC software is expensive to distribute and maintain. A Kleinschmidt motor EDI Web application can be the solution.

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